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Mitch Hawker's Coaster Poll 2009!

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Mitch Hawker's Wood Coaster Poll and the Steel Coaster Poll have been posted! For details click here:



Now we know this poll can be a bit complicated, but it's VERY IMPORTANT that if you want your opinion heard that you take the time to fill out the poll. If you need some help, Theme Park Review's "Idiot's Guide to Mitch Hawker Poll" is here:



And you can also check out Mitch's visual guide to help as well:



It doesn't matter if you've ridden 500 coasters or 5. TAKE THIS POLL!!!!


Mitch's head-to-head method makes sure that EVERYONE'S opinion counts!


Thank you to everyone who participates.




Here's what I came up with for my top ten:


1 . T Express

1 . Balder

2 . My Favorite Steel

3 . El Toro

4 . Phoenix

5 . Boulder Dash

6 . Colossos

7 . Ravine Flyer II

8 . Raven

9 . Tonnerre de Zeus

10 . Fireball


And my bottom list:

Here's my bottom list:



White Canyon


Twister II

The Bandit

Magnus Colossus



Sierra Tonante




Son of Beast (SBNO)

The Grizzly

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This is an example from my ballot just so people can see how to vote.


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Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,6

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,4

Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,2

Positive G's/Loops_________________________,y,y,5

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,3

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <--Please leave this

El Toro SFGAd NJ,Y,y,1

My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,n,y,2

The Grizzly Kings Dominion VA,Y,y,3

Wildcat Hersheypark PA,Y,y,4

Roar SF America MD,Y,y,5

Lightning Racer - L Hersheypark PA,Y,y,6

Lightning Racer - T Hersheypark PA,Y,y,6

Thunderhawk Dorney Park PA,n,y,7

Wild One SF America MD,Y,y,8

Hurler Kings Dominion VA,n,y,9

Comet Hersheypark PA,Y,y,10

Rebel Yell Kings Dominion VA,Y,y,11

Blue Streak Cedar Point OH,n,y,12

Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,Y,y,13

Mean Streak Cedar Point OH,n,y,14

Scooby Doo Kings Dominion VA,n,y,15

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^^Ha! I was just about to start a spreadsheet so I could sort out my list. Then I read Robb's "Idiot Guide" and I think I will just rank my top 10 and bottom 10 and then group the others.


I was mainly having a hard time with the middle of the pack and the coasters I loved but only rode as a kid, but I know aren't that great now. (i.e. Colossus, the Beast)

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Voted. Here's what I came up with for my top 10:


1) Balder - Liseberg

2) Tele2 Insane - Gröna Lund (My Favorite Steel)

3) Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce

4) Phoenix - Knoebel's

5) El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure

6) Colossos - Heide Park

7) Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer

8) Avalanche - Timber Falls

9) Cornball Express - Indiana Beach

10) Raven - Holiday World

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By doing this poll, I realized I have been on a lot more wooden coasters than I thought...


I also noticed a HUGE difference in my top 7 verses those below it.


My top 10:


1) Balder

2) El Toro

3) Fav. Steel Coaster

4) Boulder Dash

5) Thunderhead

6-7) Lightening Racer

8) Thunder Run

9) The Boss (haven't ridden since 2004)

10) Ghost Rider (haven't ridden since 2002!)

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Sent my 1st ballot in!


Top ten:


1) Boulder Dash

2) My favorite steel (S:ROS at SFNE)

3) Phoenix

4) El Toro

5) Lightning Racer (Thunder)

6) Lightning Racer (Lightning)

7) Thunderhead

8) Georgia Cyclone

9) American Eagle

10) The Beast (Haven't ridden since 1991, so yeah...)


Hmm, looks like my top 6 were all on the TPR East Coast Trip!

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I just filled out my ballot.


1. My Favorite Steel (Maverick @ Cedar Point)

2. Coaster @ PNE Playland

3. Phoinex @ Knoebels

4. Comet @ Great Escape

5. Terminator @ SFMM

6. Viper @ SFGAm

7. Jackrabbit @ Kennywood

8. Beast @ Kings Island

9. Thunderbolt @ Kennywood

10. Twister @ Knoebels


Bottom 5

56. Scooby Doo's Ghoster Coaster @ Canadas Wonerland

(Are actually bad rides.)

57. Son of Beast @ Kings Island

58. Mean Streak @ Cedar Point

59. Grizzly @ CGA

60. Wild Beast @ Canada's Wonderland

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That Wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. Here's My top 10:


1) Phoenix - Knoebel's

2) El Toro - SFGAd

3) My Favorite Steel (Nitro, SFGAdv)

4) Comet - Hersheypark

5) Great White - Wild Wheels Pier

6) Lightning Racer - Hersheypark (Both Sides)

7) Wildcat - Hersheypark

8) Thunderhead - Dollywood

9) Rolling Thunder - SFGAd

10) Twister - Knoebel's

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