FINAL RESULTS: 2009 Internet Wooden Tracked Roller Coaster Poll

"The Voyage" Regains the Top Spot in the 2009 Wooden Roller Coaster Poll

Note: Scroll to the bottom for links to the results for nearly 200 wooden roller coasters worldwide.
The Voyage is back at #1 for the third time in its four years. That ties the record set by Tonnerre de Zeus and later tied by Shivering Timbers for most years at #1 in the poll. El Toro proved to be stiff competition again this year, finishing in second place. The 181 foot tall New Jersey woodie has finished in the top three in each of its four years. The vote between the top two came down to the fact that 77 riders who had ridden them both preferred The Voyage and 67 preferred El Toro. After its debut #1 ranking in 2008, T Express fell to third this year while losing the mutual rider comparisons to The Voyage and El Toro 10 to 4 and 10 to 5 respectively. Boulder Dash was evidently running as well as ever in its 10th year as reflected by again placing in a relative best ever #4 finish. Ravine Flyer II followed up its 2008 debut at #9 by climbing even higher this year to #5 in the world. Worlds of Fun's new woodie 'Prowler' debuted very strongly at #6, just edging two time #1 Balder 6 to 4 among mutual riders. Phoenix finished eighth despite being old enough to qualify for Social Security. Happy Valley Song's 'Fireball', the first Chinese wooden coaster to ever be included in the poll impressed the ten well travelled voters who had ridden it enough to debut at #9 (with an asterisk due to so few riders voting). Aska won the mutual rider vote with Thunderhead 8 to 4 and rounds out the 2009 top 10. The other two new for 2009 rides also did well in the poll. Freizeitpark Plohn's 'El Toro' debuted at #20 and Six Flags Magic Mountain's 'Terminator Salvation' debuted at #22. Special thanks to the 730 people who took the time to participate in the 2009 poll (all 730 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 (#1 The Voyage, #18 Raven), and trio (including #38 The Legend). At the other end of the poll, California's Grizzly made it 15 straight years at # 'LAST'. The following chart shows the mutual-rider comparisons for the top 12 coasters (including "Favorite Steel"). 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 The Voyage was preferred over El Toro, with 77 mutual riders preferring The Voyage and 67 preferring El Toro. Note that this ordering is not the official order of finish. See the link to the full 181x181 mutual rider comparison spreadsheet below. The "Favorite Steel" coaster would have placed 5th if it were included in the final results, losing mutual-rider comparisons to the top three wooden coasters and to two Mexican rides. INACTIVE LINKS BELOW WILL BECOME ACTIVE AS THEY ARE COMPLETED IN THE COMING WEEKS:

2009 Wood Roller Coaster Poll Results Sixteen Year Chart

Ordered by this year's results for all 175+ 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.

2009 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 (including favorite steel coaster) showing which coaster of each pair was preferred (and by what margin) by the people who have ridden each pair of coasters. (833 kb Excel)

Locations of the 2009 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 2009

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