The Internet Coaster Poll tends to be more international than the Golden Ticket Awards. I’ve ridden the 5 U.S. roller coasters that are in the top ten. I definitely agree that they’re worthy of top rankings as four of them are in my top wooden coasters list. And I consider Knoebels’ Phoenix just outside of my top woodies.
The proliferation of international woodies over the past 5 or 6 years has been undeniable. First the crazy-smooth Intamin pre-fabricated coasters (cousins of Great Adventure’s El Toro) like Balder, Colossos, and T Express made their mark. Then China’s roller coaster explosion has led rides like the massive GCI terrain woodie at Knight Valley, Fireball, and the exciting ‘high-five’ dueling woodie at the Wuhan Happy Valley. Again, every time I see these lists I’m reminded of Robb Alvey’s international coaster trips. One day. One day.
Here’s a video of a ride that made two entries of this year’s top ten woodies, Dualing Dragon at Happy Valley: