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3.4: Inside Track "Top Coasters" Readers Survey




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This article is from the Roller Coaster FAQ, by Geoff Allen geoff@eecs.wsu.edu with numerous contributions by others.

3.4: Inside Track "Top Coasters" Readers Survey

Many people want to know which is the best/wildest/awesomest/scariest
coaster in the world (or at least US). We can't answer that for you, but we
can pass on to you the results of the Inside Track magazine reader's survey.
This is an annual survey, the most recent version of which was published in
the September 1994 issue of Inside Track. Just because a coaster is
highly-ranked on this list doesn't mean *you* will think it's best, but it
does mean that lot of coaster enthusiasts like it, and you probably will
too. Rankings from past years are given as well, to give you some idea of
how things change from year to year. If a column contains '-', it indicates
that coaster didn't place in the rankings for that year, for whatever reason
(it was new, it didn't get enough votes, etc.). Also note that the 1992,
1993, and 1994 surveys list the top 50, while 1991 listed the top 40, and
1990 listed the top 20.

 +--------------------------------------- 1994 Rank
 |   +----------------------------------- 1994 Vote Total
 |   |     +----------------------------- 1993 Rank
 |   |     |  +-------------------------- 1992 Rank
 |   |     |  |  +----------------------- 1991 Rank
 |   |     |  |  |  +-------------------- 1990 Rank
 |   |     |  |  |  |  +----------------- Ride name, Park, Location
 V   V     V  V  V  V  V
  
 1 (2034)  1  2  2  4  Magnum XL-200, Cedar Point, OH
 2 (1856)  2  1  3  3  Texas Giant, Six Flags over Texas, TX
 3 (1802)  -  -  -  -  Raptor, Cedar Point, OH (New in '94)
 4 (1788)  3  3  5  1  The Beast, Paramount's Kings Island, OH
 5 (1641)  4  5  7  5  Phoenix, Knoebel's, PA
 6 (1344)  8  8 10  7  Thunderbolt, Kennywood, PA
 7 (1319)  5  4  1  2  Timber Wolf, Worlds of Fun, MO
 8 (1225) 12 12 16 14  Grizzly, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA
 9 (1080) 15  -  -  -  Kumba, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, FL (New in '93)
10 (1012) 13 11 16  -  Steel Phantom, Kennywood, PA (New in '91)
11 ( 934)  6  6  -  -  Batman -- The Ride, SF Great America, IL (New in '92)
12 ( 921) 18 17 35 19  Georgia Cyclone, Six Flags over Georgia, GA
   ( 921) 10 14 13 11  Big Bad Wolf, Busch Gardens, VA
14 ( 837) 37 27  -  -  Screamin' Eagle, Six Flags over Mid-America, MO
15 ( 735) 24 16 11 18  Giant Dipper, Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz, CA
16 ( 712)  -  -  -  -  Comet, Great Escape, NY (New in '94)
17 ( 655) 30 49 39  -  Thunderhawk, Dorney Park, PA
18 ( 643) 14 -  -  -   Batman -- The Ride, SF Great Adventure, NJ (New in '93)
19 ( 602) 15 13  9  8  Mister Twister, Elitch Gardens, CO
20 ( 588)  9 15 34  -  Mean Streak, Cedar Point, OH
21 ( 561)  7  7  6  6  Cyclone, Coney Island, NY
   ( 561) 11 10  -  -  The Rattler, Fiesta Texas (New in '92)
23 ( 509)  -  -  -  -  Batman -- The Ride, SF Magic Mountain, CA (New in '94)
24 ( 467) 28 22 12 12  Mind Bender, Fantasyland, Alberta
25 ( 464) 17 42 25  -  Loch Ness Monster, Busch Gardens, VA
26 ( 385) 21 20  - 20  Wild One, Wild World, MD
   ( 385)  -  - 30  -  Swamp Fox, Family Kingdom, SC (New in 92)
   ( 385) 41 18 29  -  Roller Coaster, Playland, BC
29 ( 259) 38  -  -  -  Outlaw, Adventureland, IA (New in '93)
30 ( 237) 27 27 19 13  Viper, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
31 ( 235) 18 31 22 12  Riverside Cyclone, Riverside Park, MA
32 ( 225) 20 41  -  -  Vortex, Paramount's Kings Island, OH
33 ( 203) 18 26  -  -  Drachen Fire, Busch Gardens, VA (New in 92)
34 ( 185)  -  -  -  -  Hoosier Hurricane, Indiana Beach, IN (New in '94)
   ( 185) 31 21 14  -  Blue Streak, Cedar Point, OH
   ( 185) 37 12  8  9  Predator, Darien Lake, NY
   ( 185) 37 23 11 10  Hercules, Dorney Park, PA
38 ( 162)  -  -  -  -  Judge Roy Scream, SF over Texas, TX 
39 ( 123) 49 47 39  -  Grand National, Blackpool, UK
40 (  98) 42 44  -  -  Rebel Yell, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA
   (  98)  -  -  -  -  Zingo, Bells Amusement Park, OK
42 (  90) 22  9  4  -  Thunder Run, Kentucky Kingdom, KY
   (  90) 34 25 22  -  Ninja, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
44 (  84) 37 30 21 18  G.A.S.M., Six Flags Great Adventure, NJ
45 (  75) 36 29 30  -  Yankee Cannonball, Canobie Lake, NH
   (  75)  -  -  -  -  Hurler, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA (New in '94)
47 (  61) 25 24  -  -  Arkansas Twister, Magic Springs, AK (New in 92)
48 (  57) 46 36 18  -  Screechin Eagle, Americana, OH
   (  57) 42 33 40  -  Space Mountain, Walt Disney World, FL
50 (  52) 32 23 17  -  Vortex, Paramount's Canada's Wonderland, Canada
          16 32 33 15  Mindbender, Six Flags over Georgia, GA
          19 28 20  -  Iron Wolf, Six Flags Great America, IL
          23 48  -  -  Jack Rabbit, Kennywood, PA
          29 38 32  -  Big Dipper, Geauga Lake, OH
          30 22 23 16  Racer, Paramount's Kings Island, OH
          33 19 24  -  Blue Streak, Conneaut Lake, PA
          34 27 14  -  Giant Dipper, Belmont Park, CA
          35  -  -  -  G.A.S.M., Six Flags over Georgia, GA
          39 50  -  -  Le Monstre, La Ronde, Canada
          40  -  -  -  Top Gun, Paramount's Great America, CA (New in '93)
          43 45 28  -  La Montana Rusa, Chapultapec Park, Mexico City
          44  - 38  -  Gemini, Cedar Point, OH
          45 39 31 17  Shockwave, Six Flags Great America, IL
    47  -  -  -  Racer, Kennywood, PA
    48  -  -  -  Batman The Escape, Six Flags AstroWorld, TX (New in '93)
    50 47  -  -  Thriller, European Fairs, Germany
        -  -  -  Space Mountain, Disneyland, CA
           -  20 32  -  Cyclone, Lakeside, CO
           -  30 30  -  Matterhorn Bobsled, Disneyland, CA
           -  34  -  -  Ultra Twister, Six Flags AstroWorld, TX
           -  35 29  -  Anaconda, Paramount's Kings Dominion, VA
           -  35  -  -  Adventure Express, Paramount's Kings Island, OH 
           -  37 38  -  Big Thunder Mtn Railroad, Disney, FL
           -  37 36  -  Comet, Hersheypark, PA
           -  38  -  -  Vortex, Carowinds, NC (New in 92)
           -  40  -  -  Greezed Lightnin, Six Flags AstroWorld, TX
           -  41 33  -  Colossus, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
           -  43 40  -  Roller Coaster, Arnolds Park, IA
           -  45 33  -  Montezooma's Revenge, Knott's, CA
           -  46  -  -  Wildcat, Elitch Gardens, CO
           -  46  -  -  Tornado, Adventureland, IA
           -  47 26  -  Texas Tornado, Wonderland, TX
           -  50  -  -  Big Dipper, Blackpool, UK
           -  50  -  -  Sea Serpent, Wildwood, NJ
           -  50  -  -  Excalibur, Valleyfair!, MN
           -   - 15  -  Revolution, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
           -   - 33  -  Dragon Mountain, Marineland, Canada
           -   - 37  -  Wildcat, Lake Compounce, CT
           -   - 39  -  Space Center, Phantasialand, Germany
           -   - 40  -  Bandit, Yomiuriland, Tokyo, Japan
           -   - 40  -  Psyclone, Six Flags Magic Mountain, CA
           -   - 40  -  Sidewinder, Hersheypark, PA

 

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