Best Ride in America Tournament: Round two, day two
The higher seeds all advanced yesterday
in the tournament, as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk Coaster, Haunted Mansion and Montu all prevailed.
Two more enduring classics match-up today, but one will not endure past this vote: (4) Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland) vs. (36) The Beast
Two Busch favorites battle: (8) Alpengeist vs. (25) Journey to Atlantis (SeaWorld Orlando)
Two of Disney World's recent coasters face off in (12) Expedition Everest vs. (21) Rock n' Roller Coaster
And, finally, Cedar Point fans, here is your nightmare: (16) Millennium Force vs. (17) Maverick. Time to choose.
Plead your favorites' cases in the comments....
Match-ups are a little unusual today. Busch vs Busch, WDW coaster vs WDW coaster, and CP vs CP. I would really hate to see Alpengeist be eliminated.
Beast vs. Pirates? Two completely different rides but both so phenomenal. I had to stare at that one for a long, long time before voting. Beast is my second favorite woodie in the nation (first is Thunderhead...already sadly eliminated). But, ultimately, Pirates is a true, all around classic. They just don't make them like that anymore. Pirates got my vote.
Interesting - all but one are thrill rides today, and the one non-thrill is beating its opponent by the biggest margin.
I don't like the Park Vs Park match ups. It just doesn't seem fair...
Alpiegeist I think is way better than Journey To Atlantis. Just because you can't beat a coaster with great theming. Millenium vs Mavis tough I wold say Millenium.
I do not agree with Pirates vs Beast. That's an apples to oranges comparison. Just the ratio of people experiencing both rides must be something like 10-1 in favor of Pirates. The Beast is simply one of the(if not the)best wooden coasters ever built. It's setting is perfect and the ride has such character and different feels depending on the time of day or year.
POTC, especially at Disneyland, is about as good of an attraction as there can be at a theme park (I wish WDW had the same version). It may not be roller coaster thrilling, but it has much greater appeal and tremendous originality. It could very well be argued that the DL version of POTC is the greatest themed attraction of all time. It was the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man of its generation.
Alpengeist better not lose this round. Everest vs RNRC was pretty hard for me, RNRC was my first looping and launching coaster and has music from one of my top 3 favorite bands. I had to go with Everest. If Atlantis somehow beats Alpie, that wouldn't seem fair because Alpie, Tatsu, and RNRC all deserve it more.
Putting the Beast and the Pirates rides together is stupid. They are two entirely different types of rides.
Where the hell have you people been? Haven't we had this "apples and oranges" debate enough?
Cedar Point vs Cedar Point. I guess that's one way to get rid of them...I guess there have been a few Disney vs Disney matchups. I thought a bit about the MF vs Maverick. Went with Millennium Force. Too good of a ride to go down now. If Dragster makes it through, I suspect I know who it will go up against.
It's funny how our memories cloud our judgment of a good ride. I grew up going to Disney in Orlando, I've been over 60 + times in the past 29 years. I took my wife for the first time about 5 years ago. I was sooo excited to show her all the great rides, that said she hated it. She hated pirates said it was outdated and boring, hated Epcot because there was nothing to do. I could keep going and going but I won't. On the other had we went to Busch Gardens and IOA the following year and she loved everything about both parks.
Interesting points, Brian. But I think Pirates is better to me AND is a better attraction. It's not about the technology. I mean, I didn't ride Pirates until I was 18, and it still wowed me.
Judging from the way this tournament is going, it looks like a Disney Ride is gonna win this (Im betting Everest). I think because most people here have been to Disney than any of the other parks, therefore matches with Disney rides are getting more votes.
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