A.J. Posted February 7, 2022 Share Posted February 7, 2022 Hey everyone! We are happy to announce that the results for the 2021 TPR Coaster Poll are now IN! https://coasterpoll.com/ The Theme Park Review Coaster Poll is an ongoing effort by myself (A.J.), Chase (Comeagain?) and Robb (robbalvey). We're continuing to work hard to develop THE definitive annual ranking of the world's roller coasters! The reason why this poll exists is because the Mitch Hawker poll, which was considered by many to be the quintessential roller coaster poll for nearly 20 years, had kind of fallen into a black hole leaving few polls or awards that exist that we would put real faith into the results. Theme Park Review is proud to have been the first website to hold a "Hawker-style" poll since the original Mitch Hawker poll ended, with the first TPR Coaster Poll being held in 2017. We are also proud to say that this year, we received over one thousand ballots for our poll! We would like to thank everyone who participated in what is the best year in the TPR Coaster Poll so far! The way the Hawker-style poll works is that instead of being a “popularity contest” of “he who gets the most votes wins”, it actually ranks and weights people’s real life riding experience against each other. It takes into account how many coasters you’ve ridden and how those rankings compare against others with similar experiences. It also means that no matter if you’ve ridden 50 or 500 coasters, the results are “fair and balanced.” There have been two significant changes to the poll listings this year. They are as follows: Despite RailBlazer at California's Great America and Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster at Six Flags Fiesta Texas being "prototype" models for the Rocky Mountain Construction Single Rail Coaster, their layouts are similar enough to Stunt Pilot at Silverwood that we will be classifying all three together as a single clone entry. We are doing this to allow for more diversity in the top rankings and we will not be entertaining any questions or complaints about it. More significantly, Lightning Rod at Dollywood was given a major re-tracking by Rocky Mountain Construction for the 2021 season, which replaced the majority of the existing Topper Track system with I-Box track. The Roller Coaster Database now considers Lightning Rod to be a steel coaster. As such, Lightning Rod is now classified as a steel coaster on our poll. Unless more coasters begin to adopt this method of renovation, we will strictly be keeping the poll to wooden / steel / combined. We will not be adding a "hybrid" category at this time. As a refresher, these are the rules: To qualify for the poll, a coaster has to be the size of a wild mouse or larger, with a select few exceptions To receive a numbered ranking, a coaster must have been marked "ridden" and ranked by at least 12 (twelve) people; any with less than that are given a provisional ranking and not included in the "top" lists Individual installations of roller coaster clones (Vekoma SLC, Mack Blue Fire, etc) do NOT count in rankings; Instead, their votes are all averaged together, and they are ranked as a single entry; A clone is defined as any coaster with three near-identical installations or more Any coaster that is standing but not operating (SBNO) is not ranked To qualify for the poll, a coaster must have operated for the majority of the previous operating season (in this case, 2021) Theme Park Review reserves the right to make any exception(s) to these rules. Are you excited yet? Here come the results! 2021 Complete Results 2021 Wooden-only Results 2021 Steel-only Results 2021 Top 25 Coasters Overall El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure (even) Lightning Rod - Dollywood (even) Untamed - Walibi Holland (+1) Skyrush - Hersheypark (+3) Maverick - Cedar Point (+1) Twisted Timbers - Kings Dominion (+3) Wildfire - Kolmården Wildlife Park (+3) Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point (-5) Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain (+7) Fury 325 - Carowinds (+7) Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park (+1) Helix - Liseberg (+1) Taron - Phantasialand (+6) Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion (+6) Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England (+8) Zadra - Energylandia (new to top 25) Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City (-12) Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort (-4) Millennium Force - Cedar Point (-1) Ride to Happiness - Plopsaland De Panne (new to top 25) Taiga - Linnanmäki (new to top 25) Hyperion - Energylandia (new to top 25) Jurassic World VelociCoaster - Islands of Adventure (new to top 25) Hakugei - Nagashima Spa Land (new to top 25) T Express - Everland (-17) 1 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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