Dauling Dragon - High Five Wooden Coaster - Happy Valley - China

Top 10 Wooden Coasters of 2012 – Coaster Poll Results

World’s Best Wooden Roller Coasters of 2012 | Coaster Poll

Dualing Dragon - High Five Wooden Coaster - Happy Valley - ChinaHere’s the top ten wooden roller coasters in Mitch Hawker’s annual Internet Coaster Poll along with their places in the last poll:

2012 Top Ten Best Wooden Roller Coasters
1 El Toro at Six Flags Great Adventure (New Jersey) Intamin (1st)
2 T Express at Everland(Korea) Intamin (2nd)
3 The Voyage at Holiday World (Indiana) Gravity Group (4th)
4 Boulder Dash at Lake Compounce (Connecticut) CCI (3rd)
5 Phoenix at Knoebels (Pennsylvania) Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters (5th)
6 Balder at Liseberg (Sweden) Intamin (8th)
7 Ravine Flyer II at Waldameer (Pennsylvania) Gravity Group (6th)
8 Dauling Dragon-Left at Happy Valley (Wuhan, China)
9 Dauling Dragon-Right at Happy Valley (Wuhan, China)
10 Colossos at Heide Park (Germany) Intamin (10th)
11 Fireball at Happy Valley (Shanghai, China) Gravity Group (15th)

See the complete 2012 wooden roller coaster poll results with all 183 coasters.

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:

For a more U.S.-centric list see the 2012 Wooden Coaster Results.

Best of the Rest

Other American wooden roller coasters that made the top 25 were: Thunderhead at Dollywood (15th), Prowler at Worlds of Fun (17th), Renegade at ValleyFair (19th), Tremors at Silverwood (20th), Rampage at Alabama Adventure (21st), Wooden Warrior at Quassy (23rd tie), Raven at Holiday World (23rd tie), and Shivering Timbers at Michigan’s Adventure (25th).

Have you ridden any of this year’s top 10 or 25? What do you think of the list? Which rankings are you most surprised by?