2010 Best Roller Coaster in America: Apollo's Chariot [Bolliger & Mabillard Mega] vs. The Voyage [The Gravity Group]
You've voted in the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
, and now it's time to pick the Best Roller Coaster in America.
Apollo's Chariot at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Apollo's Chariot represents the Mega Coaster model from Swiss coaster masters Bolliger & Mabillard. Debuting in 1999 in an infamous manner, Apollo's Chariot won praise throughout the tournament for its smooth ride, speed, visuals and airtime.
The Voyage at Holiday World
Holiday World's The Voyage comes from The Gravity Group, a relatively new Cincinnati-based wooden coaster company that's winning praise for its innovative blending of wooden and steel coaster technology.
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
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Apollos Chariot isn't even the best in it's class. Voyage is in a class by itself. Voyage all the way.
Two of the best coasters in the world, IMHO, and both worthy of Top Dawg status.
Gotta go with Ragin Bull's Cousin: Apollo!
That's it, Anthony, you and I are gonna have to take it outside!!! ;)
Busch just called on its fans again. Kudos to them for getting out the vote. I love when these companies take enough pride in their attractions to get involved. Almost makes me want to change my vote!
I am surprized AC is leading this this catagory so far. Both coasters are great. But I will take the speed and smoothness Of Apollo's Chariot over the Voyage. Both coasters re top notch. So it really doesn't matter to me who wins.
The power of social media... Busch is using it, HW is not - yet! The early lead may evaporate once HW gets off the sidelines and into the game.
Holiday World just got involved. LET'S DO THIS!
Holiday World all the way!
Was stuck in an all-hands meeting when voting started ... I was starting to TWITCH! :0)
^^Gotta love have Holiday World representation IN THE HOUSE! How cool is that?!?
I love both coasters... such a hard choice!
I don't get how Apollo's Chariot gets the marks is does. It's the weakest B&M I've ridden. The Voyage on the other hand, excels for me, beating out all other coaster - steel and wood combined.
I can get what's pretty much the same thing as Apollo's Chariot at Kings Island. Boring.
Voyage, nothing beats it!
^^Intense is an understatement! After the initial lift hill the Voyage doesn't have one second of downtime until you are begging for mercy at the end of the ride!
The Voyage is amazing! I can't stop laughing and screaming everytime I ride it! We have season passes and ride it often and it never gets boring!
Gotta love this: even the Gravity Group is involved! Think B&M will join the fray? I am not sure they are even on Facebook...
The fact that one of the first real B&M Mega's is still as highly regaurded as it is with all of it's newer creations...should say A LOT about this awesome coaster. Most of the others that are probably "better" are a much improved version. So for a real deal "first gen" (yes i know they made previous ones) B&M to have such a gread ride...it deserves kudos. And again, give BGE credit for having a ride that wasnt just stuck on a flat piece of land and that actually takes advantage of the scenery and layout.
My vote is for Voyage! We live in Nashville, TN and the short drive to Holiday World is worth it once you have ridden Voyage. I'm already dreaming of this year's trip.
The overall quality and uniqueness of The Voyage should push it over for the win.
A social media showdown. This contest isn't only a contest between their rides, but also their marketing departments.
AC gives me an experince of a lifetime as i drop 210 then go back up the other 170 feet,overall AC is a better ride,and by far my favorite roller coaster
Personally, I think this is too close to call, and we're all just going to have to, uh, do some more research on this decision. I'd be perfectly happy to ride these two as long as it takes for a clear winner to emerge. :-)
Voyage all the way. Apollo's Chariot is not even the best B&M Mega.
The Voyage - super coaster and super park!
Social media attacks!!
Oh I'll be going to Holiday World to do some more research alright. The new and improved trains will be running on Voyage this year.
Question for Robert ... what time does the voting end for this championship?
11am-5pm ET, 8am-2pm PT - Best Roller Coaster Final.
B&M Megas are my favorite coasters. For me, nothing beats the airtime that you get, and the unrestricted view of your surroundings.
Busch making another push... they just re-Tweeted and posted to Facebook again. I love these two theme parks! They are in the thick of it! Kudos to both!
Go Voyage go! :D
Everything AC offers, Voyage has a superior supply of.... airtime? Nothing touches Voyage's 24.2 seconds. View? Looking back into the woods before you plummet down the first drop is the last peaceful feeling you'll get before the final break run.
James is talking about this until he's blue in the face...I mean seriously have you seen the guy's face lately?
Looks like it's neck and neck! I'll be at BG this weekend.
Voyage amazed me the first time I was on it. I usually hate wooden coasters, but it is an especially pleasant exception.
LOL... I am all over the place. I am the new Erniebald57, pulling the strings behind the scenes! Wreaking MAJOR HAVOC wherever I go!
I have been on both coasters. Apollo's Chariot is very smooth and fast. However, nothing beats a great wooden coaster. The Voyage all the way!
The Voyage truly SCARES me. You wonder if you are going to come off the track the whole time. I LOVE coasters and the first time I rode the Voyage I cried. Joy and Fear.
Can't take it anymore! Putting on my Voyage t-shirt and heading out to see a movie. May the best ride win.
I like Apollo's Chariot a lot, never been on Voyage. Kinda confusing that AC is held in high regard. Nitro up in NJ is a much more fun ride than AC.
I still don't understand all the love people have for The Voyage. It is beyond rough -- I'd go so far as to call it brutal. Truly one of the worst coasters I've ever ridden. (I go on coasters to have fun, not to be beaten and battered so severely it ruins the rest of my day!) Oh, and it's not just me -- the feeling was unanimous among my entire party that day at Holiday World. I still love HW, but The Voyage is terrible. I'm voting for Apollo!
This was really tough...my favorite wood coaster vs. my favorite steel coaster in America. But wood wins, and Holiday World ALWAYS wins.
Busch Garden's should get an automatic win simply for atmosphere. Beautiful landscaping amongst well-maintained grounds, delightful scenery and ambience... and don't forget the awesome view of the water atop the crest of Apollo's Chariot!
I remember when I first rode the Voyager, it was awesome,I rode it 10 times that first day, just wish my knees reacted as well as my excitement. Oh well, with these new seats, it should be better suited for me! GO VOYAGER AND GO HOLIDAY WORLD!
My Family has had season passes for several years to Holiday World we love The Voyage, Best wooden coaster ever!!!!!!!!!
In my firm opinion, anyone who thinks the Voyage is rough does not understand what rough is. Voyage is turbulent - it is a tad toward the violent side, it shakes you around and takes you where it wants to. You cannot 'brace' for the corners, you have to just let go and ride it. A rough ride is one that hasn't been retracked in far too long, and you feel the 'potholes' in the track as you bump across them. Examples of this would be Thunder Road at Carowinds, the blue side of Racer at Kings Island, and many other wood coasters at some of the smaller parks, such as Zippin Pippin at Libertyland when it was still running. Then there is rough like Son of Beast and Mean Streak, where the trains tend to 'hunt' for the correct line on the track, causing a lot of jarring to the riders. Voyage is turbulent due to its quick transitions, never-lets-up speed, and massive amounts of air time which mean you're out of your seat when taking the intense transitions.
Who's your coaster if you are a Hoosier born & raised. Only one choice as I see it, the Voyager..Gotta love us here in Indiana. We have the Hoosier Hospitality going for us and much more. Come "wander Indiana" and see how much enjoyment can be found.
Absolutely The Voyage!! For one thing it is one of the longest coasters I have been on, and the the fact The Voyage gives you so much air time!! I love this coaster!!!! Not to mention Holiday World is the friendliest & cleanest park!
Apollo is AWESOME!!! It is soo long and is fast and smooth and has a lot of drops!! Who WOULDNT love it!! 8D
Voyage for the win!
I am an ex-high diver of the park. Grew up there and worked at the park for 5 years until college. I rode the Voyage on a twenty year diver reunion. Take into the fact, I dove from 80 feet high! This roller coaster is way above that. And this is why it is named a "Voyage". Man oh man..I think I went straight to the bathroom near bye...lol. I am rooting for hometown. I have never ever ridden a coaster like that. Good luck Voyage!
Huge win for this down-home masterpiece and a huge win for the legions of Holiday World fans who rose to the challenge round after round.
I've never been on Voyage but I have ridden Apollo's Chariot more times than I can count and it's hard for me to believe that any wooden roller coaster would beat out Apollo's.
Seeing is believing... check out the results! =)
THIS IS HORSEDOODIE APOLLO'S CHARIOT IS WAY BETTER THAN SOME P.O.S COASTER LIKE THE VOYAGE!!!!!!
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