FINAL RESULTS: 2011 Internet Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster Poll

Six Flags Great Adventure's "El Toro" #1 in the 2011 Wooden Roller Coaster Poll



Average Number of Wood Coasters Ridden = 32.4

RANK   COASTER NAME      PARK               LOC RIDERS W    L  T  WinPct TiBk
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  1 El Toro             SFGAd                NJ   307 164   0  0  1.0000   

  2 T Express           Everland             KR    24 161   1  2  0.9878 11
  3 Boulder Dash        Lake Compounce       CT   193 162   2  0  0.9878  7
  4 The Voyage          Holiday World        IN   235 160   3  1  0.9787 84
  5 Phoenix             Knoebel's            PA   228 160   3  1  0.9787 67
  6 Ravine Flyer II     Waldameer            PA   152 159   5  0  0.9695   

  7 El Toro             Freizeitpark Plohn   DE    51 155   7  1  0.9540 19
  8 Balder              Liseberg             SE   116 156   7  1  0.9543 14
  9 Troy                Toverland            NL   142 154   8  2  0.9451   
 10 Colossos            Heide Park           DE   143 154  10  0  0.9390   
 11 Prowler             Worlds of Fun        MO    97 153  10  1  0.9360 37
 12 Thunderhead         Dollywood            TN   190 153  10  1  0.9360 32


Six Flags Great Adventure's "El Toro" finished its steady climb to the top in 2011, finishing alone at #1 for the first time. "El Toro" debuted at #3 in 2006, finished 2nd for the next three years and then tied for #1 in 2010. "El Toro" had no close comparisons among mutual riders this year, beating #2 "T Express" 14 to 8, #3 "Boulder Dash" 98 to 70, and doubling #4 "The Voyage" 101 to 56. The four new for 2011 coasters all did very well in the poll. Knight Valley of China's aptly named "Wood Coaster" would have finished #2 this year but had only 8 riders take the poll (12 were required this year). Of the five riders who had also ridden "El Toro", four of them preferred "Wood Coaster". Grona Lund's "Twister" debuted at #14 in the world, Quassy's "Wooden Warrior" debuted at #18, and Bay Beach's new incarnation of the "Zippin Pippin" debuted at #38. #2 "T Express" lost only to "El Toro" among mutual riders. It is the fourth straight year in the top three for the Korean ride. "Boulder Dash" is ranked #3 for the second straight year, losing mutual-rider comparisons only to #'s 1 and 2. Three-time #1 "The Voyage" is #4 in 2011. "The Voyage" won the mutual-rider comparison tie-breaker over #5 "Phoenix" by an 84 to 67 margin. Waldameer's "Ravine Flyer II" remained solid at #6 in the world. Freizeitpark Plohn's version of "El Toro" continued its climb up the rankings to a best ever #7 in its third year. Perennial favorite "Balder" was knocked down a position to #8 this year, losing the mutual-rider comparison to #7 "El Toro" 13 to 9. Toverland's 'Troy' is #9 this year and Heide Park's "Colossos" finished 10th. Special thanks to the 666 people who took the time to participate in the 2011 poll (all 666 ballots) and more than two dozen great roller coaster sites that linked to the poll. Holiday World is again the park with the top wooden coaster duo (#4 The Voyage, #17 Raven), and trio (including #39 The Legend). At the other end of the poll, Walygator Parc's "Anaconda" repeated at the bottom this year, and three other coasters fell below California's "Grizzly" (which had finished at the bottom for 15 straight years before 2010). The following chart shows the mutual-rider comparisons for the top 13 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 El Toro was preferred to #3 Boulder Dash 98 to 70. See the link to the full 165x165 mutual rider comparison spreadsheet below. The "Favorite Steel" coaster would have placed #1 if it were included in the final results. INACTIVE LINKS BELOW WILL BECOME ACTIVE AS THEY ARE COMPLETED IN THE COMING WEEKS:

2011 Wood Roller Coaster Poll Results Eighteen Year Chart

Ordered by this year's results for all 180+ coasters with results dating back to 1994 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.

2011 Wood Roller Coaster Poll Results Detailed Listing

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

All Completed Wood Poll Ballots

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

Mutual Rider Spreadsheet

Has the coaster v. coaster voting results showing which coaster of each pair was preferred (and by what margin) by the people who have ridden each pair of coasters. (843 kb Excel)

Locations of the 2011 Voters

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

Results Based Only on Voters who Rode each Coaster in 2011

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

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 BestRollerCoasterPoll.com