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Sent mine earlier this morning. Done it the old fashioned way!


3.Rutschebanen (Bakken)


Steve I am loving that you ranked Bakken's Rutschebanen at #3! I figure it will pop into my ballot's top 10 this year too. It really was insanely good when we rode it, and I seriously think I liked it as much as Balder. I just hope it isn't ruined with those new 2010 trains.

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^I think that both Bakken's and Tivoli's old woodies will at least crack my top twenty--much better than I'd anticipated. I'm pretty sure Raven and Voyage will crack my top ten, but I keep going back and forth over which I prefer over the other; they're both great rides.


I even liked Legend. It was running very well last April.

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^^I would have ranked it higher but those third row rides were so brutal. It was like hiring Kimbo Slice to bash your quads with a metal bar.


However, it was easily the most extreme woodie I've been on. More extreme than the Coney Island Cyclone even.

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1. Voyage

2. Fav Steel (6 of which are above next woodie overall)

3. Lightning Racer-T

4. El Toro

5. Son of Beast (with loop)

6. Thunder Run

7. Rampage

8. Raven

9. Thunderhead

10. Legend


I'd love to have Rampage higher, but SOB sure was fun back in 03. Also, Lightning Racer is one of the most FUN coasters I've ever been on.


Bottom Five (more interesting, IMO)


29. The Beast

28. Rolling Thunder

27. Grizzly KD

26. Wildcat HP

25. Thunderhawk Dorney


Would have Raging Wolf Bobs in there, but it's not included in the list.

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I'm an engineer but righ now I feel like a real Idiot: I've read the guide but I can't find the list with the coaster where I have to take off the one I havent riddem.

This is one of those questions where I just feel like saying "*sigh*, just use Ted's helper...."


But to fully answer your question, on the Idiot's guide:



The second line of the guide says:

First off, you need to know where to get your ballot. It can be found HERE!


And if you follow that link you'll see right in front of you:

2009 Wood Poll Ballot


I guess I'm not seeing how this is so difficult or confusing for people.



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Just finished my ballot.


Top 10:


1. El Toro

2. My favorite steel (Bizarro @ SFNE)

3. Phoenix

4. Ravine Flyer II

5. Boulder Dash

6. Tremors

7. Timber Terror

8. Thunderhead

9. Lightning Racer-T

10. Lightning Racer-L

11. D.B. Hurricane



Bottom 5: (counting down to my worst)


Cyclone (SFNE)

Rolling Thunder (SF GAdv)

Grizzly (CGA)

Wildcat (Lake Compounce)

Predator (Darien Lake)

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Mine is in.


Here is my final tally.





~"Guy T. Koepp Ohana"


Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,2

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,6

Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,5

Positive G's/Loops_________________________,y,y,4

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,3

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <--Please leave this

El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,n,1

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

Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CT,y,n,3

Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend KY,y,y,4

Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,y,5

Terminator Salvatio S. F. Magic Mountain CA,y,y,6

Wildcat Hersheypark PA,y,n,7

Thunderbolt SF New England MA,y,n,8

Raven Holiday World IN,y,y,9

The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,y,10


Lightning Racer - L Hersheypark PA,y,n,20

Lightning Racer - T Hersheypark PA,y,n,21

Comet Hersheypark PA,y,n,22

Rebel Yell Kings Dominion VA,y,y,23

Thunder Road Carowinds NC,y,y,24

Yankee Cannonball Canobie Lake Park NH,y,n,25

GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,26

Racer Kings Island OH,y,y,27

Gwazi-Tiger Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,n,28

Gwazi-Lion Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,n,29


Georgia Cyclone SFoG GA,y,n,30

Scooby Doo Kings Dominion VA,y,y,31

Fairly Odd Coaster Kings Island OH,y,y,32

Fairly Odd Coaster Carowinds NC,y,y,33

The Beast Kings Island OH,y,y,34

Thunder Run Kentucky Kingdom KY,y,y,35

Wildcat Lake Compounce CT,y,n,36

The Legend Holiday World IN,y,y,47

Thunderhawk Dorney Park PA,y,n,38

Judge Roy Scream SFoT TX,y,n,39


The Grizzly Kings Dominion VA,y,y,40

Starliner (SBNO) Cypress Gardens FL,y,n,41

Triple Hurricane(S) Cypress Gardens FL,y,n,42

Hurler Kings Dominion VA,y,y,43

Colossus S.F. Magic Mountain CA,y,y,44

Cyclone Lakeside CO,y,n,45

Hurler Carowinds NC,y,y,46

Grt Am Scrm Mach SFoG GA,y,n,47

Twister II Elitch Gardens CO,y,n,48

Predator Darien Lake NY,y,y,49


Cyclone SF New England MA,y,n,56

Son of Beast (SBNO) Kings Island OH,y,y,57

Texas Giant SFoT TX,y,n,58

Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,y,n,59

Rattler Fiesta Texas TX,y,n,60

------------------------------------------------0 <--Please leave this



Guy "Let the fanboy debate begin." Koepp

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Just sent mine in. Took about 30 minutes.


Here's my top 20, and bottom 5:


1. T-Express

2. Ozark Wildcat

3. Rampage

4. Hades

5. Tonnere de Zeus

6. Boulder Dash

7. Tremors

8. Troy

9. Any Steel (EGF)

10. Coaster (PNE)

11. Raven

12. Avalanche

13. Balder

14. Kentucky Rumbler

15. The Voyage

16. Hell Cat

17. Fireball

18. Terminator Salvation

19. Timber Terror

20. Renegade







144. Mean Streak

145. Grizzly (Great America)

146. Son of Beast

147. Bandit

148. Anaconda




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I waited and waited and then flaked out last year, so I just went ahead and got this year's done tonight.


My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,y,y,1

The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,y,2

Cornball Express Indiana Beach IN,y,y,3

Raven Holiday World IN,y,y,4

Thunderbolt Kennywood PA,y,n,5

GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,6

Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,wy,7

Georgia Cyclone SFoG GA,y,y,8

Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure MI,y,n,9

The Legend Holiday World IN,y,y,10

Blue Streak Cedar Point OH,y,y,11


This is the actually first year The Voyage has topped my (wood) list, primarily due to Cornball being sightly off on my last visit. GhostRider still ranks where I would have put it the last time I rode it (circa 2004). I feel a bit weird about that, but it would still be my number one if it ran like it did that first couple years.


/Worst: Son of Beast

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OK, I've sent in my ballot. Here's my top ten (starting with the best, of course):



El Toro


My Favorite Steel (Expedition GeForce)



The Voyage


Tonnerre de Zeus



And here's my bottom five (bad to worse):


The Grizzly (CGA)


Son of Beast

The Bandit



As lousy as Son of Beast was, I remembered hating Bandit and Anaconda even more.

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1- El Toro @ GAdv

2- Favorite Steel (SFNE Bizarro)

3- Boulder Dash

4- Lightning Racer Thunder

5- Lightning Racer Lightning

6- Phoenix

7- Thunderbolt @ SFNE

8- Blue Streak

9- Cyclone @ SFNE

10- Twister @ Knoebels

11- Comet @ Hershey

12- Wildcat @ Hershey

13- Mighty Canadian Mine Buster

14- Gwazi Tiger

15- Gwazi Lion

16- Wildcat @ Lake Compounce

17- Rolling Thunder

18- Wilde Beast



19- Mean Streak

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I finally got around to doing this. It was a lot easier than it appeared to be.



It's really not that hard.


- Copy/paste the list

- Delete the coasters you haven't ridden and mark them with a "Y"

- Mark "Y" if you rode them this year

- Rank them!


I just don't understand how this is hard!



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I finally got around to doing this. It was a lot easier than it appeared to be.



It's really not that hard.


- Copy/paste the list

- Delete the coasters you haven't ridden and mark them with a "Y"

- Mark "Y" if you rode them this year

- Rank them!


I just don't understand how this is hard!




I'm betting those who are saying it is hard are trying to use the official tutorial, not the one on this site. I found the official tutorial to be over-complicated and spent about 15 minutes figuring out the instructions before realizing that all if was asking was what you posted: A simple four step process. The official tutorial takes about 3 pages to explain something that should take 4 lines.

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