Published: March 22, 2008 at 11:22 AM
Dragster vs Spaceship Earth...Disney superfans vs Cedar Point superfans. It all depends on the voter turnout so to speak. Quite honestly, there is nothing like Dragster (except Kingda Ka, which is a ripoff and a headcase of maintenance). Anyone who has ridden it will vote for it. I've ridden both, and I can say with absolute honesty..even as a CP fan, that there is no contest. Spaceship Earth the building is an Epcot icon, but as a ride there isn't any comparison. Dragster hands down.
According to the trends I've noticed, it appears that thrill is winning most of these contests over family rides...regardless of it being themed or not. There has always been a bit of a debate around here about which is better. The debate is being settled. People love the thrills.
The real matchups will be when the unthemed coasters (Millennium Force, The Beast, Kraken, etc)...match up against the themed ones (Dueling Dragons, Everest, Rock N Roller Coaster) Which is better? a far superior track layout that thrills with little or no visual aides, or a so-so track with a feast of sights and sounds to keep the rider interested.
I also voted for Big Thunder Mountain in a tough decision, Kraken was a no-brainer, and Tower of Terror pretty much was too.