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Robert Niles

Announcing: The Ultimate Theme Park Tournament

Published: March 13, 2008 at 9:19 AM

Starting Monday, March 17, Theme Park Insider will host the first Ultimate Theme Park Tournament, pitting the top 64 rides in America, as rated by Theme Park Insider readers, in a single-elimination format to pick the industry's best.

Thanks to TPI reader Tim Strickland for the idea. We'll start with four match-ups each weekday. Readers will get to vote on their favorites and the winners will advance to subsequent rounds.

The final match-up will happen on Monday, April 7.

Readers need not be registered TPI members in order to vote, though you will need to register in order to comment on the match-ups, which will run in the site's front page "Blog Flume."

I have seeded the rides, from one to 64, based on TPI reader ratings, slightly tweaked in the case of ties and near-ties to present what I think will be more engaging match-ups. To make for the best match-ups, I decided to leave shows out of this tournament, and due to the relatively low number of votes at this time of year for non-U.S. attractions, we're making the initial tournament for U.S. rides only.

So spread the word, mare your calendars, bookmark the TPI home page and get ready to start voting on Monday!

Update: Brilliant idea just e-mailed to me: What's a tournament without a pool? I'll be working that into the game tonight. Details on Friday.

Update 2: Here's the link to enter the pool. Pick the four semi-finalists, the winner and the winner's vote percentage in the finals. Winner gets $100. No purchase necessary. Yada Yada Yada.

Replies (12)

Michael Barkdoll

Published: March 13, 2008 at 9:47 AM

This sounds great. I can not wait. GO GRIFFON
Mitchell Botwin

Published: March 13, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Are you going to include a short blurb on each of the coaster? I know a lot of them and have enjoyed riding the ones I know, but I do not know them all.
Robert Niles

Published: March 13, 2008 at 11:31 AM

Each piece will include links to the TPI detail pages for those attractions. And we'll be voting on most types of rides, not just roller coasters.
Patrick Gorham

Published: March 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Of course, Start it the week I'm in Florida :(

Oh Well

Justin Spisto

Published: March 13, 2008 at 2:13 PM

My personal opinion is that EL Toro is gonna win.Who's the number 1 seed?
brian lochridge

Published: March 13, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Who is going to be the Cinderella team? Dueling dragons, expedition Everest, Kumba? How far will they make it? The Final 4, The Sweet 16. This is going to be great
steve lee

Published: March 13, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Is there a "one vote per person" ability, or are we going to watch the CP fanboys have their ways with the poll?
Robert Niles

Published: March 13, 2008 at 7:34 PM

There will be a one-vote limit.
Adrian Walker

Published: March 14, 2008 at 12:32 AM

Is this tournament restricted to just coasters or is it the top 64 rides?
Mark Walker

Published: March 14, 2008 at 8:32 AM

Yeah! Go Colossus! The power of ten will crush the comp-

Hang on, what's this...

"we're making the initial tournament for U.S. rides only."


Larry Zimmerman

Published: March 14, 2008 at 12:48 PM

Personally, I'd rather be riding them than voting on them. I'll be traveling a lot over the next two months (and visiting BGW, BGA, SW San Antonio and Orlando, and maybe even 6F Fiesta Texas). So I'll probably miss several votes. I'll be thinking of y'all voting on them while I'm riding on them...have fun!
Bill jones

Published: March 14, 2008 at 2:07 PM

This is going to be good.

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