2004 Coasters' Choice Awards announced

Posted Thursday, April 1, 2004 8:13 AM | Contributed by Jeff

CoasterBuzz, the world's most popular roller coaster and amusement industry portal, today announced the results in the fourth annual Coasters' Choice Awards. Visitors to the site have been voting in ten categories for the month of March.

Cedar Point again dominated the awards, winning six categories. The park's Top Thrill Dragster, the world's tallest and fastest roller coaster, scored the Coaster of The Year and Best New Steel Coaster, and helped the park win Park of The Year. Millennium Force further established itself as Best Steel Coaster. Despite protests last year, Cedar Point again won the award for Best Food. The park rounds out its sweep with a healthy lead in the Best Capacity category.

The Ozark Wildcat at Celebration City, a hit with wood coaster fans, won the award for Best New Wood Coaster.

The Beast, celebrating 25 years of terror at Paramount's Kings Island, took back its title for Best Wood Coaster from Ghostrider at Knott's Berry Farm, demanding two-thirds of the vote. PKI will be home to CoasterBuzz Club's third annual BeastBuzz on June 26.

The biggest upset this year was the dethroning of Islands of Adventure for Best Theme. PKI took that honor, as fans of the park just barely squeezed out a victory over the Universal property.

While few enthusiast Web sites kept our interest this year, we did name three that entertained us. Reigning champ Virtual Midway, a Cedar Point fan site, was again the winner as it covered in great detail the ups and downs of the park's Dragster.

23,631 votes were collected for the 2004 awards, a 15% increase over the previous year. That averages about 2,363 votes in each category, but keep in mind that people were not required to vote in every category.

See all of the results here.

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Thursday, April 1, 2004 8:25 AM
I agree with everything voted on the poll except best theme. How on Earth did PKI get best theme over IOA. The only theme PKI has is Tomb Raider and some movie posters.
Thursday, April 1, 2004 8:45 AM
Nice results. i didnt vote this year as its so american orientated and having only been to florida it seemed pointless. but i imagine its somewhere along the lines of what i would of voted for given my preferences on coasters :) but PKI over IOA?? whered that come from lol
Thursday, April 1, 2004 8:47 AM
I don't believe it. It's all an April Fool's Joke :-P :)
Thursday, April 1, 2004 8:57 AM
Here come the "This poll is mid-west biased" posts.
Thursday, April 1, 2004 9:17 AM
If they do come, again, I'll say that the site's traffic is fairly spread out.

However, I will say that PKI is obviously working the enthusiast community to get that kind of response, especially for the theme. The Beast sure made an impact, and honestly, the way it ran last year I'm not a bit surprised. All the more reason to come to BeastBuzz!

Thursday, April 1, 2004 10:01 AM
If you've seen some of the Hollywoodizing Beast is getting, you'll definitely see why PKI is starting to take over IOA.
Thursday, April 1, 2004 10:31 AM
Hmmm...I had the roughest rides ever last year on the Beast. At least someone was getting some good ones.


Thursday, April 1, 2004 10:56 AM
Funny, I wasn't gonna say Midwest per say, but rather Ohio-centric? Either PKI really had a kick butt year or their was a lot of PKI fan boys stuffing the ballot box.
Thursday, April 1, 2004 11:02 AM
Fanboys would have to be stuffing the ballot box for PKI to come in second for "Best Capacity", at least if the poor operations I saw continued all season.


Thursday, April 1, 2004 11:20 AM
I dont doubt that "traffic" is spread out, but do you have any stats on where people are located that actually "voted"? That would be interesting to me.

lata, jeremy

--who thinks PKI is a fine park but is suprised at the Beast's ranking

Thursday, April 1, 2004 11:30 AM
Okay, PKI is my personal favorite park (I love the "older" style coasters), so I love that park, but I honestly can't say, in my opinion, that it beats out IOA in theming. I live right around the corner from IOA, so I'm there all the time, and well, I haven't seen anything like it as far as theming goes, and I have been to many many parks. I am a little surprised at the Beast's rankings but it is one of my favorites, I just can't choose between my top 5 and give the #1 vote to just one. I just love them all. Anyway, Cedar Point...see you soon! :)
Thursday, April 1, 2004 11:40 AM
Its fixed I tell ya! FIXED!
Thursday, April 1, 2004 12:48 PM
"Are the results skewed to any particular region?
Yes, but the results don't reflect it. Ohio and Michigan traffic accounts for only 11% of all traffic. SoCal accounts for about 8%, Chicago is about 5%, and the area from Baltimore down to the Carolinas accounts for more than 25% of traffic. In other words, the poll is not heavily skewed to Ohio."

There are a number of devices in place that eliminated duplicate votes. I'm not going to say what they are in detail, because I don't want them circumvented next year, but they were pretty effective.

The Dragster influence shouldn't be that unexpected. Remember that last year Xcelerator was the big winner.

Thursday, April 1, 2004 12:57 PM
Hmmmm. Nothing about traditional parks was announced. It's all about corporate entities I guess. Gotta have that bottom line after all.

Wood - anything else is an imitation

Thursday, April 1, 2004 1:42 PM
Well, the fan-girls have spoken. This is the reason it's important to vote!
Thursday, April 1, 2004 1:55 PM
So what percent of CB traffic is from the ozarks?
Traffic must be ozarks based for the OzCat to win.
If you go by that logic.


Thursday, April 1, 2004 2:48 PM
Ya know, I don't think I've ever said a word about these silly things before...and I mean ever EVER.

But PKI 'best theming' my arse!

Playette hated being dragged to amusement parks, but the minute she set foot into IOA she began squealing like a two year-old with candy. Every square inch of that place gave her friggin' goose bumps. PKI couldn't do it, CP (they got nominated here?) certainly didn't, not even Disney or USF could do what IOA could.

And Beast best wood? For a bonfire maybe!

Think about it: This was the overly long, eternally shuffling Mother of All Wooden Turd Coasters. Thanks to The Emperor's New Woodie here, we were plagued with other forest-killing, molar-rattling, budget-sucking blights like HurtMePlease, Rattler and Mean Streak. And don't tell me bout the night rides. Meh. I've been there. No lights? No brakes? Yeah, that too. I took six year-old CBaby to an ERT session and watched it smack her around like Ike Turner. Not pretty.

Buncha fanboy vote-my-homepark lemmings. Remind me to lead you all to a really deep wavepool next time around.

By the way--guess how many times I voted for SV? ;)


*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 4/1/2004 7:43:31 PM ***

Thursday, April 1, 2004 2:57 PM

I'll say that the site's traffic is fairly spread out.

In other words, you don't need to be a Midwesterner to be a CP fanboy.

Thursday, April 1, 2004 3:13 PM
Are you trying to imply something, Thrillerman? Why don't you just say what you mean.

This poll was, is, and always will be a popularity contest. In the steel categories you have to expect that if Cedar Point builds a 420-foot coaster it's going to win all over the place. Why would that shock anyone?

Note that Holiday World, Kennywood, Knoebels and Hershey get nomination nods every year. They don't win not because they aren't good enough. They don't win because not as many people have been there.

It's a popularity contest. People complain about Mitch's more scientific poll too. Who cares?


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