Best Ride in America Tournament: Round one, day four
Yesterday, Universal's Incredible Hulk Coaster, Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and Disney's Rock n' Roller Coaster advanced in blow-outs. In the only close race, Kings Island's The Beast knocked out Dollywood's Mystery Mine. Today... it's all Disney and Universal.
Our first match-up of the evening: Two water rides from Universal's Islands of Adventure square off as (28) Jurassic Park River Adventure goes up against (37) Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls.
Next up: (20) California Screamin' vs. (45) The Cat in the Hat. At first this seems like a silly match-up, but if you think about it for a moment, it's actually fascinating: The unthemed roller coaster from Disney versus the story-driven dark ride from Universal. The stereotypes reversed. Which will you pick?
You're on an expedition deep into the exotic wilderness, when (gasp!) something goes terribly wrong! Do you prefer this scenario on (12) Expedition Everest or (53) Jungle Cruise (Disneyland)?
Finally... oh heck, I got nothin' for this one: (4) Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland) vs. (61) Dumbo the Flying Elephant (Disneyland). Maybe some parents of little kids will vote for Dumbo on their children's behalf. But, judging from the number of Cap'n Jack Sparrow backpacks I see at my kids' elementary school, probably not. Let the blow-out begin.
Talk about 'em in the comments....
I prefer the ride on Dudley and the narrative on Jurassic P. (Sorry, the theming on Dudley is just too half-executed for my taste. That one dark, undecorated room just rips my heart out.)
I'll usually go for the coaster, but in this case, California Screamin needs to go. It is, as one of my friends would say...weak sauce. It isn't even a good coaster, let alone theming. Perhaps if they covered up the crap with a little theming, it would have done better. I like Cat In The Hat.
California Screamin' is probably one of the best rollercoasters in the world. It fits the theme of the area and its a great ride. You don't need lots of loops to make a coaster great, turns, hills, views, and the music all make it a great package.
Once again, these matchups are highly unfair and odious. You really need to be matching like ride with like ride, not coaster with Jungle Cruise or Pirates with Dumbo - this entire vote-off is getting silly and not worth continuing unless some serious adjustments are made...
OK, you lost me at Jungle Cruise vs Expedition Everest. This has turned into basketball vs hockey. If you mix apples and oranges, you get fruit salad.
This is a good idea for a contest, but some of the paired rides are pretty random. Pit strong rides against strong rides, please -- I mean Doctor Doom's Freefall against Spiderman? That's like pitting an ant against an anteater. Doc Doom is a run of the mill drop ride; Spiderman is one of the greatest dark rides in the history of theme parks, and a totally unique and stunning attraction. Expedition Everest vs. Jungle Cruise was no contest either; Everest is a fantastic themed coaster. Cruise is a classic, but it is aging and pales vs. Everest. Pirates vs. Dumbo? No need to even comment there. And Haunted Mansion vs. Snow White? The witch wouldn't last a day against the Mansion's 999 ghosts.
Hmmm...just like in the NCAA Tournament, if you pit a #4 (Pirates) against a #61 (Dumbo), the #4 team winning should be a no-brainer. Maybe the real question is why in the world is Dumbo even in the tournament? Everyone needs to take a good, hard look at how they rate attractions on this website, and make sure the whole Dumbo Debacle never happens again!
I like the pairings. They are all attractions in parks and guests make these decisions every day (Should I ride Dumbo or not? Should I ride Pirates?). The pairings make us think, keep it up!
Are people actually expecting to see match-ups like Spider vs. Everest in the first round? I'm not sure why somebody would be complaining about Spiderman being paired against Dr. Doom. It's not as if Dr. Doom is an incredibly unique and amazing ride and it probably would have been eliminated against virtually any other ride.
How can you people vote Jurassic over Dudley? I'm losing faith in all that is good. As far as everyone complaining about the matchups, shut your mouth (or in this case your keyboard) and don't vote if you don't like it.
I'm going to defend Robert and the whole premise here. IF he were doing this with solely coasters, I think some of the complaints would go away - and maybe that's an idea for a future similar tournament - but it ain't just coasters - it's Theme Park Rides. The match-ups in the first round are what they are.
Come on guys, Robert has put a lot of time into this thing. Dont down him or this may never happen again. You have to understand this is the first round, I promise the matchups will get better as we go on. I originally wanted a roller coaster tournament only, but you have to remember this is THEME PARK INSIDER. I think Robert made a good decision to go ahead and include all of the attractions, besides the shows.
Initially, I had planned to do a 16-ride tournament. But after reading some of the comments and private e-mails spawned by the initial discussion board thread suggesting the tournament, I decided to go for the full 64.
I would also agree *heartily* with the comment that people need to put some thought into their ratings on the site. I'm getting sick of wiping out votes from people who mindlessly vote "10" on every ride in a park. (Or "0" for every ride at their favorite park's big rival.)
I voted JP over Dudley, POTC over dumbo, everest over jungle cruise and I already forgto the other one lol. The matchups will seem a little, ok a lot, lopsided now, but wouldn't you want better match-ups in the later rounds? I mean cmon, isn't that the point of tournaments, to have the best last the longest? Lets say you put Everest vs Tower of Terror in the first round, and dumbo vs astro orbiter, the two better rides are obviously everest and tot, why shouldn't both advance, and you have a d ticket advance?
Yeah, that's what bothered me about having a "Roller Coaster Region," "Dark Ride Region," "Water Ride Region," etc. Then your semifinals (round of four) aren't as strong as match-ups in the round of eight and round of 16 were.
The subject of attraction ratings is probably a separate discussion entirely, but it takes a tournament like this for people to see how silly some of the ratings are. Come on, Dumbo has a 7 out of 10 rating on this site. Jungle Cruise has an 8. Crazy stuff. Those attractions should probably be 2 and 3 respectively. And I am not just talking about thrill factor....because there is a lot more to a top notch attraction than thrills.
I think Robert N has done a very good job.
I have to agree with both Roberts. I look forward to logging on every day to see which attractions are getting the most votes. Having a hard time with all the negativity. Naturally we're all entitled to our own opinions. As someone who only started attending theme parks in '05, I personally come away from all experiences with something new, even if the experience wasn't what I had hoped. For instance, I was so disappointed with Nemo Subs and thought it could have been better, HOWEVER, my husband and I laugh at ourselves often because we stood in line 2 hours to ride it. The experience alone of laughing at ourselves was still a memory we take with us and talk about today. With that said, I have made the choice to stop reading through the comments and just issue my vote and see the results.
Dudley had my vote until they put in the new restraint system. It was uncomfortable in its original version, but now it's nearly painful (maybe shorter folks don't have that problem).
Lay off Mr. Niles on the "unfair ride comparisons." When you think of it - the rides that aren't getting the votes won't win anyway. This is tons of fun! Great idea Robert!
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