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.
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.
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.
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 ***
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 ;)
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...;)
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