Carnival roller coaster to let riders choose their own speed

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Carnival pitchman Shaquille O'Neal and president Christine Duffy announced details about the Bolt coaster at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Conference.
Carnival pitchman Shaquille O'Neal and president Christine Duffy announced details about the Bolt coaster at the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Conference.

The Bolt electric roller coaster on Carnival’s Mardi Gras (coming in August 2020) will let riders set their own speeds and will come with a photography array so that guests can get pictures to memorialize their rides.

The two-person sleds on the Bolt will be decorated with metallic red and blue stripes and an eye-catching yellow lightning bolt. The motorcycle-inspired ride will also feature a digital speedometer display and speakers with sound effects that will activate to enhance the experience.

Speeds will be capped at 40 miles an hour.

Cameras will be located along the 800-foot-long track as well as within the vehicle itself, providing riders with photo keepsakes of the coaster’s drops, dips and hairpin turns.

Allowing guests to choose their own speed means no two rides will be the same, Carnival said.

"Whether guests want to get an adrenaline rush or take it slow and enjoy the breathtaking views, Bolt will have it all," said Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy.

The Bolt roller coaster will be the centerpiece of the Ultimate Playground, the upper-deck zone on the Mardi Gras that will also feature three waterslides, a 600-foot-long suspended ropes course, mini-golf, a jogging track, outdoor fitness gear and a basketball court.

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