Published: March 31, 2008 at 10:37 PM
And the debate rages. The Pirates/Haunted Mansion is intriguing. I went for Pirates, as well as Indiana Jones.
Kraken got my vote over Test Track. I'm just not a fan of Test Track, and I'll take a good coaster over a so-so themed ride every time. Montu got my vote over Atlantis for the same reason.
Here are some other numbers to chew on. Breakdown of the park chain participation in the tournament went like this.
Disney- 30 rides (47%)
Universal- 13 rides (20%)
Busch/Seaworld- 9 rides (14%)
Cedar Fair- 4 rides (6%)
Six Flags- 4 rides (6%)
Dollywood- 3 rides (5%)
Legoland- 1 ride (1%)
You can decide for yourself what that means to you. Disney has a lot of rides in this tournament, many deserved, some not. There were a few other rides whose selection was questionable.
Loch Ness Monster- 30 year old Arrow looper (ouch). The ride doesn't totally suck, but it's well past it's prime. In a few lists of the 50 best coasters, it's not even number 50. I think Busch got a freebie there.
Tennessee Tornado- Another aging Arrow looper. Sorry guys but in the age of B&M and Intamin, the older Arrow stuff just isn't on the level anymore.
Dueling Dragons- Don't stone me for blasphemy. I realize that one of the tracks is still in the tourney, but the ride got 2 spots in the tournament. Personally I think that one spot is good enough...maybe even generous, given that the tracks rely on each other for the one unique stunt that they do. There are still 5 B&M inverted coasters better than either DD, and 3 of them aren't in the tournament. The fact that this ride resides in Universal is more than helping it along.
Some other jokers
Dumbo- carnival ride that happens to be inside Disney
Dr Seuss- train ride that happens to be in IOA
Winnie The Pooh- are we trying to throw in every Disney ride here?
Dr. Doom's Fearfall- If this ride is in a Six Flags park, it doesn't make it into the tournament.
Mr. Toad- This ride did win in the first round...in a vote for the school spaz for prom king as a joke kind of way.
There are some other rides that I think deserved entry into the tournament in lieu of giving another entry away to Disney or Universal. And now, Derek's tournament snubs.
Voyage (Holiday World)-Obviously nobody here has ridden it, but believe me you should
Scooby Doo and The Haunted Castle (Kings Island)- A cross between Cat in The Hat and Men in Black.
Fire in The Hole (Silver Dollar City)- One of this site's greatest mysteries is this. Why isn't Silver Dollar City featured on this site? Great themed dark ride, no exposure.
X (Magic Mountain)-???
Volcano The Blast Coaster (Kings Dominion)-Theme park fans should appreciate this one a lot more than they do.
Superman Krypton (SF Fiesta Texas)- Everyone around here has heard of Kraken, but few around here have ridden it's superior.
I can't say that any of these rides would have won, but I can say that they deserved to be in the best ride tournament, at the very least more than some that got in. Anyone else got any snubs?