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Mitch Hawker 2011 Wood Coaster Poll!

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Did mine last night. Top 10 didn't change at all. Balder is still #1. Highest ranking new coaster for me was Wooden Warrior, in the Top 20.


While the PGA Grizzly sucks, I have a fair number of coasters rated lower. It's totally dull, but it doesn't cause spinal damage like so many other rides. Anaconda and Bandit were right at the bottom.




Yeah, Grizzly is simply boring. Bandit and Anaconda are downright malevolent.


I really don't understand, I always have a fun time on the Grizzly and never consider it boring.

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How does it come that Anaconda is always on the bottem of everyones list That ride totally kicks A$$, for real... You will feel when you exit the ride...


The ride doesn't kick A$$. It kicks your A$$, along with your spine. Not fun at all.

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Here's my complete list.


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

El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,y,2

Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CT,y,y,3

Coaster Playland BC,y,n,4

The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,n,5

Phoenix Knoebel's PA,y,n,6

Comet Great Escape NY,y,y,7

Raven Holiday World IN,y,n,8

Prowler Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,9

Cornball Express Indiana Beach IN,y,n,10

Viper SFGAm IL,y,n,11

HellCat Timber Falls WI,y,n,12

Renegade Valleyfair! MN,y,n,13

Evel Knievel Six Flags St Louis MO,y,n,14

Wooden Warrior Quassy CT,y,y,15

The Legend Holiday World IN,y,n,16

Apocalypse S. F. Magic Mountain CA,y,y,17

Yankee Cannonball Canobie Lake Park NH,y,y,18

Giant Dipper Santa Cruz Bch Bdwk CA,y,n,19

Excalibur Funtown USA ME,y,y,20

GhostRider Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,21

Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure MI,y,n,22

Thunderbolt Kennywood PA,y,n,23

Roar SF Discovery Kingdom CA,y,n,24

Cyclone Astroland NY,y,y,25

Cyclops Mount Olympus WI,y,n,26

Jack Rabbit Kennywood PA,y,n,27

Twister Knoebel's PA,y,n,28

Racer Kennywood PA,y,n,29

Lightning Racer - L Hersheypark PA,y,n,30

Lightning Racer - T Hersheypark PA,y,n,30

Outlaw Adventureland IA,y,n,32

Hades Mount Olympus WI,y,n,33

American Eagle SFGAm IL,y,n,34

Colossus S.F. Magic Mountain CA,y,y,35

Tornado Adventureland IA,y,n,36

Giant Dipper Belmont Park CA,y,n,37

Wildcat Hersheypark PA,y,n,38

The Beast Kings Island OH,y,n,39

Timber Wolf Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,40

Blue Streak Cedar Point OH,y,n,41

Cyclone SF New England MA,y,y,42

Hoosier Hurricane Indiana Beach IN,y,n,43

Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St Louis MO,y,n,44

Big Dipper (SBNO) Geauga Lake OH,y,n,45

Racer Kings Island OH,y,n,46

Comet Hersheypark PA,y,n,47

Thunderbolt SF New England MA,y,y,48

Thunderhawk Dorney Park PA,y,n,49

M.Can.Mine Buster Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,50

The Boss Six Flags St Louis MO,y,n,51

Gwazi-Tiger Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,n,52

Le Monstre La Ronde QU,y,y,53

Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,y,y,54

Wolverine Wildcat Michigan's Adventure MI,y,n,55

High Roller Valleyfair! MN,y,n,56

Wildcat Lake Compounce CT,y,y,57

Lost Coaster of SM Indiana Beach IN,y,n,58

Underground Adventureland IA,y,n,59

Little Dipper SFGAm IL,y,n,60

Zeus Mount Olympus WI,y,n,61

Woodstock Express Kings Island OH,y,n,62

Zach's Zoomer Michigan's Adventure MI,y,n,63

Ghoster Coaster Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,64

Pegasus Mount Olympus WI,y,n,65

Son of Beast (SBNO) Kings Island OH,y,n,66

Mean Streak Cedar Point OH,y,n,67

The Grizzly Great America CA,y,n,68

Wild Beast Canada's Wonderland ON,y,n,69

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^You also just said you've only been on like three wooden coaster?!!?


So sorry, but you really don't know what else is out there. Go ride some good wooden coasters then come back and tell us how great Grizzly is.


Well, first of all I did put Grizzly as #2 as Roar really beat the you know what out of the Grizzly.


Though, this summer I'm going to ride the So Cal woodies and see how they compare.

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Not sure about red or backwards, but American Eagle Blue forwards is decidedly one of my least favorite wooden coasters. By the way, I'm a bit confused regarding last season: is one side running backwards permanently now, or did they just make the Halloween switch earlier than usual?

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Not sure about red or backwards, but American Eagle Blue forwards is decidedly one of my least favorite wooden coasters. By the way, I'm a bit confused regarding last season: is one side running backwards permanently now, or did they just make the Halloween switch earlier than usual?


They ran Blue backwards from August 8 to September 17. It stays forward for Fright Fest, the last time it ran backwards all season was 04 or 05 I believe.

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^^Wow, total flashback to my first wood ballot. I was only able to vote 7, all in the western US.

Now I only need six western woodies, and that's including half of Colossus. But it'll take me awhile to get to Cliff's.


^Thanks for the clarification! I was way off. I wonder if they'll repeat something like that?

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Just posted my first one in many years. Did my best to drop T-Express and Voyage.


Top ten:


El Toro


Ravine Flyer II

Kentucky Rumbler

Ozark Wildcat(SBNO)

T Express


Boulder Dash

Mega Zeph (SBNO)

Shivering Timbers


Voyage is 16.

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The results are in!!!




Result details: http://www.ushsho.com/woodrollercoasterpollresults2011.shtml


RANK - COASTER NAME - PARK - LOC - RIDERS - Wins - Losses - Ties - WinPct TiBk


1 - El Toro - SFGAd - NJ - 307 - 164 - 0 - 0 - 1.0000

2 - T Express - Everland - KR - 24 - 161 - 1 - 2 - 0.9878 - 11

3 - Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce - CT - 193 - 162 - 2 - 0 - 0.9878 - 7

4 - The Voyage - Holiday World - IN - 235 - 160 - 3 - 1 - 0.9787 - 84

5 - Phoenix - Knoebel's - PA - 228 - 160 - 3 - 1 - 0.9787 - 67

6 - Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer - PA - 152 - 159 - 5 - 0 - 0.9695

7 - El Toro - Freizeitpark Plohn - DE - 51 - 155 - 7 - 1 - 0.9540 - 19

8 - Balder - Liseberg - SE - 116 - 156 - 7 - 1 - 0.9543 - 14

9 - Troy - Toverland - NL - 142 - 154 - 8 - 2 - 0.9451

10 - Colossos - Heide Park - DE - 143 - 154 - 10 - 0 - 0.9390

11 - Prowler - Worlds of Fun - MO - 97 - 153 - 10 - 1 - 0.9360 - 37

12 - Thunderhead - Dollywood - TN - 190 - 153 - 10 - 1 - 0.9360 - 32


Six Flags Great Adventure's "El Toro" finished its steady climb to the top in 2011, finishing alone at #1

for the first time. "El Toro" debuted at #3 in 2006, finished 2nd for the next three years and then tied for #1 in 2010.

"El Toro" had no close comparisons among mutual riders this year, beating #2 "T Express" 14 to 8,

#3 "Boulder Dash" 98 to 70, and doubling #4 "The Voyage" 101 to 56.

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