Best Ride in America Tournament: Weekend update
The second round is done in the 'Best Ride in America' tournament, here on Theme Park Insider. The third round, the round of 16, will begin on Monday.
Here are the final sixteen:
1. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
2. Indiana Jones Adventure
3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney World)
4. Pirates of the Caribbean (Disneyland)
5. Incredible Hulk Coaster
12. Expedition Everest
13. Haunted Mansion (Disneyland)
14. Revenge of the Mummy (Universal Orlando)
15. Kilimanjaro Safaris
16. Millennium Force
25. Journey to Atlantis (SeaWorld Orlando)
26. Dueling Dragons - Ice
38. Test Track
Test Track earned its way into the final 16 yesterday with a shocking upset of Disneyland's Splash Mountain, the highest-seeded ride to lose to date.
Disney has seven rides in the round of 16, Busch and Universal four each, and Cedar Fair one. Disneyland and Universal's Islands of Adventure each have three rides alive in the tourney, tying for the most among all theme parks.
Twelve of the top 16 seeds made it into the third round, a solid 75 percent, and none of the lower seeded rides that advanced did so with more than 55 percent of the vote. So I think that the seeds have held up well to date.
Whether they will continue to hold is a different matter, however. Be sure to come vote on Monday, and we'll find out together.
One more thing: Six people still have all four of their semifinalist picks alive in the tournament. Griffon's loss took out the most entries (including mine!).
And another: Here it is... the printable tournament bracket
Personallly I think that Amazing Adventures of Spiderman is going to win.
I have ridden all these rides except Test Track and Millennium Force (I would LOVE to ride this one).
Wow! I've ridden every single one of these multiple times. This is going to be some tough voting in the coming week!
Woohoo I think my 4 are still in it.
I'm one of the six with all mine in it! BUT Robert - you pitted two of my choices against each other (Everest and Hulk), and that is a TOUGH choice. Guess I'm out no matter what (what if nobody's four make it to the finals?)
It's obvious that Disney World's version of Tower of Terror was picked over California Adventure's, because it is widely considered to be a much better version. For similar reasons, I think the Haunted Mansion at Disney World should have been in this contest instead of the Disneyland version. After its recent refurbishment, the Disney World HM is the superior ride, with a new scene and enhanced special effects. Plus, the outside of the mansion is much creepier.
One more thing -- Expedition Everest is not overrated. It is a genuinely great and thrilling themed coaster.
I think that Disney fans just vote for the Disney ride even if they never have ridden the other ride. Thats why I hope Spiderman wins just so all the Disney fans can know they wasted there effort.
In the case of duplicate rides (Mansion, ToT, etc.) the one higher rated by Theme Park Insider readers on the weekend when I put together the seedings got in.
I am a huge Disney fan and I would not be disappointed at all if Spider-Man won the whole thing. I consider IOA to be Universal's very successful attempt to "be like Disney." It was built to compete with the greatest theme parks in the world, and in many ways (dare I blaspheme?) it has surpassed them all. I wish more theme park companies would make that same attempt!
^ Disney fans are Cornballs lmao.
I represent...errr....resent that statement! =)
I'd like to personally thank each and every one of the voters who managed to make 15 of the 16 finalists rides from THEME parks. Just one amusement park ride in the lot. There were a number of rides I would have liked to have seen make the cut (shakes fist at everyone who hasn't ridden Thunderhead), but I'm very pleased with what we're left with. Almost all of these attractions are top notch (yeah, "almost." I missed the last round of voting and just discovered that Splash Mountain fell to Test Track).
Haunted Mansion is listed as a 9 at both Disneyland and Magic Kingdom. So I still don't understand why the Disneyland ride got the nod. Were the ratings really different a week ago? I know there is not a huge difference between the two, but to me the Disney World version is clearly superior.
So Justin is voting out of spite, which sinks him to a level lower than a Disney fanatic. Congrats.
The ratings displayed on the site are rounded to the nearest whole number. As editor, I have access to the "unrounded" numbers and use those for lists, awards and tournament seedings.
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