Published: April 3, 2008 at 12:23 AM
This contest is an obvious one, but I had a tough time between Dueling Dragons: Ice and Indiana Jones Adventure. I think the Ice coaster is standard, but Indiana didn't wow me to the extent I expected. Nevertheless, Indiana will advance.
Which leaves three Disney attractions (two DisneyLand, one WDW) and one Universal attraction in the finals. Good for Busch, however, for having two attractions in the quarterfinals.
Anybody find it interesting that the most visited theme park in the world only had ONE attraction in the competition (Winnie The Pooh), and it was eliminated in the first round by a 93% margin? Epcot, the third most popular, only had Mission: Space, and it lost to a standard inverted coaster in the first round. I think that really says something about why people go to the parks. It's not solely for the attractions, but for the overall experience. I don't go to Epcot for the rides, myself. Sure, there are a few whoppers, but I like the live entertainment, the music, the food, and the architecture.
Anybody else pick up on anything interesting? One other notable stat that threw me for a loop was that while DisneyLand Resort had a total of 20 rides in the tournament, the ever-popular Walt Disney World only had 10, outnumbered 2:1. To be fair, though, 13 of DisneyLand's attractions have/are clones of those at Walt Disney World (if you count Tower as a clone, etc.)