10 Fastest Wooden Roller Coasters in the World

Roller coasters are popular at amusement parks worldwide, allowing riders to experience thrills and excitement at high speeds. Therefore, amusement parks and coaster enthusiasts highly covet the fastest wooden roller coaster title.

These coasters are designed to push the limits of speed, height, and overall excitement, often featuring steep drops, sharp turns, and other elements that create a heart-pumping experience.

In addition to their speed, these coasters are also known for their unique design and engineering, which allow them to reach such high speeds while maintaining a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. So whether you are a seasoned coaster enthusiast or a first-time rider, the fastest wooden roller coasters in the world will surely deliver an unforgettable experience.

10. T-Express – Everland

Top Speed: 64.6 miles per hour
 Located: Yongin, South Korea
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 183.8 feet
 Length: 5384 feet

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T Express is a wooden roller coaster in Yongin, South Korea, at Everland. It is the first wooden coaster in South Korea, Intamin’s fourth wooden coaster with the prefabricated track, the first ride of its kind in Asia, and the first to use three trains.

It is the fourth steepest wooden roller coaster in the world. It is also the ninth fastest, fourth tallest, and third longest wooden roller coaster in the world (behind only The Beast at Kings Island and The Voyage at Holiday World). It is also built on a hillside, with the layout utilizing the terrain.

Did You Know:

In Mitch Hawker’s online polls from 2008 and 2010, T Express came in first place as the best wooden roller coaster in the world.


9. The Beast – Kings Island

Top Speed: 65 miles per hour
 Located: Mason, Ohio USA
Manufacturer: Philadelphia Toboggan Company
 Height: 110 feet
 Length: 7359 feet

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The Beast is a wooden roller coaster at Kings Island amusement park in Mason, Ohio, United States. It was designed by John C. Allen and built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. When it opened in 1979, it was the longest wooden roller coaster in the world at 7,359 feet (2,243 meters) and has remained one of the longest.

The Beast has a top speed of 65 mph (105 km/h) and features several drops, turns, and other elements, making it thrilling. In addition, it is known for its unique layout, which includes a double helix and a tunnel through a lake. The Beast has been a popular attraction at Kings Island since it opened and has remained one of the park’s most iconic rides.

Did You Know:

In 2020, The Beast celebrated its 41st anniversary at Kings Island.


8. American Eagle – Six Flags Great America

Top Speed: 66 miles per hour
 Located: Gurnee, Illinois USA
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 115 feet
 Length: 4,850 feet

American Eagle - Six Flags Great Americaphoto source: sixflags.com

American Eagle is a wooden roller coaster located at Six Flags Great America amusement park in Gurnee, Illinois. Intamin manufactured it. The coaster has a track length of 4,850 feet (1,480 meters) and a maximum height of 115 feet (35 meters).

It features two tracks that run parallel, allowing riders to experience the ride either forwards or backward. American Eagle has a top speed of 66 miles per hour (106 km/h) and is known for its smooth ride. It is popular with roller coaster enthusiasts and has a dedicated fan base.

Did You Know:

The Douglas fir trees were used to construct the American Eagle. The wooden roller coaster has been popular at Six Flags Great America since it opened in 1981.


7. The Boss – Six Flags St. Louis

Top Speed: 66 miles per hour
 Located: Eureka, Missouri USA
Manufacturer: Custom Coasters International Inc.
 Height: 122 feet
 Length: 4631 feet

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The Boss is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags St. Louis amusement park in Eureka, Missouri. It was designed by Charlie Dinn and built by Great Coasters International in 2000.

The coaster has a track length of 4631 and a maximum height of 122 feet (39 meters). The Boss has a top speed of 68 miles per hour (109 km/h) and is known for its rough ride. It is popular with roller coaster enthusiasts and has a dedicated fan base at Six Flags St. Louis.


6. Wildfire – Silver Dollar City

Top Speed: 66 miles per hour
 Located: Branson, Missouri, USA
Manufacturer: Bolliger & Mabillard
 Height: 120 feet
 Length: 3,073  feet

Wildfire - Silver Dollar Cityphoto source: coasterpedia.net

Wildfire is a wooden roller coaster at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. The ride was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and opened to the public in 2000. Wildfire is notable for its high speeds and intense forces, as it reaches 66 mph and features a 105-foot drop.

It also has a unique track layout with twists, turns, and airtime hills. Wildfire has received positive reviews from roller coaster enthusiasts and is considered one of the top attractions at Silver Dollar City.

Did You Know:

Wildfire was ranked among the top 50 steel roller coasters in Amusement Today’s annual Golden Ticket Awards three times. It debuted at 40 in 2003 before falling to 46 in 2004 and 49 in 2005. It was not added back to the listing as of 2012.


5. Voyage – Holiday World

Top Speed: 67.4 miles per hour
 Located: Santa Claus, Indiana USA
Manufacturer: Great Coasters International Company
 Height: 161 feet
 Length: 6442  feet

Voyage - Holiday Worldphoto source: coasterpedia.net

The Voyage is a wooden roller coaster at Holiday World amusement park in Santa Claus, Indiana. It was designed by Steve Okamoto and built by the Great Coasters International company in 2006. The Voyage has a track length of 6,442 feet (1,965 meters) and a maximum height of 161 feet (49 meters).

It features several sharp turns, drops, high-speed straightaways, a tunnel, and an overbanked turn. The Voyage has a top speed of 67.4 miles per hour (108 km/h) and is known for its smooth ride. It is popular with roller coaster enthusiasts and has a dedicated fan base at Holiday World.

Did You Know:

The Voyage features several elements inspired by the park’s holiday theme, including a Christmas tree and a tunnel shaped like a present.


4. Outlaw Run – Silver Dollar City

Top Speed: 68 miles per hour
 Located: Branson, Missouri USA
Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain Construction Company
 Height: 162 feet
 Length: 3125  feet

Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar Cityphoto source: flickr.com

Outlaw Run is a wooden roller coaster at Silver Dollar City amusement park in Branson, Missouri. It was designed by Alan Schilke and built by the Rocky Mountain Construction company in 2013. Outlaw Run has a track length of 3,125 feet (952 meters) and a maximum height of 162 feet (49 meters).

It is the first wooden roller coaster in the world to have a double barrel roll, a maneuver that flips riders upside down twice in quick succession. Outlaw Run has a top speed of 68 miles per hour (109 km/h) and features several sharp turns, drops, and high-speed straightaways.

Did You Know:

Alan Schilke designed Outlaw Run.


3. Colossos – Heide Park Resort

Top Speed: 68.4 miles per hour
 Located: Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 118 feet
 Length: 4,100  feet

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Colossos was a wooden roller coaster at Heide Park Resort in Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany. The ride was manufactured by Intamin and opened to the public in 2001. Colossos was notable for being one of the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters at the time of its opening. It featured a height of 118 feet and a top speed of 68.4 mph.

The ride also had a unique track layout, including numerous drops, twists, and turns. Unfortunately, in 2016, Colossos was closed due to maintenance issues and reopened in 2019.

Did You Know:

The roller coaster was named after the giant statue of Colossus in Rhodes, Greece. The statue, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, was known for its enormous size and was said to have stood over 100 feet tall. Similarly, Colossos the roller coaster was notable for its height and speed. It was one of the world’s tallest and fastest wooden roller coasters when it opened in 2001.


2. El Toro – Six Flags Great Adventure

Top Speed: 70 miles per hour
 Located: Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Manufacturer: Intamin
 Height: 181 feet
 Length: 4,400  feet

El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventurephoto source: Townsquare.media

El Toro is a wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey. The ride was manufactured by Intamin and opened to the public in 2006. El Toro is known for its unique design, which features a 76-degree drop and a top speed of 70 mph.

It is also notable for its smooth ride, using prefabricated wooden track pieces designed to reduce roughness and vibration. As a result, El Toro has received widespread acclaim from roller coaster enthusiasts and is often ranked as one of the best wooden roller coasters in the world.

Did You Know:

El Toro, which translates to “The bull” in Spanish, has a Mexican theme. A bull’s head ornament is mounted on the front of each train. Plaza del Carnaval’s Southwestern-style buildings frame the ride’s line queue, with Spanish posters and abandoned “wagon wheels” along the wall separating it from the ride.


1. Lightning Rod – Dollywood

Top Speed: 73 miles per hour
 Located: Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, USA
Manufacturer: Rocky Mountain Construction
 Height: 165 feet
 Length: 3,800  feet

Lightning Rod - Dollywoodphoto source: coaster101.com

The Lightning Rod is the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world! It is located at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. It was manufactured by Rocky Mountain Construction and opened to the public in 2016.

The coaster features a “launch track” that uses linear synchronous motors (LSMs) to accelerate riders from 0 to 73 mph in 3.5 seconds, making it the world’s fastest wooden coaster. It also has several airtime hills, twists, and turns, reaching a maximum height of 165 feet.

Lightning Rod is known for its smooth ride and intense speed and has been well-received by both coaster enthusiasts and the general public.

Did You Know:

Since its debut, Lightning Rod has won numerous awards, including “Best New Ride” by Amusement Today in 2016 and being named one of the top 50 roller coasters in the world by Theme Park Insider in 2018.

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