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Friday, November 14, 2014

Informal Steel Poll of Polls

Continuing on with our informal polling on personal favorites, today we will analyze the results for our questioning on steel coasters.

What parks do you feel have the best collections of steel coasters?

The overwhelming favorite with twelve votes was Cedar Point. Twelve votes for the twelve different steel coasters that the park boasts, including the legendary Magnum XL 200, the first complete circuit steel coaster to reach 200 feet, Millennium Force, the first complete circuit coaster to reach 300 feet, and Top Thrill Dragster, the first complete circuit coaster to reach 400 feet. In my opinion, these coasters are phenomenal, and our community feels the same way. Cedar Point should be a bucket list place for anyone who likes roller coasters.

The steel coaster collection of Six Flags Great Adventure came in second place with eight votes. The pattern continues, eight votes for the park's eight adult steel coasters. Great Adventure has a great collection of steel coasters, including the well acclaimed B&M Nitro hyper coaster, and Kingdaka, the world's tallest roller coaster at 456 feet. 
Tied for third place with seven votes were both Kings Dominion and Hersheypark. Both of these parks contain multiple highly acclaimed Intamin steelies and a single B&M steelie. 

Kings Dominion contains one of the best steel coaster duos out there with Volcano: The Blast Coaster, an Intamin launched inverted coaster that launches you 155 feet into the air out of a structure shaped like a volcano, and Intimidator 305, a 300 foot Intamin giga coaster that is well acclaimed by many. The park's Dominator B&M floorless coaster is the longest of its genre.
Hersheypark has a well acclaimed trio of Intamin steel coasters in Storm Runner, Skyrush, and Fahrenheit. With Hersheypark challenged for land, Great Bear, Storm Runner and Skyrush are huge rides that were crammed into some pretty compact areas. Due to the unique landscape and space constraints that Hersheypark needed to address, these coasters are all truly one of a kind, with few coasters around that you can remotely compare to these. 
In fifth place with six votes is Busch Gardens Williamsburg. The park's collection of Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Verbolten, Loch Ness Monster, and Griffon, the park has one of the best collections of major steel coasters. I do not believe the photo below does justice for the park, but it is hard to argue that Apollo's Chariot's entry into the coaster world is by far one of the most memorable. Fabio sure will not forget it. (Photo from the Daily Press)

The remainder of the results are as follows:


  • Kings Island and Busch Gardens Tampa tied for sixth with four votes a piece. 
  • Six Flags New England, Europa Park, Canada's Wonderland, Kennywood, and Six Flags Over Texas tied with two votes a piece.
  • Six Flags America, Darien Lake, Great Adventure, Six Flags Great America, Dorney Park, Carowinds, Alton Towers, Sea World Orlando, Carowinds, Six Flags over Georgia, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Phantasialand, and Grona Lund all received a single vote.
These results are not just votes, but rather nominations for favorite steel coaster collections. Twenty-four parks were nominated and this shows the appreciation that patrons have for the installations of decent coasters.

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