The method is a little complicated, but the algorithm is really spectacular and is amazingly accurate. So while you all take a minute and get out to vote tomorrow, don't forget to take some time this month to try and fill out the Wood Coaster Ballot too!
--Dave (spreading all kinds of election love since 2003 when he turned 18 and could legally vote!)
I sure hope Blue Streak gets more props this year. Talk about some upstop-slammin' fun this year...
Sugar, Caffeine and Nicotene - the diet of champions!
(or the eternally awake :) )
My "out of the blue" coaster for the year was Silver Comet at Martin's Fantasy Island. Really a great ride that I hear next to no one mention. Scored a solid 3 on my poll.
Other than that, not too much deviation from the norm other than my unhealthy adoration of Coney's Cyclone and my putting a certain raved about PA woodie near the bottom of my top ten.
I'm so weird when it comes to wood.
I supposed giving SFA's wood high ranking could be considered weird, but they get lots of raves around here - they just don't seem to land very well in the polls.
Does this count as voting or do I still have to go vote tomorrow?
Of my two out-of-the-blue woodies, the biggest shocker for me was definitely SFA's Wild One. Not an airtime beast like my top choices (all but Lightning Racer, my other "OotB," at #5 are well-known for negatives), but maybe just because it exceeded my expectations for what an SF-maintained woodie could be. It was even more shocking when you factor in that, for whatever reason, Roar didn't really do much for me. Go figure.
Least shocking moment on my ballot? My hometown woodie, Rotting Lumber, has yet to budge from the bottom of the barrel! ;)
Stampida in Port Aventura Spain got the number one spot.
Nitro Dave said:
Least shocking moment on my ballot? My hometown woodie, Rotting Lumber, has yet to budge from the bottom of the barrel!
Right you are, same here...still the bottom of my chart!
I like this poll as I feel it is the fairest one out there. It also follows a coasters performance from year to year and is based only on those who have ridden said coaster and compared them to others they have ridden.
I find it easiest to vote worst to first. Pick out all your coasters delete everything else and then vote one through whatever.
I need to get around to that.
Tx Giant, Tx Cyclone, Frontier City's Wildcat, Zippin Pippin, Arkansas Twister, and last (but DEFINITELY not least), Clementon's Tsunami...
Many coasters moved up or down, but the biggest change might be MSAP's Starliner, that thing was like a "bat out of Hades" this year....I'm hearing whispers that it may be demolished rather than sold, and that plain suXXXorz!1!!
"Wood, it's ALL about the maintenance..."
"Wood, it's what's for dinner"
"Wood, cause everything else is JUST a steel coaster"
1] Knoebels Twister. Not sure what they did to it but its running better than it ever has.
2] Conneaut Lake Park Blue Streak. Vettel trains, night rides in the dark, fireworks blasting overhead. Highlight of the year for me.
1] William Grove's Cyclone. Hella-fun and nowhere near the scary, falling-apart no-maintenance disaster I'd heard it was supposed to be. Of course it was so rough in spots one could do nothing but laugh, but I enjoyed Cyclone a lot. In fact I rode it 5x!
2] Arnolds Park Legend. Thighs, meet Mr. Buzz Bar! Deliciously violent air put this coaster firmly in my Top 10.
3-5] Mt. Olympus Theme Park's Pegasus, Cyclops, Zeus. Total anticipointment. Pegasus...ok, its a kiddie woodie so naturally its not going to be too exciting. But what about the hype surrounding Cyclops and Zeus? I'd hoped Zeus would be another Timber Terror. It wasn't. And I'd heard tons of kudos about Cyclops' last drop, but Raven and Ghostrider's infamous drops were much, much better. Thank god for the cool kart tracks. At least there's hope in Hades!
6] SFGAm's Viper. Everyone told me 1:3 was the seat and it was...the seat to take a nap in! We rode this in the AM and because the park was crowded and I never got to return for a back seat ride. I can definitively say this is better than SFMM's Psyclone ;) Further judgements will be reserved for another time.
7] Zingo! Just can't seem to get enough of this one ;)
*** Edited 11/2/2004 9:08:33 PM UTC by Mamoosh***
1 Conneaut Blue streak
2. Waldameer's comet
3.4.5 PCWs Wild Beast, Mine buster and Scooby
7 Sea Breeze's Jack rabbit
8. MFI's Comet
Best of that bunch= Wild Beast
Most surpisingly good to me= Jack Rabbit at Sea Breeze. The more I rode it, The more I liked it.
Best overall was probably Comet.
Not as bad as I'd heard, Preditor
Chuck, who will hit Moosh's trip next year and do Timbersfest (3rd time) Dells, Minn, Arnolds and probaby swing down to branson.
7] Zingo! Just can't seem to get enough of this one
I could say something but all I'm going to do is smile so you know that wasn't lost on everyone!
*** Edited 11/2/2004 10:08:08 PM UTC by Vater***
Also, 'tis funny that this poll started on election day. *** Edited 11/2/2004 10:39:31 PM UTC by thepinkdoomofmonkeys***
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