TTF Coaster Poll 2008/9: THE RESULTS
After 93 days and over 700 votes, the annual closed-season TTF European Rollercoaster Poll has come to an end.
We started out with 100 steel and wooden rollercoasters from across Europe, chosen dependent on their ranking on the Global Rollercoaster Poll, which is conducted by Mitch Hawker in the USA every year. For the purpose of this poll, rollercoasters at Alton Towers were excluded.
The final finished at 9:00pm on Wednesday, 11th February - just before the start of the new season at Alton Towers Theme Park. I hope that it has gone some way to filling the void that is closed season!
Rollercoasters that were tied in their respective round, have then gone head to head in the previous round - and dependent which coaster got more points in the previous round, determines its position in the ranking. This was not possible for coasters which tied in Round 1, and so there are many rollercoasters that have finished joint in the lowest positions.
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(-) = Was not in the 2007/8 poll
(24) = last years TTF poll result in brackets, 0% = did not score last year.Rides in red have dropped since 2007/8.Rides in green have risen since 2007/8.
Rides with no change, or those new to the poll, remain black.No Votes
Booster Bike (-)Calamity Mine (63)
Vuoristorata (-)Colossos (14)
Sky Rider (-)
Robin Hood (0%)
El Diablo (-)
Dream Catcher (-)
X:/ No Way Out (-)
Tornado (0%)G'sengte Sau (57)
Rutschebanan Bakken (0%)
Mega Blitz (-)
Space Invader (-)
Half Pipe (-)Jubilee Oddysey (62)
Vol d'Icare (-)Millennium Coaster (59)
Megablitz (0%)Minetrain Ulven (56)
Big Loop (-)
Goudurix (-)Joint 57thSky Wheel (53)Vogel Rok (50)Joint 56thVilda Musen (0%)
Falken (-)Avalanche (44)Desert Race (0%)
Sequioa Adventure (-)Revolution (41)Jetline (0%)Joint 55th
Abismo (-)Turbine (0%)Typhoon (0%)
Super 8 Bahn (-)Schweizer Bob Bahn (Europa-Park) (38)Rutschebanan Tivoli (0%)Joint 54thCrush's Coaster (35)Xpress (0%)
Python (-)Matterhorn Blitz (48)TOP 53 in order
53 Pegasus (-)52 Spatiale Experience (0%)
51 Thor's Hammer (-)50 Schweizer Bob Bahn (Heide Park) (0%)49 Tonnerre de Zeus (30)48 Heisse Fahrt (0%)
47 Rollercoaster (-)
46 Magic Mountain (-)
45 Tornado (-)44 Lisebergbanan (0%)
43 Tornado (M&D's) (-)42 Trace du Hourra (37)41 Stunt Fall (52)
40 G Force (-)39 Vampire (0%)38 Pepsi Max Big One (49)37 Kumali (31)36 Vertigo (33)35 Kanonen (61)34 Wild Mouse (21)33 Velocity (54)32 Knightmare (29)31 Big Dipper (28)30 Shock Wave (26)29 Speed (27)28 Die Vliegende Hollander (10)27 Daemonen (47)26 Dragons Fury (36)25 Roller Coaster (Gt. Yarmouth) (45)24 Balder (6)23 The Ultimate (60)22 Winjas Fear & Force (19)21 Rock n Roller Coaster (3)20 Colossus (11)19 Grand National (16)18 Colorado Adventure (20)17 Megafobia (32)16 Euro Mir (12)
15 Poseidon (15)14 Troy (7)13 Nemesis Inferno (17)12 Expedition Ge Force (4)11 Space Mountain: Mission 2 (39)10 Stealth (8)9 Big Thunder Mountain (23)8 Eurosat (22)7 Silver Star (9)6 Superman (43)5 Furius Baco (34)4 Goliath (5)3 Black Mamba (1)2 Katun (13)1 DRAGON KHAN (2)Commentary
Well done to Dragon Khan, which has ousted Phantasialand's Black Mamba to become the choice TTF European rollercoaster for 2008/9! Black Mamba failed to repeat its success of last year after both Dragon Khan and other B&M Inverted coaster Katun scored more points in the final.
Katun rose from 13 to 2 whilst Big Thunder Mountain rose 14 places to number 9. Eurosat is in at number 8, also up 14, a result which few would have predicted. Goliath has cemented its position in the European elite with a second successive top 5 finish, rising one place to 4th. The real big winner however has to be the B&M Floorless Superman, which has risen a staggering 37 places to number 6 this year! Silver Star, the B&M Mega Coaster rose 2 places to finish at number 7 and Stealth came in at number 10, a fall of two places.
Of the big manufacturers, within the top 20, there are 6 B&M, 4 Intamin, 4 Mack and 3 Vekoma coasters.
The top 20 held casualties including Troy and Expedition Ge Force, neither of which have performed nearly as well this year, coming in at 14 and 12 respectively - although Troy is the highest rated Wooden Coaster with Balder falling massively to 24 - from a high of 6 last year. A rise of 28 places for Space Mountain Mission 2 which has finished in 11th position! Thorpe Park also keeps a major presence, with Nemesis Inferno and Colossus both inside the top 20 - although Colossus has fallen several places. Euro Mir remains relitavely unchanged inside the Top 20 - and Wales' finest, Megafobia, performs very well to rise up to 17 from 32 last year. Crush's Coaster also fell heavily after a relitavely strong opening year in 2007/8.
Rock n Roller Coaster goes from 3 to 21 in a big fall, whilst the biggest loser has to be Intamin Woodie Colossos, which fell from 14 to completely out of the running this year and had 0 votes! Die Vliegende Hollander also fell out of the top 10, crashing to number 28 possibly after some dark ride maintainence issues over the season. Poseidon, the other water coaster in the poll, remained at 15. Coasters which have really made up ground this year include Kanonen, the little known compact Intamin Accelerator, which has gained 26 places to number 35.
Other big winners included Velocity, The Ultimate, Roller Coaster (Gt. Yarmouth), Dragons Fury, B&M Floorless Daemonen, Pepsi Max Big One, Vampire, Stunt Fall, Lisebergbanan and Heisse Fahrt.
Tonnerre de Zeus, Wild Mouse and Avalanche were other big losers.
Thank you for taking part in the poll, and I look forward, all being well, to brining you the 2009/10 poll next closed season which should include the likes of Saw: The Ride, Mumbo Jumbo and Blue Fire!
WELL DONE JOHN WARDLEY! - Dragon Khan @ PortAventura, the classic B&M Sit Down Looper is Number 1!