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TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby A.J. » Wed May 01, 2019 6:17 am

The TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results are in!

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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.

This year, we had an astounding 628 (six-hundred twenty-eight) people submit ballots! We would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit one - you're helping fulfill the poll's mission!

The way Mitch’s poll worked is that instead of being a “popularity contest” of “he who gets the most votes wins”, it actually ranked and weighted people’s real life riding experience against each other. It took into account how many coasters you’ve ridden and how those rankings compare against others with similar experiences. It also meant that no matter if you’ve ridden 50 or 500 coasters, the results were “fair and balanced.”

Last year, we did the poll as a live beta test, but this year, the results are for real! These results will form a basis for us to see how roller coasters, and peoples' opinions of them, change from year to year. Your coaster riding experience matters! If your favorite coaster didn’t rank where you hoped they would, AND you didn’t vote this year, please do so in the next poll!

Our original plan for this year was to group any set of "roller coaster clones" (that's three or more installations of the same layout) into a singular result. Due to the overwhelming response, that did not happen. However! We do have the capability to do so retroactively and we will - all of the framework is there for us to do so. For now, the results will be displayed much like they were last year, with every coaster given an individual entry except for Intamin's collection of Mega Lite coasters. Because of this, the poll results were late in being made official - from now on, the poll will be conducted earlier in the calendar year.

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 qualify for the poll, a coaster has to both have operated for the majority of the previous season (2018) AND be scheduled to open during the current season (2019).
  • 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

EDIT: It has come to our attention that people are unclear about discrepancies between the combined rankings and the wood / steel only rankings. The rankings are different in the wood / steel polls because the opposite type of coaster is removed from the poll entirely, and THEN the preference results are calculated, as if the opposite type of coaster never existed in the first place. This can, will, and does result in certain coasters jumping and falling significantly in the results. This is by design!

Are you excited yet? Here come the results!

2018 Top 25 Overall Roller Coasters

1. Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point
2. Lightning Rod - Dollywood
3. El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
4. Wildfire - Kolmården
5. Maverick - Cedar Point
6. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
7. Twisted Timbers - Kings Dominion
8. Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico
9. T Express - Everland
10. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion
11. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
12. Soaring with Dragon - Hefei Wanda Theme Park
13. Fury 325 - Carowinds
14. Skyrush - Hersheypark
15. DC Rivals Hypercoaster - Warner Bros. Movie World
16. Millennium Force - Cedar Point
17. Helix - Liseberg
18. Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain
19. Jungle Trailblazer - Oriental Hertiage Wuhu
20. Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort
21. Superman the Ride - Six Flags New England
22. Taron - Phantasialand
23. Twisted Cyclone - Six Flags Over Georgia
24. Hyperion - Energylandia
25. Mega-Lite / Kawasemi / Fly Over Mediterranean / Piraten / Light Speed - Various Parks



2018 Top 25 Wooden Roller Coasters

1. Lightning Rod - Dollywood
2. El Toro - Six Flags Great Adventure
3. Outlaw Run - Silver Dollar City
4. Wildfire - Kolmården
5. T Express - Everland
6. Voyage - Holiday World & Splashin' Safari
7. Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort
8. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
9. Jungle Trailblazer - Oriental Hertiage Wuhu
10. Balder - Liseberg
11. Coaster - Playland (at the PNE)
12. Goliath - Six Flags Great America
13. Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer Water World
14. Wooden Coaster Fireball - Happy Valley Shanghai
15. Dauling Dragon - Happy Valley Wuhan
16. Mine Blower - Fun Spot Kissimmee
17. Mystic Timbers - Kings Island
18. Wood Coaster - Knight Valley
19. Gold Striker - California's Great America
20. Troy - Toverland
21. Renegade - Valleyfair
22. Python in Bamboo Forest - Nanchang Wanda Park
23. Tremors - Silverwood
24. Shivering Timbers - Michigan's Adventure
25. Jungle Trailblazer - Fantawild Dreamland Zhengzhou

2018 Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters

1. Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point
2. Maverick - Cedar Point
3. Twisted Timbers - Kings Dominion
4. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park
5. Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico
6. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion
7. Mega-Lite / Kawasemi / Fly Over Mediterranean / Piraten / Light Speed - Various Parks
8. Soaring with Dragon - Hefei Wanda Theme Park
9. DC Rivals Hypercoaster - Warner Bros. Movie World
10. Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain
11. Skyrush - Hersheypark
12. Fury 325 - Carowinds
13. Millennium Force - Cedar Point
14. Helix - Liseberg
15. Taron - Phantasialand
16. Twisted Cyclone - Six Flags Over Georgia
17. Superman the Ride - Six Flags New England
18. Hyperion - Energylandia
19. Storm Chaser - Kentucky Kingdom
20. RailBlazer - California's Great America
21. Goliath - Walibi Holland
22. Iron Rattler - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
23. iSpeed - Mirabilandia
24. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
25. New Texas Giant - Six Flags Over Texas



2018 10 Worst Roller Coasters Overall

10. MP-Xpress - Movie Park Germany
9. T3 - Kentucky Kingdom
8. Mind Eraser - Elitch Gardens
7. Mind Eraser - Darien Lake
6. Time Warp - Canada's Wonderland
5. Condor - Walibi Holland
4. Orca Ride - Boudewijn Seapark
3. Anaconda - Walygator Parc
2. Mind Eraser - Six Flags America
1. Volare - Wiener Prater

2018 10 Worst Wooden Roller Coasters

10. Zach's Zoomer - Michigan's Adventure
9. Wildcat - Lake Compounce
8. Little Dipper - Six Flags Great America
7. Underground - Adventureland
6. Ghoster Coaster - Canada's Wonderland
5. Coaster Express - Parque Warner Madrid
4. Predator - Darien Lake
3. Grizzly - California's Great America
2. Anaconda - Walygator Parc
1. Bandit - Movie Park Germany

2018 10 Worst Steel Roller Coasters

10. Ednör - L'Attaque - La Ronde
9. MP-Xpress - Movie Park Germany
8. T3 - Kentucky Kingdom
7. Mind Eraser - Elitch Gardens
6. Time Warp - Canada's Wonderland
5. Mind Eraser - Darien Lake
4. Condor - Walibi Holland
3. Orca Ride - Boudewijn Seapark
2. Mind Eraser - Six Flags America
1. Volare - Wiener Prater

Thanks again to anyone and everyone who took the time to vote in the 2018 poll. Look out for myself and Chase to keep the thread going with fun, interesting, and random stats! As always, please comment / post if you have any questions, and we can't wait to do this again next year!

What fun and interesting "top 10" lists do you want to see? Leave a post!
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#1 Steel Coaster and #1 Overall Coaster - Steel Vengeance
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#2 Steel Coaster and #5 Overall Coaster - Maverick
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#3 Steel Coaster and #7 Overall Coaster - Twisted Timbers
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#4 Steel Coaster - Expedition GeForce
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#5 Steel Coaster and #8 Overall Coaster - Medusa Steel Coaster
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#6 Steel Coaster and #10 Overall Coaster - Intimidator 305
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#7 Steel Coaster - Mega Lite Coasters (Fly Over Mediterranean, Kawasemi, Light Speed, Mega-Lite, Piraten)
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#8 Steel Coaster - Soaring With Dragon
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#9 Steel Coaster - DC Rivals Hypercoaster
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#10 Steel Coaster - Twisted Colossus
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#1 Wooden Coaster and #2 Overall Coaster - Lightning Rod
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#2 Wooden Coaster and #3 Overall Coaster - El Toro
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#3 Wooden Coaster and #6 Overall Coaster - Outlaw Run
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#4 Wooden Coaster and #4 Overall Coaster - Wildfire
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#5 Wooden Coaster and #9 Overall Coaster - T Express
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#6 Wooden Coaster - Voyage
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#7 Wooden Coaster - Phoenix
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#8 Wooden Coaster - Boulder Dash
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#9 Wooden Coaster - Jungle Trailblazer (Oriental Heritage Wuhu)
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#10 Wooden Coaster - Balder
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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby coasterbill » Wed May 01, 2019 6:52 am

Great job everyone!

For the most part the results are pretty much exactly what you would expect which is probably proof that the algorithm works.

There's not much that really jumps out other than the bias that people seem to have towards the "new hotness". The fact that Twisted Timbers is the #3 steel coaster in the world is nuts to me as is the crazy high placement of Twisted Cyclone. Both rides are awesome (like really awesome), but I was still surprised at how those placed.

The only other thing that was weird to me was the placement of the Great America Grizzly. I'll never understand the utter hatred of this ride. It's forceless and uninteresting but it's smooth and not really offensive. People would really rather ride things like Predator, Hades 360, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Wilde Beast and the countless other terrible wood coasters around the world (and a bunch of borderline kiddy coasters like Zach's Zoomer) than Grizzly? Really? I really need to know how anyone really thinks that Zach's Zoomer is objectively better than Grizzly. Help me understand. :lol:

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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby SharkTums » Wed May 01, 2019 7:01 am

^I share many of your opinions.

A little surprised by the new rides placement, but we'll see how they hold out over the years. No one can deny Twisted Timbers is an amazing top ten coaster, but #3?!?!

And yes, Grizzly and Anaconda don't really belong on that bottom list. They're crap and useless, but they don't physically try to lower your IQ and motor function!!!

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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby SLCHeadache » Wed May 01, 2019 7:09 am

Surprised to see Time Warp make the bottom ten when Flight Deck right next to it didn't. Time Warp was atrocious, but Flight Deck was just that extra level of worse, and had me swearing like the old TPR video of what was then known as Manhattan Express.
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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby boldikus » Wed May 01, 2019 7:12 am

I have been eagerly anticipating this so just gotta say thanks so much to everyone involved! I love that we have an official poll now.

The results are not all that surprising. I had to laugh at the worsts: all the SLCs and volares make sense, but what makes Orca Ride so bad? :lol: I had to look it up.

Also, neat how the top wood and steel are both RMCs, #2 for each are both Intamins, #3 for each are both RMCs, and then #4 and #5 are Intamin vs RMCs.

You guys gonna do stats like ranking B&M hypers, floorless, etc like we did last year? ;)

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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby coasterbill » Wed May 01, 2019 7:18 am

Poor orca ride. I feel like Brit and I need to go to Belgium now and she needs to fill out a ballot to save orca ride’s reputation. She would love it by default because the trains look like Shamu. The ride could be objectively terrible and I doubt that it would matter. :lol:

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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby bert425 » Wed May 01, 2019 7:20 am

Thanks for pulling this together!

it's great..tho sad to see Phoenix not crack the top 5 in Wooden coasters (what????)
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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby A.J. » Wed May 01, 2019 7:24 am

Thanks for the support everyone!

coasterbill wrote:There's not much that really jumps out other than the bias that people seem to have towards the "new hotness". The fact that Twisted Timbers is the #3 steel coaster in the world is nuts to me as is the crazy high placement of Twisted Cyclone. Both rides are awesome (like really awesome), but I was still surprised at how those placed.

On the steel side, there is just over a one percent (ONE PERCENT!!!) difference in preference between Maverick, Soaring With Dragon, and all of the coasters in between (including Twisted Timbers). Really, it just shows that there are just too many good coasters in the world right now!

bert425 wrote:it's great..tho sad to see Phoenix not crack the top 5 in Wooden coasters (what????)

Again, same thing. The difference in preference between Phoenix (#7) and Voyage (#5) on the wooden-only poll was .32% (thirty-two hundredths of one percent).

The only other thing that was weird to me was the placement of the Great America Grizzly. I'll never understand the utter hatred of this ride. It's forceless and uninteresting but it's smooth and not really offensive. People would really rather ride things like Predator, Hades 360, Mighty Canadian Minebuster, Wilde Beast and the countless other terrible wood coasters around the world (and a bunch of borderline kiddy coasters like Zach's Zoomer) than Grizzly? Really? I really need to know how anyone really thinks that Zach's Zoomer is objectively better than Grizzly. Help me understand.

SharkTums wrote:And yes, Grizzly and Anaconda don't really belong on that bottom list. They're crap and useless, but they don't physically try to lower your IQ and motor function!!!

I chalk up the low rankings of those "fine but boring" coasters (Anaconda, Grizzly, Orca Ride) to people that don't rank them low because they're bad, but rather because they've ranked a lot of better coasters higher.

boldikus wrote:You guys gonna do stats like ranking B&M hypers, floorless, etc like we did last year? ;)

Yes, absolutely. Stay tuned.
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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby boldikus » Wed May 01, 2019 7:25 am

^ :nina:

I just noticed how low Fury scored, that's a surprise.

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Re: TPR 2018 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby SixFlagsAstroworld » Wed May 01, 2019 7:29 am

Has Little Dipper at SFGAm gotten that bad? I never thought I'd see a kiddie coaster make it on the worst wooden coasters list :lol:
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