Timber Wolf

Roller coaster in the United States
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Timber Wolf
An overview of Timber Wolf taken from Mamba
Worlds of Fun
Location Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Coordinates 39°10′22″N 94°29′21″W / 39.172788°N 94.489134°W / 39.172788; -94.489134
Park section Wild West
Status Operating since April 1, 1989
Rider height 48 inch minimum
Replaced Extremeroller
Manufacturer Dinn Corporation
Designer / calculations Curtis D. Summers
Type Wooden
Hourly capacity 904
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 100 feet
Drop 95 feet
Top speed 53 mph
Length 4230 feet
Inversions 0
Duration 2:13
G-Force 2.8
Rolling stock
Manufacturer Philadelphia Toboggan Coasters
Riders per train 24

Timber Wolf is a wooden roller coaster located at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. It was designed by Curtis D. Summers and built by Dinn Corporation.


Timber Wolf opened on April 1, 1989.[1]

Prior to the 2007 season, extensive wood work was carried out on Timber Wolf to make the ride smoother.[2]

On January 4, 2018, Worlds of Fun announced that they would be retracking the ride and adding a 70 degree banked turn at the end, replacing the helix. The work was carried out by Great Coasters International with design and engineering provided by Skyline Attractions.[3][4][5]

For the 2019 season, both Prowler and Timber Wolf were retracked.[6]

The ride was retracked once again in 2021.[7]



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.


2 trains with 6 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows, for a total of 24 riders per train. The trains were built by Philadelphia Toboggan Company.


  • On March 31, 1990, 35 people suffered minor injuries when a train collided with a stationary train in front, prior to entering the station.[8] It was found that the control system was unable to handle two trains at the same time. Timber Wolf reopened with a single train in late April while the control system was modified.[9]
  • On June 30, 1995, a 14-year-old girl fell roughly 25 feet to her death from the Timber Wolf. While her friend riding next to her claims the lap-bar and seat belt both came undone, the park contested this, stating that the all restraints on the train were in place before and after the ride cycle.[10] Two witnesses sitting two rows behind claimed the girl was standing up prior to the incident.[11] In 1998, the mother of the girl reached a $200,000 settlement with Philadelphia Toboggan Company, manufacturer of the train, and Hunt Midwest Entertainment, the former owner of the park.[12]



  1. "Park dedicates new coaster". The Manhattan Mercury.
  2. Timber Wolf - Worlds of Fun Blog (Wayback archive)
  3. "New Finale for World of Fun's Timber Wolf in 2018". Coaster101. January 5, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  4. Timber Wolf - Worlds of Fun
  5. "Timberwolf Modifications". Skyline Attractions. Retrieved 2023-05-17.
  6. "Wood Working: Timber Wolf & Prowler". Worlds of Fun.
  7. "The Re-Tracking of Timber Wolf: Worlds of Fun's Oldest & "Newest" Coaster". Coaster101. May 7, 2021. Retrieved January 29, 2022.
  8. 35 INJURED AT WORLDS OF FUN - The Wichita Eagle
  9. COASTER TO RUN AGAIN - Wichita Eagle
  10. Girl dies at Worlds of Fun - Lawrence Journal-World
  11. Victim May Have Stood in Roller Coaster Witnesses Saw Girl over Headrest - Questia
  12. U.S. Roller Coaster Fatalities (1972-1997) - Ride Accidents

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