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SCBB - 47, down from 46 in 2009

Belmont - 82, down from 81 in 2009

As the lone Belmont Dipper fan here (as in I believe I'm the only one that likes San Diego's better after having rode both), this saddens me.

 

Also, I still find the fact that Great Escape's Comet doesn't crack the top 25 disappointing as well. That thing is absolutely amazing, and the only thing worth visiting The Great Escape for.

 

But, on a happy note, at least Thunderhead still seems to be holding its own!

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So, does that pretty much prove that GCI makes a quality ride that isn't going to be the best coaster in the world, and they're all pretty similar? It seems every year GCI comes out with something new that everyone raves about, but as an outsider looking in (because I haven't ridden more than 4 GCIs), they've always looked pretty similar with one or two innovations along the way.

GCI = B&M

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So, does that pretty much prove that GCI makes a quality ride that isn't going to be the best coaster in the world, and they're all pretty similar? It seems every year GCI comes out with something new that everyone raves about, but as an outsider looking in (because I haven't ridden more than 4 GCIs), they've always looked pretty similar with one or two innovations along the way.

GCI = B&M

Totally agree. GCI has to be the most consistent wood coaster developer out there. I don't think I've ever been on a bad one, and I can honestly say I've enjoyed every single GCI I've ridden.

 

BUT...there is something about that makes them hard to crack my top ten. It is probably the lack of extreme airtime that I love, but that's just my style preference. I have a lot of GCI's in my "2nd tier" rankings just outside of my top ten.

 

Some of them get close...and I always look forward to riding them because I know to expect a really solid ride.

 

I always think that if GCI could make one of their woodies with some extreme elements as TGG, or if TGG can make a woodie that is consistently smooth and maintenance free as a GCI, you'd have the ultimate winning combo.

 

--Robb

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^That's why I'm so anxious to see how Mountain Flyer turns out. They got outside that 80-100 foot "comfort zone" of theirs and took a chance with a monster terrain coaster that might just blow away everything else they or anyone else has ever built. Then again, it could be just a super sized version of all their other coasters. Unfortunately, only a lucky few of us will even get to experience it (hence why I might sell a kidney to go to China in 2012).

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Not surprising to see Voyage drop after some of the negative reviews it got this year. I'm really interested to see what will happen in the next couple years once the Timberliners get rolling on it. Right now we have a good basis to see the direction it was heading in the polls with the PTCs still on it, and we'll see just what kind of difference the new trains will make.

 

And by the way, HELL YEAH FOR RAMPAGE!!!!! So glad to see it climbing two years in a row after it had been dropping a few spots every year since it opened, and it's the #2 CCI in the rankings! Thank you to everyone who gave love to this under-appreciated coaster!

 

I'm thinking the new trains on Voyage will definitely make the difference- I think the reason for it's fall is definitely how rough the ride has become...I just couldn't believe the difference. Will be interesting to see, for sure.

 

And as for Rampage, couldn't agree more! That thing delivered some of the most insane rides I have ever experienced and therefore it is comfortable in my top 5. Such a great ride! I guess a lot more people are visiting AA as they improve and it seems like they are taking great care of the coaster.

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I'm surprised the Voyage didn't win again. That ride seems to have a massive following. I haven't been on it, but it just doesn't look like too much more than an oversized out-and-back. Maybe it's following is starting to fall apart as the ride is reportedly getting very rough. I'll judge it for myself when I ride this July. I'll also have to judge El Toro in August. It looks really good.

 

The highest rated ride I've been on is Thunderhead. I'm kind of surprised it is still so high as the ride has gotten somewhat rough, although it isn't too bad. I've kind of expected it to fall closer to where Terminator (my favorite wood coaster) currently is.

 

I find it funny how much my personal list tends to differ from these results every year. I still rank GhostRider and Roar above Giant Dipper (SCBB), Blue Streak below Colossus, and Grizzly (CGA) much higher than last on my list.

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Funny to see a ride with exactly 4 airtime hills get the number one spot.

 

I mean, it's a great coaster, but it's like a very lite version of any of the Intamin steel megas, with a staff that's committed to pushing down the Lapbar as far into your crotch as can be done.

 

 

I found the bar pushing on El Toro was one of those extra lil bonus features unique to El Toro

I saw so many people gladly rasing there arms as high as possible, breathing in with all there might trying to fit

Very unique, never seen crowds so enthused like that, trying to REALLY fit in & not caring who was watching etc.

A credit to the awesomeness of El Toro & Intamin.

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The fall of Voyage and El Toro remaining high are easy enough to figure when you consider the type of wood coaster each one is.

Voyage got a lot of attention when it opened and a bunch of folks made sure that their travel plans included Holiday World. Those folks got amazing rides on it and continued to rank it #1 through the years, based on the memory of those rides.

This year, Timberliners were promised for it, plus Will Koch passed away. Those two events put Holiday World back in people's minds and large attendance figures resulted. Lots of folks who had Voyage as #1 were back at the park for the first time since then and got to re-sample it... and got rides that did not live up to what they remembered from before. Count me among those folks. While I still ranked Voyage #1, it wasn't sitting there by the huge margin that it used to. If I had ever ridden El Toro, those two could've likely switched places on my list. So this year is likely filled with votes from people who had to re-evaluate what they thought of Voyage.

El Toro, on the other hand, is a lot more consistent year after year due to the track technology. New riders get the same amazing rides that early riders did and returning fans get rides as good as they remembered. Without the rapid deterioration of the ride experience that other woodies have, El Toro can probably hold onto the #1 spot for many years... unless Intamin builds something more amazing.

 

I was going to back up my theory by comparing Voyage's overall ranking filtering just the votes of people who rode it this year, but the server on Mitch's site isn't responding.

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Glad to see Anaconda undertake Grizzly.

 

What the hell is happening to Coaster at Playland, dropped from 23 to 32, while the only person who rode it this year had it as their favorite. The coaster was awesome last year and my #2. Grand Larceny

 

Late to the party as usual, but have to agree with you Larry. Rode it last year as well and it was awesome, not my number one but in my top ten. Just a great fun ride.

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I'm so happy to see El Toro in the #1 spot (though tied).

 

I've never ridden Voyage or T Express but Boulder Dash and Phoenix are both amazing rides and I'm happy to see them up there as well. Where were the fanboys this year? Raven at #21??? lol

 

Also... nice to see Son of Beast near the bottom, one of the worst coasters I've ever ridden. Still has nothing on SFNE's Mind Eraser or SFGADV's old Viper (which was replaced with the #1 wood coaster apparently) but for wood coasters nothing could ever suck like that ride sucked.

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I'm pretty surprised to see Hades within the top 20, especially after hearing all the negativity towards after the rides in August.

 

Same here. In fact, it surprises me that the coasters at Mt. Olympus rank as highly as they do. Hades is great through the tunnels, but getting to them is absolute torture. Cyclops has that great, insane moment of airtime in the backseat, but nothing else (rather boring otherwise).

 

Hellcat/Avalanche is easily the best coaster in Wisconsin (and in my personal top ten). And I'm glad that more people appreciate El Toro for the great ride it is.

 

But it's all a matter of opinion.

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Well I've been on El Toro, but nothing else in the Top 25! That will be fixed this summer, though. I love El Toro so much. And to the person that said El Toro only has four moments of , that may be true, but each moment is just insane, and it makes up for it with the most kickass turnaround ever, and the ending twister section, OMG it's like being attached to the back of the train and being dragged along at 70 mph, but without any pain. Amazing. Now I can't wait until May to see how Boulder Dash compares

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I have to say I'm definitely pleased with the results, since my top 4 are in the top 5.

 

My top 4:

1. El Toro

2. Phoenix

3. Boulder Dash

4. Ravine Flyer II

 

...Good job coaster fans. And thanks Mitch for the awesome poll.

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These look like honest reliable results to me.

This summer I finally made my way to Pennsylvania and rode the Phoenix. I loved every second of it. It is the ultimate classic woody and definitely deserves its spot.

The only other coasters in the top 25 I've ridden are Voyage, Thunderhead, and Raven.

The Voyage dropping in rank does not surprise me. I rode it this past season in May, and it has gotten rougher. I absolutely loved it in 2006, and I'm really anticipating riding with the timberliners this year. Those trains could make all the difference.

Last time I rode Thunderhead was in 2009, which was great. Assuming not much has changed, its placement seems right.

I'm happy to see the Raven still in the top 25. That coaster delivers ride after ride after ride. It's one of the best coasters to marathon because its just plain fun.

I still have a lot of traveling to do, obviously. This past summer was the first time I broke out of my little circle of parks I visit almost every year (Holiday World, Six Flags Over Georgia, Kings Island, occasionally Cedar Point). I'm excited to visit the other parks on my list of places to go.

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Wait until someone figures out that I tied El Toro and T Express for #1 on my ballot...the conspiracy wackos will start complaining I'm sure!

 

--Robb "I honestly couldn't decide between the two!" Alvey

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Yes finally Anaconda on the last spot. It's so much worse than Grizzly. I even think Grizzly is ranked too low. It isn't that bad.

 

 

---Hans

I still think Coaster Express - Parque Warner is worst! Have ridden the 3 worst coasters in Europe as far as I see it! Lucky to be riding the best woody in the world in september

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I am quite happy with the results of this poll. And take it from an avowed Voyage fanboy - even I didn't rank it number one this year. Boulderdash got that spot for me.

 

I've found that I can still be a huge fan of a coaster, and not rank it number 1. I wouldn't call myself a Boulderdash fanboy, but as of now - it has delivered the most insane and fun ride. I am a HUGE fan of the Voyage, but this year - it was too rough for even my masochistic behind. I really look forward to seeing if the new trains can get it back to where I first rode it, but I voted from my experience last summer which was too rough on the spine to rank at #1.

 

My thoughts will probably change after the NorthEast trip this year - Toro just didn't blow me away last time I rode it - but it could have been just me. I don't remember which day Gread Adventure hit on the East Coast tour - but I do know I was freaking tired that day .

 

David

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My thoughts will probably change after the NorthEast trip this year - Toro just didn't blow me away last time I rode it - but it could have been just me. I don't remember which day Gread Adventure hit on the East Coast tour - but I do know I was freaking tired that day .

 

David

 

El Toro did not deliver the day we were at SFGAd, and if you remember, we also ended up with an almost total rain out which I think also dampered some peoples mood and recollections. Hoping for much better rides and weather this yera!

 

And oh yes, I very much like these results! Intamin woodies are the future and I hope to see more and more of them!!!!

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