Published: May 29, 2009 at 11:16 AMTOUGH one for me among Manta, Diamondback, and even Prowler, but I went with Manta. I like the theme and would really like to see the aquariums in the queue, plus the ride experience sounds amazing. Hope I can ride them all someday soon!
Published: May 29, 2009 at 11:45 AMManta should easily win this competition. If you haven't taken a ride on it yet then well... what are you waiting for? Especially if you have a sweet view of it from your office. :)
Not to be missed and should be the frontrunner for best ride of the year.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 11:49 AMOf the 2 I have experienced, American Idol and Manta, the clear choice is Manta. It is an exhilarating thrill coaster. Truly an amazing feat of engineering! If you haven't be on it yet then well.. what are you waiting for? (Especially if you have a sweet view of it.)
Manta should be the frontrunner for best ride of the year.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 12:00 PMFor me, it was a toss up between Terminator and Manta - the theming for both looks excellent. I went with Terminator because I prefer the story that is being told in that attraction.
The other attractions don't really seem all the impressive in comparison to Manta and Terminator.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 12:03 PMi like the new Wahoo Racer at Six Flags ST. Louis Hurricane Harbor but its not on here..
Published: May 29, 2009 at 1:10 PMManta looks really cool. It looks a lot like Firehawk at Kings Island with a lot better theming and a cool aquarium in the queue.
I picked Diamondback. I've had my little girls out to Kings Island 3 times this year, but have not yet ridden it. It's hard for me to tell my wife to watch the girls for about an hour while I ride the Diamondback. The shear size of this thing is incredible. I grew up riding the Beast and it's what I measure all coasters again. I literally dwarfs Beast by about 100 feet and faster by about about 15 mph. Speed can be deceiving though. Wooden coasters always seem faster to me because of the bouncing.
I read about all the others which also look cool, but those two I have the greatest chance of getting on this year.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 7:33 PMGotta go with the home park, Worlds of Fun. Prowler is a very fun coaster and a big event for us folks stuck in the Midwest. Besides, that Prowler review with all the photos is brilliant. Just brilliant! ;)
Thanks for showing up to vote, Kansas City! We probably don't have enough votes to hold off SeaWorld's Manta, but at least we let our voice be heard and put our favorite GCI woodie on the map.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 5:54 PMI was going to vote for American Idol, but after sanity resumed, I opted not to.
The other rides are all coasters and the only way to properly judge one or the other, is by riding them. Since I have yet to have a go on any of them, I must abstain from this vote.
Published: May 29, 2009 at 10:18 PMI have to give Prowler the edge on this one. With the novelty of wooden coasters seeming to fade at parks throughout the country, Worlds of Fun's new Prowler ride has practically reinvented and reinvigorated the experience. Instead of relying on simple ups and downs for thrills, the Prowler stays low and hugs the terrain, speeding through a forest of trees and giving you the feeling of going faster and faster as the ride progresses. But it doesn't end there. The ride is ingeniously designed to fake you out with sudden twists and turns along steeply banked tracks that you can't even see coming. For those reasons and more, I have to say that the Prowler beats the competition for best new attraction -- arms up and hands down!
Published: May 30, 2009 at 2:37 AMI've gone for Manta.
I can't really comment on the rest as I haven't been on them but out of the two I have experienced I'm going for Manta.
Published: May 30, 2009 at 11:45 AMTo me Manta just looks the most exciting overall. The queuing area looks fabulous and the type of coaster, whilst nothing new (we even have one in England) looks so well themed and I love the way the wing clips the water below. I am very excited about my trip to Seaworld in November and riding this is one of the main reasons.
Published: May 30, 2009 at 3:20 PMGotta go with prowler, what can I say the ride is the sugar honey ice tea, for not being the tallest or fastest it packs a major punch that can't be beat, there you have prowler is number one in my books
Published: May 31, 2009 at 11:26 AMI rode the prowler twice and that thing just doesnt slow down the whole ride. The designers did a great job of designing it.
Published: June 1, 2009 at 7:23 AMProwler looks like a great wooden coaster and I have a special fondess for the old style wooden coasters. It surely must be one of the best in the world if it is holding it's own against Manta.
Published: June 1, 2009 at 9:35 AMI voted for Prowler. I like how it weaves through the trees and emphasizes the speed more than the drops. Plus, good wooden coasters like that never get enough respect.
Manta is a nice-looking coaster, but its style feels really corporate and generic. It may not be as bad as the super commercialized nature of the Terminator and American Idol rides, but it's there.
Published: June 1, 2009 at 10:11 AMProwler by quite a bit.
Published: June 1, 2009 at 3:46 PMWow...the Kansas City contingent of TPI came out in full force for this vote. How long does this poll stay open, Robert? We need to close it down before SeaWorld pushes something out to their Facebook fans! ;)
Go Prowler! Go KC! We may stink at Baseball and Football, but we have a winner on our hands in the Prowler!
Published: June 1, 2009 at 4:08 PMThis contest is a farce. I cry shenanigans! ;)
Published: June 1, 2009 at 4:18 PMGuilty as charged! Just call me James "Derek Potter" Rao! I can't help it that Cedar Fair parks do a great job of listening to and responding to their local fans! Kudos to Worlds of Fun for getting involved.
Now close the vote before SeaWorld wakes up! =)
Published: June 2, 2009 at 7:08 PMEven though I preferred Diamondback (I can't believe how few votes it has!) I have to help out my local park and vote for Prowler. :-)
Published: June 2, 2009 at 7:09 PMWhoever built this ride is a prodigy, it looks like a beautiful classic wooden roller coaster but its smooth and fast like a metal one, the PERFECT ride!!!
Published: June 3, 2009 at 3:31 AMI think Prowler is gonna pull off the upset. And for those Orlando fans who have not ridden this GCI masterpiece, they should not feel as though Manta has been slighted. I am all about narrative attractions, but let's face it, neither ride has much to offer in that regard. Manta has more theming (decorative touches) and immersion (literally and figuratively), and has (from all appearances) a phenomenal queuing area, but Prowler is unique in setting and layout and showcases a raw energy that cannot be matched. Additionally, the way it embraces and utilizes the surrounding landscape makes the attraction a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Furthermore, the "midnight ride" offered by Prowler is second to none, imho.
With the exception of the American Idol Experience, every attraction on this list is deserving of winning this award. They are all stand out coasters that represent the latest and greatest in thrills and design. Kudos to all the competitors (except AIE) - I look forward to riding each one in the near future.
As for AIE, I look forward to the day when that building at DHS is used for an attraction worthy of being in a Disney park.
Published: June 3, 2009 at 8:31 AMThat's very true. Night rides on Prowler are like Zeus+Voyage+Avalanche+Renegade. It's way intense.
Published: June 3, 2009 at 4:01 PMI dunno about all that anonymous poster 188.8.131.52, but the night ride is fantastic. However, Prowler does not hold a candle to The Voyage. Even at night. That statement is not a slight to Prowler, just a credit to The Voyage which happens to be the wooden coaster that sets the high mark for all other woodies.