Steel Roller Coaster Poll 2010

Bizarro Still the Best, Tops Steel Poll for Sixth Straight Year

Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the results for all 400+ steel roller coasters in the poll.
Eight of the top ten steel coasters were in the top 10 last year. The two newcomers are this year's top new ride 'Intimidator 305' and 'iSpeed', which climbed considerably, just cracking into the top 10 in this its second year. Six Flags New England's 'Bizarro' is #1 again. Bizarro edged #2 'Expedition GeForce' 17 to 14 among their mutual riders to claim the top spot for a record seventh time (including the 2005 tie with 'Expedition GeForce', which has finished #1 four times). These two are the only coasters that have topped the poll in the ten years this steel poll has been conducted since they were built. 'Favorite Wood Coaster' would have tied with 'Expedition GeForce' for #2 this year if it were included in the official results. Even more impressive, riders of #1 'Bizarro' preferred their 'Favorite Wood Coaster' over Bizarro by an astonishing 61 to 23 margin. A mutual rider loss to 'Nemesis' 45 to 44 is the only blemish for 'Favorite Wood Coaster' other than the tie with 'Expedition GeForce'. Apparently, the 'Favorite Wood Coaster' being compared to the European steel coasters is not as formidable on average as those being compared to the #1 steel coaster from America. Kings Dominion's 'Intimidator 305' debuted impressively at #3. 'Intimidator 305' is solidly at #3 as the mutual rider comparisons are not close against those coasters immediately above and below it. Last year's #2, 'Eagle's Fortress', did not have enough riders to be included in the official results this year. I actually lowered the rider requirement this year to nine (from ten a year ago) but only six 'Eagle's Fortress' riders took the poll this year. It was ahead in its mutual rider comparisons with "Bizarro' and 'Expedition GeForce' but was trailing in its comparison with 'Intimidator 305' and also in its comparisons to two Asian rides that fell short of the required nine riders. Please note that the places that these rides would have finished based on their few riders are listed in the detailed results and their mutual rider comparisons are listed in the spreadsheet. Along with 'Eagle's Fortress', other potential Top 20 rides that deserve a look amongst the non-qualifiers are 'Fly Over Mediterranean', 'Mega-Lite', 'Formula Rossa', and 'Superman Escape (AU)'. Tobu Zoo's 'Kawasemi' is back up to #4 after dropping to #9 last year. It debuted at #4 two years ago. Alton Towers' perennial favorite 'Nemesis' rose two spots this year to #5 in the world. 'Nemesis' is again the Top 10 coaster that the most voters have ridden, easily outpacing 'Millennium Force' 182 riders to 156. 'Piraten' of Djurs Sommerland in Denmark repeated its #6 ranking obtained last year. Perennial Top 10 Steel Coaster 'Goliath' of Holland's Walibi World checks in at #7 this year. Cedar Point's 'Millennium Force' climbed two spots to #8 this year, losing 7th place to 'Goliath' 18 to 14 per mutual riders. Italy's Mirabilandia Park placed two steel coasters in the top ten, with 'Katun' at #9 and 'iSpeed' climbing all the way to #10. Falling out of the top 10 this year were 'Diamondback', which dropped fifteen spots from its #4 debut to #19 this year, and 'Eagle's Fortress' which failed to meet the minimum rider requirements of this year's steel poll. Other new coasters that debuted well this year include 'Intimidator' at #21 and the aforementioned 'Formula Rossa'. 445 ballots were received this year. Thank You to everyone who voted. 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 Bizarro won the comparison with #2 Expedition GeForce by a 17 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.

2010 Steel Roller Coaster Poll Results Eleven 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.

2010 Steel Roller Coaster Poll Detailed Results Listing

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

All 445 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: 4 MB 443 x 443 Excel Spreadsheet) NOTE: the order listed in the spreadsheet is not the official order of finish. Includes all 443 coasters, even those not in official results.

Results Based Only on Voters who Rode each Coaster in 2010

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

Locations of the 2010 Voters

Shows cumulative locations for the 415 voters who specified their country 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