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TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:26 pm

The TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results are IN!!!

First of all we’d like to thank the 366 people who submitted ballots to the poll. I’d also like to send a super HUGE thanks to Chase & AJ! Chase for creating the poll and AJ for being a fantastic moderator helping to contribute to the content side of it.

The reason why this poll exists is because the Mitch Hawker poll, which was IMO, the quintessential roller coaster poll for nearly 20 years seems to have fallen into a black hole leaving no polls or awards that exist that I would put real faith into the results.

The way Mitch’s poll worked is that instead of being a “popularity contest” of “he who gets the most votes wins” it actually ranked and weighted people’s real life riding experience against each other. It took into account how many coasters you’ve ridden and how those rankings compare against others with similar experiences. It also meant that no matter if you’ve ridden 50 or 500 coasters, the results were “fair and balanced.” I will let Chase go into more details on how those rankings worked later in this thread.

I would also like to point out that while we consider this the “official ranking” of the TPR Coaster Poll we consider this year’s poll to be a “live beta test” as we will learn many things from this years poll and make changes based off that learning for next year. Please also remember that the results can and will change the more people that submit a ballot! Your coaster riding experience matters! So if your favorite ride didn’t rank where you hoped they would and you didn’t vote this year, please do so in the next poll!

So without any further adieu, here are the results!

2017 Top 25 Overall Roller Coasters
https://coasterpoll.com/results/all

1. El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Lightning Rod - Dollywood
3. Wildfire - Kolmården
4. Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico
5. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
6. Maverick - Cedar Point
7. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
8. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion
9. Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort
10. Skyrush - Hersheypark
11. Millennium Force - Cedar Point
12. Helix - Liseberg
13. Fury 325 - Carowinds
14† Mega-Lite/Kawasemi/Fly Over Mediterranean/Piraten
15. Balder - Liseberg
16. Storm Chaser - Kentucky Kingdom
17. Superman the Ride - Six Flags New England
18. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
19. New Texas Giant - Six Flags Over Texas
20. Taron - Phantasialand
21. Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain
22. Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England
23. iSpeed - Mirabilandia
24. Shambhala - PortAventura Park
25. Iron Rattler - Six Flags Fiesta Texas

*Please note that some coasters were not included in the final results due to too few riders (less than 12.). Please visit the website to see how these rides *may* have affected the top 25 if they had more ridership.

† All four of these Intamin Mega-Lite coasters were ranked close together in the top 30. Based on their close ranking and identical ride experience, we have made the decision to tie all four together. This is the only "clone" we are doing that with this year and we may consider lumping cloned coasters together in future polls.

2017 Top 25 Wood Roller Coasters
https://coasterpoll.com/results/wood

1. El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
2. Lightning Rod - Dollywood
3. Wildfire - Kolmården
4. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
5. Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort
6. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
7. Balder - Liseberg
8. Coaster - Playland (at the PNE)
9. Voyage - Holiday World
10. Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer Water World
11. Goliath - Six Flags Great America
12. Gold Striker - California's Great America
13. Mystic Timbers - Kings Island
14. Wooden Coaster Fireball - Happy Valley Shanghai
15. Mine Blower - Fun Spot America Kissimmee
16. Shivering Timbers - Michigan's Adventure
17. Prowler - Worlds Of Fun
18. Troy - Toverland
19. Renegade - Valleyfair!
20. Thunderbird - PowerLand
21. Raven - Holiday World
22. Tremors - Silverwood Theme Park
23. Twister - Gröna Lund
24. Beast - Kings Island
25. Thunderhead - Dollywood

*Please note that some coasters were not included in the final results due to too few riders (less than 12.). Please visit the website to see how these rides *may* have affected the top 25 if they had more ridership.

2017 Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters
https://coasterpoll.com/results/steel

1. Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico
2. Maverick - Cedar Point
3. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
4. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion
5. Helix - Liseberg
6† Mega-Lite/Kawasemi/Fly Over Mediterranean/Piraten
7. Skyrush - Hersheypark
8. Millennium Force - Cedar Point
9. Storm Chaser - Kentucky Kingdom
10. Fury 325 - Carowinds
11. Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain
12. New Texas Giant - Six Flags Over Texas
13. Superman the Ride - Six Flags New England
14. Taron - Phantasialand
15. Shambhala - PortAventura Park
16. iSpeed - Mirabilandia
17. Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England
18. Goliath - Walibi Holland
19. Iron Rattler - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
20. Flying Dinosaur - Universal Studios Japan
21. Katun - Mirabilandia
22. Nemesis - Alton Towers
23. Lightning Run - Kentucky Kingdom
24. Lost Gravity - Walibi Holland
25. Top Thrill Dragster - Cedar Point

*Please note that some coasters were not included in the final results due to too few riders (less than 12.). Please visit the website to see how these rides *may* have affected the top 25 if they had more ridership.

† All four of these Intamin Mega-Lite coasters were ranked close together in the top 30. Based on their close ranking and identical ride experience, we have made the decision to tie all four together. This is the only "clone" we are doing that with this year and we may consider lumping cloned coasters together in future polls.

2017 Bottom 10 Wood Coasters
120. Wild Beast - Canada's Wonderland
121. Twister II - Elitch Gardens
122. Wildcat - Lake Compounce
123. Ghoster Coaster - Canada's Wonderland
124. Pegasus - Mt. Olympus Water and Theme Park
125. Coaster Express - Parque Warner Madrid
126. Predator - Darien Lake
127. Grizzly - California's Great America
128. Anaconda - Walygator Parc
129. Bandit - Movie Park Germany

2017 Bottom 10 Steel Coasters
458. MP-Xpress - Movie Park Germany
459. Big Apple Coaster (Manhattan Express) - New York New York Hotel & Casino
460. Flight Deck - Canada's Wonderland
461. Soarin' Eagle - Scream Zone
462. T3 - Kentucky Kingdom
463. Mind Eraser - Six Flags America
464. Mind Eraser - Elitch Gardens
465. Mind Eraser - Darien Lake
466. Condor - Walibi Holland
467. Time Warp - Canada's Wonderland

Once again we’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote in the poll and help with the live beta test of this system. We look forward to continuing the poll in 2018!
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#1 - El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
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#2 - Lightning Rod - Dollywood
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#3 - Wildfire - Kolmården
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#4 - Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
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#5 - Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Resort
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#6 - Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
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#7 - Balder - Liseberg
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#8 - Coaster - Playland at the PNE
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#9 - The Voyage - Holiday World
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#10 - Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer
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#1 - Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico
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#2 - Maverick - Cedar Point
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#3 - Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
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#4 - Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion
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#5 - Helix - Liseberg
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#6 - Intamin Megalite - Various Parks
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#7 - Skyrush - Hersherypark
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#8 - Millennium Force - Cedar Point
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#9 - Storm Chaser - Kentucky Kingdom
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#10 - Fury 325 - Carowinds

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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:36 pm

Awesome! It’s great to see Medusa Steel Coaster get Number 1 Steel! I was not expecting that. I also find it interesting that the top three overall coasters are wood! Sweet. Thank you to everyone involved with the poll!
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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby JG-77 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:42 pm

Yay! I've been waiting (and everyone else too of course) for quite some time to see these results, and I'm glad to see them. Super happy to see Toro at #1 :airtimer: :br :airtimer:

I'm a bit surprised to see Maverick so high. I haven't ridden too many coasters, so I have to base my guesses off of what I've heard from others, but I thought that most people generally regarded GeForce (not to mention others) to be better than Maverick. Also I severly underestimated how much people like Medusa, I guess I'll have to figure out how to get to Mexico (not anytime soon though, I doubt my family's going to Mexico anytime soon :lol: ).

Anyway, overall I'm very glad to see the results, and I can't wait to see how this poll evolves :b
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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby joelwee » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:45 pm

I like how 7 of the bottom 10 steel coasters are SLCs. :lol: I need to get out and ride one to experience for myself how bad they are.

Thank you to Robb, A.J., and Chase for putting this poll together!
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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby bert425 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:49 pm

thanks so much for hosting this Robb, and to Chase and A.J. -- FANTASTIC job guys!

nice that I've been on several of the Top coasters, and have only ridden 1 of the bottom (NYNY coaster in Vegas).

I do admit I'm kind of stunned that Millennium Force didn't crack the top 5, but maybe that's just because I haven't ridden some of those that ranked higher.
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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby TwistyTie » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:52 pm

It’s kind of funny that the best steel coaster in the world according to this poll literally has ‘steel coaster’ in the name. :p
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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby robbalvey » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:53 pm

TwistyTie wrote:It’s kind of funny that the best steel coaster in the world according to this poll literally has ‘steel coaster’ in the name. :p

I actually said exactly the same thing! :Pr

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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby ride of steel » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:54 pm

Why am I not surprised that Predator made the bottom woodie list. :roll:

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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby Manic Monte » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:55 pm

Wow...go RMC. They really have taken over. Very pleasantly surprised to see TC rank so well!

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Re: TPR 2017 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby thesman » Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:58 pm

Extremely interesting results! Thought we would see some park bias but that is not that case, shout out to the guys that made it!

any interesting trends seen in the data?

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