Best Ride in America Tournament: Round one, day seven
Much GOTV yesterday led to some wild swings
in the battle between Cedar Point's Top Thrill Dragster and Epcot's Spaceship Earth. But, in the end, Dragster prevailed, by the narrowest margin so far in the tournament.
Epcot's Test Track also won by the slightest of margins, edging out Disneyland's Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. In the other match-ups, SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken and Disney's Hollywood Studios' Twilight Zone Tower of Terror also advanced.
Today's the day I've been waiting for in the tournament, because I think we could have four tight matches on tap with these:
I can hear the Busch Gardens Europe fans already complaining about this draw. But it is (7) Griffon vs. (58) Universal Studios Florida's Jaws.
I'm a big fan of both of these attractions, but we're gonna have to pick one: (15) Kilimanjaro Safaris vs. Legoland's Robocoaster (50) Knights Tournament
Sorry, but the BGE coasters just didn't get any "C" ticket dark rides as opponents: Here's (23) Apollo's Chariot vs. (42) Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur
Finally, two trend-setting rides from different eras match up in (31) Matterhorn Bobsleds vs. (34) Men in Black Alien Attack.
Let's continue the debate in the comments....
SOmetimes when I see these I really have to ask myself if people have ever actually ridden the rides they are voting on... or if they just vote for the ride they have ridden.
I haven't campaigned much for any rides to this point, but I am rooting hard for Men in Black and Knights Tournament here. I really believe that these are transformative rides in the industry, and deserving of some love in the tournament.
As usual, Disney Dominates. The Matterhorn must win. I'm not so big on the thrills, but like themeing. The Matterhorn does just that.
Jaws doesn't have a chance!
I feel the same way too, Mark. It kills me because I see some of my favorites losing to rides I have never ridden, but out of honor for the rating system I can't vote for them. It's like watching your friends get attacked behind a locked gate (less extreme, of course).
It pained me to vote against Pooh yesterday, because I love that ride. I think it's the best in fantasyland at Magic Kingdom. But, how can you vote against TOT? That ride is a huge home run for Disney. It is an extraordinary meld of detailed theming, effects, and thrills.
I think Mark is spot on in the first post. Surely there are people voting that have not experienced both rides. For some it is impossible. That is why the results of a vote such as this are a tough sell. It is fun though and I like to see the results of the voting on rides that are so diverse.
One person commented yesterday that theming is everything and a "coaster is just a coaster". I would just like to offer my opinion on that - if you disagree, fine.
I'd like to add something here about Mark's comment.
Man, how is Apollos losing? I'm pulling for a JAWS over Griffon upset here. Kiliminjaro will dominate Knights.
I've been on both Dinosnore and Apollo's Chariot. I agree with previous posters - if the voters had actually been on Chariot, there's no way on earth they'd vote for Dinosnore. Chariot is the closest I've been to actually flying without being in a plane. Dinosnore is like a bad night in a strange bed. IMHO, of course...
Claudine, I agree with you on one point, theming a bad ride will not make it great. Take a look at Cedar Point's Disaster Transport with its lame strobe light effects and useless 3D glasses as evidence of that fact. However, I would argue that DT is a better ride for the attempt, unfortunately, the theming stinks and the ride is not that great to begin with, so no amount of theme is going to save it.
To follow Claudine's comment: I've been running TPI for, what, nine years now? So I've got a fair amount of experience watching readers' ratings for the attractions. :-)
I'm only voting when I have ridden both rides in a vote, otherwise I don't vote :P
I actually like Dinosaur, and I understand it's Disney and all, but... beating Apollo's Chariot? No way.
If "Dinosaurs" wins, i'm gonna... I can't explain how mad i would get if Apollo's chariot doesnt win. AGHR! If you voted for Dinos, you probably dont like roller coasters
I haven't ridden AC yet (I am going back to BGE in June - have not been there sine 1983), however I was very impressed with Dinosaur when we went to AK last summer. I am not sure why folks are down on it? It is amazingly themed, very loud, very thrilling, and has a few genuinely scary moments. It may not be as good as AC (I will find out in a few months), but it certainly is not a bad attraction by any stretch.
Apollo getting beat by Dinosaur? Are you kidding me?
I've never been more stumped in a poll than Matterhorn vs Men In Black. How you guys did it, I do not know.. haha.
All I can say is lets go Apollo's Chariot. Ive ridden both Apollo's Chariot and Dinosaur. Dinosaur is good but Apollo's is exceptional.
I can't belive that Apollo is losing to Dinosaur. All I left Dinosaur with was a headache. When I left Apollo I felt lighter than air, with an adrenaline rush. Not to say that Dinosaur is a bad ride, they are just of two totally different classes. It would be a travesty for Apollo to lose.
Sorry Robert, Knight's Tournament is an exciting new concept, but as a ride it's a bit disappointing. Even some music would help - all you hear is the mechanical whirring. Kilimanjaro Safaris does deserve to win - although it'll win not because it's better, but because more people have ridden it.
How is Apollos still losing? Guess the BGE fans are still eating.
Maybe cause Apollo's isn't worth waiting more than 10-15 minutes for! Use some common sense bro.
So, Jake, you're basically saying that Apollo's Chariot isn't very good? If so, you're the only one who thinks that. Either way, Apollo's Chariot has a much faster line than you would expect. If everything was running right for the day that you would go, there would always be a car waiting to be loaded.
How is it not worth waiting more than 15min? It's one of the best B&M hypers around. Dinosaur isn't worth more than 30 being generous. Apollos ia coaster that has theme, you can't compare that to a jeep ride with theme, even if it is Disney.
"Disney Dominates. And that's the way it should be..."
I love Dinosaur but there is no way it should be beating Apollo's Chariot. Sigh... Those Disney fans sure can be annoying.
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