Top Ten Roller Coasters in the USA

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 6:23 AM
This list came for America's Best and Top Ten. For details go to:
Top Ten Roller Coasters

Superman - Ride of Steel - Six Flags New England - Agawam, Massachusetts
Millennium Force - Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
Nitro - Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, New Jerseyride.
Montu - Busch Gardens - Tampa, Florida
Superman - Ride of Steel - Six Flags America – Largo, Maryland
SheiKra Busch Gardens – Tampa, Florida Superman - Ride of Steel - Six Flags - Buffalo, New York
Storm Runner - Hersheypark - Hershey, Pennsylvania
Apollo's Chariot - Busch Gardens - Williamsburg, Virginia
XCelerator - Knott's Berry Farm - Buena Park, California
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:44 AM
The list is based on Mitch Hawk's poll. A popular poll among coaster enthusiast. Note this is a top ten list of American coasters not international coasters.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:48 AM
Not to get technical...

But it actually came from HERE, of which is Mitch Hawker's World's Best Roller Coaster Poll.

Somehow, his site doesn't look all that professional (comic sans font?!), not to mention I have no idea who this guy is anyway.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 8:37 AM
The site may not be professional, but the poll is well run and makes good sense. It is perhaps the only poll that is not determined almost solely by ridership.

I'm not sure how you could have been a member of CoasterBuzz for 4+ years and *not* know about Mitch's poll. Do you just skip over the annual whine-fest?

Edit: one doesn't swim in polls, or respond to pools. ;) *** Edited 2/15/2006 1:38:16 PM UTC by Brian Noble***

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 8:47 AM
Suprisingly, I have no complaints about that list (though I've never ridden Sheikra...nor do I even know its layout). I could see how all of those coasters could be considered "great".
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:03 AM
No argument that the list is pretty legit... but although I'm a casual-fan of parks & rides, I'm not a die-hard who knows the names that are "in the business" aside from the most well-publicized for better or worse (Paul Ruben for one).

I'm just surprised that the two cloned Superman's are still within the top 10, considering all the other great coasters that have come along since then.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:10 AM
Other than the name, SFNE's Superman isn't a clone of SFA's Superman. *** Edited 2/15/2006 2:11:59 PM UTC by coasterguts***
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:39 AM
But the SFDL and SFA are both listed and are mirrors of each other, if I recall correctly. I haven't been to SFDL yet, but I have rode the SFA version.

I also think that list is pretty good even though I have only experience 5 of the 10. The 5 I haven't rode yet are on the hit ASAP list for the next few years.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:45 AM
I'm a little surprised at Xcelerator being up there. Having been on TTD and Xcelerator numerous times, I would ride TTD any day of the week over Xcelerator. But, to each his own.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:47 AM

Brian Noble said:
I'm not sure how you could have been a member of CoasterBuzz for 4+ years and *not* know about Mitch's poll.

Right?


DawgByte II said:
I'm just surprised that the two cloned Superman's are still within the top 10, considering all the other great coasters that have come along since then.

Further proof that you guys don't appreciate what you have in your backyard at SFDL. :)


dragonoffrost said:
I also think that list is pretty good even though I have only experienced 5 of the 10.

Anyone have all 10? I know a bunch of you have to. I'm stuck at 9 unless I get to BGT this year.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 9:48 AM
Uh, wheres the woodies?
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 10:02 AM
It's just a trashy site that takes lists from other websites; the person running it probably just took the first coaster poll he found without realizing that Mitch separates the Wood and Steel lists.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 10:30 AM
^ I've only got 8, Supes @ SFDL might just come along this Spring since it was closed on my last visit (talk about whine-fests, LOL)...and I have NOT been back to Hershey since SR was built (*prepares for a beating from jeremy*)....

I don't necessarily agree with the list entirely (how could ANY list of America's best steel omit that Anton at SFoT is WAY beyond my grasp), but none of those are *unreasonable*...

SheiKra is really THAT good? Maybe I need a sick day to re-evaluate, LOL...;)
*** Edited 2/15/2006 4:10:41 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:08 AM
6 for me. SheiKra isn't that good. It's a whole lot of fun, but not exactly top 10, even in a steel only poll.

Sirloindude, who asks, "Where's Kraken?"

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:19 AM

dragonoffrost said:
But the SFDL and SFA are both listed and are mirrors of each other, if I recall correctly.

Correct.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:23 AM
"SheiKra isn't that good."

"It's a whole lot of fun..."

Um...please explain.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:31 AM
That would be the same as my view of Phoenix.
Half the coaster does basically nothing to get my goat, But overall it's a whole lot of fun.

Meaning, Its not among his favorites but he likes it more than most.

Not top ten, but definetly worth riding

Uh, Nevermind :)

Chuck

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:32 AM
I agree with sirloindude. Sheikra only has those two outrageous drops and nothing extraordinary besides that IMO. Not enough to be in the top 10. I actually enjoyed Kumba more. I've got 8 of those coasters under my belt, and its gonna stay that way 4 a while. No plans to hit Buffalo and/or LA anytime soon.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:34 AM
LOL! Well thanks for explaining. I was confused by that. I always thought a coaster's ultimate goal was to entertain and be fun. Sometimes I forget enthusiasts are a much tougher crowd. ;)

Dweaver(I guess that's how I feel about Silver Bullet) *** Edited 2/15/2006 4:35:14 PM UTC by DWeaver***

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Wednesday, February 15, 2006 11:38 AM
Word of the day time....
Jaded - and yes, I resemble that remark! ;)
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