Timber Wolf (roller coaster)

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Timber Wolf
Timber Wolf Logo.svg
Timber Wolf Worlds Of Fun.jpg
Timber Wolf in 2006
Worlds of Fun
Location Worlds of Fun
Park section Wild West
Coordinates 39°10′22″N94°29′21″W / 39.17278°N 94.48917°W / 39.17278; -94.48917
Opening dateApril 1, 1989
Cost$3 million
Replaced Extremeroller
General statistics
Type Wood
Manufacturer Dinn Corporation
Designer Curtis D. Summers
Lift/launch systemChain Lift
Height100 ft (30 m)
Drop95 ft (29 m)
Length4,260 ft (1,300 m)
Speed53 mph (85 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration2 min 13 sec
Capacity905 riders per hour
Height restriction48 in (122 cm)
Trains2 trains with 6 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train.
Cedar Fair Fast Lane availability icon.svg Fast Lane available
Timber Wolf at RCDB

Timber Wolf is a wooden roller coaster located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri. Timber Wolf was designed by Curtis D. Summers and was built by the Dinn Corporation. It opened on April 1, 1989. [1]


The ride

Timber Wolf is one of three wooden roller coasters at Worlds of Fun and Worlds of Fun's first wooden roller coaster. The coaster's highest point is 100 feet (30 m) and its largest drop is 95 feet (29 m), at which point it reaches speeds of 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) and incurs g-forces of 2.8. It also included an unusual 560-degree upward-spiraling helix until 2018, when it was replaced with a 70 degree banked turn. [2] Timber Wolf has a sign at its entrance saying "Extreme vibrations and roughness are a nature of this ride. Do not be alarmed."

The "out and back" loops of Timber Wolf Mamba and Timber Wolf.jpg
The "out and back" loops of Timber Wolf

After Worlds of Fun's purchase by Cedar Fair in 1995, trim brakes were added to the Timber Wolf's first drop, slowing the ride considerably, similar to the now defunct Mean Streak at Cedar Point and the now defunct Hercules at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom. [3]

Inside the ride's station, there is a "chicken exit" for riders who chicken out in line. It is marked by the sign once used by Orient Express, which was demolished in 2003.

The ride's acclaim is featured in the "History of Roller Coasters" in the Wildcat at Frontier City in Oklahoma City.


A view of Timber Wolf and Mamba from outside the park. Timber Wolf at Worlds of Fun.jpg
A view of Timber Wolf and Mamba from outside the park.

2 trains with 6 cars per train built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 24 riders per train. [4]

During the 2022/2023 off-season, its formerly red trains were repainted orange. [5]


In the 2006/2007 off season Timber Wolf underwent renovation involving extensive wood work. When the new season started, riders reported that the ride was smoother. In addition to the wood work, new faceplates were installed featuring airbrushed original Timber Wolf logos, rather than decals that formerly had to be replaced every couple of years. [6]

In the 2007/2008 off season, Timber Wolf received new air powered queue gates, sporting a new aluminum finish. However, the new gates do not match up with the corresponding numbered car, which can lead to some confusion during the loading process.

More renovation of the coaster was completed in 2010.

In 2018, the helix on Timber Wolf was replaced with a seventy-degree banked turn constructed by Great Coasters International, which manufactured Prowler. From 2006 to 2017, Timber Wolf had been in the process of being retracked by GCI from the lift hill up to the track leading up to the 540-degree upwards-spiraling helix. GCI also retracked Timber Wolf from the banked turn to the brake run. Worlds of Fun also revealed their new, modernized Timber Wolf logo, which is a modernized take on the 1989 logo. The new Timber Wolf reopened on May 18, 2018, for season passholder sneak peek night. [2]


Timber Wolf was voted the world's top roller coaster in the 1991 Inside Track readers survey, [7] and was rated the number one favorite wooden coaster in the 1992 NAPHA survey. [8] However, as the coaster has aged, its ranking in more recent polls has fallen considerably.

Golden Ticket Awards: Top Wooden Roller Coasters [9] [10] [11]


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