Best of the Blog 2011 – Coaster Poll Results

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Best of the Blog 2011 – Poll Results
This is the continuation of the Best of the Blog 2011 series. This post will look at poll results from last year. The polls with the most responses were first impression polls where I asked you to give your first impression of new roller coasters that had just been announced. The possible responses were: Amazing, Pretty Good, Just Okay, or Boring. Here are the results:

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Amazing (79%, 531 Votes)
Pretty Good (17%, 115 Votes)
Just Okay (3%, 19 Votes)
Boring (1%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 671

Amazing (79%, 255 Votes)
Pretty Good (15%, 49 Votes)
Just Okay (3%, 9 Votes)
Boring (3%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 322

Expectations are high for both of the new wing coasters opening in the States in 2012. Both of them saw 79% of their responses giving them the highest rating, “Amazing”.

Amazing (52%, 220 Votes)
Pretty Good (38%, 162 Votes)
Just Okay (9%, 37 Votes)
Boring (1%, 6 Votes)
Total Voters: 425

Amazing (66%, 281 Votes)
Pretty Good (26%, 109 Votes)
Just Okay (5%, 23 Votes)
Boring (3%, 10 Votes)
Total Voters: 423

Excitement is not quite as high for Leviathan and SkyRush. Still, 90% or more of the responses were either Amazing or Pretty Good. It’s no surprise that Leviathan, B&M’s first Giga coaster, had a higher percentage of Amazing votes than SkyRush.

Pretty Good (41%, 134 Votes)
Amazing (31%, 100 Votes)
Okay (21%, 67 Votes)
Boring (7%, 24 Votes)
Total Voters: 325

There wasn’t a whole lot revealed about Verbolten initially. But, it was enough to give almost 30% of the respondents a reason to vote Verbolten as Okay or Boring. Remember people, Verbolten’s replacing Big Bad Wolf, which was more or less a thrilling family coaster. Still, 72% of you gave Verbolten an Amazing or Pretty Good vote, which isn’t that bad.

Which Coaster Should Get Iron Horse Track Next?
After an incredible experience on the New Texas Giant, I asked you to vote (Yes/No) on which coasters should get a similar treatment. I suggested a few woodies and then asked you for more. It may come as no surprise that Son of Beast and Mean Streak led with 84% and 78% Yes votes respectively.

Not all of you share my disdain for Knott’s Berry Farm’s Ghostrider. Or, it gives some pretty uneven rides. It was a stalemate with 51% voting Yes and 49% voting No. Boss at Six Flags St. Louis was in the same boat with 53% Yes and 47% No.

The next two must have been reaches, because around 60% of you voted that Hersheypark’s Wildcat and Kings Dominion’s Grizzly don’t need an Iron Horse track upgrade. I’ve been told that I need to re-ride Wildcat and that it’s much improved. Read the full post here.

Cheetah Hunt Reviews – Poll Results
As I didn’t make it down to Florida last year, I was really interested in how Busch Gardens Tampa’s Cheetah Hunt was being received. 81% of you gave it a 7 (Good) or better.
Cheetah Hunt - Busch Gardens Tampa - Roller Coaster
8 – (Great) (22%, 64 Votes)
9 – (Excellent) (21%, 61 Votes)
10 – (Superior) (20%, 60 Votes)
7 – (Good) (18%, 53 Votes)
1 – (Demolish) (5%, 14 Votes)
5 – (Average) (5%, 14 Votes)
4 – (Below Average) (5%, 14 Votes)
6 – (Above Average) (3%, 9 Votes)
2 – (Horrible) (1%, 4 Votes)
3 – (Bad) (0%, 3 Votes)

What’s Your Take?
What do you think of these poll results? Leave a comment below.

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  1. Having ridden Wildcat at Hersheypark for the first time in May 2011, I must say I found it very rough, especially compared with other GCIs. Either they need to seriously retrack the whole thing, or give it the iron horse or even just the Rocky Mountain topper track. But as it was when I rode it, it was too rough to be really enjoyable.

  2. Can those of you who voted for Cheeta Hunt to be demolished reply to this comment telling me why you voted this?

  3. Hey, I found Cheetah Hunt entertaining. I cant see why others found it bad or boring. Its fun!

  4. It's been fun watching the construction on Skyrush and Verbolten via various blogs. Skyrush's lift hill is rapidly going up right now! People are starting to get excited about it as they see pictures of the new track.

    I was initially dubious about whether Verbolten would be a worthy successor to the BBW, but after seeing pictures of the old and new final drops side by side, I'm satisfied that it'll at least pay homage to the old ride's most memorable feature.


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