2005 Coasters' Choice Awards winners announced

Posted Saturday, April 2, 2005 7:38 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Dollywood's Thunderhead is the first wood coaster in five years to win Coaster of The Year. It won by a narrow margin over steel contenders Revenge of The Mummy at Universal Studios Florida and Hersheypark's Storm Runner. Thunderhead also won the award for Best New Wood Coaster.

Revenge of The Mummy at Universal Studios Florida won in the Best New Steel Coaster category. This combination launched coaster and heavily themed dark ride scored just ahead of Hershepark's Storm Runner. The Universal Orlando complex also won Best Theme for Islands of Adventure.

Cedar Point continued its dominance as Park of The Year for the fifth straight year. It also scored Best Steel Coaster for Millennium Force, with Top Thrill Dragster and Magnum XL-200 also getting nominations and accounting for over 73% of the vote. With 68 rides, not surprisingly, the park also secured the award for Best Capacity, also for the fifth straight year.

Paramount's Kings Island retained the position for Best Wood Coaster in the year of The Beast's 25th anniversary.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg secured the top spot for Best Food.

The popular Roller Coaster Database, nominated this year for a redesign and new features, won in a landslide in the Coaster Site of The Year category.

Read more about the awards and check the results here.

Sunday, April 3, 2005 12:29 AM
Congrats Dollywood and GCII (and Coasterpunk). Here's hoping Beech Bend scores in this category after next year! ;-)
Sunday, April 3, 2005 7:42 AM
I totally agree with Thunderhead, it was just that good. If USF's Mummy is as good or better than USH's, then I'd agree there as well.
Sunday, April 3, 2005 12:52 PM
I agree with all the results. Congradutions for Cedar Point for being of park of years and the coasters and parks for doing good job.
Monday, April 4, 2005 1:59 AM
Well of course Cedar Point was gonna win park of the year again. There are millions of cedar point fanboys on this site,
Monday, April 4, 2005 6:30 AM
Wow I was really hoping those were all part of a big April fools joke! ;) Then again this is CB, I should have expected the awards to reflect just how biased the members of this site are to a certain park or two... Mummy beating out Storm Runner? What the?
Monday, April 4, 2005 7:43 AM
Jeff made clear in another topic that only 11% or so of this site is of members from Michigan and Ohio who make up the so called CP fanboys. I can't think of a reason why CP shouldn't be the best park of the year.
Monday, April 4, 2005 8:54 AM
I am proud to see that Tsunami got almost 16% of the vote for best new wood coaster since it was only open for a short time last year.... Congrats Clementon on putting yourself back on the map.
Monday, April 4, 2005 12:03 PM
I can understand CP getting voted park of the year but when it's nominated for best food and theming, that slants toward the fanboy column.
Monday, April 4, 2005 1:49 PM
I have to agree with Chitown on that point. As a Floridian I have no problem voting for Cedar Point and its steel coasters but for it to even be nominated for theming and come in second in best food -- come on now.

Now, I can kick myself for not being a part of the nominating process earlier. But after having a dozen meals at CP over the years (and 3-4 at BGW) I can't see anyone eating at Mythos, Enchanted Oak or Confisco's at IOA -- or any of the EPCOT country restaurants -- and coming away feeling that CP or BGW was better. Even if you're going to break it down to simple park fare I would think a place like Knoebel's that packs some off-the-beaten path grub like perogies and tri-taters (and at rock-bottom prices) would do a lot better.

And don't get me started on The Beast running away with the wood category while Boulderdash didn't even get nominated.

That one's a personal peeve (aren't they all, I guess) but, again, that's why I guess polls exist and tastes differ.

Monday, April 4, 2005 3:18 PM
Jeff's avatar I really like IOA too, but I've still gotta go with BGW as having the better food. It's not by a wide margin at all, it's really close. Since the first time I went to IOA in 2001, they've raised their game, no question about it.

It's very critical that everyone participate in the nomination process! This year I think was more in line with what I'd expect though, and the fact that a wood coaster got Coaster of The Year is a strong reflection of that.

Monday, April 4, 2005 5:02 PM
^ the whole IOA/BGW debate is pointless anyway considerring the fact that EPCOT absolutely DESTROYS them food wise (costs aside, since this is about the FOOD, right?) Then again, I guess it may have not been included due to the last of coasters at EPCOT? That would haveto be the case because DIsney parks should have won-

Park of The Year (TDS won't get votes, so we'll stick with Magic Kingdom)
Best Food (EPCOT)
Best Theme (Pick one besides DCA... lol)
Best Capacity (Wow CP's in park capacity is like 35,000... they can even send 20,000 an hour thorugh thier rides!) Oh wait a minute, Disneyland can pull upwards of 65,000 and can get well over 50,000 an hour through thier rides)
*** This post was edited by ThePhantomLives 4/4/2005 5:09:54 PM ***

Monday, April 4, 2005 5:23 PM
Their isn't a best flatride category?
Monday, April 4, 2005 9:28 PM
Jeff's avatar Uh, the coaster enthusiast crowd, the people that frequent this site, don't spend a lot of time hanging out at Disney parks.
Monday, April 4, 2005 10:47 PM
Best Food- apparently not many people have visited Dollywood and had their wonderful creations.
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 12:32 PM
When the Beast receives 58.7% in the "Best Wooden" category, and Raven, Legend, and Timbers combine for 30.7% there has to be at least a little bit of a slant to the voting.
Tuesday, April 5, 2005 1:45 PM
Jeff's avatar Obviously not enough people have been to Holiday World. I generally feel that a lot of people that visit this site aren't really a part of mainstream enthusiast culture. It has been that way since the beginning. Ask Chitown!
Friday, April 8, 2005 3:22 PM
Okay Jeff, first you imply that the reason Disney is not up there for food and capacity is because the site is dominated by enthusiasts. Then in your next post you intimate your belief that a lot of people on the site are *not* enthusiasts. Confusing, eh?

Anyway, regardless of where the stats say people are *from*, I'm convinced that the vast plurality of people here have CP-leanings. Not that some arent well deserved. They *do* have a plethora of rides and are top notch in operations. But clearly they are *not* tops in food and generally avoid themeing like the plague. For them to be recognized as such is ludicrous at best and reeks of fanboy-ism (or some of RGW's *tomfoolery* :)).

But whatever, wont change my opinion on the parks one bit ;)

lata, jeremy

Friday, April 8, 2005 4:04 PM
rollergator's avatar LMAO jeremy...

For ALL of my *tomfoolery* (and there is a LOT of it)....I know better than to nominate CP for theming or for food. You mightn't recognize me next time you see me, I'm pushing 200# right now, so OBVIOUSLY I know good food. (HFEC, Busch parks).

As far as theming, come ON, that's my gig....or will be as soon as I get my first ride to theme - Alpie ain't NOTHING! ;)

I definitely qualify as a CP fanboy when it comes to operations though, cause they ARE the best outside of The Mouse House(s)...

P.S. Thunderhead beat Tsuna...er, JR2 only cause it has better TRAINS (thanks Dan) and becuase LOADS of people got to ride it....layout-wise, ride-wise, honestly I'd call it a toss-up. Yes, Clementon HAS a winner! :)

gator, wouldn't ride MilF *at all* if there was a chain-lift Intamin hyper nearby...;)

Saturday, April 9, 2005 1:18 PM
for some reason the quote tool isn't working but to ThePhantomLives-this is a coaster site!!! this isn't a place for little kids to talk about the "magic" of Disney. If this was a kids poll it would win in a lot of categories , but the only category it really would compete in is theming and food (EPCOT). Park of the year? not quite...

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