Best Ride in America Tournament: Round two, day three
Alpengeist held close all day, but in the end, could not find the handful of extra votes it needed to avoid being upset yesterday
by Journey to Atlantis. Upper seeds Pirates of the Caribbean, Expedition Everest and Millennium Force also advanced to the round of 16.
The marquee match-up today pits two top roller coasters for the right to advance to the round of 16: (7) Griffon vs. (26) Dueling Dragons - Ice
Ice's sibling is up today, as well, but likely faces an even tougher battle: (3) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney World) vs. (30) Dueling Dragons - Fire
A first-round upset produced this rather tricky match-up: (11) Kraken vs. (43) Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters (Disneyland)
Finally, it's another contest matching a family attraction against a top thrill ride: (15) Kilimanjaro Safaris vs. (47) The Riddler's Revenge
Now that you've voted, why not take a moment to click the attraction names above and submit a rating and short review for each of these rides? Thanks.
I know I'm one of the few who don't really like the ride, but Tower over Dueling Dragons Fire sunrises me. I just alway kind of thought it was a better themed version of Dr Doom's Fearfall.
I know I'll be in the minority but I voted for BLAB over Kraken. BLAB took the waning dark ride concept to the next level by adding a level of interactivity above anything done before (i.e. Ghostblasters). It was a surprise hit that still packs them in at Disney parks. The queue is also great with Buzz and the Etch-a-Sketch. Kraken is just another steel and concrete coaster with little theme. It's well engineered and thrilling, but lacks meaning without a theme. I'll vote for theme every time.
Another tough round....
How is a DD coaster beating Griffon,but the other isen't beating Tower of Terror. Griffon is way better than Tower of Terror. I think the Disney and Universal fans are ruining the true outcome of the tournament. I rather see a Cedar Point coaster win than any Orlando ride win.
I would be shocked if any coaster wins this tournament. IOA's Spider-Man has to be the odds on favorite. If a coaster wins it will be something like Expedition Everest with its strong theme, but that would be a huge upset, imho.
Another round of heartburn here, GO DD ICE!!!!!!.....A Disney or Universal/IOA ride will probably win because thats who has the most parks, AND not only are they the most parks, they are the best themed rides combined. I love Disney and Universal EQUALLY. I know for some that is hard to believe that is even possible. Both those companies offer everything that my family loves, Thrills and family classics that we can all ride together.
I don't think Fire vs Tot is fair, it has a harder round and fire is better than Ice.
Please people, enough of this "it's not fair" stuff. Life isn't fair. Have none of you who are complaining ever competed in anything? Sometimes you get a bad draw, that's just the say it goes. Ice got lucky and got a better matchup. Just because Ice may go further than Fire doesn't mean its a better ride.
Dude, you're head-butting a Dell!
I fear not enough have ridden Riddler's Revenge.
Thank you for that, Robert.
I adore Riddler's Revenge. It's the ride at Magic Mountain that most consistently puts a smile on my face. Too often, "big" coasters feel more like a physical test than an emotional lark. This is not one of those.
Me too Robert, especially riding Riddler's at twilight, its beautiful. Though Tatsu under a full moon is about the most graceful experience ever, so it vies for that position at MM for me. We rode Tatsu front seat at frightfest, & the full moon was broken by a fluffy cloud as we rolled over beneath it, it put tears in my eyes it was so beautiful! What a sap I am!
I don't think it is Disney/Universal fans per se. Truth is, the numbers (dollars) show people don't want giant coasters. They want rides that tell a story. This is why Spider Man is the best ride and Tower of Terror will beat a coaster.
Personally I really don't understand what's so special about dive coasters like Griffon and Sheikra. Granted I haven't been on Griffon but I have been on Sheikra and I wouldn't even put it in the top 10 of the measly 45 coasters I have ridden. It's a short ride and the drop feels no more intense than the 60 or so degree drop found on most Morgan hyper-coasters. Maybe its a preference thing, but I always wonder why site after site puts it in the top 10 or top 20 coasters.
It gets to be a little chicken-and-the-egg after a while: Do people prefer themed rides because they are Disney/Universal fans, or do Disney and Universal get so many visitors because they offer more themed rides? Ultimately, it doesn't matter how it happened - the fact is that it has. Disney and Universal have the big attendance, and now even Six Flags recognizes that if it wants more visitors, it needs to offer more of what Disney and Universal do.
What he said. Exactly.
Finally one of the Dragons coasters is out. Personally I would be fine with both of them out, although Griffon isn't exactly my idea of a perfect ride either.
Add a well themed story to that 90 mph 300 feet in the air "ride", and suddenly you have a killer "attraction" - the perfect scenario!
One more note: keep an eye on KRAKEN, it could be a dark horse to make the final four. A slightly themed, but well known, and silky smooth B&M coaster. It could very well be the attraction that bridges the gap between theme park enthusiasts and coaster fanatics!
Why so many more votes on Griffon v. Ice compared to the other matchups? Are fans coming just to vote on close matchups?
Simply put, Coasters are for teens and adults under 65. Those other boring rides are for little kids and senior citizens. And why is this James character all about some silly theming? I don't get it at all. I wanna drop from 310 ft up and go 90+ mph and not think about some spider guy or some other fictitious green guy! The 2+++++ hour long lines at MF proves that I'm not the only fun guy alive!
And, as I find myself posting for the 9 billionth time, that's why people like James go to sites like THEME PARK insider rather than OMGCOASTERSRKOOL!!!1!.net (I totally need to buy that domain).
All coaster junkie stuff aside. Remove your mouse shaped glasses for just a second and think.
To be honest, Millennium Force didn't wow me as much as I thought it would. Magnum XL-200, in my opinion, was far superior.
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