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Bonus Vote of the Week: The Best New Coaster of 2015, Part Two

March 24, 2015, 4:33 PM · OK, because so many of you wanted to vote for roller coasters that we didn't include in our Vote of the Week last Friday, we are adding a bonus Vote of the Week this week, to allow you to vote for your favorite among five more candidates.

And once you've selected your favorite from among these five, we will pit the two poll winners against one another for the overall "most anticipated new coaster" crown. We'd said earlier that we weren't going to run another ride tournament this March, but it looks like we've backed our way into one!

Here are your next five "best new roller coaster" candidates. (Again, we've limited this to the United States. International coaster fans, go ahead and make a case in the comments for your favorite, even though we won't be voting on them.)

Cannibal
Lagoon

Developed and built in-house by the Utah amusement park, Cannibal features a 200-foot elevator lift followed by a beyond-vertical drop leading into five inversions, including two heartline rolls and a dive loop, as well as an Immelmann and 450-degree helix.

Impulse
Knoebels

This Zierer coaster features a vertical lift hill and four inversions, including cobra roll, a loop and an inline twist.

Laff Trakk
Hersheypark

A Maurer-Sohne coaster with seven, four-seat, 360-degree, free-spinning trains, Laff Trakk will take riders through an old-fashioned fun house at up to 40 miles per hour. According to the park, it's the first indoor, spinning, glow-coaster in the United States.

Tempesto
Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Tempesto

Tempesto is a Premier Rides Sky Rocket II launch coaster with three launch elements and a top speed of 63 mph. Riders travel almost 2,000 feet back and across the 883 feet of track, which includes a 154-foot-high inversion.

Wicked Cyclone
Six Flags New England

Wicked Cyclone is a Rocky Mountain Construction steel re-track of the park's former Cyclone wooden coaster and will featured three inversions, including a zero-G stall.


Remember, or in case you missed it, our first poll featured Batman: The Ride, Fury 325, Rougarou, Thunderbird, and Twisted Colossus. Vote on them now, if you haven't already.

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Replies (12)

March 24, 2015 at 5:00 PM · "Cannibal" may be the worst name I've ever heard for a ride. Although "Impulse" is pretty bad, too.
March 24, 2015 at 5:20 PM · All 10 of these rides sound great. It's a good time for Rollercoaster fans!
March 24, 2015 at 5:41 PM · Didn't the Donner Pioneers pass through Utah on their way to their eventual party way back when? Perhaps the coaster is named after that infamous feast?

Anyway, I choose Wicked Cyclone.

I rode the old version of SFNE's Cyclone a few years back and thought the layout was amazing, but over-braking and other slow-down issues severely diminished the ride after a very promising and fun first drop. This coaster is definitely a good candidate for the Iron Horse solution used on the Texas Giant because the layout will provide some excellent thrills once the coaster is allowed to operate at full speed.

March 24, 2015 at 6:26 PM · Now take the top two from each, and hold a runoff election! ;)
March 24, 2015 at 6:34 PM · Hmm...Wicked Cyclone or Cannibal? Cannibal looks more unique and more intense, plus I've got a better chance at getting to it, but Wicked Cyclone looks like the overall better ride and RMC has yet to produce a ride that's not worthy of a top ten ranking. I think I have to go with Cannibal simply because it will probably be some time before I can get to Six Flags New England to ride Wicked Cyclone, plus I've got a pretty good idea of what Wicked Cyclone will be like while I've got no clue for Cannibal.

Interesting Fact: Other than Florida, every major theme park region of the US is getting at least one noteworthy roller coaster next year. I can't remember the last time that happened. Add in the other 2015 additions, and this really is the year of the regional theme park.

March 24, 2015 at 8:04 PM · i noticed you didnt put Wicked Cyclone and Twisted Colossus on the same poll.
March 24, 2015 at 8:31 PM · Still no Switchback at ZDT's?
March 25, 2015 at 3:28 AM · Only US parks?
Because I'm looking forward to Eftelings Baron 1898.
March 25, 2015 at 3:29 AM · Agree with previous comment. The ZDT ride is the one I most wish I could get to. It really should be an option!
March 25, 2015 at 11:19 AM · Although beyond vertical is intriguing to say the least, I vote for Wicked Cyclone due to RMC's outstanding track record. Although my only experience with them involves newly built coasters - Outlaw Run and Goliath - if anyone can transform the lamentable Cyclone into something sensational, it will be that company. And if the zero-g stall is anything like that on Goliath, Wicked Cyclone is sure to be a winner. The least interesting to me of those on the list is Laff Trakk b/c it's the one with the least potential to be thrilling. As an aside, my tattoo artist - whose dad is involved in building coasters at Hershey - told me that they were having trouble with the handicap access to that coaster b/c of the way the cars spin but that will undoubtedly be worked out before the ride opens.
March 26, 2015 at 2:54 PM · I just wanted to send this video your way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8tikWrK3rds

This is a fan made animation of Cannibal. Pretty accurate from what I can tell.

March 26, 2015 at 3:16 PM · James Rao, Cannible was named because that because in lagoon's eyes "Cannible will eat other coasters in there tracks" I also think it's interesting that you brought up the Donner party because yes they did eat each other because they got stuck in Utah while planning on just traveling through to get to the California gold rush

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