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I just sent in my ballot.

 

Top Ten

1. Balder--Liseberg

2. Phoenix --Knoebel's

3. El Toro--SFGAd

4. Colossos--Heide Park

5. My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere (New Texas Giant--Six Flags over Texas)

6. Ravine Flyer II-- Waldameer (New for me in 2013.)

7. Wood Coaster--Knight Valley

8. Dauling Dragon-L--Happy Valley

9. Thunderhead--Dollywood

10. Viper--SFGAm

 

Bottom Ten

93. Swamp Fox--Family Kingdom

94. The Boss--Six Flags St Louis

95. Rolling Thunder--SFGAd

96. Mean Streak--Cedar Point (New for me in 2013.)

97. The Grizzly--Great America

98. Jupiter--Kijima Korakuen

99. Hades--Mount Olympus (This is the old Hades.)

100. GhostRider--Knott's Berry Farm

101. The Bandit--Movie Park

102. Anaconda--Walygator Parc

 

Here's how other "new to me" wooden coasters fared in 2013:

34. Blue Streak--Cedar Point

53. ELF--Hirakata

54. Regina--Tobu Zoo

63. Comet--Waldameer

65. Blue Streak--Conneaut Lake Park

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^I pretty much had to hold her in from flying out of those buzz bar restraints! She loves it though and rode it during ERT with us for double and triple rides even!

 

You might be raising a Knoebel's fangirl there, that would make you parent of the year material. Has she been in the haunted house at Knoebels?

 

Hopefully Hades will not only be last, but the worst performed coaster in the history of the wood poll. May it spontaneously combust when the results come out.

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^I pretty much had to hold her in from flying out of those buzz bar restraints! She loves it though and rode it during ERT with us for double and triple rides even!

 

You might be raising a Knoebel's fangirl there, that would make you parent of the year material. Has she been in the haunted house at Knoebels?

 

Hopefully Hades will not only be last, but the worst performed coaster in the history of the wood poll. May it spontaneously combust when the results come out.

An hopefully parent of the year will not let KT ride Hades360.

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I didn't visit any parks in 2013 (or 2012 for that matter) and haven't gotten a new wooden credit since 2010. I also haven't submitted to this poll since 2011. However, I went through that list and switched a few around that I had fonder memories of.

Anyway, I expect to add quite a few more to this list in 2014. I really think Lakeside Cyclone is underrated. Granted, my wooden list isn't that long.

Also, once you get out of my top 6, there's really nothing that spectacular or memorable.

 

LOCATION IN NEXT LINE (Please LEAVE THIS LINE IN BALLOT)

~"Richmond, VA"

NAME IN NEXT LINE (Please LEAVE THIS LINE IN THE BALLOT)

RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE

Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,2

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,3

Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,4

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

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,6

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <-LEAVE

El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,n,1

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

Phoenix Knoebel's PA,y,n,3

Cyclone Lakeside CO,y,n,4

Wild One SF America MD,y,n,5

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

Lightning Racer - L Hersheypark PA,y,n,7

The Grizzly Kings Dominion VA,y,n,8

Cyclone Luna Park NY,y,n,9

Comet Hersheypark PA,y,n,10

Twister Knoebel's PA,y,n,11

Boardwalk Bullet Kemah Boardwalk TX,y,n,12

Gwazi-Lion Busch Gardens-Tampa FL,y,n,13

Thunderhawk Dorney Park PA,y,n,14

Roar SF America MD,y,n,15

Grt Am Scrm Mach SFoG GA,y,n,16

Thunder Road Carowinds NC,y,n,17

Rebel Yell Kings Dominion VA,y,n,18

Twister II Elitch Gardens CO,y,n,19

Rattler Fiesta Texas TX,y,n,20

Judge Roy Scream SFoT TX,y,n,21

Ghoster Coaster Kings Dominion VA,y,n,22

Woodstock Express Carowinds NC,y,n,23

Rolling Thunder SFGAd NJ,y,n,24

Wildcat Hersheypark PA,y,n,25

Hurler Carowinds NC,y,n,26

Hurler Kings Dominion VA,y,n,27

Georgia Cyclone SFoG GA,y,n,28

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I'm curious as to who Mitch Hawker actually is, as well as his background. Since this is a rather sophisticated poll, I wonder what degree he has. There's obviously a background in statistics, as he genuinely knows what he's doing. My wife, who works in sciences, thinks that he might have a degree in economics, as that field utilizes more complex statistics. We also found that his name is associated with a statistical project involving hockey rankings. So, does anyone know exactly who he is exactly? We're both impressed with him. Thanks!

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I'm curious as to who Mitch Hawker actually is, as well as his background. Since this is a rather sophisticated poll, I wonder what degree he has. There's obviously a background in statistics, as he genuinely knows what he's doing. My wife, who works in sciences, thinks that he might have a degree in economics, as that field utilizes more complex statistics. We also found that his name is associated with a statistical project involving hockey rankings. So, does anyone know exactly who he is exactly? We're both impressed with him. Thanks!

 

Actually, the algorithm is not that complicated, you just need to know how to script it. I was able to create a similar algorithm that helps me rank my coaster with basic scripting knowledge.

 

But whoever he is, I am extremely grateful for what he does.

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Me neither, he mustn't send confirmations anymore. Considering the amount of work involved I'm grateful he does the poll at all, so I'm too worried. Anything that allows me to express my white hot hatred of Hades is good.

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I almost didn't get a chance to do this but here's my Top 20 and Bottom 5

 

Top 20

Phoenix Knoebel's PA,y,y,1

Coaster Playland BC,y,n,2

HellCat Timber Falls WI,y,n,3

El Toro SFGAd NJ,y,y,4

Balder Liseberg SE,y,n,5

Colossos Heide Park DE,y,n,6

Prowler Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,7

Wood Coaster Knight Valley CN,y,y,8

Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,n,9

Thunderbird PowerPark FI,y,n,10

Shivering Timbers Michigan's Adventure MI,y,n,11

Rampage Alabama Adventure AL,y,n,12

Boulder Dash Lake Compounce CT,y,n,13

The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,n,14

Timber Terror Silverwood ID,y,n,15

Dauling Dragon-R Happy Valley CN,y,n,16

Ravine Flyer II Waldameer PA,y,n,17

My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,y,n,18

Troy Toverland NL,y,n,19

Silver Comet Martin's Fantasy Is. NY,y,n,20

 

BOTTOM 5

Predator Darien Lake NY,y,n,153

The Grizzly Great America CA,y,n,154

White Canyon Yomiuriland JP,y,n,155

The Bandit Movie Park DE,y,n,156

Anaconda Walygator Parc FR,y,n,157

 

I know I would probably have HellCat and Voyage ranked lower if I rode them more recently, but I haven't.

 

 

KT is compiling a pretty impressive list there--and I'm sure Larry approves of her number-one ride.

Yes, Kristen is one smart kid!

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I did not received any confirmation e-mail either, but I don't think it's a problem; I didn't received any last year and my vote was received and compiled. He probably just don't send any. Doesn't matter much; for such a great poll I think we can forgive him the lack of a confirmation e-mail ! Really looking forward to seeing the results and how my favorite coasters rate.

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After much procrastination, I decided to finally make my ballot. Disclaimer: It's extremely long!

 

--Generator: Jordan's Ballot Helper 2013 (wood)--

--Ballot: 35247053180--

--mariomanx@yahoo.com------

LOCATION IN NEXT LINE (Please LEAVE THIS LINE IN BALLOT)

~"Columbus, GA"

NAME IN NEXT LINE (Please LEAVE THIS LINE IN THE BALLOT)

~"Lucas Testin"

RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE

Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,2

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,3

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

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

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,6

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <-LEAVE

The Voyage Holiday World IN,y,n,1

Kentucky Rumbler Beech Bend KY,y,y,2

Viper SFGAm IL,y,n,3

Raven Holiday World IN,y,n,4

The Legend Holiday World IN,y,n,5

The Boss Six Flags St Louis MO,y,n,6

American Eagle SFGAm IL,y,n,7

Screamin' Eagle Six Flags St Louis MO,y,n,8

Thunder Run (SBNO) Kentucky Kingdom KY,y,n,9

Twisted Twins-L (S) Kentucky Kingdom KY,y,n,10

Twisted Twins-S (S) Kentucky Kingdom KY,y,n,11

Grt Am Scrm Mach SFoG GA,y,y,12

Georgia Cyclone SFoG GA,y,y,13

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My Top 20:

 

1) Outlaw Run

2) El Toro

3) Boulder Dash

4) Coaster

5) Phoenix

6) The Voyage

7) Ravine Flyer II

8) Shivering Timbers

9) The Beast

10) The Boss

11) Gold Striker

12) Renegade

13) American Thunder

14) Prowler

15) Thunderhead

16) Apocalypse

17) Screamin' Eagle

18) Kentucky Rumbler

19) Rampage

20) The Legend

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LOCATION FOLLOWS THIS LINE (LEAVE THIS LINE)_____

~"Oregon"

NAME FOLLOWS THIS LINE (LEAVE THIS LINE)_____

~"Mark R."

 

COASTER NAME PARK LOC

 

El Toro Six Flags Great Adv NJ,y,y,1

My Favorite Steel Anypark Anywhere **,y,y,0

Voyage Holiday World IN,y,n,2

Ravine Flyer Waldameer PA,y,n,3

Tremors Silverwood ID,y,n,4

Twister Knoebels PA,y,n,5

Apocalypse Six Flags MM CA,y,n,6

Phoenix Knoebels CA,y,n,7

Raven Holiday World IN,y,n,8

Thunderhead Dollywood TN,y,n,9

Timber Terror Silverwood ID,y,n,10

 

 

after #10 it's difficult to rank them

 

I've been on about 45 operating wood coasters, plus about a dozen more than no longer exist.

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Better late than never. I rode two new wooden coasters this year at Stricker's Grove, that's the only real change in my ballot. Also, Beast and Mean Streak moved up a couple spots after some decent rides this year.

 

1. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce

2. El Toro - SFGAdv

3. My Favorite Steel - Bizarro at SFNE

4. The Voyage - Holiday World

5. American Thunder - Six Flags St. Louis

6. Raven - Holiday World

7. Shivering Timbers - Michigan's Adventure

8. Comet - Great Escape

9. Viper - SFGAm

10. American Eagle - SFGAm

11. Wooden Warrior - Quassy

12. Cornball Express - Indiana Beach

13. Blue Streak - Cedar Point

14. Excalibur - Funtown USA

15. HellCat - Timber Falls

16. Yankee Cannonball - Canobie Lake Park

17. Cyclone - Luna Park

18. Cyclone - SF New England

19. Hoosier Hurricane - Indiana Beach

20. Thunderbolt - SF New England

21. The Beast - Kings Island

22. Racer - Kings Island

23. Wolverine Wildcat - Michigan's Adventure

24. The Legend - Holiday World

25. Mean Streak - Cedar Point

26. Screamin' Eagle - Six Flags St Louis

27. The Boss - Six Flags St Louis

28. Rolling Thunder - SFGAd

29. Le Monstre - La Ronde

30. Tornado - Stricker's Grove

31. Woodstock Express - Kings Island

32. Meteor - Little Amerricka

33. Teddy Bear - Stricker's Grove

34. Little Dipper - SFGAm

35. Zach's Zoomer - Michigan's Adventure

36. Wildcat - Lake Compounce

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