While the “woodies” were never going to be as tall as their steel counterparts there are still some truly terrifying wooden coasters out there that nod towards the 200ft mark. These are the tallest wooden roller coasters in the world and where they are located…
The Top 10 Tallest Wooden Roller Coasters in the World
10 – American Eagle in Six Flags Great America, United States – Highest Point: 127 ft (39 m)
This might be the smallest wooden coaster on our list, but it is the only racing roller coaster on it. As if to demonstrate just how costly it is to build a wooden coaster with all the extra design and building materials this ride was first opened to the public in 1981! At the time of writing this article that makes this ride almost 40 years old!
9 – Le Monstre in La Ronde, Canada – Highest Point: 130.9 ft (39.9 m)
Le Monstre is not just one, but two tracks that weave and twist inside each other making both rides a lot more exciting than on their own. Reaching a top speed of 59.7 MPH (96.1 KPH) it hardly needs that extra excitement!
8 – Wodan Timbur Coaster in Europa-Park, Germany – Highest Point: 131.3 ft (40.0 m)
Due to a lack of room at its location in the park, it was designed to intertwine with two other park attractions. The Atlantica SuperSplash and blue fire powered by GAZPROM. While this did help designers to save space it also made it a lot more exciting than many other woody coasters.
7 – Hades 360 in Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park, United States – Highest Point: 136 ft (41 m)
Once upon a time, this coaster designed by The Gravity Group was only called “Hades” but when a 360-degree roll (very rare for a wooden coaster) was added in 2013 the park changed its name to “Hades 360” for obvious reasons.
6 – White Cyclone in Nagashima Spa Land, Japan – Highest Point: 139 ft (42 m)
Not only is White Cyclone is the 3rd longest wooden coaster in the world it is the longest wooden roller coaster that is located outside of the United States. which really helped to put Japan on the woodies map.
5 – The Voyage in Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, United States – Highest Point: 159 ft (48 m)
This coaster was themed to the famous voyage of the Mayflower by Pilgrims to North America in 1620 and was voted Best Wooden Roller Coaster in The World” from 2007 through 2011 by the Offical Rollercoaster club.
4 – Goliath in Six Flags Great America, United States – Highest Point: 165 ft (50 m)
When it opened to the public in 2014 it immediately set three world records for wooden roller coasters! It had the longest drop, the steepest drop and it was also the fastest wooden coaster in the world!
3 – El Toro in Six Flags Great Adventure, United States – Highest Point: 181 ft (55 m)
The Bull (El Toro in Spanish) was designed by Intamin and opened to the public in 2016. At the time of launch (rollercoaster pun intended), it had the steepest wooden coaster drop in the world at 76 degrees. But then T Express come along and took its crown.
2 – T Express in Everland, South Korea – Highest Point: 183.8 ft (56.0 m)
This rollercoaster has a prefabricated track and was the first ride of this type in Asia as well as the first in Asia to utilize three trains! Which does help it to get the millions of riders each and every year.
1 – Wildfire in Kolmården Wildlife Park, Sweden – Highest Point: 183.8 ft (56.0 m)
While it might sound odd, this is unofficially the second tallest wooden coaster in the world! So why is our number 1? Because the number 1 was Colossos in Heide Park, Germany and at its highest point it was 196.8 ft (60.0 m) a whole 13 ft above the Wildfire. But sadly the Colossus has been closed down as the right was redeemed unsafe and is sadly due to be dismantled. But it is still there today and if you count built but closed rides it would be the worlds tallest, but at 183.8 ft (56.0 m) we really shouldn’t take anything away from the beast that is Wildfire.