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TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby A.J. » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:10 am

The TPR 2019 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 over seven hundred 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.”

Due to confusion in last year's poll, we will NOT be running a "combined" set of results. Wooden and steel coasters are being ranked separately this 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 (2019) AND be scheduled to have opened during the current season (2020, though current world events may have prevented this).
  • 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


Are you excited yet? Here come the results!



2019 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. Phoenix - Knoebels Amusement Park and Resort (+1)
7. Voyage - Holiday World & Splashin' Safari (-1)
8. Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce
9. Colossos Kampf der Giganten - Heide Park Resort (returned from SBNO)
10. Balder - Liseberg
11. Coaster - Playland (at the PNE)
12. Ravine Flyer II - Waldameer Water World (+1)
13. Goliath - Six Flags Great America (-1)
14. Wooden Coaster Fireball - Happy Valley Shanghai
15. Mystic Timbers - Kings Island (+2)
16. Shivering Timbers - Michigan's Adventure (+8)
17. Mine Blower - Fun Spot Kissimmee (-1)
18. Renegade - Valleyfair (+3)
19. Tremors - Silverwood (+4)
20. Gold Striker - California's Great America (-1)
21. GhostRider - Knott's Berry Farm (new to top 25)
22. Troy - Toverland (-2)
23. Prowler - Worlds of Fun (new to top 25)
24. Wodan Timbur Coaster - Europa Park (new to top 25)
25. Cú Chulainn - Tayto Park (new to top 25)



2019 Top 25 Steel Roller Coasters

1. Untamed - Walibi Holland (new for 2019)
2. Steel Vengeance - Cedar Point (-1)
3. Expedition GeForce - Holiday Park (+1)
4. Maverick - Cedar Point (-2)
5. Medusa Steel Coaster - Six Flags Mexico
6. Twisted Timbers - Kings Dominion (-3)
7. Skyrush - Hersheypark (+4)
8. Taron - Phantasialand (+7)
9. DC Rivals Hypercoaster - Warner Bros. Movie World
10. Helix - Liseberg (+4)
11. Fury 325 - Carowinds (+1)
12. Twisted Colossus - Six Flags Magic Mountain (-2)
13. Intimidator 305 - Kings Dominion (-7)
14. Millennium Force - Cedar Point (-1)
15. RailBlazer - California's Great America (+5)
16. Intamin Mega Lite coasters - various parks (-8)
17. Flying Dinosaur - Universal Studios Japan (new to top 25)
18. Lech Coaster - Legendia (new to top 25)
19. Wonder Woman Golden Lasso Coaster - Six Flags Fiesta Texas (+5)
20. Twisted Cyclone - Six Flags Over Georgia (-4)
21. Wicked Cyclone - Six Flags New England (new to top 25)
22. Storm Chaser - Kentucky Kingdom (-3)
23. Goliath - Walibi Holland (-2)
24. New Texas Giant - Six Flags Over Texas (+1)
25. Superman the Ride - Six Flags New England (-8)



2019 10 Worst Wooden Roller Coasters

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

2019 10 Worst Steel Roller Coasters, all things considered

10. Comet - Walygator Parc
9. Tulireki - Linnanmaki
8. Canyon Blaster - Great Escape
7. Arrow Dynamics Loop & Corkscrew coasters - various parks
6. Dragon - Adventureland (Iowa)
5. Goudurix - Parc Asterix
4. Vekoma Corkscrew with Bayerncurve coasters - various parks
3. Zamperla Volare coasters - various parks
2. Big Apple Coaster - New York New York Hotel and Casino
1. Cobra - Tivoli Friheden

2019 10 Worst Steel Roller Coasters, not including clones

10. X / The Walking Dead The Ride - Thorpe Park
9. Ninja - Six Flags St. Louis
8. Master Thai - Mirabilandia
7. Comet - Walygator Parc
6. Tulireki - Linnanmaki
5. Canyon Blaster - Great Escape
4. Dragon - Adventureland (Iowa)
3. Goudurix - Parc Asterix
2. Big Apple Coaster - New York New York Hotel and Casino
1. Cobra - Tivoli Friheden

Thanks again to anyone and everyone who took the time to vote in the 2019 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!



Some notable coasters that did not receive a rank due to low ridership, in alphabetical order:

Dinoconda, Dauling Dragon, Dueling Dragons (China), Dynamite, Euro-Star, Falcon, Fjord Flying Dragon, Flying Wing Coaster, Gravity Max, Hakugei, Junker, Maxx Force, Mindbender (Galaxyland), Mystic, Oscar's Wacky Taxi, Python in Bamboo Forest, Roar-O-Saurus, Soaring with Dragon, Steel Curtain, Steel Dolphin, Taiga, Timber, Wood Coaster (Knight Valley), Wood Express, Zadra

If you want to see any of these coasters ranked on the poll, be sure to go out and ride them!


See the full wood results here!

See the full steel results here!


Want more? Check out the following "top lists" throughout the thread!

Top 25 coasters organized by ridership
Top 15 wooden coasters running PTC trains


What additional fun and interesting "top" lists do you want to see? Leave a post!
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby Canobie Coaster » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:18 am

I was looking forward to seeing these results! Thanks for compiling them!

The thing that jumps out most to me is Untamed topping Steel Vengeance. I love Untamed. It's my second favorite steel behind Steel Vengeance. Most people (me included) I've talked to Untamed about call it a mini Steel Vengeance, but none of those people place it ahead of Steel Vengeance.
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby boldikus » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:43 am

Interesting. Thanks as always for everyone who puts in work for this. Love it!! I'm not shocked by Untamed because TPR folks love the new sh*t. I'm shocked Skyrush is so high. I'm not mad at it, just surprised. No surprises on the wood list this year, except so many jackasses actually like Boulder Trash.

Also, are we sharing our own lists yet? https://coasterpoll.com/u/boldikus/rankings
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby PKI Jizzman » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:53 am

No Beast and Mine Blower IN the 25 is very interesting! I didn't realize people liked Mine Blower so much. Flying Dino should have been in the top 25 years ago, but I understand due to lack of votes. Thanks for all the time and effort on this!
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby cal1br3tto » Fri Mar 27, 2020 9:59 am

Now this is a bright spot in my day. Interesting lists, and the turnout was great! Also, wow, what an advertisement for Untamed--it's now back on my radar, as it should be.
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby thrillseeker4552 » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:13 am

Interesting! Thank you to everybody involved with the poll. It is nice to read through the results and discuss something other than COVID-19!

I will admit I am surprised to see Untamed at the top of the steel list. It does look like a great ride, and it gives me major Twisted Timbers vibes, which is one of my all-time favorite roller coasters. Also, looking at the wood list makes me realize how many elite woodies I have still yet to ride. I have done El Toro, but dang, I need to get on Voyage, Outlaw Run, and Lightning Rod at some point!
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby A.J. » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:18 am

boldikus wrote:Interesting. Thanks as always for everyone who puts in work for this. Love it!! I'm not shocked by Untamed because TPR folks love the new sh*t. I'm shocked Skyrush is so high. I'm not mad at it, just surprised. No surprises on the wood list this year, except so many jackasses actually like Boulder Trash.

The top steel coasters got a little bit of a shakeup this year because we put the "clone" protocol into effect in full, which changed how the Mega Lite coasters were treated.

cal1br3tto wrote:Now this is a bright spot in my day. Interesting lists, and the turnout was great! Also, wow, what an advertisement for Untamed--it's now back on my radar, as it should be.

All three 2019 Rocky Mountain coasters had an overwhelmingly good response - Zadra and Hakugei would have both placed above Untamed had they received enough riders. Hakugei was close but Zadra had a ways to go there.

PKI Jizzman wrote:No Beast and Mine Blower IN the 25 is very interesting! I didn't realize people liked Mine Blower so much. Flying Dino should have been in the top 25 years ago, but I understand due to lack of votes.

Beast placed at #31 this year.
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby chickenbowl » Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:33 am

Yay - Some results! I'm happy to have ridden 41/50 of these incredible rides. Now for some notes:

Although Untamed is one of three RMCs I have not yet ridden (so I can't fully judge), I find it surprising to see it place so highly. In fact, every European coaster I've ridden is ranked higher than I would personally rank them (EGF, Taron, Helix, Wildifre), so maybe there's a strong European voter swing, or maybe I had universally 'worse' experiences across Europe (doubtful... I loved these coasters)?

I wish Hakugei had enough voters to compete because I think it absolutely deserves a spot in the Top-25. Same for Zadra, which I haven't experienced yet.

I also find it funny to see a separation between RailBlazer and Wonder Woman when both felt nearly identical to me (I'd even give a *slight edge to WW for keeping it's speed marginally up at the end)

Glad to see T Express make top 5! (Although it deserves top 2 to be honest) And it's good to see Outlaw Run beat out Wildfire!

The love of my life, Coaster at Playland, is still holding strong, well done!

And finally, it's nice to see more recognition for the best US GCI, Prowler, although it deserves a spot closer to Mystic Timbers.
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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby Taylor Finn » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:49 am

Phoenix holding strong, as always. Continues to amaze me, every year.

Mystic Timbers is such a solid ride and glad to see Ghostrider get some love, as I really enjoyed my experience earlier this year.

i305 saw a pretty big fall this year. Are there just better coasters popping up or did folks experience some new roughness, or something?

Mine Blower really was a fun ride; however, it isn't going to hold up well over time, as I thought it was already a bit rough for how new it was.

I can't speak to Boulder Dash recently, as I rode it like 6 or so years ago. I enjoyed it and thought it was unique, but remember my father finding it a bit too rough for his taste.

I find myself ranking inverts pretty high (my favorite B&M type, though I did enjoy Leviathan a lot, too), so it is a bit sad to see none get any top 25 love. It is understandable with all the great new stuff out there. But Pyrenees was truly amazing. There is something about inverts carry their speed and the forces on some of the inversions is just great. They're unique rides and not for everyone, but some of the better ones have aged gracefully.

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Re: TPR 2019 Coaster Poll Results!

Postby boldikus » Fri Mar 27, 2020 11:54 am

Shout out to all 4 Intamin prefabs in the top 10.

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