2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Wooden 'Mega' Coaster?
Today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
we're honoring those roller coasters that blur the line between traditional wooden coasters and modern steel mega-coasters. These hybrid coasters deliver heights (over 150 feet), speed - and airtime - previously unheard of on woodies, thanks to their blend of materials or construction technique.
Three stand out, according to Theme Park Insider reader ratings - El Toro at Six Flags in New Jersey (prefabricated wood), last year's rebuild of Texas Giant at Six Flags' original park in Arlington (steel track on wood support), and the defending champion in this tournament, The Voyage at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana (wood track on steel support). Voting is open for 24 hours, and campaigning - in the comments, and on Facebook and Twitter - is encouraged.
El Toro - at Six Flags Great Adventure
Texas Giant - at Six Flags Over Texas
The Voyage - at Holiday World
Tomorrow: It's time to vote for the best theme park 3D movie.
Tough vote. The Voyage is perhaps the best coaster I have ever ridden, but the NEW Texas Giant was masterfully reborn with its much ballyhooed "iron horse" solution last year. Normally I would be inclined to vote for the Voyage, but a vote for the Giant is also a vote for the iron horse solution that brought it back to life. I would love to see more parks utilize this technology in the future. After all, there are a good number of decrepit Dinn Corp woodies (all of them) that could use an iron horse upgrade!
Wait, how do I vote for The Beast?
The Voyage is the best coaster I've ever ridden. Period. It took twenty some years for something to come along that finally put down the Beast as my favorite wooden coaster. There is just no substitute in the mega wooden coaster arena.
I haven't done any campaigning in this tourney. But it's time.
I voted for the Voyage. That thing looks super scary!
This is a tough category but having been given the opportunity for ERT on the new Texas Giant this past June, I found it amazing my body could hold up as I rode it literally 15 times in a row (occasionally changing seats). Heck I would have kept going had I not needed a restroom break. I know repeated rides like that are something I could not do with either The Voyage or El Toro based on my most recent rides on them (Fall and Summer 2010 respectively). So the New Texas Giant got my vote.
The Voyage is hands down the best mega wooden coster in the world!! I love Holiday World & Splashing Safari!! There all way's number 1 and always will be!! Plus they have unlimited soft Drinks!! If you have not been you need to go!!!
I'm abstaining from this one because I've not ridden any of these rides. They all look like fun, but I'm not a big fan of the wooden ones. they tend to be too rough.
Holiday World represents again! You gotta love a park that supports its fans and its outstanding achievements! Six Gags never gets involved.
Voyage is the only one with "REAL" wood track.
I have to respectfully disagree with the "new" Texas Giant being included in a poll with wooden coasters. I had always thought what a coaster is classified as was determined by its track. As James said in the first comment, Texas Giant uses steel I-beam as its track, not wood.
This was another category where I fiddled with the name until the last minute. Texas Giant has a wooden structure, so it's not a pure steel coaster, and wouldn't have made the cut in any of those categories anyway. Voyage has a steel structure, so it didn't seem fair to include with the smaller woodies. El Toro's a similar ride to the other two, so it seemed a natural fit in a new category with them. (Maybe I should have gone with hybrid mega coaster?)
Agreed, just vote! Although, at this point the Holiday World War Machine looks to be mounting an insurmountable lead. ;)
They are all great; however Texas Giant is not a wood coaster. It's all about the track and the Iron Horse track makes the Giant a Steel coaster.
Yes I'll admit I'm biased to vote for the Voyage! Having been a former Employee of Holiday World! And if you have been keeping track of thing's the TimberLiner Car's/Train's are to be running this year! Can't wait to ride up front on a Car that has no front wall to speak of!
Voyage is one of the most overrated coasters around. El Toro and the new Texas Giant are both far superior to it. The overlay they have done to Texas Giant is nothing short of amazing. I so hope they bring that to CP's Mean Streak.
I haven't been on New Texas Giant yet, but it looks like a great ride. I have been on the other two, and here is what I have to say: Voyage would be better IF it wasn't so rough. I don't mind wooden coasters that shake you up a bit, but if the ride is so rough that it HURTS to ride anywhere other than the front two cars, there is a problem. I hope the retracking and the new trains help this ride, because if it was running in top form it would be the second best coaster I've been on (after SFNE's Bizarro).
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