Top 3 Thursdays is back by popular demand! Everyone knows that wooden roller coasters have a reputation of throwing riders around like rag dolls. But what about those few exceptions. Wooden roller coasters that are buttery smooth? Believe it or not they DO exist. In this late edition of T3T, I’m going to countdown the Top 3 Smoothest Wooden Roller Coasters that I’ve ridden.
#3 Raging Wolf Bobs at Geauga Lake
Believe it or not this defunct woodie that was formerly at Geauga Lake when it was a full-fledged amusement park was exceptionally smooth and fun. Its reputation wasn’t the greatest, but there was a re-tracking towards the end of its run. And, in the Fall of 2005, when I rode it with my wife we had a great time. Save one slightly rough point towards the beginning it was surprisingly smooth and fun. My wife who typically avoids wooden coasters wanted to re-ride and we ended up riding it 3 or 4 times that cool, drizzly October day. We also had the train to ourselves which may have helped because the train was likely a lot lighter than normal. I was sad to see Raging Wolf Bobs get scrapped when Geauga Lake transitioned to a water park.
#2 Rampage at Alabama Adventure
Rampage has found the fountain of youth. It’s over 10 years old and it runs like its brand new with speed and intensity without roughness. It offers both ejector (in the back seat on the first) hill and moments of floater air throughout. Rampage was surprisingly smooth while still offering that out of control feeling you want in a woodie. Read my full Rampage review.
#1 El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure
Prefabricated wooden roller coasters like El Toro are so smooth that their controversial. Woodie faithfuls deride El Toro and other prefabs because they don’t have the typical bumpy, herky-jerky ride. Instead, El Toro is glass smooth and packed with airtime. In fact, it’s much smoother than many steel roller coasters I’ve ridden. I wish theme parks would order more Intamin prefabricated coasters so that more people could experience this type of wooden roller coaster. When we returned to the station, the riders were so elated and likely surprised by the thrill, airtime, speed, and smoothness of El Toro. Read my full El Toro review.
What’s Your Take?
What are some of the smoother woooden roller coasters that you’ve ridden? Leave a comment below. Read more Top 3 Thursday posts.