First a water park, now an oceanfront roller coaster

By on July 8, 2017

The same week that H2OBX Waterpark was opening in lower Currituck County in mid-June, construction was taking place across the sound in Corolla on what may be the first oceanfront roller coaster on the Outer Banks.

For Lego people.

“I started the 5MadMovieMakers channel in 2010 with the goal of posting toy roller coaster videos and stop-motion animations,” said Robert Carlson. “The channel is named after the 5 kids in my family, who all help out occasionally with the videos.”

They’ve produced everything from lgendary LEGO roller coasters, massive marble runs, high-speed Hot Wheels tracks and spectacular stop motion shorts, and their videos have been featured by Popular Mechanics, Road and Track, Gizmodo, Fox Sports, Autoweek, CNET and others.

Carlson and his extended family have been vacationing on the Currituck Banks every other year since 1997, and they decided to make their latest video out on the beach just north of Corolla village.

“I used to make roller coasters out of the sand as a kid and now I got to make one that actually worked and could carry a camera,” Carlson said.

Carlson also cited his other inspirations were the I Spy picture-riddle photographs, particularly the beach scene in I Spy Fantasy, the Mariokart videogames, and actual roller coasters at theme parks around the country.

The “ultimate seaside roller coaster” is a Lego City 9v train rail adventure powered by granvity, and journeys through a castle, a seashell forest and underground tunnels, according to the description.

Robert’s brother, Mark (aka EMCEE), created the soundtrack titled ‘Outlet’.

Carlson said it took about 8 hours to complete.

Other contributors credited in the video include, “Neil for the sand castle and hole digging, Anneliese for the sand ball, Matthew for the roller coaster release assistance, Elisabeth for modeling and seashells, Jenna and Jody for the seashell graveyard, Jeff for finding the seashells, Kevin for track building assistance, and everyone else for blocking the life guard dune buggies.”





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  • Gerald

    That is pretty spectacular. Good on ya for taking the time with the kids in your family to build such a thing. I am sure they had as much fun building as I enjoyed seeing the finished product.

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 12:09 am
  • Grit

    Stay off the Dunes and leave only footprints. 🙁

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 7:12 am
  • Peggy Bryson

    Absolutely love, love, love this awesome video made in our home of the Outer Banks. I love the dribble castles along the route, too! Thank you for sharing!!!!

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 10:02 am
  • m.g. starling

    I’m guessing it will be a disposable roller coaster, because a good hurricane will wipe it out.

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 11:34 am
  • Bud

    The dune lines need to be trampled to allow overwash and decrease erosion.

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 2:42 pm
  • Scales of Balance

    Sam, this qualifies as click bait 😛

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 4:30 pm
  • Sam Walker

    Yep! I’d rather write these up all day long too.

    Monday, Jul 10 @ 12:32 am
  • Glenn Brink

    I sure enjoyed it as well .

    Sunday, Jul 9 @ 7:03 pm
  • Luminous

    Awesome! I especially love the CoasterCam.

    Oh, and “Lighten up, Grit.”

    Monday, Jul 10 @ 2:53 pm
  • Erika

    Great job loved this!

    Tuesday, Jul 11 @ 8:14 am
  • Paul

    How much are tickets?

    Friday, Jul 14 @ 6:46 am
  • dave

    Very cool!

    Friday, Jul 14 @ 9:58 am