Steel Roller Coaster Poll 2008

The Top Five are Very Closely Bunched, Superman Again #1 in 2008

Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the results for all 400+ steel roller coasters in the poll.
Six Flags New England's Superman: Ride of Steel is #1 again, but barely. Eagle's Fortress, the sixteen year old Korean suspended Arrow Dynamics ride that barely had enough riders to be allowed to place #3 in 2007 (with an asterisk to indicate how few riders) actually tied the mutual-rider comparison with Superman, but lost a narrow mutual-rider decision to a new Asian ride, Tobu Zoo's Kawasemi (which finished 4th). An additional mutual-rider tie with #3 Expedition GeForce was Eagle's Fortress's only other blemish whereas Superman's only blemish was the aforementioned tie with Eagle's Fortress. As if the top four were not close enough, new for 2008 steel coaster Piraten of Djurs Sommerland in Denmark took its mutual-rider comparison with Expedition GeForce 11-7 and placed at #5 while causing Expedition GeForce to fall out of the top two for the first time in eight years. Piraten is an interesting placement as it had 50% more riders take the poll than did Eagle's Fortress, however they were not nearly as well travelled, causing Piraten to have far fewer valid mutual-rider comparisons than did Eagle's Fortress. Hopefully, Piraten's high placement will encourage more enthusiasts to ride it and rate it in the poll next year. Perennial favorite Nemesis is #6, just ahead of Behemoth of Canada's Wonderland. Behemoth is the third newly installed coaster in this year's top seven. Also of note is the large gap between the top five and #6 as #'s 3-5 had only two mutual-rider losses each while Nemesis had seven. Holland's Goliath is #8 again this year, with Katun and Dragon Khan rounding out this year's top ten. Note that Dragon Khan was placed ahead of Pyrenees due to a 4-3 mutual-rider comparison and Pyrenees lack of a valid mutual-rider comparison to Piraten. Similarly, Pyrenees was placed ahead of #12 Millennium Force due to a 7-3 mutual-rider preference. This year's top ten is the least American in the nine year history of the steel poll. Only Superman and Behemoth represent North America, whereas there are six European rides and two Asian rides in the 2008 top ten. "Favorite Wood Coaster" has very interesting results this year. It would have finished 6th, losing only comparisons to some European and Australian Steel Coasters in countries where most of the local wood coasters are not as highly regarded. However, the most interesting result is that "Favorite Wood Coaster" beat each of the top two steel coasters by 70/30 ratios among mutual-riders. The opposite is true in the wood poll as "Favorite Steel" lost by healthy margins to two of the top three wooden coasters. Also interesting and unprecedented is that one park had coasters so high in both polls. Everland's T Express won the wood poll and their Eagle's Fortress came within one voter of #1 in the steel poll. Might T Express be presumed to be the "Favorite Wood" in many of the ballots in the 7-3 mutual-rider win over Eagle's Fortress in the steel poll and might Eagle's Fortress be presumed to be the "Favorite Steel" in many of the ballots in the 3-6 mutual-rider loss to T Express in the wood poll? In other wood v. steel news, this was the first year that the steel poll had more voters than the wood poll (albeit by a very slim 631 - 629 margin). Goudurix was again unmatched at the other end of this year's steel poll. Participation was up this year to a record 631 ballots, compared to 592 in 2007. The following chart shows the mutual rider comparisons for the top steel roller coasters. Preferences are listed for the people who rode each pair of coasters. The chart should be read from left to right along the line for each of the top coasters listed at the left. For instance, it can be seen that #1 Superman won the comparison with #3 Expedition GeForce by an 18 to 14 margin. NOTE: the order they are listed in the spreadsheet is not the official order of finish. Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the mutual rider comparisons for all 400+ steel roller coasters in the poll. Note that any links below that are not yet active will become active as I have time to complete them.

2008 Steel Roller Coaster Poll Results Nine Year Chart

Ordered by this year's results for all 400+ coasters, with each coaster's results dating back to 1999 also listed on the same line, this chart is the best way to see trends and consistencies in each roller coaster's ranking over the years.

2008 Steel Roller Coaster Poll Results Listing

Shows each of the 400+ coasters winning percentage, the number of wins, losses, and ties for each and tiebreaker information.

All 631 Completed Steel Poll Ballots

Look for your ballot, a friend's ballot, or for ballots that have similar 'tastes' for ideas on which steel roller coasters you should seek out.

Mutual Rider Spreadsheet

Has the coaster v. coaster voting results (including favorite wood coaster) showing which coaster of each pair was preferred (and by what margin) by the people who have ridden each pair of coasters. (LARGE: 2 MB Excel Spreadsheet) Note: All comparisons are actually in the file, but only the first 255 columns/coasters can be seen when using Excel. NOTE: the order listed in the spreadsheet is not the official order of finish.

Results Based Only on Voters who Rode each Coaster in 2008

These results help highlight how each steel roller coaster was running this year.

Locations of the 2008 Voters

Shows cumulative locations for the 571 voters who specified their country or USA state on their ballot.

Ride Forces

Shows which ride forces the voters preferred and also six top 20 rankings based only on voters who listed each of the six ride forces as their favorite (or co-favorite). For an explanation of the tabulation algorithm and much more about this poll, visit the website