Best Ride in America Tournament: Round three, day two
Disney's Expedition Everest pulled out the upset yesterday
, as did Universal's Dueling Dragons - Ice, joining the The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as the first four members of the final eight in the 'Best Ride in America' tournament. So far, it is all Orlando rides in the final eight, but at least one west coast ride will be joining them today.
The big match-up today is one I've looked forward to for this whole tournament. It's a "make your head explode" dilemma for any Disney fan:
(4) Pirates of the Caribbean
(13) Haunted Mansion
We've got one more Disney vs. Disney match-up today, as well:
(2) Indiana Jones Adventure vs.
(15) Kilimanjaro Safaris
Disney goes against Busch as two of Orlando's more popular thrill rides face off:
(38) Test Track vs.
And, we finish with a Busch vs. Busch match-up of underdogs which fought their way into the final 16:
(25) Journey to Atlantis (SeaWorld Orlando) vs.
We've updated the tournament bracket (hit reload if you don't see the fresh version), too. Let's proceed with the Pirates vs. Mansion holy war in the comments, please... ;-)
I gotta say this voting is killing me. I love all these so much and I can not stand picking. It was difficult and upsetting to finally make a choice and then see them losing. But at least my other favs are standing strong.
Pirates takes Mansion, for me, but both are classic dark rides and I'm glad they made it this far.
P.S. - What an upset for Everest. I couldn't choose between the two.
And the debate rages. The Pirates/Haunted Mansion is intriguing. I went for Pirates, as well as Indiana Jones.
Pirates vs. Mansion??? I almost had to exuse myself from the voting over this one. Both are phenomenal - what a great match up. Although I'm sure Pirates will win, I had to go with Mansion due to my sheer enjoyment of all things scary and "Halloween." Plus, can anyone else do the whole "Ghost Host" narration?
Forgot to also agree with Derek's mention of Superman: Krypton Coaster at SFFT. A truly excellent ride!
I'll save my "rides I should have just put in and should have just pulled out - TPI ratings be damned" comments for the post-mortem, but I did want to mention that the main reason that X didn't get in is because I've got that ride listed as closed, pending its re-birth as X2. It didn't seem right to me to include it as an active ride in the tournament, when it's in the midst of being rebuilt like that.
This tournament is the biggest joke of all time! The #1 steel coaster on the planet was not even in it! SROS duh! I didn't even see Voyage which is the #1 Wooden Coaster on the planet! The rides that are left are basically kids and senior citizens rides! GET IT RIGHT NEXT YEAR PLEASE! AMUSEMENT TODAY AND THE GOLDEN TICKETS ARE LAUGHING THEIR AZZES OFF!
Derek, excellent post. I agree with your breakdown almost to the "T". And the absence of Silver Dollar City in the "Other US Theme Parks" section of TPI is a painful one. SDC and to a smaller extent, Celebration City, do a great job of theming on a much smaller, but still appreciated, scale.
Florida has nothing of interest to me and my family! Florida has nothing above 200 ft and nothing faster than a B&M coaster which is like riding in a car in slow motion! We will be in OH to enjoy ourselves and to ride the best coasters on the planet! And when the park closes each night we will be swimming on the beach! So enjoy your kiddie rides lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, Jake Rivers, but you've pissed me off one too many times.
Spider man is just as childish and as boring as darkastle! I wouldn't wait more than 5 minutes for either!!!!!!!!
joshua counsil or whatever u r, go live in florida lmao, boring kid!!! GOLDEN TICKETS laugh at ur fat azz and i do to, ur a pathetic kid!!!!!!!!!!!
Alright, Jake, one too many rides on Millennium for you. We're gonna get some beer in you, then it's right to bed.
that joshua thing is slow, he doesnt know what the golden tickets are???????????? sros is amazing and he is like yay go spidey, the kid is like 4 years old!!!!!!!!! my friends would joke on him 4 liking that in the first place.......
Alright, Jake, take'r easy. Didn't mean to offend - it's a site about theme parks. Take it down a notch.
Wow, Jake, sometimes you are funny, but today, you are just being an a-hole. Let it go, dude. Seriously.
josh or whatever u r no one is trying 2 beat u in anything! we want 2 ride coasters especially maverick and mf over spidey which is boring so get over it kid
spidey is just like darkastle and they are both boring and pointless, they dont give us any rush, they make us say BORING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I picked Mansion over Pirates because I feel that the addition (and obsession with) Jack Sparrow weakened a great ride, whereas the recent changes to Haunted Mansion only made that classic better.
Just shut up Jake.. Please, Thanks
Sweet! Now God's in on this. I guess you must win the argument by default. Or not. Anyway, if you don't like Florida then don't go there. Period. And quit the whining, it's getting old. ;)
C'mon people, don't feed the troll. It's kinda obvious...
This is tough for me.
FYI, Jake's all caps comments have been pulled and he's been warned about abusive posts.
I would love to see Montu go on. As a lot of folks have said it is probably my favorite inverted coaster. And I also agree with others that the Updated Mansion works a lot better than the updated pirates. Mansion updated it's effects, while Pirates just added some new characters.
This tournament should be re-named to the mildest ride Wins…
I think this is the best idea TPI came up with in a long time! Maybe needs a little bit of tweaking, but it ROCKS! I am kind of shocked that Journey is beating Montu. I thought it would be the other way in a landslide. Also, Pirates vs Mansion is just painful! Very hard to choose.
GO MONTU! Atlantis is great, but I'll be sad if Montu gets eliminated. :(
Well after looking at the bracket and the Matchups I have to say Spiderman will kill Montu/or Atlantis
Oh & for the first time, I had to skip the first vote & go back. Ultimately I decided on Haunted Mansion because I will always chose the most macabre(Pirates IS macabre too BTW). Oh & Scottland- " When hinges creak in doorless chambers, when candlelights flicker where the air is deathly still, that is the time when ghosts are present, practicing their terror with ghoulish delight" Paul Frees is my hero!
Jake for president.....
In response to Mike, I've had to develop a few guidelines over the years on when I "close" an attraction's listing on the site, reset the votes and start fresh with a new listing for the attraction. Generally, whenever a ride gets a new name, I'll do that. Substantial changes in story or effects can lead me to do that as well. (We did that for Disneyland Paris' Space Mountain a few years back, for example.)
Judging from some earlier posts, it sounds like someone blew a gasket earlier. The season's only a month away Jake, it's ok really.
Excellent Mr. West! Paul Frees does rock!! "Of course, there's always room for one more..."
Of course I agreed, Derek, you hit me in a soft spot with your Silver Dollar City comment! Since SDC is the closest park I have to a theme park (I live in KC, Missouri), I always love when it gets props!
Im pulling for Kracken and Montu because there the only Busch Coasters left.
To clarify about Mansion vs. Pirates...
One more thing I want to add: Jake is obviously an adrenaline junkie, and probably a crazed teenaged coaster fan. Ignore him.
I went with Mansion over Pirates (as has been previously stated, the inclusion of Jack Sparrow and company changes the storyline too much for my tastes). Indy vs. Safari was a very hard vote, and I still can't decide if I regret going with Indy. Montu is the best invert out there, so I had to roll with it (and what the hell is with the Beetlejuice music on Atlantis?). As for Kraken versus Test Track...well, I honestly voted spitefully there. I think Test Track is probably a better attraction, but I'm still bitter about it knocking out Splash Mountain so I went with the floorless.
Montu lives to fight another day!
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