SFA's Superman in the #3 position? Wow, it's highest ranking ever by this poll. Funny part is SFA's Superman actually moved up dispite many people complaining about the new restraint system. Congrats SFA for its highest ranking in either of Mitch's Coaster Polls ever.
And congrats to Hershey on Storm Runner for rocketing (pun definitly intended) into the top ten. It's really a great and it just shows that a rocket coaster doesn't have to be the tallest or fastest to be one of the best.
Then again, it seems much fewer people voted in this poll than in years past, so, it's hard to tell how well this poll really reflects most people's opinions. *** Edited 12/17/2004 9:06:42 PM UTC by Coaster Lover***
Teenage Ninja said: Hmmm 7 Intamins and 3 B&Ms. Maybe PKI will get a hint!
Hmm.. go with a much more reliable coaster, or go with one that runs a much greater risk of downtime. Just because Intamin has a buch at the top doesn't neccessarily mean that they are better, plus, those coasters are as if not more expensive than the costliest B&M customs...
I know quite a few enthusiasts blast it for it's more floater airtime and killer midcourse, but for me Nitro has everything I look for in a steel coaster. Long, smooth drops, non-restricting clamshell restraints, a real sensation of flying. It's Magnum, without the hurt. I only wish it were closer to me. As for EGF, that one is just perfection, the best coaster on the planet IMO, wood or steel.
With the exception of TTD(yawn), I like this year's list.
Jeff, I agree, (to me) its odd to see all three S:RoS's in the top 10, but the one that I rode was good and all, but not what I would think of when I think "Top 10 in the World", even with just steel coasters. I havent even eclipsed 100 coasters, but it barely slips into my Top 10.
Wanna explain the S:ROS stamina? All you have to do is look at 8 of the top 10 steel *and* wooden coasters. Enthusiasts love airtime, in everyway, shape and form. Sometimes I think we let it cloud our judgement.
I'm sorry, I like Shivering Timbers and all, but #1?
I had the same reaction when I saw SFA's superman at 3, but then I thought about it. MF is tall, and fast, but there isn't any moment anywhere like that "slam" at the bottom of the third SFA:SRoS hill. Not to mention the bunny hills on the return with Magnumesque pops without the thigh bruises. So, while I'm not sure I'd rate them the same way, I can see why people would prefer the "lesser" RoSes to, say, MF or Magnum.
However, following that reasoning, you'd think Apollo's Chariot would fare better. I've only ridden it from the back, but it took me by surprise the first time I got on it, in a good way. Good times.
*** Edited 12/17/2004 11:27:20 PM UTC by Brian Noble***
Good to see Viper in the bottom 10, but I'm disappointed it's not dead last. That is one of the wickedest steels I've ever been on, and I loathe going to SFGAdv with a friend who's never been on it, because I always get dragged on it for support. (What can I say? I'm too nice to say 'no' to my friends). Heck, the last time I went on it with a friend of mine, I literally had to stop at a gift shop for some advil and contemplated going to first aid that's how bad my head and neck were hurting. The only upside is that this coaster is almost always walk on, even on days where everything else has 30-45 min wait :)