Best Ride in America Tournament: Round two, day one
Welcome to the second round of Theme Park Insider's 'Best Ride in America' tournament! We have 32 rides left, working our way down to the finals on Monday, April 7. In yesterday's final first-round contests, the Indiana Jones Adventure, SheiKra and Dueling Dragons - Ice advanced, with The Riddler's Revenge pulling an upset to move on, too.
Today through Friday, we'll have four match-ups each day, as we narrow the 32 remaining rides down to 16. The match-ups get tighter from here on in, so don't miss a day, and spread the word to other theme park fans you know, to come to the site and have their votes counted.
The first second-round match goes to our top seed: (1) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man vs. (32) Soarin' Over California
The second contest matches two neighbors, from Universal's Islands of Adventure: (5) Incredible Hulk Coaster vs. (28) Jurassic Park River Adventure
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion got the highest vote total of any attraction in round one. Can it defeat a fellow Disney attraction in round two? (13) Haunted Mansion (Disneyland) vs. (20) California Screamin'
Finally, the big upset winner in round one was Disneyland's Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, which eliminated the roller coaster Tatsu. In round two, can Toad keep pull another upset against... another B&M coaster with a five-letter name, ending in "u"? That's right, it's (56) Mr. Toad's Wild Ride vs. (41) Montu
I can't wait to read the comments about these....
Seriously, somebody GOTV from Universal and Marvel fans, because I could not bear to watch Spider-Man lose to a ride like Soarin'.
if Spidey and Montu lose, I think I will have lost all faith in TPI readers.
Montu's going to be tough. It's an almost identical match-up to the first round for Toad. As soon as I saw that upset, and knowing how the bracket was structured, I had visions of those Cinderella college basketball teams that pull off not one, but two, upsets to make it into the Sweet Sixteen. That's where Toad appears to be heading in this tourney.
It was tough for me between Hulk and JPRA. One's my favorite coaster and one's my favorite water ride. But a themed coaster always prevails. I think Toad will have an easier time this round, Tatsu is probablyy the better coaster.
One day, probably after DCA's 1.2 billion dollar "make me a real Disney park" refurb is done, I will head back out to the southern California area and re-ride Mr. Toad. If it is the same ride I remember from my childhood, I am amazed it made it past the first round. Yet here it is, on the way to a potential sweet 16 bid. Where were all these Disney fans when Mission:SPACE was losing by 2% yesterday????
If only Toad hadn't bested Tatsu - this would be a very interesting match. Please, Montu fans, vote today! (In fact, I'm working on scheduling a Florida trip now and seeing these match ups makes me want to get to Florida that much sooner.)
Ok it was cute and funny in the first round when Toad won but come on people. To quote the weekend update team from SNL "Really?".
Nostalgia would be the only reason why "toad" would win. It was a fun ride and totally trippy, but seriously, MONTU is the bomb as compared...but I voted for TOAD anyway!!!!
Mr. Toad over Montu? Don't get wrong I have some nostalgia for Mr. Toad, but Montu is one of the most intense inverted coasters I have ridden.
Good thing I had a pack of TUMS lying around...Come on MONTU fans, wake up and start voting!!!! Killer rollercoaster loosing to Mr. Toad...I must be in the twilight zone right now, or am i still sleeping and i am in a horrible nightmare? *Pinch* OUCH... Nope, i'm awake.....
I know Bradley, it was tough choice...Coasters are my thing but my loyalty is to the mouse and his family.
Man, some of these match-ups are actually starting to become tough picks. It used to be just a matter of favoritism, now it's starting to become favorites vs. favorites. I don't know which ones to pick. Aaarrgh!
Some people don't like coasters. This is why I voted for Toad.
C'mon, people. Vote for the best ride. There's no reason to be "loyal" to corporation! This is about the best ride, not the best park.
No way is Toad going to pull off another upset. Us Busch fans need to rally against the Disney fans.
Woah - good match ups. Spidey is so dang inventive, it will be hard ever to vote against it. Thrills, chills, spills all in one dark ride - tough to beat.
I still can't believe that Soarin' is pulling in 30%
I'm glad to see California Screamin' getting what it deserves. The fact that it even made it to the second round startles me.
I can already see the Disney fans getting together with there pin collections, Mickey Mouse fanny packs, and there Bring Down the wand T shirts. It's a losing battle trying to reason with them, to them Horizons was better than Mission space. They would choose a Disney toilet over Spiderman just because it's Disney.
LOL...I love the comments on this site! Nothing cracks me up more when I am supposed to be working!
Soarin' is a fine attraction, but in no logical universe I want to live in should it beat Spider-Man.
Am I right in thinking that top thrill dragster was the only ride from cedar point? that's the only park in america I've been too...
I don't think that Spidey is going to lose in this round. Possibly later, but not now. It's a final four ride for sure.
Hulk is not a themed ride like Expedition Everest or Revenge of the Mummy, but that kind of theming for a coaster is very expensive and very rare.
I was disappointed to see Toad lose... how many rides take a child to hell? It's a great one-of-a-kind ride that would never be made today. It deserved to go another round by beating a well-engineered but lightly themed coaster.
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