Best Ride in America Tournament: Round one, day five
The favorites all advanced yesterday
in the TPI tournament, with Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, IoA's Jurassic Park River Adventure, Expedition Everest and California Screamin' each advancing to the next round.
Here's what's up today:
They're both Disneyland dark rides that send you on boats through rooms of singing dolls. Now, beyond that, they only thing that (6) Splash Mountain and (59) it's a small world have in common is that they're stuck together in this first-round match-up.
How do you like your reality-twisting dark rides? Fast, (14) Revenge of the Mummy (USF), or slow, (51) Alice in Wonderland? (A tea party? Hummph. What does it take to get a cup of coffee around here?)
This match-up absolutely kills me. It might be the toughest one for me to pick in the entire first round: (22) Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges vs. (43) Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Disneyland). Two ridiculously run fun rides. Which is your favorite?
And, finally, today's roller coaster smackdown matches (30) Dueling Dragons - Fire vs. (35) El Toro. Wait a minute! A ride that's not from Disneyland or Universal Orlando? How'd that get on here...?
Meet in the comments for the verbal brawl....
Update: Quote of the tournament so far, from the comments: "El Toro is losing because Fire burns wood."
Tightest round yet.
This round was a bit tougher.
OK, Robert, I read your explanation and understand your reasoning for the seemingly odd pairings. The system you came up with makes sense.
I'll face the music....I was the one who said Dumbo should get a 2 and Jungle Cruise a 3....
It's really tough for me between El Toro and Dueling Dragons- Fire. One is my favorite woodie and one is my 2nd favorite suspended coaster. I think I'll go with Fire.
Uh... It's a shame El Toro got paired against Dueling Dragons in the first round. I voted for Popeye because it has an original story and theming whereas BLAB is essentially a clone of another ride. By the time Buzz opened, I believe WDW's version was already 7 years old.
Great matchups today, Go Buzz Go. I'm so glad that Fire made it's way into this thing. To me the up and over move on Fire with Ice spinning just under your feet is the best move on any ride. Nothing I have ridden comes close to that feeling of flight and excitement.
I was happy to see that TPI fans rated Disneyland's Buzz over Disney World's, which put the newer, west coast version into the tournament. The hand-held guns are key, plus, the flow of the Disneyland Buzz just works better (for me, at least.)
Gotta go Splash, even though it's better at WDW. Brian, the small world fans are all whining on the Disney sites about the rumored changes to come, which is undoubtedly too time consuming to participate in a poll.
I would like to see Small World go against Spiderman, that would be a better matchup. You would then have two of the most technologically advanced rides ever built. SW with it's mind blowing visuals and ear thumping sound track keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire ride. Spiderman on the other hand leaves you thinking "they could have done more" Both great rides but I have to go with Small World.
I had to pick Popeye's over Buzz Lightyear, even if it was against the WDW version. I just love popeyes because of the great theming and i NEVER come out dry and it has yet to disappoint me. Not to mention my husband is TOO competitive and every time we leave either of the buzz lightyears we come out arguing. He even blames the guns for "supposedly" not working correctly every time I whoop his butt. No problems on popeyes though!
UMMMMM. How is EL Toro losing? Its the best wooden coaster on the planet.
EL Toro is losing because Fire burns wood.
Hey Robert, when this is all said and done could you put up a bracket we could all print out to keep. That way we can look back at the results of the whole tourney.
I'm putting up the bracket after the first round ends, on Monday night. And, yes, I'll have a completed bracket, with each match-up's result, at the end of the tournament.
El Toro is losing because either nobody here has ridden it, or they have the Universal/Disney disease. I'll give Dueling Dragons kudos for the entrance queue, but after that, it's an average B&M inverted coaster. I can quickly name 5 B&M inverted coasters around the country that are better than either of the Dueling Dragons. I went for Toro there.
Man, how is Buzz beating Popeye, to each is own I guess.
You nailed it, Derek. The amount of people who've ridden Fire versus the amount of people who've ridden El Toro isn't remotely equitable. I don't want to be one of those folks complaining about how things aren't fair, but there is a bit of a disparity here. I'm sure my favorite woodie (Thunderhead) will also get the shaft since Dollywood isn't that popular a park outside of its regional crowd.
Exactly my point. Here is a list.
I gotta disagree here a bit. I think the main thing a good theme does is it immerses you into the story. You are no longer Joe Vactioneer from Kansas City, you are a knight in shining armor about to battle a dragon. And the immersion should extend beyond the ride, beyond the queue, and throughout the entire park. The minute you walk into a theme park you should forget about the life you left behind and be immersed into the story of the park.
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