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Voting in the 2019 poll has now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

Hey everyone!

 

The TPR Coaster Poll is BACK for its second official year!

 

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coasterpoll.com

 

We have over ONE THOUSAND coasters that you can rank on the poll, so whether you've been on every Intamin coaster in the world, or only have been on the coasters at your "home" park, your vote matters! As always, we're taking steps to promote the poll on Theme Park Review's social media channels. If you're one of TPR's followers on social media, and you're reading this for the first time - welcome!

 

Please read all three of the following posts in their entirety!

 

 

 

So how do you vote? Follow these steps!

 

1. Go to coasterpoll.com. That's the easy part!

 

2. Click the green "Sign Up" button at the top right of your browser window. This will be your login so that your vote will be counted, and your rankings will be saved for next year. If you are already a member of the TPR forums, we kindly ask that you give yourself the same username that you have here.

 

3. Search for parks and coasters that you've been to! You can use the search bar at the top right to search for a specific coaster, or use the "Coasters" link at the top left to see the the full list. When you're viewing the full list, you can use the "Change List" button to sort or filter the list out. You can view all of the coasters at one particular park, or all the coasters by one manufacturer... It's up to you!

 

4. IMPORTANT - Mark the coasters that you've ridden. Next to every single coaster is a green "ridden" button. If you've ridden a coaster, click that button and it should turn to a solid green color. You need to do this for every coaster you want to rank!

 

5. Rank your ridden coasters! When you click the "Ranking" link at the top left, you'll be taken to a listing of all the coasters you've marked as ridden. Now, you'll want to assign each coaster a number rank. You can either drag and drop each coaster to the order you want, or complete your ranking in a spreadsheet style. It's up to you! You can also give coasters tied rankings if you want, like if you can't decide what your favorite Vekoma SLC is!

 

6. If you voted last year, make sure you click the yellow "Not Done Yet" button to "release" your rankings so you can add the coasters that you've ridden in 2018.

 

7. IMPORTANT - Click the green "Done Ranking" button! When you click this button, you're all set! If you ride a coaster between now and the day the poll closes, you can go back to your ranking and click the yellow "Not Done Yet" button and adjust however you please. Don't forget to click the green button when you're done.

 

Due to an overwhelmingly good response, we've EXTENDED the deadline for voting!

 

Voting closes at 11:59 PM Eastern on January 17th, 2019!

 

 

 

Just like Mitch’s poll you will find that not every roller coaster is included, as that would be impossible, but we have included as many relevant ones as possible. See the next post down (the FAQ post) for more info on our selection process.

 

The other thing that would really help us out... Please SHARE this link as much as you can! On your social media, on your blogs, in any videos you might produce, etc, getting as much data as possible will allow this poll to get better and better!

 

This is a continued team effort by Chase (Comeagain?), Robb (robbalvey), and myself (A.J.). We appreciate your support and we look forward to seeing the results as much as we're sure you all do.

 

Have fun, and happy ranking!

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Here are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the poll.

 

How does the poll work?

The way coasters are ranked is based on whether riders prefer one coaster over another. The more that one coaster is preferred over all other coasters, the higher its individual rank is. It's not just about how many votes a coaster gets.

 

How did you decide which coasters to include on the poll?

Generally, any coaster that is the size of a wild mouse or larger is included on the poll. However, there are exceptions - a few smaller coasters are on the poll, and a few larger ones aren't. Selecting the cutoff based on size means that we can be objective about which coasters are included. In addition, we require that coaster has to have operated for the majority of the season to be considered.

 

Are large traveling coasters such as Olympia Looping included on the poll?

Yes! Search their names or find the park called "Traveling".

 

I've ridden so many coasters that I don't feel like individually ranking them all. What happens?

You can rank your coasters in batches if you want! For example, you can give your "best" coasters all tied ranks of #1, then your "awesome" coasters all tied ranks of #10, "good" #20, and so on. Or, you can just choose not to rank coasters you consider as "okay" or "average". Or, you can rank your top 50, and then give your "middle" coasters all tied rankings, and then rank your bottom 10. It's up to you! The poll cares about how coasters compare to each other, not just which ones are ranked first or last on peoples' lists.

 

I can't recall which of the Vekoma boomerangs I've ridden is the best. Does it matter?

For "cloned" coasters such as Vekoma boomerangs, B&M Batman inverted coasters, and the like, we have "aggregate" entries. You can search for the word "clone" and they will all show up, or you can rank a cloned coaster individually. All the appropriate entries will be averaged together and the aggregate entry will be the one that gets ranked in the final results. We have done it this way so that casual users can search for the Hersheypark Sidewinder without knowing that it's a Vekoma boomerang, for example.

 

My favorite coaster is missing! Why is that?

We've gone to great effort to include every major coaster on the poll, but we may have missed one. If it meets our "rankable coaster" guidelines, and there is enough of a desire to include it, leave us a comment or a reply to the TPR Forum thread and we'll look into it.

 

Will I be able to see other peoples' ranking lists?

No, we won't be making any users' ballots visible. We understand that previous polls have done it this way, however, we value privacy. If you want to publicly share what your top coasters were, great! However, we won't force that on anyone else.

 

Is it just me, or is the poll happening earlier than usual this year?

From now on, we will be opening ballots before the calendar year ends, so that "2019's best coasters" aren't determined so far into 2020. We feel it's better that way.

 

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If you have any more questions, please don't hesitate to ask!

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Finally, here is some info on some additions and changes for 2019!

 

Brand-new coasters for 2019

 

Alien Taxi - Trans Studio Action Zone

Batman The Ride - Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

Big Top - Oriental Heritage Changsha

Celestial Gauntlet - Oriental Heritage Changsha

Copperhead Strike - Carowinds

Delvin Kileri - Wonderland Eurasia

Dragonflier - Dollywood

Dueling Dragons - Guangzhou Sunac Land (separate entries for red side / green side)

Dynamite - Freizietpark Plohn

Falcon - Wuxi Sunac Land

Flight of the Himalayan Eagle Music Roller Coaster - Happy Valley Beijing

Flying Dragon - Oriental Legend Handan

Fury - Bobbejaanland

Gold Rusher - Tatzmania Löffingen

Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure - Islands of Adventure

Hakugei - Nagashima Spa Land

Kentucky Flyer - Kentucky Kingdom

Lightspeed - Wonderland Eurasia

Maxx Force - Six Flags Great America

Mystic - Walibi Rhône-Alpes

Nid des Marsupilamis - Parc Spirou

Panic Coaster Back!? Daaan!! - Tokyo Dome City

Phoenix - Adventureland (Iowa)

Power Splash - Happy Valley Shenzhen

Steam Racers - Wuxi Sunac Land

Steel Curtain - Kennywood

Stress Express - Silk Road Dreamland Jiayuguan

Taiga - Linnanmäki

Tigris - Busch Gardens Tampa

Untamed - Walibi Holland

Volare Hiz Kizagi - Wonderland Eurasia

Wilkołak - Majaland Kowanty

Yukon Striker - Canada's Wonderland

Zadra - Energylandia

 

Coasters that opened too late in 2018 to be ranked on last year's poll

 

Insomnio - Kataplum

Steel Dolphin - Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park

Torbellino - Parque Diversiones

Wilde Hilde - Schwaben Park

 

Coasters added to the poll because coasterbill just HAD to have them

 

Cyclone - Wonderland Amusement Park

Wild Chipmunk - Lakeside Amusement Park

 

Coasters that have re-opened in the 2019 season after being defunct / SBNO

 

Colossos Kampf der Giganten - Heide Park

Euro-Star - Traveling

 

Coasters that have been left out of previous polls by mistake

 

Twisted Typhoon - Wild Adventures

 

Some notes on this list:

 

  • All parks in the Dalian Wanda family of theme parks have changed ownership, and all of their names have been changed to reflect this. This will not affect the coasters themselves, but keep this in mind if you've been referring to certain parks as "Wanda" parks.
  • Colossos at Heide Park is now on the list and can be ranked! It's been given its new name, Kampf der Giganten. Colossos has always been a popular coaster so please, if you've ridden it, rank it! Also, see the note item below regarding SBNO coasters.
  • Dueling Dragons at Guangzhou Sunac Land is treated as two separate entries and each side can be ranked individually if you've ridden it. This is not typical of our procedure for racing / dueling coasters on the poll but the two experiences are different enough from each other, much like Battlestar Galactica at Universal Studios Singapore.
  • The Vekoma Space Warp coasters are grouped together as a clone even though the "hyper" variant has a lift and extra length. This means that Formula at Energylandia is now considered a clone under the "three installations" rule. If Vekoma ends up building three of each variant (launched / lift), we'll split them off further.
  • Euro-Star, the (in)famous traveling inverted coaster, is now on our list and rankable! It's listed under the "Traveling" park like the other major traveling coasters.
  • The five coasters inside the newly-opened Nickelodeon Universe in New Jersey have not yet achieved consistent operation, so they will be excluded from the poll entirely.
  • West Coast Racers at Six Flags Magic Mountain will also be excluded from the poll, even if it opens in 2019.
  • Vortex at Kings Island is still rankable in this poll, as it operated for the entire season.

 

New coaster poll protocol for standing but not operating (SBNO) coasters:

 

  • If a roller coaster that was previously listed on the poll goes into a standing but not operating (SBNO) state, and it's assumed that the coaster will operate again eventually, you will still be able to rank it like any other coaster. However, during any season(s) where the coaster is SBNO, it will not be calculated in the final ranking and will not show up on the final results.
  • Quimera, the Schwarzkopf Dreier Looping coaster recently involved in an accident, will now be excluded from final results since it has become SBNO. However, you can still rank it if you've ridden it and it won't be removed from your lists.
  • Colossos at Heide Park was SBNO before we began the poll for the 2017 season, so it never received a listing. Since that coaster has reopened, it now has a listing, it can be ranked, and it will be included with the results like normal.
  • Any coaster that is SBNO as a result of an upcoming conversion, such as with wooden coasters being re-made by Rocky Mountain Construction, will be eliminated from the poll entirely as the "old" coaster is effectively defunct.

 

Announced new-for-2019 coasters that will NOT be included on the poll

 

Boomerang Hyper Coaster - Trans Studio Action Zone

Canavar Dalga - Wonderland Eurasia

Dragonfire - Adventure Island Qatar

Launch Coaster - Sun Tzu Cultural Park

Mission Ferrari - Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

Nickelodeon Slime Streak - Nickelodeon Universe New Jersey

Relámpago - Mundo Petapa

Sandy's Blasting Bronco - Nickelodeon Universe New Jersey

Shredder - Nickelodeon Universe New Jersey

Timmy's Half Pipe Havoc - Nickelodeon Universe New Jersey

TMNT Shellraiser - Nickelodeon Universe New Jersey

West Coast Racers - Six Flags Magic Mountain

 

Coasters that have been excluded from this year's poll by mistake

 

Dancing Oscar - Shinhwa Theme Park

Thunderbolt - Gyeongnam Mason Robot Land

 

Please help us out!

If you see a coaster on the poll that has closed and shouldn't be there, or if you see a roller coaster that was re-named and it's not reflected, please let us know!

 

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And, as before, please let us know if you have any questions!

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I'm not an expert, but what about Back Daaan at Tokyo Dome? Is it unique enough to be added? I understand it's not really fast or tall, but it's sure as hell better than any boomerang or spinning mouse.

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Yay, I've been looking forward to this. One correction off the bat is that Firebird @SFA is still called Apocalypse, and you may want to remove volcano.

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All noted, thanks for speaking out!

 

Volcano was closed way early in the season, so it's removed from the poll. Apocalypse has also been re-named.

 

We've gone ahead and added Panic Coaster Back!? Daaan!! since we also have a similar coaster on the poll in Movie Park Germany's Van Helsing's Factory.

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Yay, I've been looking forward to this. One correction off the bat is that Firebird @SFA is still called Apocalypse, and you may want to remove volcano.

That would explain this.....

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Thanks for all your work! I'm relly looking forward to if my rankings are changing in comparison to last years poll, where my new coasters will land in my personal list as well as in the overall and what the 2019 winners will be!

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Yay, I've been looking forward to this. One correction off the bat is that Firebird @SFA is still called Apocalypse, and you may want to remove volcano.

That would explain this.....

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Oh, whoops. That was my fault. That's been fixed.

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Your rankings will be in a "locked" state until you go down and click the yellow "Not Done Yet" button to open them back up again. Then, when you're finished, you click the green "Done Ranking" button to lock them in again. You can do this as many times as you wish before the deadline, but be sure to lock them in so they count.

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thank you for all the hard work getting this ready to go!

 

my trip to Japan, really has made a difference in my top 10 this year! (and resulted in a TON of tie numbering from rankings after ~15. . I just can't choose, I love a lot of coasters the same).

 

hopefully this won't screw up your results!

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Hey! Is there any way to totally reset my rankings so I can start from scratch without going through and re-marking each coaster as ridden?

 

That's not currently a feature we have. You can go through the coasters you've ridden and re-mark them all pretty quickly. That'd be the easiest way right now.

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Any chance we could add Wild Chipmunk or just "Miler Wild Mouse" to this poll? I entered "Clone" and started typing but didn't find it. I'm all set to sing this ride's praises.

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Any chance we could add Wild Chipmunk or just "Miler Wild Mouse" to this poll? I entered "Clone" and started typing but didn't find it. I'm all set to sing this ride's praises.

Ugh.... for you.... I *guess* we could add it....

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I've gone ahead and added them! But everyone else, please understand that we're curating the poll for a reason.

Yes, please note this.... I only did it for CoasterBill because he's... well... "special."

 

And it we didn't we'd never hear the end of his mentioning it. And that doesn't mean everyone else go be a squeaky wheel, just CoasterBill, because, for whatever reason I tolerate his stupid shit...

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