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Robert Niles

Vote of the week: Which coaster company are you most thankful for?

Published: November 27, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Theme park fans give thanks for a great many things this time of year: family, friends, vacation time... and, of course, the folks who bring up some of our favorite rides.

Here are 10 top companies that were on the show floor at the IAAPA expo last week. Which is your favorite?

Tell us why, in the comments.

Replies (15)

Anthony Murphy

Published: November 27, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Why not Disney Imagineers or Universal whatevers?

Love their work the best!

Raul Araoz

Published: November 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

While Imagineering and Universal Creative are responsible for designing the basic concepts for their coasters, especially the thematic elements, the coasters themselves are built by established coaster manufacturers: Expedition Everest and Rock and Roller Coaster - Vekoma, Revenge of the Mummy - Premier, Dueling Dragons and Hulk, B&M.
Larry Zimmerman

Published: November 27, 2009 at 10:41 AM

How do I love B&M? Let me count the ways...
Montu, Kumba, SheiKra, Alpengeist, Apollo's Chariot, Griffon, Incredible Hulk, Dueling Dragons, Kraken, Diamondback, Great White, Great Bear, Mantis, Raptor, Goliath, and all the various Batmen...
Anthony Murphy

Published: November 27, 2009 at 11:11 AM

True, I will remember the Universal Creative thing in the future.

Anyway, I voted for B&M because I can name a whole bunch of their roller coaster. Vek gets a no vote from me because of their Deja Vu fail at SFGA and Mack's representative that I have met was not very nice!

I still probably vote for B&M

James Rao

Published: November 27, 2009 at 11:16 AM

I was inclined to vote for B&M like everyone else but without GCI the coaster collection at my local park (Worlds of Fun) would be really passé. So, thank God for Great Coasters International and the Prowler!
Robert Niles

Published: November 27, 2009 at 11:42 AM

What, no Rip, Ride, Rockit fans?

Published: November 27, 2009 at 12:05 PM

I love so many different coasters for so many different reasons. However I have to give my vote to Intamin for setting the gold standard with Millennium Force. I cringe at the day when that coaster is no longer operational. I will agree with the other posters that there were some outstanding hits this year. GCI rocked our socks with Prowler, not to be missed @ night. B&M did not disappoint with both Diamondback and Manta
Brandon Grayson

Published: November 27, 2009 at 12:41 PM

Well, I don't think a lot of people have been on it. But I love that ride!!! I rode it like 5 days after it opened.

Published: November 27, 2009 at 3:37 PM

I am most thankful for Great Coasters International! ...not just for their coasters, but for being a great group of people as well.
Robert OGrosky

Published: November 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM

I also voted for B & M!!!!!
With there great smooth coasters, they cant be beat!!!

Published: November 27, 2009 at 5:08 PM

I've got to go for the Gravity Group for one simple word...Voyage!
Erin B

Published: November 28, 2009 at 12:10 AM

[the now bankrupt] Arrow would have my vote solely because of Cedar Point's Magnum. Since S&S purchased Arrow, that's where my vote goes.
Will Chilcote

Published: November 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

I would like to add Disney's in-house coaster designers. They have created some of my favorite coasters.

I'm also a fan of Arrow. The Loch Ness Monster is still one of my favorites.

Published: November 29, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Intamin, they make most of my favourite coasters, and push the boundaries.
vernon griffin

Published: November 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM

we love the Griffon

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