Wooden Roller Coaster Dimensions

Height-to-length ratios for wooden roller coasters tend to be approximately in the range of 1:40 to 1:30, as shown by the red lines on the graph below:

(Image: Graph of Height vs Length for Wooden Roller Coasters)

The most distant outliers are Montezum and the Grand National. I am not sure what, if any, conclusions can be drawn, since heights are not necessarily reported consistently or accurately.

raw data

(ordered by reported length)

coaster, park length (feet) height (feet)
Kiddie Coaster, Rye Playland 300 16
Little Dipper, Camden Park 450 17
Little Dipper(s), Kiddie Land & Hillcrest 700 24
Teddy Bear, Strickers Grove 700 28
Rollo Coaster, Idlewild Park 900 27
Sea Dragon, Wyandot Lake 1300 36
Pegasus, Big Chief 1335 48
Beastie Coaster, PKI 1350 38
Ghoster Coaster, PCWo 1356 45
Zach's Zoomer, Michigan's Adventure 1360 40
Jack Rabbit, Clementon Lake 1380 50
Scooby Doo(s), PKD & PCw 1385 35
Comet, Waldameer Beach 1400 45
Tree Topper, Upper Clements Park 1400 60
Tomahawk, Port Aventura 1444 44
Leap The Dips, Lakemont Park 1450 41
Cannonball, Waterville 1600 65
Pegasus, D'Efteling 1614 52
Giant Coaster, Arnold's Park 1640 63
Cyclops, Big Chief 1750 70
Big Dipper, Camden Park 1800 50
Yankee Cannonball, Canobie Lake 2000 64
Sky Princess, Dutch Wonderland 2079 53
Tornado, Stricker's Grove 2080 55
Jack Rabbbit, Seabreeze 2100 75
Jack Rabbit, Kennywood 2132 70
Outlaw, Adventureland 2223 64
Cannonball, Lake Winnepesaukah 2272 70
Roller Coaster, Blackpool Pleasure Beach 2293 61
Cyclone, Williams Grove 2300 65
Racer, Kennywood 2400 76
Cyclone, Southport Pleasureland 2500 53
Texas Tornado, Frontierland 2500 53
Thunder Eagle, Race World 2500 70
Blue Streak, Cedar Point 2558 78
Zingo, Bells 2560 86
Zeus, Big Chief 2576 84
Roller Coaster, Lagoon 2598 60
Thunderbolt, Riverside Park 2600 70
Roller Coaster, Joyland 2600 80
Giant Dipper, Belmont Park 2600 73
Twisted Sisters, Kentucky Kingdom 2631 72
Comet Flyer, Whalom Park 2640 65
Screachin' Eagle, Americana 2640 78
Starliner, Miracle Strip 2640 70
Swamp Fox, Family Kingdom 2640 72
Giant Dipper, Santa Cruz Beach & Boardwalk 2640 70
Cyclone, Astroland 2640 85
Roller Coaster, Puyallup Fair 2650 57
Wildcat, Frontier City 2653 75
Judge Roy Scream, SFoT 2670 65
Big Dipper, Geauga Lake 2680 65
Raven, Holiday World 2731 80
Comet, Lincoln Park 2740 69
Wildcat, Lake Compounce 2746 85
Thunderhawk, Dorney Park 2767 80
Silver Comet, Martin's Fantasy Island 2780 83
Cyclone, Lakeside Park 2800 80
Timber Terror, Silverwood Park 2803 80
Tornado, Adventureland 2840 93
Coaster, Vancouver Playland 2840 68
Thunder Run, Kentucky Kingdom 2850 88
Zippin Pippin, Libertyland 2865 70
Hoosier Hurricane, Indiana Beach 2891 77
Blue Streak, Conneaut Lake 2900 77
Excalibur, Funtown USA 2929 88
Mega-Fobia, Oakwood Park 2956 85
Georgia Cyclone, SFoG 2970 95
Psyclone, Six Flags Magic Mountain 2970 95
High Roller, Valleyfair 2982 70
Skyliner, Lakemont Park 3000 85
Thundercoaster, Tusenfryd 3100 106
Stampida, Port Aventura 3127 84
Wild Beast, PCWo 3150 82
Grizzly, PKD 3150 87
Hurler(s), PCw & PKD 3157 83
Tremors, 3158 85
Medusa, SF Mexico 3180 84
Wildcat, Hershey Park 3183 90
Texas Cyclone, Six Flags Astroworld 3184 93
Phoenix, Knoebels 3200 78
Rolling Thunder, Six Flags Great Adventure 3200 96
Grizzly, PGA 3200 90
Roar, Adventure World (SFA) 3200 90
Thunderbolt, Kennywood 3250 95
Big Dipper, Blackpool Pleasure Beach 3295 70
Grand National, Blackpool Pleasure Beach 3302 62
Arkansas Twister, Magic Springs 3340 95
Comet, Hershey Park 3360 82
Rebel Yell, PKD 3368 86
Montezum, Hopi Hari 3380 146
Dragon Coaster, Rye Playland 3400 85
Riverside Cyclone, Riverside 3400 107
Predator, Darien Lake 3400 99
Lightning Racer, Hersheypark 3400 90
Great White, Morey's 3405 104
Racer, PKI 3415 88
Raging Wolf Bobs, Geauga Lake 3426 80
Great Am Scream Machine, SFoG 3450 105
Viper, Six Flags Great America 3458 80
Roar, Marine World 3467 95
Gwazi, Busch Gardens Tampa 3500 90
Asuka, Nara Dreamland 3547 98
Rampage, Visionland 3552 110
Wild Wild West, Warner Brothers Germany 3606 100
White Canyon, Yomiuriland 3609 116
Hurricane, Myrtle Beach 3693 105
Thunder Road, PCw 3819 93
Mighty C Minebuster, PCWo 3828 90
Screamin' Eagle, SFStL 3872 110
Twister, Knoebels 3900 102
Villain, SF Ohio (GL) 3980 108
Le Monstre, La Ronde 3990 131
Hercules, Dorney Park 4000 148
Wild One, SFA 4000 98
Mr Twister, Elitch Gardens 4000 96
The Legend, Holiday World 4039 99
Legend, Holiday World 4042 116
Tonerre de Zeus, Parc Asterix 4044 98
Comet, Great Escape 4197 95
Megazeph, Jazzland 4212 108
Timber Wolf, Worlds Of Fun 4320 95
Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain 4325 115
Twister II, Elitch Gardens 4460 105
Boulder Dash, Lake Compounce 4500 140
American Eagle, Six Flags Great America 4650 147
Jupiter, Kijima Park 4656 121
Ghost Rider, Knott's Berry Farm 4675 117
Texas Giant, SFoT 4920 143
The Boss, SFStL 5058 122
Rattler, Fiesta Texas 5080 176
White Cyclone, Nagashima Spaland 5363 139
Shivering Timbers, Michigan's Adventure 5383 122
Mean Streak, Cedar Point 5427 161
Son of Beast, PKI 7032 218

Lengths given in round numbers are approximate, and may be substantially incorrect [1]. Heights may be lift heights, spans, or something else. Lengths and heights were from various sources, and may not be the same as reported in the latest edition of the Guide to Ride. For the CCI coasters, I have used the lift heights (and lengths) from their web site. With apologies to the metric minded, I have used feet rather than converting to meters, since the majority of these roller coasters are in the US, and their dimensions are generally reported in feet.

Coasters with more than one lift are omitted.

[1] Case in point: I have listed the length of the Tree Topper as 1400 feet, in agreement with GtR2000. The CEC lists the lengths as 323 or 357 m, which work out to 1060 or 1171 feet. Of course, the latter may have been 1170 feet before conversion to meters. The height of this ride also seems to be uncertain.

Content last revised 3-Dec-2001
File last revised 14-Aug-2009

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