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Kingda Ka, the tallest roller coaster in the world.
Key Meaning
^ Currently in storage
* Currently standing but not operating (SBNO)
** Currently under construction
Current record holder

The tallest roller coaster in the world is Kingda Ka at Six Flags Great Adventure in the United States standing at 456 feet. The tallest operating wooden roller coaster is Lightning Rod at Dollywood in Tennessee standing at 206 feet.

Rankings

Steel

Rank Height Name Amusement park Location Manufacturer Record Held
1st 456 feet Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Adventure
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Jackson, New Jersey, USA
Intamin May 2005 – present
2nd 420 feet Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point
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Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Intamin May 2003-May 2005
3rd 415 feet Superman: Escape From Krypton Six Flags Magic Mountain
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Valencia, California, USA
Intamin March 1997-May 2003
4th 377 feet Tower of Terror II Dreamworld
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Coomera, Queensland, Australia
Intamin January 1997-March 1997
5th 367.4 feet Red Force Ferrari Land
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Salou, Tarragona, Spain
Intamin N/A
6th 325 feet Fury 325 Carowinds
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Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Bolliger & Mabillard N/A
7th 318 feet Steel Dragon 2000 Nagashima Spaland
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Nagashima, Mie Prefacture, Japan
Morgan N/A
8th 310 feet Millennium Force Cedar Point
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Sandusky, Ohio, USA
Intamin N/A
9th 306 feet Leviathan Canada's Wonderland
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Vaughan, Ontario, Canada
Bolliger & Mabillard N/A
10th 305 feet Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion
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Doswell, Virginia, USA
Intamin N/A

Wood

While it uses wooden track, the tallest section of Wildfire at Kolmården uses a steel structure, so whether it should be included in this list is debatable.

Rank Height Name Amusement Park Location Manufacturer Record Held
* 196.8 feet Colossos Heide Park
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Soltau, Lower Saxony, Germany
Intamin April 2001 – July 2016
* 187 feet Wildfire Kolmården
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Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden
Rocky Mountain Construction July 2016 - October 2016
1st 183.8 feet T Express Everland
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Yongin-Si, South Korea
Intamin October 2016 - present
2nd 181 feet El Toro Six Flags Great Adventure
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Jackson, New Jersey
Intamin N/A
3rd 165 feet Goliath Six Flags Great America
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Gurnee, Illinois, USA
Rocky Mountain Construction N/A
4th 164 feet Python in Bamboo Forest Nanchang Wanda Park
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Nanchang, Jangxi, China
Great Coasters International N/A
5th 163 feet The Voyage Holiday World
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Santa Claus, Indiana, USA
The Gravity Group N/A
6th 147 feet Wood Coaster Knight Valley
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Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Great Coasters International N/A
7th 139 feet White Cyclone Nagashima Spa Land
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Mie Prefecture, Japan
Intamin N/A
8th 136 feet Hades 360 Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park
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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, USA
The Gravity Group N/A
9th 131 feet WODAN - Timburcoaster Europa-Park
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Rust, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Great Coasters International N/A
10th 130.9 feet Le Monstre La Ronde
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Montréal,
Québec, Canada
William Cobb & Associates N/A

History

Steel

Wood

  • 100 feet - Cyclone (Revere Beach) (1925 - 1937)
  • 125 feet - Lake Placid Bobsled (1937 - 1946 (demolished))
  • 110 feet - Giant Racer (1946 - 1957 (demolished))
  • 100 feet - Cyclone (Revere Beach) (1957 - 1964)
  • 110 feet - Montaña Rusa (La Feria Chapultepec Mágico) (1964 - June 28, 1978)
  • 110 feet - Screamin' Eagle (April 10, 1976 - June 28, 1978)
  • 125 feet - Colossus (June 29, 1978 - May 23, 1981)
  • 127 feet - American Eagle (May 23, 1981 - July 19, 1985)
  • 130.9 feet - Monstre (July 20, 1985 - March 16, 1990)
  • 143 feet - Texas Giant (March 17, 1990 - May 10, 1991)
  • 161 feet - Mean Streak (May 11, 1991 - March 13, 1992)
  • 171.9 feet - Rattler (March 14, 1992 – May 26, 2000)
  • 218 feet - Son of Beast (May 26, 2000 – June 16, 2009 (demolished))
  • 197 feet - Colossos (June 16, 2009 - June 28, 2016 (SBNO))
  • 187 feet - Wildfire (Kolmården Wildlife Park) (June 28, 2016 - October 28, 2016 (SBNO))
  • 183.3 feet T Express - (October 28, 2016 – present)