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Here's my star-studded list.

1. Montu

2. Favorite Wood Coaster (Viper)

3. Raging Bull

4. Cheetah Hunt

5. Kumba

6. SheiKra

7. Batman The Ride/Clone

8. Fav Schw Shuttle loop (Montezuma's)

9. Whizzer

10. Superman Ultimate F/Clone

11. Silver Bullet

12. X-Flight

13. Fav Intamin Impulse (Vertical Velocity SfGam)

14. Sierra Sidewnder

15. Fav Loop-Screw (Demon SfGam)

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So really I guess I'd like to vote for the trains. Is there a best coaster train poll?

I for one would actually really like to see this.

My top five:

5. Wild Thing (Valleyfair)

4. X2 (SFMM)

3. Tatsu (SFMM)

2. Iron Rattler (SFFT)

1. Manta (SWSD)

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Completed.

 

Top 20:

1. Favorite Wood Coaster Any Park Anywhere

2. Expedition GeForce Holiday Park

3. Nemesis Alton Towers

4. Kawasemi Tobu Zoo

5. Kumba Busch Gardens Tampa

6. Maverick Cedar Point

7. Intimidator 305 Kings Dominion

8. Montu Busch Gardens Tampa

9. Skyrush Hersheypark

10. Katun Mirabilandia

11. Goliath Walibi Holland

12. iSpeed Mirabilandia

13. Bizarro SF New England

14. Blue Fire Megacoaster Europa Park

15. Space Mountain Disneyland

16. Winjas - Fear Phantasialand

17. Manta SeaWorld Orlando

18. Euro-Mir Europa-Park

19. Shockwave Six Flags Over Texas

20. Phantom's Revenge Kennywood Park

 

Skip a few...

 

Bottom 10:

242. Anaconda Kings Dominion

243. Shockwave Kings Dominion

244. Mantis Cedar Point

245. Fav Zamperla Volare Any Park Anywhere

246. Green Lantern:1st Fl. Six Flags Magic Mountain

247. Ultimate Lightwater Valley

248. Sequoia Adventure Gardaland

249. Roller Coaster New York New York

250. Ninja Six Flags Over Georgia

251. Goudurix Parc Asterix

 

I kind of feel bad for Green Lantern because my ride was horrible, but I know it's not the ride, it's the park the ride is in running it terribly which resulted in my opinion of the ride. I also feel pity for the two coasters in my bottom 10 from Kings Dominion, but they are only there because most other parks have removed their bad Arrow and Togo machines and therefore they're not on the poll this year.

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Well, here is my top 20. Joining the TPR midwest trip last year sure shook up my rankings. The coasters new for 2013 are marked bold.

 

1. Batman la Fuga (Parque Warner Madrid)

2. Busch Gardens Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa)

3. Katun (Mirabilandia)

4. Goliath (Six Flags Fiesta Texas)

5. Talon (Dorney Park)

6. Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park)

7. Maverick (Cedar Point)

8. Alpengeist (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

9. Flight Deck (California's Great America)

10.Batman (Six Flags Great America)

11.Batman (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

12.Raptor (Cedar Point)

13.Monster (Walygator)

14.Oz'Iris (Parc Asterix)

15.Great White (SeaWorld San Antonio)

16.Titan (Six Flags Over Texas)

17.Goliath (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

18.Millennium Force (Cedar Point)

19.Superman Attraccion d'Acero (Parque Warner Madrid)

20.Dragon Khan (Port Aventura)

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1. DiamondBack (KI) 24 SECANDS OF AIRTIME, AND BEST STEEL COASTER TO ME!!

2. Shambhala (PA) Airtime is amazing, splash down break and that twisted loopy thing

3. I 305 (KD) Just awsome:*

4. Iron rattler (SFFT) SWEET RIDE *-*

5. Millenium Force (CP) Over rated but still great

6. Dragon khan (PA) Great Coaster, long ride to! And that 0 G Roll.

7. Bizzaro (SFNE) TWISTY + AIRTIME

8. Nitro (SFGA) TWISTY AIRTIME <3

9. Apollo’s Chariot (BGW) AIRTIME <3

10. Nemesis (AT) Just intense and best invert.HANDS DOWN.

 

And thats my top 10 steel coasters;)

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Looks like I'm a bit Intamin-centered at the top there. I can't wait for all of Forida's coasters later this year!

 

1. Intimidator 305 -KD

2. Bizarro - SFNE

3. Skyrush - Hersheypark

4. Millennium Force - Cedar Point

5. Maverick - Cedar Point

6. Goliath - SFOG

7. Storm Runner - Hersheypark

8. Xcelerator - KBF

9. Griffon - BGW

10. Nitro - SFGAdv

11. Diamondback - KI

12. Tatsu - SFMM

13. Alpengeist - BGW

14. Top Thrill Dragster - Cedar Point

15. X2 - SFMM

16. Apollo's Chariot - BGW

17. Magnum XL-200 - Cedar Point

18. Intimidator - Carowinds

19. Raptor - Cedar Point

20. California Screamin' - DCA

21. Fahrenheit - Hersheypark

22. Mindbender - SFOG

23. Mystery Mine - Dollywood

24. Superman Ultimate Flight - SFDK

25. Afterburn - Carowinds

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Received an email just now:

 

Your Steel Coaster Poll Ballot Has Been Received and Tabulated

 

Thank You for participating!

 

Fewer than 300 people have voted so far. Please encourage others to vote as the results are more accurate when as many people as possible have voted.

 

The best way to encourage others to vote is via any coaster related message boards or websites to which you may belong. Please post the link http://BestRollerCoasterPoll.com rather than posting a ballot as the ballot is subject to change.

 

Ballots will be accepted through March 31st and results will be posted soon thereafter.

 

There is a list of known "problems" in the 2013 steel poll ballot at

http://www.ushsho.com/knownsteelballotproblems2013.txt

 

If you have anything to add to the list you may e-mail it to me.

 

Thanks Again,

 

Mitch Hawker

 

http://BestRollerCoasterPoll.com

 

Seems like we need to encourage more people to participate.

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Doing my list now. Here is my top 10:

 

1. Favorite Wood Coaster - Any Park Anywhere

2. Storm Runner - Hershey Park

3. Nitro - Six Flags Great Adventure

4. Katun - Mirabilandia

5. Bizarro - Six Flags New England (rode it as Superman only)

6. Superman la Attracion de Acero - Parque Warner Madrid

7. Piraten - Djurs Sommerland

8. Tornado - Särkänniemi

9. Insane - Gröna Lund

10. Lisebergbanan - Liseberg

 

And the bottom 5:

 

Fav Loop-Screw - Any Park Anywhere

Sequioa Adventure - Gardaland

Fav Zamperla Volare - Any Park Anywhere

X - Thorpe Park

Fav Powered 'Coaster' - Any Park Anywhere

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-very surprised with such a low turnout thus far, hopefully there will be a late push of entries to get the ratings more accurate.

 

Listing a top 20 seems to be the most popular, so:

 

1) Favorite Wood Coaster - Any Park Anywhere

 

2) Bizarro - SFNE

3) Alpengeist - BGW

4) Skyrush - HP

5) Apollos Chariot - BGW

6) I305 - KD

7) Volcano: BC - KD

8) Intimidator - Carowinds

9) Montu - BGT

10) Kraken - SWO

11) SheiKra - BGT

12) Goliath - SFOG

13) Afterburn - Carowinds

14) Griffon - BGW

15) Kumba - BGT

16) Dominator - KD

17) Incredible Hulk - IOA

18) Loch Ness Monster - BGW

19) Talon - Dorney

20) Phantoms Revenge - Kennywood

21) Superman:ROS - SFA

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Just finished mine!

Top 20:

1)Favorite Wood (Phoenix at Knoebel's)

2)Expedition GeForce, Holiday Park

3)Millennium Force, Cedar Point

4)Kumba, Busch Gardens Tampa

5)Montu, Busch Gardens Tampa

6)Storm Runner, Hersheypark

7)Blue Fire Megacoaster, Europa Park

8)X2, Six Flags Magic Mo

9)New Texas Giant, Six Flags Over Texas

10)Leviathan, Canadas Wonderland

11)Euro-Mir, Europa Park

12)Mindbender, Six Flags Over Georgia

13)Bizarro, Six Flags New England

14)Talon, Dorney Park

15)Shockwave, Six Flags Over Texas

16)Incredible Hulk, Islands of Adventure

17)Superman el Ultimo, Six Flags Mexico

18)Volcano: The Blast Coaster, Kings Dominion

19)Afterburn, Carowinds

20)SkyRider, Canadas Wonderland

 

And the hall of shame:

Fav Vekoma Corkscrew

Fav Chance Toboggan

Roller Coaster, New York New York

Goudurix, Parc Asterix

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Skyrider at #20 ? I found it to be awful! What did you appreciated so much in it ? (Just curious )

 

I know most people hate Skyrider, but I loved it! The airtime on the camelback after the loop is incredible, and the last two bunny hops are insane. Sure, the restraints are incredibly awkward, but if you sit(stand) in the front its an amazing ride. I'm not sure why, but to me it just seemed way smoother and more intense than its clones I've been on at King's Dominion (and formerly King's Island). When I went to Canada's Wonderland this past summer, it was one of the few coasters we rode multiple times. I guess I'm just weird, but it's definitely one of my favorites.

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The ballot I sent:

 

XCelerator Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,1

Manta SeaWorld San Diego CA,y,y,2

Fav Schw Shuttle loop Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,3

Full Throttle Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,4

Kingda Ka Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,y,5

Bizarro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,y,6

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

Medusa SF Discovery Kingd CA,y,y,8

Flight Deck California's Great CA,y,y,9

Superman Ultimate Fl. SF Discovery Kingd CA,y,y,10

Batman The Ride/Clone SF & Other Parks **,y,y,11

Fav Intamin Impulse Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,12

Superman: Escape From Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,13

Riddler's Revenge Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,14

Goliath Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,15

Journey to Atlantis SeaWorld San Diego CA,y,y,16

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

Nitro Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,y,18

Green Lantern Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,y,19

Superman - Ultimate F Six Flags Parks **,y,y,20

Quicksilver Express Bonfante Gardens CA,y,y,21

Sierra Sidewnder Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,22

Silver Bullet Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,23

Fav Gerstlauer Spinn. Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,24

Fav Arrow Mine Train Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,25

Dark Knight Six Flags Parks **,y,y,26

Revolution Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,27

Fav Vekoma Invertigo Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,28

Fav Wild Mouse Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,29

Skull Mountain Six Flags Great Ad NJ,y,y,30

Ninja Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,31

Scream! Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,y,32

Pony Express Knott's Berry Farm CA,y,y,33

Fav Arrow Corkscrew Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,34

Fav Windstorm Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,35

Viper Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,n,36

Vortex California's Great CA,y,y,37

Fav Vek Susp Loop SLC Any Park Anywhere **,y,n,38

Fav Vekoma Boomerang Any Park Anywhere **,y,y,39

Green Lantern:1st Fl. Six Flags Magic Mo CA,y,n,40

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Sending mine in now! My top 20 steel coasters:

 

Millennium Force

Storm Runner

Kumba

Maverick

Montu

Top Thrill Dragster

Apollo's Chariot

Intimidator 305

Phantom's Revenge

Titan

SheiKra

Griffon

Raptor

Magnum XL-200

Fahrenheit

Mamba

Dominator

Superman: Krypton Coaster

Powder Keg

Wicked Twister

 

Outlaw Run, my favorite wooden coaster, would slot in at #2 on my list.

 

The only thing I didn't like about this ballot was the Arrow Mine Train grouping. Those coasters are generally quite different, and I didn't like having to lump in my favorite (Thunderation) with some of the lesser mine trains.

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OK, I think my ballot is squared away. Boldface = New for me in 2013

 

Top 25 of Honor

1. Favorite Wood Coaster (Balder or El Toro)

2.Texas Giant (Six Flags Over Texas)

3. Expedition GeForce (Holiday Park)

4. Maverick (Cedar Point)

5. Intimidator 305 (Kings Dominion)

6. Goliath (Walibi World)

7. Phantom's Revenge (Kennywood Park)

8. Nemesis (Alton Towers)

9. Kawasemi (Tobu Zoo)

10. Mega-Lite (Happy Valley Song)

11. Fly Over Mediterranean (Happy Valley Chendu)

12. Piraten (Djurs Sommerland)

13. Millennium Force (Cedar Point)

14. Mindbender (Six Flags Over Georgia)

15. Shockwave (Six Flags Over Texas)

16. Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa)

17. SheiKra (Busch Gardens Tampa)

18. Griffon (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

19. Dive Coaster (Happy Valley Song)

20. Dive Machine (Chimelong Paradise)

21. Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure)

22. Apollo's Chariot (Busch Gardens Williamsburg)

23. Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Studios Orlando)

24. Cheetah Hunt (Busch Gardens Tampa)

25. Big Grizzly Mountain (Hong Kong Disneyland)

 

Bottom 10 of Shame

 

249. Fav Chance Toboggan

250. Tulireki (Linnanmaki)

251. Mantis (Cedar Point)

252. Cobra (Tivoli Friheden)

253. Goudurix (Parc Asterix)

254. G Force (Drayton Manor)

255. Eejanaika (Fujikyu HighLands)

256. Ninja (Six Flags St. Louis)

257. Ninja (Six Flags Over Georgia)

258. Space Mountain (Disneyland Paris)

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Top 10:

1. Millennium Force (Cedar Point)

2. Sheikra (Busch Gardens Tampa)

3. Cheetah Hunt (Busch Gardens Tampa)

4. Expedition Everest (Animal Kingdom)

5. Maverick (Cedar Point)

6. Bizarro (Six Flags New England)

7. Great Bear (Hersheypark)

8. Blue Fire (Europa Park)

9. Raging Bull (Six Flags Great America)

10. Thunderhawk (Michigan's Adventure, the smooth SLC I've been on)

 

The bottom 10:

 

34. Canyon Blaster (Adventuredome)

35. Magnum XL 200 (Cedar Point)

36. Ninja (Six Flags St. Louis)

37. Corkscrew (Cedar Point)

38. Sky Rider (Canada's Wonderland)

39. Viper (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

40. X2 (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

41. Manhattan Express (New York New York, Las Vegas)

42. Dark Knight Coaster (Six Flags Great America)

43. Toboggan (Lakemount Park)

44. Green Lantern: 1st Flight (Six Flags Magic Mountain)

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Since we are all sharing our views, I guess I'll put in my 2 cents...

 

My top 10:

1. X2

2. The Smiler

3. Tatsu

4. XCelerator

5. Nemesis

6. The Swarm

7. Scream!

8. Desperado

9. Silver Bullet

10. Riddler's Revenge

 

My bottom 5:

55. Fav Wild Mouse

56. Fav Zyklon Loop

57. Pony Express

58. X

59. Fav Spinning Mouse

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Just a little bump to remind everyone that the deadline is tomorrow--March 31!

 

I just sent my ballot. Have you sent yours?

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^In the past, I've received the confirmation days after I've submitted the ballot. I think they just do them in batches.

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I sent my ballot the first day and received a confirmation e-mail 1-2 weeks later, so yes he probably do these all at once. Can't wait to see the results !

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Almost missed the voting, but I got it in today.

 

Every years I say that I need to get on some more coasters overseas as this list should have at least one mega-lite in my top ten.

 

I feel so ashamed!

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Top ten

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Bottom feeders.

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