Copperhead Strike First Rider Auction to Benefit Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina

If you’ve been following along on Coaster101, you know that we’re thrilled to ride Copperhead Strike at Carowinds when it opens this spring. What about you? Are you ready to ride? Do you want to be one of the very first riders? Well, here’s the way you can do it, all while celebrating and supporting a very worthy cause.


Carowinds has partnered with Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina to offer a “First Rider” auction for spots on the first three Copperhead Strike trains. Different from many first rider auctions, the seats on the 1930’s-styled trains will be auctioned off in pairs, by row of the train.

Seats on the first Copperhead Strike are available exclusively through the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Wish Ball Gala, taking place tonight (February 22) at the Westin Charlotte hotel. The front and back rows of Train 1 will be included in a LIVE auction that evening and awarded on-site to the highest bidders. Remaining seats on TRAIN 1 are available through the silent auction to Wish Ball Attendees and online bidders. Though it is last minute, you can purchase tickets to attend the Wish Ball at CLICK HERE TO BID ON THE FIRST TRAIN. Auction ends at 9:00pm tonight, February 22.

For Trains 2 & 3 ONLY, all rows are available via online auction BY CLICKING THIS LINK. The auction for Trains 2 & 3 will end on March 14, 2019, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Each auction winner will “win” the two seats in their designated row on the designated train. Also included are two invitations to the exclusive Media & VIP Preview Day of the coaster on Thursday, March 21, 2019, and will include a catered lunch and entertainment. Again, in case there is any confusion, YOU ARE BIDDING ON A PAIR OF SEATS, NOT JUST ONE SEAT. 

This is a once in a life-time experience. You’ll get to feel the wind in your face and be the first riders to ever peer down each turn, fall and corkscrew on one of the first three trains of Copperhead Strike’s maiden voyage. This isn’t just for coaster fanatics…it’s an EPIC experience for fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, best friends, co-workers, siblings, best friends and everything in between! Relive your childhood or create memories for your kids with this unique opportunity.

Copperhead Strike is the Carolinas first double launch coaster… not only does the ride take off at an incredible 0 to 42 miles per hour in 2.5 seconds, but midway through a second thrust of acceleration launches you from 35mph to 50mph into the next half of the experience. A series of fast, tight, close-to-the-ground maneuvers are tangled with five head-over-heels inversions — the most of any double launch coaster in North America. Plus, the ride is nearly two and a half minutes long!

The best part? 100% of the money raised will go to Make-A-Wish of Central and Western North Carolina. Established in 1985, the Central & Western North Carolina Chapter of Make-A-Wish has granted more than 4,730 wishes since its inception, covering 51 counties in North Carolina. Each local child’s wish is made possible by special individuals, corporations, volunteers, student organizations, and foundations in the community. It is estimated that they will grand nearly 400 wishes in 2019 at an average cost of $6,000 per wish.

We hope to be at media day, so if you win one of these auctions, come find us, and we’ll interview about your experience!

Good luck, and happy bidding!


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