Amusements Today, a trade publication that covers developments in the amusement park and county fair business, has released listings of the best roller coasters in the world as determined by a panel of roller coaster lovers. The lists are divided between steel roller coasters and old-fashioned wooden roller coasters.


Enjoy the lists. Hopefully, these lists will provide new destinations or a few thrills if visiting nearby destinations.

Steel Roller Coasters

[From Wikipedia] In 1959, the Disneyland theme park introduced a new design breakthrough in roller coasters with the Matterhorn Bobsleds. This was the first roller coaster to use a tubular steel track. Unlike conventional wooden rails, tubular steel can be bent in any direction, which allows designers to incorporate loops, corkscrews, and many other maneuvers into their designs. Most modern roller coasters are made of steel, although wooden roller coasters are still being built.

In 1975 the first modern-day roller coaster to perform an inverting element opened: Corkscrew, located at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California. In 1976 the vertical loop made a permanent comeback with the Great American Revolution at Magic Mountain in Valencia, California.

Here are the best of today:
1. Millennium Force at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
2. Bizaro at Six Flags New England
3. Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure
4. Goliath at Six Flags Georgia
5. Phantom’s Revenge at Kennywood, Pittsburgh, Penn.
6. New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas
7. Apollo Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, Virginia
7. Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park, Hassloch, Germany
9. Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio
10. Magnum XL-200 at Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio


Wooden Roller Coasters

[From Wikipedia] Many old wooden roller coasters are still operational at parks such as Kennywood near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Pleasure Beach Blackpool, England. The oldest operating roller coaster is Leap-The-Dips at Lakemont Park in Pennsylvania, a side friction roller coaster built in 1902. The oldest wooden roller coaster in the United Kingdom is the Scenic Railway at Dreamland Amusement Park in Margate, Kent, and features a system where the brakeman rides the car with wheels. It was severely damaged by fire on 7 April 2008.

Amusement Today compiled this ranking of wooden roller coasters from a panel of 500 industry “experts.”

1. The Voyage – Holiday World (Santa Claus, Ind.)
2. Phoenix – Knoebels Amusement Resort (Elysburg, Pa.)
3. El Toro – Six Flags Great Adventure (Jackson, N.J.)
4. Boulder Dash – Lake Compounce (Bristol, Conn.)
5. Thunderhead – Dollywood (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
6. Ravine Flyer II – Waldameer (Erie, Pa.)
7. The Beast – Kings Island (Cincinnati, Ohio)
8. Hades – Mount Olympus (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.)
9. Shivering Timbers – Michigan’s Adventure (Muskegon, Mich.)
10. Prowler – Worlds of Fun (Kansas City, Mo.)