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Mitch Hawker 2011 Wood Coaster Poll!

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This is my first time trying this out! Looking forward to it!


Robb, last year of the year before, you had some great tip and tricks that you used to categorize, order, etc. Do you remember what year you wrote that or maybe have link to a past thread?


Are you talking about this?




That's it! Thanks Eric!

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My Ballot:

1. Boulder Dash @ Lake Compounce

2 (tie). Phoenix @ Knoebel's

2 (tie). El Toro @ SFGAd

3. Boardwalk Bullet @ Kemah Boardwalk

4. Cyclone @ Lakeside

5. The Beast @ Kings Island

6. Twister @ Knoebel's

7. Blue Streak @ Cedar Point

8. Thunderbolt @ SF New England

9. Cyclone @ SF New England

10. Mean Streak @ Cedar Point

11. Cyclone @ Coney Island

12. Wildcat @ Lake Compounce

13. Twister II @ Elitch Gardens

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The wood poll is the easy one for me.


1. El Toro

2. Phoenix

3. Boulder Dash






4. The rest.


I'll finish my top 10 once I sit down and figure out my 4-10. ...The Voyage, Raven, and Renegade were all new credits this year, so there will be some changes.

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The wood poll is the easy one for me.


1. El Toro

2. Phoenix

3. Boulder Dash






4. The rest.



Yeah, that's pretty much how I looked at it. It was easy to pick my favorites, and least favorites, but the in between ones were harder to rank.

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I love doing the Mitch Hawker Polls.


1. My Favorite Steel Coaster (Maverick @ Cedar Point)

2. El Toro @ SFGAdv

3. Boulderdash @ Lake Compounce

4. Coaster @ PNE Playland

5. Voyage @ Holiday World

6. Phoenix @ Knoebels

7. Comet @ Great Escape

8. Raven @ Holiday World

9. Prowler @ Worlds of Fun

10. Cornball Express @ Indiana Beach

11. Viper @ SFGAm


Bottom 5

65. Pegasus @ Mt. Olympus

66. Son of Beast @ Kings Island

67. Mean Streak @ Cedar Point

68. Grizzly @ CGA

69. Wild Beast @ Canada's Wonderland

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Ballot completed and sent in!


Top 5 List of Glory:

1. El Toro

2. Favourite Steel Coaster (Bizarro SFNE)

3. Phoenix

4. Boulder Dash

5. Voyage


Bottom 5 List of Shame:

30. Wildcat (Hershey)

31. Wildcat (Lake Compounce)

32. Predator (Darien Lake)

33. Wild Beast (Canada's Wonderland)

34. Mean Streak

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Sent mine 12 wooden coaster's my list

1: El Toro (SFGadv)

2: Lightning Racers (T) (HP)

3: Lightning Racers (L) (HP)

4: Apocalypse (SFMM)

5: Colossus (SFMM)

Also on my list were hurler Rebel yell Rolling Thunder and good old wildcat and comet!



-Colin Wahoo Im important on something Goodwin.

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I thought I'd give this a go for the first time now that I've been on 58 woodies (courtesy of TPR trips!). All American alas so far. My top 10 is:


1. El Toro

2. My Favorite Steel, Anypark Anywhere

3. Boulder Dash

4. Phoenix

5. Viper

6. The Voyage

7. Prowler

8. Wooden Warrior (this will hopefully get a nice, high placing)

9. Cornball Express

10. Comet (Great Escape)

11. Lightning Racer - L (tied)

11. Lightning Racer - T (tied)


Look forward to seeing the results!

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Sent in! Love the new simplified site, makes this a lot easier!


Top Five:

1) Thunderhead-Dollywood

2) Favorite Steel (X2)

3) Comet-Great Escape

4) Roller Coaster-Lagoon

5) Roar-Discovery Kingdom


And the List of Shame:

15) Mean Streak-Cedar Point

16) Giant Dipper-Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

17) The Grizzly-California's Great America

18) Ghoster Coaster-Canada's Wonderland

19) Cyclone-Astroland


Got a couple new additions this year as well:

6) Predator-Darien Lake

13) Blue Streak-Cedar Point

15) Mean Streak-Cedar Point

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I still prefer the text ballot, so I'll fill it out and submit it sometime this week. However, I've got my rankings:


1. My favorite steel (Bizarro (Six Flags New England))

2. El Toro (Six Flags Great Adventure)

3. Voyage (Holiday World)

4. Boulder Dash (Lake Compounce

5. Thunderhead (Dollywood)

6. Apocalypse the Ride (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

7. American Thunder (Six Flags St. Louis)

8. Legend (Holiday World)

9. Raven (Holiday World

10. Comet (Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom)

(Insert remaining B-level coasters)

(Insert C-level coasters)

(Insert upper D-level coasters)

31. Woodstock Express (Carowinds)

32. Rolling Thunder (Six Flags Great Adventure)

33. Wildcat (Lake Compounce)

34. Mean Streak (Cedar Point)

35. Grizzly (Kings Dominion)

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Mine has been submitted. My list is not so different from others, except that Mean Streak which I rated as the WORST wooden last year moved up to my "category 30" as it was a completely different ride this year when I was there for Coastermania. It was downright smooth!


COASTER NAME PARK LOC <--Please leave this

El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,y,1

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

Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CT,y,y,3

Phoenix Knoebel's PA,y,n,4

Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,y,5

Ravine Flyer II Waldameer PA,y,y,6

Comet Great Escape NY,y,y,7

The Beast Kings Island OH,y,y,8

Lightning Racer - L Hersheypark PA,y,n,10

Lightning Racer - T Hersheypark PA,y,n,10

Jack Rabbit Kennywood PA,y,n,10

Thunderbolt Kennywood PA,y,n,10

Twister Knoebel's PA,y,n,10

Leap the Dips Lakemont PA,y,n,10

Cyclone SF New England MA,y,y,20

Wild One SF America MD,y,y,20

Rebel Yell Kings Dominion VA,y,y,20

Grt Am Scrm Mach SFoG GA,y,y,20

Wildcat Hersheypark PA,y,n,20

Wooden Warrior Quassy CT,y,y,30

Racer Kings Island OH,y,y,30

Le Monstre La Ronde QU,y,y,30

Mean Streak Cedar Point OH,y,y,30

Gwazi-Tiger Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,y,30

Gwazi-Lion Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,y,30

Yankee Cannonball Canobie Lake Park NH,y,y,30

Thunder Road Carowinds NC,y,y,30

Racer Kennywood PA,y,n,30

Hell Cat Clementon Lake NJ,y,n,30

Thunderbolt SF New England MA,y,y,30

Roar SF America MD,y,y,40

Hurler Carowinds NC,y,y,40

Hurler Kings Dominion VA,y,y,40

The Grizzly Kings Dominion VA,y,y,40

Dragon Coaster Playland NY,y,n,40

Blue Streak Cedar Point OH,y,y,40

Wild Beast Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,40

M.Can.Mine Buster Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,40

Great White Wild Wheels Pier NJ,y,n,40

Comet Hersheypark PA,y,n,40

Georgia Cyclone SFoG GA,y,y,40

Comet Waldameer PA,y,y,50

Ghoster Coaster Kings Dominion VA,y,y,50

Wildcat Lake Compounce CT,y,y,50

Excalibur Funtown USA ME,y,y,50

Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,y,y,58

Cyclone Astroland NY,y,n,59

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^ You do realize that when you rank your coasters, there is a section for if you rode it this year or not, and that helps how it's ranked. Mitch's poll actually DOES take into consideration if you've ridden something recently or not. Like it says in the instructions, even if you haven't ridden something in a while, you're still encouraged to include it.

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Just sent mine in. It's always interesting to see what other people like and don't. For instance, Vuurvogel ranking Jupiter as is #1, when it ranked in the bottom 20 last year. But that just goes to show you that all in all, the polls only show what many others think. Everyone has their own tastes. And none of us are really wrong. Although I'm obviously more right than the rest of you!


My top 10:

1. The Voyage Holiday World

2. Tremors Silverwood

3. Aska (S) Nara Dreamland

3.5. (My Favorite Steel: Montu)

4. El Toro SFGAd

5. Rampage Alabama Adventure

6. The Legend Holiday World

7. Twister Grona Lund

8. Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure

9. Ravine Flyer II Waldameer

10. Tonnerre de Zeus Parc Asterix


It should be noted that I haven't ridden several of these (2, 3, 8, 10) in the past three years, so these rankings may not reflect current operating conditions. And Legend probably should rank slightly lower, based on my last rides on it, but it fluctuates over the years, depending on maintenance, which I took into account. (It's been as high as #3 on my list in the past.)


My bottom rankings aren't generally there for roughness, but for being boring. I can tolerate roughness in an interesting ride, but not a ride that's boring.


And why has MItch added Turolean Tubtwist to the rankings? It's powered! I guess technically it's wooden-tracked, if you count the side rails as the tracks. It sits in a concrete trough. The steel poll only lists one generic "favorite powered coaster" on the ballot.


One suggestion for a correction I made to Mitch was to change the park for the Coney Cyclone to Luna Park, since Astroland was forced out of business.


And I'll add my name to the chorus of those strongly recommending that everyone vote, whether you have 2 or 200 woodies to rank. The nice thing about this poll is that you'll only affect the rankings of those coasters you've actually ridden, and your opinion on those is just as valid as anyone's. And you can't complain about the results if you don't participate. (Well, you can, but then you're a hypocrite!)

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