Sweden's Balder #1 in 13th Annual Wood Roller Coaster Poll

Posted Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:21 AM | Contributed by Mitch Hawker

Sweden's only wooden roller coaster is again voted the best in the world. Balder easily outdistanced the competition this year to reclaim the #1 spot.

Dollywood's Thunderhead surprised many enthusiasts by climbing all the way to second in the poll in its second season of operation. Lake Compunce's Boulder Dash is again in the top three and Silverwood's Tremors repeats in fourth. Nara Dreamland's Aska finished fifth worldwide and tops in Asia. Knoebel's perennial favorite Phoenix finished sixth. Mount Olympus's Hades made a strong debut in seventh.

To see the detailed results of all 175 wood coasters and more about this annual poll please visit BestRollerCoasterPoll.com. While there, pick up a ballot and vote in the 2005 Steel Roller Coaster Poll, which is accepting completed ballots through December 21st.

Thursday, December 15, 2005 11:32 AM
But Balder doesn't FEEL like a wooden roller coaster!

I think Balder looks pretty amazing myself and I can't wait to ride El Toro this summer.

I have only been on one of the top ten, but have been planning on hitting a few of the others when I can.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005 12:08 PM
I've only ridden Thunderhead by this point. Riding it this weekend, as a matter of fact...
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Thursday, December 15, 2005 12:46 PM
Dear Tekno:

You suck. Have fun on Thunderhead!

Signed,

Rob Willi

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Thursday, December 15, 2005 2:40 PM
need to fix the link, BTW
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Thursday, December 15, 2005 3:34 PM
I will also be riding Thunderhead this weekend. :D
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Friday, December 16, 2005 12:25 AM
I will be riding it on December 27th...if all plans come together...and weather cooperates. Can't wait!
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