Best Ride in America Tournament: The quarterfinals, day two
It's time to set the top four attractions in Theme Park Insider's inaugural 'Best Ride in America' tournament. Yesterday, top seed The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and four seed Pirates of the Caribbean (the original, Disneyland version) punched their tickets. What other two rides will join them today?
Click the attraction names for full descriptions, as well as TPI readers' ratings and reviews. (And feel free to add your own rating, then come back here to vote.)
(2) Indiana Jones Adventure vs.
(26) Dueling Dragons – Ice
(3) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (Disney World) vs.
Again, here is the tournament bracket [PDF]. Let's go for another good round of comments, too. Thanks, again, for everyone's participation in this year's tournament!
FWIW, Everest beat Hulk by one vote... and lost to Pirates by one vote. Clearly, all three are in an excellent tier where riders, collectively, are having a hard time making a choice. As I wrote earlier, once we hit the later rounds, the tournament became, at the very least, a great blueprint for an ultimate theme park itinerary.
I think Indy and ToT will advance pretty easily this round. It will be interesting to see them go head to head in the semifinal, along with PotC vs. Spidey. The final four will be a slugfest and contain rides where theme is paramount.
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.
Joshua, I've already argued that the Magic Kingdom version of Haunted Mansion should have been picked; Disneyland's version got in because of the slightest difference in the un-rounded ratings on this site. I think it's because not as many people have had a chance to ride Magic Kingdom's newly refurbished Mansion, which only reopened late last year.
It can be argued that the Tower of Terror at WDW is quite possibly the best themed and most immersive attraction of all time. Furthermore, were it not so intricately themed, TOT would have been out of this tournament a long time ago. I have no idea why the Florida version is the only version that is fully fleshed out. It is one attraction that Disney should not have cut corners on when installing at other parks outside the World.
I'm an Indy fan. I can ride that thing over and over and over again and I still have a huge grin on my face.
The corners cut on the DCA version of TOT were ones that really can't be cut. The exterior and interior are great, but why did theyu keep the same ride pattern instead of changing it up like the Florida version? I can count out the drops in TOT at DCA. Budgets. I can't wait for the four year improvements
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I really hate to see Kraken lose out to TOT - it is just my most favorite roller coaster. Tall, smooth, sleek, fast, with fantastic views from all angles. I love how open and long the layout is, how big the loops are, the space between the rows that lets you feel free and not closed in. IMO, the only ride in this tournament that deserves to win over Kraken is Spiderman.
I'd say out've all the 'Magic Kingdom style' Disney parks the Paris version is by far the best. POTC is almost twice the length of of DL's version, Thunder Mountain is an actual island that the trains reach by an underwater tunnel and Space Mountain: Mission 2, has a pretty intense launch of 0-50mph, corckscrews and loops that kinda make the others seem a bit well, tame.
Hey Robert that is pretty funny about the two different sites. I think its pretty awesome how the tournament is getting around to the different sites. I think by next year we will have a lot more participation, and even though Disney will always be favored, other companies will be represented better. I thought it would be a good idea, but I never knew it would be quiet this big, and fun as well. I know people have put it down on other sites as well as this one, but you did a great job setting this up.
HA. Nice post, Robert.
I love that other bloggers are blogging about the blogs that we are blogging a-blog. Sometimes I think I am all alone with everybody. Is it really necessary for other site users to try and spoil our good fun? Sure we love coasters, sure we love theme rides, sure we love beer...uh, well I do...and I can safely say if you are a BGE fan, you love all three together from park opening to closing (only in designated areas please).
The tournament has been fun, and it appears to have succeeded wildly in bringing traffic to TPI.
Send me a test, and we'll see if it gets through. (I'm about to go out, so it'll be later this afternoon.) The forms breaks from time to time, but I also get more than 100 e-mails a day, from my various sites as well as from my USC students, so I do lose track of e-mails from time to time. (I should just post a standing apology on the feedback form....) I'm about 12 hours behind on e-mail right now.
There goes the last Busch coaster. R.I.P Kracken,well at least Spiderman is still in it to win it!
Robert, I would be interested to know (this is something you can tell us in your postmortem), the percentage of entries that picked Spider-Man to win it all.
No more coasters. Kraken got my vote because it's a good coaster, and as always for me, the stories get old after a bit on themed rides, ending up just a ride. Kraken isn't a better storyteller with more immersion, but it is a better ride. I'm sure it won't win though. Too much Disney love around here.
I probably shouldn't bring it up, Derek, but we had that debate with Jake just a few days ago. Most of his COMMENTS got deleted, but the gist is still there.
I have this reflexive reaction to all caps. I see it; I hit the "delete comment" button. ;-)
And I'm glad you do, Robert.
You did the right thing, Robert. I take Jake's comments with a grain or two of salt (heck a whole salt mine, usually), but he was way out of control that day.
I did see the thread with James and Jake. Entertaining, but I'm talking on a grander scale. Open a chat room and invite some of the MiceAge folks, and then some from the Cedar Point fansites. What a train wreck it would be. Let a few of us be moderators or have some bots, so we can boot when people flood, spam, or it gets a little too out of hand.
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