Best Ride in America Tournament: Round two, day four
between Griffon and Dueling Dragons - Ice saw the most, uh, aggressive voting in the tournament to date. Wild vote swings tripped my radar early in the voting, but with both sides engaged in heavy GOTV/ballot-stuffing, I decided to accept the results as they stood when I went to close the poll. Congratulations, Dueling Dragons - Ice fans, your coaster is moving on. The other Dragon (Fire) went down quietly to Tower of Terror, though, making me wonder if some Ice voters were not more motivated to drive the last remaining Busch Gardens Europe coaster from the tournament.
SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken and Disney World's Kilimanjaro Safaris also advanced.
Three first-round upset winners are on deck today as the second round wraps up. After today's match-ups, we will take the weekend off from the voting, and start the round of 16 on Monday. The quarterfinals will start Wednesday, the semi-finals on Friday and the championship match-up will happen on Monday, April 7.
Two immersive, addictive dark rides face off in today's marquee contest: (2) Indiana Jones Adventure vs. (34) Men in Black Alien Attack
Do you like a roller coaster with a theme and a story, or a launch of blistering speed? We will find out as (14) Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Orlando) takes on (19) Top Thrill Dragster
Disney fans will have to dismiss one of their own in (6) Splash Mountain (Disneyland) vs. (38) Test Track
Finally, we finish the second round with another all-Florida battle: (10) SheiKra vs. (42) Dinosaur
Thanks for voting, commenting and spreading the word about the tournament! (So... who's final four remains alive?)
It's always interesting to see the initial vote of the first 20 odd people. For the last couple of rounds it seems like the votes seem to come out a lot different. Nevertheless, I'm rooting for RotM and Splash Mountain.
Man, this is getting intense. For the record, I'm pretty sure my final four are still in it! What a sad life I live. Robert - is there a way to check your final four? I can't remember the last one I chose ... Also, where's the bracket?
I've had a lot of fun voting for my favorites. This just keeps getting better and better, something to look forward to every day.
COME ON PEOPLE! Where's the support for MY attraction, MIB?!
With only two non-themed attractions in this round, the voting has become appreciably tougher.
Joshua your killing me, Dinosaur over SheiKra, really? To each his own. Sheikra may be short but the first 10 seconds of that ride are the best of any ride in my opinion. The 90 degree drop and the immelman role are F-ing amazing. I know some will say after those 10 seconds the rides over. I will always take a short great coaster over a longer mediocre one.
Sheikra is a way better ride then Dinosaur. Dinosaur is just a average dark ride. Dinosaur shouldn't made it out of the first round. It's just the Disney and Universal fanboys ruining it for every other ride that is not Disney or Universal.
My vote went for Men In Black simply for the game (even though I suck at it too!) I love an interactive ride!
Kraken, Mummy, and Spiderman are my three best rides. Either Sheikra or MIB would probably be the fourth. I can't wait to see how they all place.
WTF? How is Splash Mountain losing to Test Track? Splash is the best flume ride ever with great theming. Test Track is good but the theming is a bit lackluster. This one shouldn't even be a contest.
And I'm just a "standard" coaster lover, then...and if you missed the theming, then you had your eyes closed. It's ok...lots of people do...
is Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Orlando) much different from the hollywood one? cos the hollywood one sucks.
There is one non-themed coaster in this contest. That is Sheikra. I don't know where you get the idea that Dragster isn't themed. The cars are drag cars, there is a start light just like the real race that sends the ride off, there are bleachers for people to watch, the ride is painted to represent. Does that qualify it? If it doesn't, than perhaps we should consider other Florida coasters amusement rides than. Dragster is more themed than Kraken, Sheikra, and just as much as Dueling Dragons and Hulk.
All I can say is that I prefer height and a speed rush over any story. I'll just watch the movie if I wanna enjoy The Mummy! This site is unlike any other sites. TTD would destroy Mummy on any other website. That says alot! And yes Derek, TTD is THEMED to perfection! Don't forget about the song that gets you pumped up to RIDE!!!!
I rode the LA version of Mummy first, on its premiere night, then rode the Orlando version a couple weeks later.
Derek, how about this for some new vocabulary?
^ Alpiengeist was a greatly themed coaster and it loset just because it was pitted against a Disney ride or Universal ride I can't remember.
My bad, Derek, you are right, TTD is themed to a certain extent, even down to the grandstand area like at the race track (if I remember correctly). I guess the problem I have with calling TTD themed is that the whole park it sits in is so unthemed. Please don't get me wrong, I liked Cedar Point when I went a few years back (in fact I think it was 2003 or 2004 when I was there, right about the time TTD was added). It was a hoot, as long as I was riding coasters. There just wasn't anything else to do in the park once I rode the dozen or so adult coasters (no Maverick yet). If I lived close to Cedar Point I would definitely get a season pass and go a couple of times a year. I love coasters just a much as the next person.
Derek, if I hung out with you I would have a blast. If I hung out with James I would be bored and sleepy in 10 minutes! Enuff said
When the insults come, you know the argument is won!
I'm surprised Test Track is doing so well. Could that be the Cinderella story of this tournament?
Woah...my heartburn is in full swing. This one was incredibly tough!! I love MIB, but feel Indiana Jones has that "total experience" thing going. And Splash Mountain is the best flume, but Test Track is just so different and amazing - plus I love the speed at the end.
How the heck is Splash losing to Test Track? That vote pair also has 30+ more votes than the other pairs... is someone voting multiple times? Or is there a bias against flume rides?
TTD IS ACTUALLY WORTH WAITING THE 2 HOURS TO RIDE IT AND THERE IS NOTHING IN FLORIDA WORTH WAITING MORE THAN 30 MINUTES TO RIDE. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!
The disconnect here is everyone's interpretation of themed. The term is used freely here, yet people either differ on the definition or change it when convenient for their argument. If themed means that the ride tells a story and offers a visual and auditory dimension to the experience, than few roller coasters are in that category. If it means that there are set pieces and visual aides, but no real story to tell, than there are now several rides outside the state of Florida that would now be considered themed that weren't necessarily considered that before, because they are in a park that wouldn't be considered a "theme park" by most.
The theming on TTD is pretty bare and the ride is incredibly short. It's not just a matter of theming, it's also about how immersive the theming envelops the rider. Mummy has that immersive theming in spades, and TTD does not. It was an easy choice.
Derek us thrill seekers and lively human beings will always know that nothing in florida is any good. Florida is for kids and puts us to sleep!
I'm a bit upset that one of my favorite dark rides, Dinosaur, lost out. I rode it three times on my trip to WDW, and it scared me every time. For my money, it has the BEST audio animatronics in the business. These dinos look REAL.
Derek--well put I totally agree! I also would love to see a breakout of demographics of all who voted.
I'm going to have to disagree with a few people, here.
Splash maybe lost because the coaster lovers prefer a ride that goes fast for a few seconds to one that just can't due to the nature of a flume ride. But even then Splash has better thrills than Test Track, as the last drop on Splash is classic. That Test Track won is the biggest head scratcher of the tournament so far, it just makes no sense and even among the comments here almost everyone voted for Splash. Bizarre...
Completely senseless ... no idea how that happened - biggest upset yet.
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