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I really like to check everyone's ballot to see how my favorites are liked/disliked by others. According to what I've seen I think SFNE's Bizarro will loose it's # 1 or 2 spot and fall a few spots down.

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I am confused as to why Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds and Corkscrew at Cedar Point get grouped under a generic banner while Anaconda at Kings Dominion gets its own banner. They all 3 provide different experiences and I would definitely rank Carolina CYclone way higher than the other 2......

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I really like to check everyone's ballot to see how my favorites are liked/disliked by others. According to what I've seen I think SFNE's Bizarro will loose it's # 1 or 2 spot and fall a few spots down.

 

It should, and it pains me to say that. I used to rank that ride as my favorite coaster and had it ahead of a lot of coasters I now list ahead of it. It's a great coaster but it's a shadow of it's former self, and I think a lot of it's #1 votes are from people that rode it before the transformation. This coaster in the early 2000's was unbelievable.

 

Personally I don't even think it's the best coaster in the park anymore (and based on the best coasters by state thread I'm not alone). I like Goliath better.

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My Ballot. Thank you ballot helper!

 

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

--Ballot: f5f0240cf20--

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

~"East Lansing, MI, USA"

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

~"Donald Benko"

RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE

Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,2

Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,3

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

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,5

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,6

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <--Please leave this

Maverick Cedar Point OH,y,y,1

Bizarro SF New England MA,y,n,2

Millennium Force Cedar Point OH,y,y,3

Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,4

Ride of Steel Darien Lake NY,y,n,5

Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point OH,y,y,6

Storm Runner Hersheypark PA,y,n,7

Diamondback Kings Island OH,y,n,8

Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,9

Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point OH,y,y,10

Raptor Cedar Point OH,y,y,11

Volcano: The Blast Co Kings Dominion VA,y,n,12

Montu Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,y,13

Kumba Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,y,14

Manta SeaWorld Orlando FL,y,y,15

Afterburn Carowinds NC,y,n,16

Dominator Kings Dominion VA,y,n,17

Intimidator Carowinds NC,y,n,18

Incredible Hulk Islands of Adventu FL,y,y,19

Hollywood Rip Ride Ro Universal Studios FL,y,y,20

Kraken SeaWorld Orlando FL,y,y,21

Batman The Ride/Clone SF & Other Parks **,y,n,22

SheiKra Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,y,23

GateKeeper Cedar Point OH,y,y,24

Chinese Fireball Islands of Adventu FL,y,y,25

Hungarian Horntail Islands of Adventu FL,y,y,26

Talon Dorney Park PA,y,n,27

Raging Bull Six Flags Great Am IL,y,n,28

Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,y,29

Alpengeist Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,30

Flight Deck Kings Island OH,y,n,31

Mindbender Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,32

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios FL,y,y,33

Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando FL,y,y,34

Fav Intamin Impulse Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,35

Great Bear Hersheypark PA,y,n,36

Whizzer Six Flags Great Am IL,y,n,37

Batman - Dark Knight SF New England MA,y,n,38

Apocalypse Six Flags America MD,y,n,39

Joker's Jinx Six Flags America MD,y,n,40

Steel Force Dorney Park PA,y,n,41

Gemini Cedar Point OH,y,y,42

Flight of Fear Kings Island OH,y,n,43

Flight of Fear Kings Dominion VA,y,n,44

Loch Ness Monster Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,45

Backlot Stunt Coaster Cedar Fair Parks **,y,n,46

Firehawk Kings Island OH,y,n,47

Hydra the Revenge Dorney Park PA,y,n,48

Sooperdooperlooper Hersheypark PA,y,n,49

Avalanche Kings Dominion VA,y,n,50

Fav Schw Shuttle loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,51

Fav X SC2000 Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,52

Viper Darien Lake NY,y,n,53

Fav Gerstlauer Spinn. Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,54

Superman - Ultimate F Six Flags Parks **,y,n,55

Fav Intamin Bobsled Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,56

Mantis Cedar Point OH,y,y,57

Iron Dragon Cedar Point OH,y,y,58

Fav Vekoma Invertigo Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,59

Vortex Kings Island OH,y,n,60

Dark Knight Six Flags Parks **,y,n,61

Fav Spinning Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,62

Ninja Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,63

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,64

Fav Vekoma Boomerang Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,65

Fav Vek Susp Loop SLC Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,66

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,67

Fav Arrow Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,68

Doppel Looping Traveling US,y,n,69

Fav Zyklon Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,70

Fav Zyklon Loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,71

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I love Bizarro, but I do agree that it is a shadow of its former self. That being said, it still has a fantastic layout and plenty of personal reasons which I believe will keep it in my top 5 for years to come. I would like to see it make a comeback, but I doubt this will be the year.

 

My top 15:

Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion VA,y,y,1

Millennium Force Cedar Point OH,y,y,2

Skyrush Hersheypark PA,y,n,3

Bizarro SF New England MA,y,n,4

Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,5

Nitro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,6

Maverick Cedar Point OH,y,y,7

Montu Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,8

Goliath Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,9

Storm Runner Hersheypark PA,y,n,10

X2 Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,n,11

Kumba Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,12

Leviathan Canadas Wonderland ON,y,y,13

Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point OH,y,y,14

XCelerator Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,15

 

My bottom 5:

Pirates Hideaway Casino Pier NJ,y,n,121

Ninja Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,122

Fav Zyklon Loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,123

Fav Zyklon Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,124

Shockwave Kings Dominion VA,y,n,125

 

It felt very odd having Pirates Hideaway on the ballot for some reason. It felt sort of like putting a backyard coaster on my list.

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I haven't finished my list yet and maybe this deserves to be in the Cedar Point discussion and not here, but I will share anyway: I have Raptor and Mantis at the bottom because I've decided from experience that Cedar Point does not take care of their B&M's AT ALL. Coming from the perspective of somebody who lives near SFGAm, where all of our best rides are B&M's that do not show signs of aging at all, raptor and mantis were terrible. Mantis' breaks all over the place to reduce roughness only made it worse by creating odd laterals and head banging. And when I rode Raptor recently, it was running with 7 cars instead of 8, essentially killing the train's momentum and again, creating all sorts of miscalculated elements, like forceless bumpy helixes. I suppose they throw more money at the maintenance of their Intamin's because they are more complex and are aging well. But I've never met a set of B&M's so disappointing and rough I never imagined that it was possible for their coasters to be let go like that.

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^ I rode raptor last summer and it was running perfectly but, for some reason, it didn't look like it got a lot of attention. Loose tires, filthy looking lift hill and the chain was looking horrible too, as if someone had just thrown a bucket of grease at it. The fact that it was awesome and completely smooth despite this reminds me of why I like B&M so much.

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And when I rode Raptor recently, it was running with 7 cars instead of 8, essentially killing the train's momentum and again, creating all sorts of miscalculated elements, like forceless bumpy helixes.

 

That's weird about the 7 car train, I'd never heard of that happening. Personally I think Raptor is amazing. I'm not one to speak on Mantis because I don't really like any standup coasters.

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^^^I've been on Raptor last summer and I actually really liked it ! However it was the first time in my life I went on it and I did not rode it in its best days when it opened I guess (I wasn't even alive yet ), but my 3-4 rides on it last summer were really good. It's #9 on my ballot out of 46 entries.

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Maybe it was a rare experience, which makes me feel better/look forward to ride it again. I'd always imagined Raptor being great and instead it was running like a Vekoma SLC. I rode in the second or third week of august, 2012. Perhaps it was getting some maintenance attention at the end of the summer rush/beginning of fall. But given that the park is only open 6 or 7 months a year I dont see why it (a b&m) would require attention. As for Mantis, Riddler's Revenge is leaps and bounds better and its essentially the same ride. Maybe it needs new trains?

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^There are many factors which influence how smooth the ride is so I'm not sure if it is just a matter of trains (although it could be). You can even have two clones with completely different levels of smoothness/roughness with no evident reason.

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Here's my ballot!

 

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

 

RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE

Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,2

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,3

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

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,5

Positive G's/Loops_________________________,y,y,6

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <--Please leave this

Maverick Cedar Point OH,y,y,1

Diamondback Kings Island OH,y,y,2

Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,3 (Voyage)

Millennium Force Cedar Point OH,y,y,4

Wild Eagle Dollywood TN,y,n,5

Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point OH,y,y,6

Rock n Roller Coaster Disney's H Studios FL,y,n,7

Incredible Hulk Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,8

Raptor Cedar Point OH,y,y,9

Hungarian Horntail Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,10

Expedition Everest Disney Animal King FL,y,n,11

Flight of Fear Kings Island OH,y,y,12

Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point OH,y,y,13

Chinese Fireball Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,14

Firehawk Kings Island OH,y,y,15

Gemini Cedar Point OH,y,y,16

Vortex Kings Island OH,y,y,17

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios FL,y,n,18

Flight Deck Kings Island OH,y,y,19

Tennessee Tornado Dollywood TN,y,n,20

Backlot Stunt Coaster Cedar Fair Parks **,y,y,21

Fav Vek Susp Loop SLC Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,22

Mantis Cedar Point OH,y,y,23

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,24

Hollywood Rip Ride Ro Universal Studios FL,y,n,25

Fav Jet Star (any) Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,26

Space Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,27

Fav Loop-Screw Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,28

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,29

Fav El Loco Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,30

Fav Powered `Coaster' Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,31

Big Thunder Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,32

Fav Arrow Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,33

Fav Wildcat Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,34

Fav Intamin Bobsled Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,35

Fav Vekoma Invertigo Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,36

Iron Dragon Cedar Point OH,y,y,37

Fav Galaxi Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,38

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Top 15

 

Skyrush

Intimidator 305

Maverick

Favorite Wood Coaster (El Toro)

Bizzaro (SFNE)

Volcano: The Blast Coaster

Top Thrill Dragster

Storm Runner

Talon

Raptor

Alpengeist

Apollo's Chariot

Nitro

Millennium Force

Superman - Ride of Steel (SFA)

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i305 is #1.

 

I'm not trying to be a hater. Its great to have an accurate coaster poll but......even with idiot's guides, drag and drop ballots etc. etc. this poll can be summed up as "Wall of text hits you for 8000 damage...... you die". Mitch needs to team with a GUI designer and make a easier ballot for everyone. Seems like only about 500 people vote because they open it, start reading the wall of text and decide to not bother. It's an elitist coaster poll because of the low voter numbers, but way more accurate than Golden Ticket and others for sure. I did not bother filling one out last year. I filled them out this year but not while thinking it could be done easier with a proper user interface.

 

So go ahead and flame me. I'm not trying to be a butthole. I just think we can make a better looking Mitch Hawker poll.

 

Have you tried using the Excel ballot? I can almost guarantee that the Excel ballot is faster than any GUI program you could come up with. Yes, the old text file ballot was a pain in the butt, but there are TWO other options out there now and no longer anything to gripe about.

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BAM!Here's mine:

 

RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE

Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,2

Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,3

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,4

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,5

Positive G's/Loops_________________________,y,y,6

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <--Please leave this

Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,1

Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,2

Griffon Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,3

XCelerator Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,4

Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,5

Goliath Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,6

X2 Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,7

California Screamin' Disney CA Adventur CA,y,n,8

Alpengeist Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,9

Scream! Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,10

Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,n,11

Batman The Ride/Clone SF & Other Parks **,y,y,12

Chinese Fireball Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,13

Silver Bullet Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,14

Loch Ness Monster Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,15

Expedition Everest Disney Animal King FL,y,n,16

Superman: Escape From Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,17

Fav Schw Shuttle loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,18

Viper Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,19

Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,20

Sierra Sidewnder Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,21

Fav Vekoma Boomerang Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,22

Revolution Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,23

Fav Intamin ZacSpin Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,24

Green Lantern:1st Fl. Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,25

Space Mountain Disneyland CA,y,n,26

Matterhorn Bobsleds Disneyland CA,y,n,27

Fav Zamp. Motocoaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,28

Pony Express Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,29

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,30

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,31

Ninja Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,n,32

Santa Monica West Coa Pacific Park CA,y,n,33

Big Thunder Mountain Disneyland CA,y,n,34

Fav Spinning Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,35

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no hating on coaster because the park was bad.

I have to be honest, the setting and park that a coaster is in DOES actually influence my vote. While maybe not by much, but if let's say I'm on the fence about a placement of a ride, the park that the ride sits it could very well be a deciding factor for me. And I think it's totally fair to rank accordingly. IMO, ranking should be based on your entire "experience" not just from the moment the train leaves the station to when it hits the brakes.

 

Fortunately for me, though, I think most of my top coasters are in parks that I do actually like!

 

I totally agree with Robb on this one that where a coaster is and the landscaping around it really affects my overall rating because it's the EXPERIENCE that counts. Like take Scream for example at Magic Mountain. It could be SO MUCH BETTER if it was maybe built on a hilly terrain with grass growing around it... Not a PARKING LOT for cryin' out loud!!!

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^I haven't been on Scream but I can compare two floorless coasters I've been on (Bizarro and spanish superman) and while I think the second one is better as a coaster the landscaping and atmosphere of the first (which is not even something extraordinary) decreases the difference in terms of overall experience to the point where it almost doesn't exist. So, I too think that is part of the ride experience.

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Just sent my ballot in. This year was easier as I didn't have as many new coasters as previous years.

 

RANK THE FOLLOWING RIDING SENSATIONS <-LEAVE

Abrupt Airtime_____________________________,y,y,1

Floating Airtime___________________________,y,y,3

Lateral Forces_____________________________,y,y,5

Out of Control Feeling/Directional Changes_,y,y,2

Positive G's/Loops_________________________,y,y,6

Sensation of Speed_________________________,y,y,4

COASTER NAME PARK LOC <-LEAVE

Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,1

Expedition GeForce Holiday Park DE,y,n,2

Bizarro SF New England MA,y,n,3

Maverick Cedar Point OH,y,n,4

iSpeed Mirabilandia IT,y,n,5

X2 Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,6

Kumba Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,7

Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Park PA,y,n,8

Montu Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,9

Katun Mirabilandia IT,y,n,10

Iron Rattler Six Flags Fiesta T TX,y,y,11

Behemoth Canadas Wonderland ON,y,n,12

Incredible Hulk Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,13

Nitro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,14

New Texas Giant Six Flags Over Tex TX,y,y,15

SheiKra Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,16

Storm Runner Hersheypark PA,y,n,17

XCelerator Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,18

Euro-Mir Europa-Park DE,y,n,19

Shock Rainbow Magicland IT,y,n,20

Winjas - Fear Phantasialand DE,y,n,21

Winjas - Force Phantasialand DE,y,n,21

Millennium Force Cedar Point OH,y,n,22

Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,23

Monster Walygator FR,y,n,24

Raptor Cedar Point OH,y,n,24

Dominator Kings Dominion VA,y,n,25

Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,26

Chinese Fireball Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,27

Hungarian Horntail Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,28

Superman:Krypton Cstr Six Flags Fiesta T TX,y,y,29

Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point OH,y,n,30

Steel Eel SeaWorld San Anton TX,y,y,31

Mr. Freeze Reverse Bl Six Flags St. Loui MO,y,n,32

Mr. Freeze Reverse Bl Six Flags Over Tex TX,y,y,32

Blue Fire Megacoaster Europa Park DE,y,n,33

Batman The Ride/Clone SF & Other Parks **,y,y,34

Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,35

Medusa SF Discovery Kingd CA,y,n,36

Rock n Roller Coaster Walt Disney Paris FR,y,n,37

Rock n Roller Coaster Disney's H Studios FL,y,n,37

Wildfire Silver Dollar City MO,y,y,38

Flight Deck California's Great CA,y,n,39

Fav Giant Inv. Boom Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,40

Poltergeist Six Flags Fiesta T TX,y,y,41

Fav Intamin Impulse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,42

Expedition Everest Disney Animal King FL,y,n,43

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios FL,y,n,44

Powder Keg Silver Dollar City MO,y,y,45

Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point OH,y,n,46

Desperado Buffalo Bill's Res NV,y,y,47

Wicked Lagoon UT,y,y,48

Iron Shark Galveston Island TX,y,y,49

Raging Bull Six Flags Great Am IL,y,n,50

Goliath La Ronde Parc Amus QC,y,n,51

Titan Six Flags Over Tex TX,y,y,52

Goliath Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,52

California Screamin' Disney CA Adventur CA,y,y,53

Manta SeaWorld San Diego CA,y,y,54

Spongebob Squarepants Nickelodeon Univ MN,y,n,55

Bizarro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,56

Scream! Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,56

Krake Heide Park DE,y,n,57

Fav El Loco Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,58

Fav Eurofighter 320+ Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,59

Fav Half Pipe Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,60

Colossus Fire Dragon Lagoon UT,y,y,61

Scandia Screamer Scandia Family Fun CA,y,y,62

Superman: Escape From Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,63

Euro-Sat Europa-Park DE,y,n,64

Space Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,65

Space Mountain Disneyland CA,y,y,66

Black Mamba Phantasialand DE,y,n,67

Silver Star Europa-Park DE,y,n,68

Raptor Gardaland IT,y,n,69

Hydra the Revenge Dorney Park PA,y,n,70

Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,71

Fav Schw Shuttle loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,72

Green Lantern Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,73

Firehawk Kings Island OH,y,n,74

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios CA,y,n,75

Big Thunder Mountain Disneyland Paris FR,y,n,76

Big Thunder Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,77

Big Thunder Mountain Disneyland CA,y,n,78

Green Lantern:1st Fl. Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,79

Wild Thing Valleyfair! MN,y,n,80

Steel Force Dorney Park PA,y,n,80

Mamba Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,80

Desert Race Heide Park DE,y,n,81

Fav Vekoma Invertigo Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,82

OzIris Parc Asterix FR,y,n,83

Silver Bullet Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,84

Crush's Coaster Walt Disney Paris FR,y,n,85

Viper Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,86

Talon Dorney Park PA,y,n,87

Patriot Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,88

Batman - Dark Knight SF New England MA,y,n,89

Flight of Fear Kings Island OH,y,n,90

Vortex Kings Island OH,y,n,91

Mantis Cedar Point OH,y,n,92

Matterhorn Bobsleds Disneyland CA,y,y,93

Fav Jet Star (any) Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,94

Great Bear Hersheypark PA,y,n,95

Space Mountain Disneyland Paris FR,y,n,96

Fav Loop. Star/S.Arr. Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,97

Backlot Stunt Coaster Cedar Fair Parks **,y,n,98

Gemini Cedar Point OH,y,n,99

Superman – Ultimate F Six Flags Parks **,y,n,100

Le Cobra La Ronde Parc Amus QC,y,n,101

Vortex Canadas Wonderland ON,y,n,102

Flight Deck Kings Island OH,y,n,103

Trace Du Hourra Parc Asterix FR,y,n,104

Fav Arrow Shuttle Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,105

Excalibur Valleyfair! MN,y,n,106

Divertical Mirabilandia IT,y,n,107

SkyRider Canadas Wonderland ON,y,n,108

Matterhorn Blitz Europa-Park DE,y,n,109

Fav Motocoaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,110

Schweizer Bobbahn Heide Park DE,y,n,111

Schweizer Bobbahn Europa-Park DE,y,n,112

Apocalypse Six Flags America MD,y,n,113

Cagliostro Rainbow Magicland IT,y,n,114

Sierra Sidewnder Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,115

Fav Gerstlauer Spinn. Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,116

Fav Vek Susp Loop SLC Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,117

Fav Vekoma Boomerang Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,118

Vortex California's Great CA,y,n,119

Fav Zamperla Volare Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,120

Colorado Adventure Phantasialand DE,y,n,121

Fav Galaxi Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,122

Fav Intamin Bobsled Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,123

Whizzer Six Flags Great Am IL,y,n,124

Ninja Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,125

Poseidon Europa-Park DE,y,n,126

Van Helsing's Factory Movie Park DE,y,n,127

Fav Spinning Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,128

Fav Loop-Screw Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,129

Mammut Gardaland IT,y,y,130

Fav Vek Mine Tr. 785m Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,131

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,132

Fav Windstorm Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,133

Fav Vekoma Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,134

Pony Express Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,135

Fav Powered `Coaster' Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,136

Skull Mountain Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,137

Fav Arrow Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,138

Dark Knight Six Flags Parks **,y,n,139

Iron Dragon Cedar Point OH,y,n,140

Santa Monica West Coa Pacific Park CA,y,n,141

Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld San Diego CA,y,y,142

Revolution Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,143

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,144

Crossbow Bowcraft NJ,y,n,145

Temple of Nighthawk Phantasialand DE,y,y,146

Rainier Rush Washington State F WA,y,n,147

Fav Mack Supersplash Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,148

Sequoia Adventure Gardaland IT,y,n,149

Roller Coaster New York New York NV,y,y,150

Ninja Six Flags St. Loui MO,y,n,151

Dragon Adventureland IA,y,n,152

Goudurix Parc Asterix FR,y,n,153

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Only two new additions inside my top 20 this year. The most glaring omission from my list is still Maverick, so I'll try again to add it in 2014.

 

Skyrush Hersheypark PA,y,n,1

Raptor Cedar Point OH,y,n,2

Kumba Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,3

Millennium Force Cedar Point OH,y,n,4

Goliath Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,5

Nitro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,6

Bizarro SF New England MA,y,n,7

Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point OH,y,n,8

Storm Runner Hersheypark PA,y,n,9

Mindbender Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,10

Chinese Fireball Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,11

Montu Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,12

Flight Deck California's Great CA,y,n,13

Powder Keg Silver Dollar City MO,y,y,14

Wildfire Silver Dollar City MO,y,y,15

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios FL,y,n,16

Tatsu Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,17

Manta SeaWorld Orlando FL,y,n,18

Kraken SeaWorld Orlando FL,y,n,19

Superman:Krypton Cstr Six Flags Fiesta T TX,y,n,20

X2 Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,21

XCelerator Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,22

SheiKra Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,23

Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,24

Great Bear Hersheypark PA,y,n,25

Talon Dorney Park PA,y,n,26

Hungarian Horntail Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,27

Cheetah Hunt Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,28

Batman The Ride/Clone SF & Other Parks **,y,y,29

Georgia Scorcher Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,30

Steel Force Dorney Park PA,y,n,31

Mamba Worlds of Fun MO,y,y,32

Medusa SF Discovery Kingd CA,y,n,33

Dominator Kings Dominion VA,y,n,34

Gemini Cedar Point OH,y,n,35

Incredible Hulk Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,36

Expedition Everest Disney Animal King FL,y,n,37

California Screamin' Disney CA Adventur CA,y,y,38

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,39

Fav El Loco Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,40

Fav Schw Shuttle loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,41

Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point OH,y,n,42

Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,43

Sooperdooperlooper Hersheypark PA,y,n,44

Firehawk Kings Island OH,y,n,45

Fahrenheit Hersheypark PA,y,n,46

Bizarro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,47

Scream! Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,48

Big Thunder Mountain Disneyland CA,y,n,49

Space Mountain Disneyland CA,y,y,50

Space Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,51

Big Thunder Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,52

Hollywood Rip Ride Ro Universal Studios FL,y,n,53

Goliath Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,54

Flight of Fear Kings Island OH,y,n,55

Rock n Roller Coaster Disney's H Studios FL,y,n,56

Flight Deck Kings Island OH,y,n,57

Canyon Blaster Adventuredome NV,y,y,58

Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,59

Mr. Freeze Reverse Bl Six Flags St. Loui MO,y,y,60

Fav Giant Inv. Boom Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,61

Matterhorn Bobsleds Disneyland CA,y,y,62

Hydra the Revenge Dorney Park PA,y,n,63

Batman - Dark Knight SF New England MA,y,n,64

Mantis Cedar Point OH,y,n,65

Green Lantern Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,66

Silver Bullet Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,67

Patriot Worlds of Fun MO,y,n,68

Ninja Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,n,69

Vortex Kings Island OH,y,n,70

Fav Loop. Star/S.Arr. Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,71

Fav Intamin Impulse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,72

Superman - Ultimate F Six Flags Parks **,y,n,73

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios CA,y,n,74

Desperado Buffalo Bill's Res NV,y,n,75

Superman: Escape From Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,76

Superman Ultimate Fl. SF Discovery Kingd CA,y,n,77

Fav Vekoma Invertigo Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,78

Iron Dragon Cedar Point OH,y,n,79

Revolution Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,80

Fav Loop-Screw Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,81

Fav Vek Susp Loop SLC Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,82

Fav Vekoma Boomerang Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,83

Fav Gerstlauer Spinn. Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,84

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,85

Viper Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,86

Ninja Six Flags St. Loui MO,y,y,87

Ninja Six Flags Over Geo GA,y,n,88

Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld Orlando FL,y,n,89

Fav Arrow Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,90

Green Lantern:1st Fl. Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,91

Vortex California's Great CA,y,n,92

Fav Spinning Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,93

Dark Knight Six Flags Parks **,y,n,94

Sierra Sidewnder Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,95

Santa Monica West Coa Pacific Park CA,y,n,96

Pony Express Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,n,97

Roller Coaster New York New York NV,y,n,98

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Done! Here are my top 10:

 

1. Fav El Loco (El Loco at Adventuredome)

2.Maverick at Cedar Point

3.Gatekeeper at Cedar Point

4.Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm

5.Raptor at Cedar Point

6.Silver Bullet at Knott's Berry Farm

7.California Screamin' at California's Adventure

8.Fav Intamin Impulse (Wicked Twister at Cedar Point)

9.Fav Shuttle (Montezooma's Revenge at Knott's Berry Farm)

10.Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

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Done! Here are my top 10:

 

1. Fav El Loco (El Loco at Adventuredome)

2.Maverick at Cedar Point

3.Gatekeeper at Cedar Point

4.Xcelerator at Knott's Berry Farm

5.Raptor at Cedar Point

6.Silver Bullet at Knott's Berry Farm

7.California Screamin' at California's Adventure

8.Fav Intamin Impulse (Wicked Twister at Cedar Point)

9.Fav Shuttle (Montezooma's Revenge at Knott's Berry Farm)

10.Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Point

 

I'm pretty sure El Loco (from adventuredome) shouldn't be counted for the 2013 poll since it's a 2014 coaster. People also were saying that it will probably be categorized as it's own ride since it's a custom design as opposed to the other El Loco's when it's added to the poll.

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I have about 54 operating steel credits, 45 of which were represented in my ballot. Small list I know but I think my top 10 is still decent so here it is:

 

10. Superman: Ultimate Flight- what can I say? I'm a sucker for the pretzel loop. That inversion on this ride is my favorite inversion so it carries it up this high.

 

9. Fahrenheit- part of the best trio there is in the Intamin trio, sometimes this coaster gets overshadowed by the other 2 members of the trio when I clearly think this coaster deserves to be a legitimate member of that trio. Intimidating lift with a very unique layout.

 

8. Incredible Hulk- nice story to the ride especially well represented on the launch (which is awesome) that goes into a nice barrell roll. Also nice view in the cobra roll and the ride doesn't really slow down too much.

 

7. Storm Runner- great launch coaster with bonus elements after.

 

6. Manta- love pretzel loops but unlike S: UF, it actually keeps up a nice pace the whole ride.

 

5. Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit- this seems to be a love it or hate it ride but I personally love the experience the music on this ride gives you. Plus it has arguably the scariest lift out there and a nice not quite upside down loop that gives you a nice view of IOA.

 

4. Nitro- very comftorable restraints, great view of the woods, a master of floater airtime and just a nice setting overall really makes this a great ride experience.

 

3. Magnum XL 200- I think the surprise ejector airtime won me over on this coaster especially in the tunnels.

 

2. Maverick- probably the biggest out of control feeling I've had on a coaster. Don't let the size fool you, it'll make you skip more heartbeats than coasters triple its size (*cough* Mill Force *cough*)

 

1. Skyrush- insane ejector airtime. Sure the restraints aren't the most comftorable in the world but when you experience that airtime, trust me the restraints are justified.

 

Other notables:

 

El Toro- my favorite wooden coaster that I ranked #2 on my ballot.

 

Millennium Force- this coaster was ranked 18th on my ballot behind coasters like Gemini, Space Mountain, Expedition Everest and Great Nor Easter. Some may question that but to me, this coaster is very overrated. I don't hate the ride but I definitely don't think it deserves to be considered the best coaster in the world. It's just all speed and no airtime.

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That took longer than I thought it would. But, it's done!

 

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 <--Please leave this

Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,1

Skyrush Hersheypark PA,y,y,2

Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion VA,y,n,3

Bizarro SF New England MA,y,n,4

Maverick Cedar Point OH,y,y,5

Storm Runner Hersheypark PA,y,y,6

Millennium Force Cedar Point OH,y,y,7

Leviathan Canadas Wonderland ON,y,y,8

Behemoth Canadas Wonderland ON,y,y,9

Ride of Steel Darien Lake NY,y,n,10

Alpengeist Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,11

Powder Keg Silver Dollar City MO,y,y,12

Batman The Ride/Clone SF & Other Parks **,y,y,13

Steel Eel SeaWorld San Anton TX,y,y,14

Superman - Ride of St Six Flags America MD,y,n,15

Nitro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,16

Volcano: The Blast Co Kings Dominion VA,y,n,17

Apollo's Chariot Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,18

Incredible Hulk Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,19

Goliath La Ronde Parc Amus QC,y,n,20

Top Thrill Dragster Cedar Point OH,y,y,21

Chinese Fireball Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,22

Kumba Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,23

Raptor Cedar Point OH,y,y,24

Superman:Krypton Cstr Six Flags Fiesta T TX,y,y,25

Fahrenheit Hersheypark PA,y,y,26

Griffon Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,27

Montu Busch Gardens Tamp FL,y,n,28

Verbolten Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,29

Mr. Freeze Reverse Bl Six Flags Over Tex TX,y,y,30

Mr. Freeze Reverse Bl Six Flags St. Loui MO,y,y,31

Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Park PA,y,n,32

Talon Dorney Park PA,y,n,33

Titan Six Flags Over Tex TX,y,y,34

Batman - Dark Knight SF New England MA,y,n,35

Sky Rocket Kennywood Park PA,y,n,36

Magnum XL-200 Cedar Point OH,y,y,37

Wildfire Silver Dollar City MO,y,y,38

Bizarro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,39

GateKeeper Cedar Point OH,y,y,40

Dominator Kings Dominion VA,y,n,41

Hydra the Revenge Dorney Park PA,y,n,42

Raging Bull Six Flags Great Am IL,y,y,43

Firehawk Kings Island OH,y,n,44

Great Bear Hersheypark PA,y,y,45

Batwing Six Flags America MD,y,n,46

Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,47

X-Flight Six Flags Great Am IL,y,y,48

Steel Force Dorney Park PA,y,n,49

Diamondback Kings Island OH,y,n,50

Poltergeist Six Flags Fiesta T TX,y,y,51

Gemini Cedar Point OH,y,y,52

Hungarian Horntail Islands of Adventu FL,y,n,53

Flight of Fear Kings Island OH,y,n,54

Green Lantern Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,55

Superman - Ultimate F Six Flags Parks **,y,y,56

Vortex Canadas Wonderland ON,y,y,57

Flight of Fear Kings Dominion VA,y,n,58

Mantis Cedar Point OH,y,y,59

Whizzer Six Flags Great Am IL,y,y,60

Joker's Jinx Six Flags America MD,y,n,61

Sooperdooperlooper Hersheypark PA,y,y,62

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,63

Loch Ness Monster Busch Gardens Will VA,y,n,64

Rock n Roller Coaster Disney's H Studios FL,y,n,65

Fav Vek Susp Loop SLC Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,66

Fav Gerstlauer Spinn. Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,67

Fav Eurofighter 320+ Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,68

Flight Deck Kings Island OH,y,n,69

Fav Skyloop XT 150 Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,70

Fav Intamin Impulse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,71

Revenge of the Mummy Universal Studios FL,y,n,72

Skull Mountain Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,n,73

Viper Darien Lake NY,y,n,74

Backlot Stunt Coaster Cedar Fair Parks **,y,y,75

Vortex Kings Island OH,y,n,76

Dark Knight Six Flags Parks **,y,y,77

Le Cobra La Ronde Parc Amus QC,y,n,78

Fav Vek Mine Tr. 785m Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,79

Fav Mack Supersplash Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,80

Space Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,81

SkyRider Canadas Wonderland ON,y,y,82

Iron Dragon Cedar Point OH,y,y,83

Fav Zamp. Motocoaster Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,84

Exterminator Kennywood Park PA,y,n,85

Fav Spinning Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,86

Fav Windstorm Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,87

Big Thunder Mountain WDW Magic Kingdom FL,y,n,88

Avalanche Kings Dominion VA,y,n,89

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,90

Fav Intamin Bobsled Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,91

Fav Vekoma Invertigo Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,92

Fav Wildcat Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,93

Dragon Mountain Marineland Theme P ON,y,n,94

Fav Arrow Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,95

Fav Vekoma Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,96

Fav Loop-Screw Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,97

Fav Jet Star (any) Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,98

Fav Chance Toboggan Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,99

Fav Galaxi Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,100

Fav Zyklon Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,101

Fav Vekoma Boomerang Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,102

Anaconda Kings Dominion VA,y,n,103

Ninja Six Flags St. Loui MO,y,y,104

Shockwave Kings Dominion VA,y,n,105

Fav Zamperla Volare Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,106

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