Best Ride in America Tournament: Round one, day three
Yesterday produced one mild upset
in the tournament, as Busch Gardens Africa's Montu roller coaster eliminated Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath. Otherwise, the upper seeds held, as Busch Gardens Europe's Alpengeist fought off a tough challenge from Walt Disney World's Star Tours. Cedar Point's Millennium Force and Disney's California Adventure's Soarin' Over California also advanced.
Today, 5. Incredible Hulk Coaster, from Univeral's Islands of Adventure, takes on 60. Grizzly River Run, from Disney's California Adventure.
Next is a battle of Disneyland dark rides: 13. Haunted Mansion vs. 52. Snow White's Scary Adventures.
Two roller coasters face off in the next match-up: 21. Rock n' Roller Coaster, from Disney's Hollywood Studios, vs. 44. Tennessee Tornado, from Dollywood.
Finally, put on a favorite flannel shirt and your miner's hat for the battle between 29. Mystery Mine, last year's Theme Park Insider Award winner for Best New Attraction, vs. 36. The Beast, the classic woodie from Kings Island.
Let us hear in the comments why you picked what you picked.
I guess today is the day for the Dollywood fans to show their stuff. Plus, I have to say, I am a big Disneyland fan, but even I am stunned by the number of Disneyland attractions that made the tournament.
I wish Grizzly River Run had a chance of beating Hulk...its a great water ride: great scenery, atmosphere, and ride in general. Hulk is just another looping coaster of which there are a million. GRR is a gem for its genre.
"Just another looping coaster?" Please. To paraphrase Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Thomas, "The beginning of The Incredible Hulk is the best five seconds in theme park history."
Unfair to pitch Hulk up against Grizzly Rapids.
GRR and The Hulk are both great attractions. One is probably the best white water rapid ride running today, and the other is probably one of the best coasters running today. While they are in different categories of attractions, they are both just highly themed rides at amusement parks. So it is not quite apples and oranges, and a better question might be: do you prefer a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich or a chef made cheeseburger?
Boy - a tough one there with Mystery Mine vs. the Beast. As much as Mystery Mine is somewhat innovative (in a way similar to "Revenge of the Mummy - The Ride") I had to give it to a coaster that had held onto one of its records for 28 years now. In the coaster wars of the 90s - that's impressive.
Matching up the bottom 15 seeds or so was an absolute headache. A lot of "D"-ticket-grade attractions that were going to go up against the best rides in the world. I tried to match by theme, park or genre as best I could. But even then, there were "left-overs." Thus, Hulk vs. Grizzly.
gotta agree, HULK vs. Grizzly isn't a fair match. Water rides should go against water rides. Grizzly should be up against Kali at WDW - or otherwise. No brainer.
The matchups are perfect, you can't put the Hulk against Millennium force in the first round that's not how a tournament works. You don't see North Carolina and Duke playing in the first round do you? That's what makes this sooo brilliant, it's the build up. Who will will advance, who will they be matched up against, I love it. Hulk in my opinion is the all out favorite to win this thing.
I was against heavy-light match-ups at first. But then I think about how I would have chosen Splash Mountain, a family water ride, over Hulk.
Joshua I have to strongly disagree, you put IOA against California Adventure, that isn't even a contest. Spiderman (arguably the best ride ever) Dudley( Arguably the best flume ever) Hulk (you see what I'm getting at). But those three against any parks whole line up and it's a fight. CA is not in the same league as IOA.
Oh, Lord, don't tell me I have to do a *park-wide* tournament next! :-)
Shoot, DCA doesn't even compete with Magic Mountain right now, let alone IOA. Which is why Disney is spending 1.2 billion to beef it up....hence Joshua's point.
Since were on the subject of comparing parks thought I would do some comparisons myself.
Did I see correctly? The middle aged Beast beat out Mystery Mine? Score one for one of my favorite rides in the world
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