The roller coaster destroyed in the movie is the old "Greyhound" coaster that was located at the Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta, Georgia. It was due to be torn down and rebuilt after being deemed in unsafe condition so its destruction was written into this movie. It was also shown in the background during the first Smokey and the Bandit (1977) movie.
At least at the time the movie was made, this picture contained one of the biggest car chases in film history. Publicity stated that it involved sixty stunt-men and stunt-women, one hundred cars and eighteen wheeler trucks. When the sequence was concluded, US $250,000 worth of vehicles had been smashed.
The world record for the longest stunt car jump by a car powered with its own engine, at 163 feet, was performed for the film. Stuntman Gary Davis jumped a 1974 Dodge Monaco car for the roundup sequence in this movie. Davis unfortunately was injured during the stunt, receiving a compressed vertebra from a hard landing.
Many brand new Pontiac Le Mans sedan cars decked out as police cars were seen during the roundup sequence. A Phoenix car agency declined to deliver the vehicles when it was made aware that they did not include air conditioning. Pontiac recalled the cars and later supplied the production with the cars.
Charlotte, the Asian elephant in Smokey and the Bandit II, was portrayed by an elephant named Cora. Cora was owned by Bill and Cindy Morris of Elephant Encounter. Bill was a second generation elephant trainer. He and Cora literally grew up together. Both of his sons have also worked add elephant trainers. Sadly, Bill passed away suddenly back in 2015. Their last two elephants, Cora and Shannon went to live out their years at Topeka Zoo in Kansas. Cora is nearly 60 years old now.
The final scene, Sheriff Buford T. Justice is driving a bus in pursuit of the Bandit. Jackie Gleason played Ralph Kramden in the Honeymooners, Ralph worked as a bus driver. The final scene is a nod to his Honeymooners character.
The name / word "Smokey' is C.B. Radio slang for any member of Law Enforcement. It is derived from the wide use by many Highway Patrol Officers who wear wide brimmed hats that are identical to the one worn by "Only you can Prevent Forest Fires" mascot "Smokey Bear"...
After the "doc" is conned into helping with Charlotte, the ambulance he was in that left him behind suddenly stops when an alligator is in the middle of the road, the stretcher pops out the back and the license plate on the back of the stretcher is 999007, the same plate number as the Rescue Squad vehicle from Emergency, which was a Universal TV series that aired its last episode while this movie was in production.
Sheriff Buford T. Justice makes a reference to the first Smokey and the Bandit movie. When he and Junior leave the truck vs cop scene in the desert, Buford says the pile of crushed up cop cars looks like they bombed a drive in movie. In the first Smokey and the Bandit movie, when Buford gets stuck in traffic, he exclaimed, "what is this, a drive in movie?!
This movie's storyline features an elephant mammal. About a year after this film was released, another cross-country American road comedy featured large mammals as well. That movie was Honky Tonk Freeway (1981) and the mammals, a rhinoceros and a water-skiing elephant. Both pictures were filmed in Florida.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
The scene where Carrie (Frog) announces her ending the relationship to Bandit was written by Sally Field, who was about to break up with Burt Reynolds at the time. Reynolds wanted Sally to express her feelings about the breakup on film because he wanted to know how she really felt about him.
The pregnant elephant that Bandit & Cledus were trying to deliver from Miami to Dallas finally gives birth at Lion Country Safari wildlife refuge. Although those scenes were filmed at the LCS near West Palm Beach, Florida, there was another LCS refuge opened at the time in Grand Prairie, Texas (near Dallas) at the time of this movie's production (1980). The LCS in Grand Prairie opened in 1971 and operated for 21 years. It was ultimately closed down in 1992 due to constant flooding from its proximity to the Trinity River.