Robert-Arthur-Doug-The-Coaster-Critic-The-Season-Pass-PodcastI joined Doug Barnes of The Season Pass Podcast and Arthur from The Theme Park Guide for a new edition of The Seasoned Pros List Show. This time, we discuss (and debate!) our Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters.

Our special guest for this episode was Robert Coker author of the popular book Roller Coasters: A Thrill Seeker’s Guide to the Ultimate Scream Machines and of diverse lists of American woodies includes a few new standouts from 2013 to coasters that are over 80 years old.

Debating Woodies: Arthur Calls The Beast Crummy, Joel’s Sleeping on The Raven

Raven Roller Coaster - Holiday WorldParticularly polarizing rides were legendary rides that lived up to the hype for some, but were way over-hyped for others. Examples were: Holiday World’s The Raven and The Beast at Kings Island. I was alone in my disappointment for The Raven and Arthur had the nerve to call The Beast a “crummy ride”. Hersheypark’s Lightning Racer and Thunderhead at Dollywood were other highly debated rides.

I’m going to go out on a limb and call this our best episode of The Seasoned Pros List Show yet. We had a blast debating our picks and poking fun while sharing why these top wooden coasters are so great.

Seasoned Pros List Show LogoOur Top 10 Wooden Roller Coasters w/ Robert Coker | Listen

Previous Episodes of The Seasoned Pros List Show:
Top Steel Roller Coasters w/ Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review | Listen
Top 10 Dark Rides/Theatrical Rides w/ Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider | Listen
Most Beautiful Theme Parks w/ Lance Hart of Screamscape | Listen

Check out the show and let us know what you thought of it. Who’s list do you most agree with? Also, let us know what Top Tens you’d like to see in future episodes.

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4 Responses

  1. Bobbie Butterfield

    Very interesting – albeit exceedingly lengthy – discussion. I agree with Joel about The Beast but don’t remember enough about The Raven to have an opinion. It was good to hear some of my personal favorites – notably El Toro, Outlaw Run and Boulder Dash – mentioned. I thought that Outlaw Run deserved a higher position on Joel’s list. What someone said about El Toro being a coaster that one could ride over and over is so true; I rode it 10 times in one day and was none the worse for wear, whereas 7 rides on The Voyage over a two-day period nearly sent me to a chiropractor. The one disappointment is that no-one mentioned one of my own top ten woodies, Shivering Timbers. Maybe no-one on this panel had ridden it. I suspect that most people would not make a special trip to a theme park which, with the exception of Shivering Timbers, has a rather mediocre ride lineup.

  2. Larry T.

    Yes, I was surprised too when none of you mentioned Shivering Timbers, but it does make sense if none of you have been to Michigan’s Adventure before. It’s certainly my favorite and and it’s for sure my #1 wooden roller coaster, but guess I’m slightly biased as I have operated it in the past. 😉

  3. Rudie

    Great podcast! On a related note, I loved hearing your take on the episode about the best dark rides. It’s really a shame you’re going to stop covering theme parks.


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