[WORLDKINGS] World Tops Academy - Top 10 Amazing Wooden Roller Coasters


(WorldKings.org) This is Top 10 Amazing Wooden Roller Coasters. Let's start the top-10 countdown with one of the non-conventional rides.

1. Lightning Rod



The innovative Rocky Mountain Construction (see number 6 below) owns the top spots on the speedy wooden coasters list, including the world's fastest, Lightning Rod. It is the world's first launched wooden coaster. In addition to being incredibly fast, the Dollywood ride garners enthusiastic praise from coaster fans. Lightning Rod’s speed is 73 mph (32.6 m/s)

2. Goliath



Another Rocky Mountain Construction coaster that uses its patented Topper Track (see number 6 below), Goliath hits a top speed of 72 mph (32.18 m/s). Unlike traditional woodies, such as the other Six Flags Great America coaster on this list (see number 9 below), the newer ride may not be considered a wooden coaster by ride purists. It is also the tallest and steepest (a near-vertical 85 degrees) wooden coaster in the world.

3. Wildfire



Opened in spring 2016, Wildfire clocks in as the world's third-fastest wooden roller coaster, lagging Goliath by a fraction of a mile-per-hour. It also boasts a long (161 feet) and steep (83 degrees) drop. Another Rocky Mountain Construction ride, it features the company’s Topper Track. It also includes three inversions.

4. El Toro



The stellar El Toro, which is among the best roller coasters, also uses an innovative track design that makes its leap to the top of the fastest coaster list somewhat questionable. Unlike a traditional woodie (or the wood-steel hybrid design championed by Rocky Mountain Construction), the Six Flags Great Adventure ride features prefabricated "plug-and-play" track sections that enable El Toro to be remarkably smooth as well as incredibly fast.

5. Colossos



With a stomach-dropping drop of 159 feet, the aptly named Colossos revs up to a hearty 68.4 mph (30.58 m/s). The coaster opened in 2001, but closed in 2016. It was refurbished and reopened in 2019.

6. Outlaw Run



This is where the fastest wooden roller coaster rankings ​first ran into a bit of a speed bump. Opened in 2013, Outlaw Run incorporates the innovative "Topper Track" developed by ride manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction. Unlike a traditional wooden coaster, a steel runner covers the entire length of track in the newfangled rides. That allows the trains to use polyurethane wheels (similar to the ones that are used on steel coasters) and to perform elements such as inversions that most wooden coasters are incapable of delivering.

7. Voyage



One of three world-class wooden coasters at the family-owned Holiday World park in the small town of Santa Claus, Indiana, Voyage stands tall above the rest and ranks among the highest, longest, and steepest woodies in the world as well as one of the fastest. It is a sensational ride (if a tad rough) and gets a nod here as one of the best roller coasters in the world. 

8. The Boss



With a mere 3/10 of a mile-per-hour separating American Eagle from The Boss (which has nothing to do with Bruce Springsteen, by the way) they might trade positions in the fastest roller coaster rankings on any given day depending on weather conditions, the weight of passengers, and other variables.

The enormous ride spans over 5000 feet (making it one of the longest in the world) and drops an impressive 150 feet (which also ranks highly among the world's thrill machines.

9. American Eagle



As a twin coaster, the wooden coaster features two tracks with two trains that run simultaneously. Both tracks offer the same stats with both trains topping out at 66 mph. At one time, American Eagle was a beloved ride.

10. The Beast



According to stats provided by the park and the coaster manufacturer, The Beast clocks in at 64.8 mph. Perhaps it hits that speed now, but more likely it was originally designed to go that fast and no longer reaches its potential.

The Beast is loaded with what are known as trim brakes, devices that slow the speed of coaster trains to make the ride less jarring and/or to help prevent wear and tear on the train and the track. 

 According to tripsavvy.com

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