Best Ride in America Tournament: Spidey vs. Pirates semifinal
So it comes to this... after 59 match-ups, and more than 30,000 votes cast, we are down to the top four rides in the 'Best Ride in America' tournament. And much like this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, the top four seeds are the ones to advance to the final four.
We will have the first semi-final match-up today, followed the the second tomorrow. And on Monday, the finalists will match up as you, Theme Park Insider readers, vote to select the Best Ride in America.
(1) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man: Universal's Islands of Adventure
Photo submitted by daniel hutchinson
From the TPI rating and reviews page: "A four-time winner for Best Attraction in the Theme Park Insider Awards, Spidey takes you on an adventure with the web-slinger as he tries to save the city. You ride in a bucking, spinning SCOOP Vehicle-- 3-D glasses night vision on your face -- through 11 scenes, escaping fireballs, 100-story drops and other mayhem."
(4) Pirates of the Caribbean: Disneyland
Photo submitted by Todd Shewchuk
From the TPI rating and reviews page: "Pirates of the Caribbean raised the standards for all theme park dark rides when it opened in 1967, and endures today as the world's best family dark ride, as well as the inspiration for a hit movie trilogy. The popularity of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has motivated the people at Disneyland to change the ride yet again. Instead of having the attacking pirates look for gold, they are now looking for Capt. Jack Sparrow."
Make your case for your favorite in the comments.... (And for those of you who joined us late, here are the previous votes/comments as well as the tournament bracket.)
Well, this could be a mixed bag if all those Disney fanboys show up from this site and others.
I gotta go for Pirates. It created the ride, while Spider-man enhanced it to another degree, the original trumps it for me.
This was a tough one. I picked Spidey. I just had so much fun on this ride. I find myself at Spidey all day long when I visit IOA.
Always have, and always will be, a Marvel Comics nut. While I do love Pirates of the Carribean, Spider-Man's going to top it every time. It's such a great ride. When the effects are all working (I seem to be lucky with this - they're always working when I'm there), the atmosphere and feeling is astounding.
I... couldn't vote. For this first time in the tournament, I just haven't been able to decide which ride to support. I'm pretty sure that I want whichever ride wins today to win the whole thing, but I haven't yet decided which one of these two I prefer.
Pirates, especially at DL, is amazing, spectacular, sensational, and timeless.
I think the 4 finalists show, at least on this site that we perfer more in a attraction that the rush of a high/fast roller coaster.
I said before that I would probably vote for the old version of Pirates, not the Jack Sparrow-centred one. While the effects are better, the theming was not improved by turning it into a game of "where's waldo?" Therefore, I have to go for the ride that I jumped into 6 times when I was in Orlando, a more recent classic, Spiderman.
Huh ... now I feel bad for voting for SpiderMan. Damn, Robert, can I retract my vote?
Joshua, I am biased a bit towards Spidey because he was the first comic book hero I followed with any consistency. I still have every issue of every Spider-Man series that was published from about 1980 to 1990, as well as many of the better back issues. I haven't read comics in years (it is even more geeky for a man my age to read comics than it is for a man my age to blog about theme parks!), but the impact of Spider-Man and his "with great power comes great responsibility" mantra still resonates.
What an awesome tournament. This is why we do this for basketball, it all comes down to this! Spidey for the win! :)
I've still got my top two seeds in play with spidey and the Tower still chugging along!
I don't think either should have made it this far but I voted for Pirates over Spidey.
They're both winners.
Spidey vs Pirates has arrived...I, being a disney fan, voted Spidey, and I am of sound mind(this can be debated, though). I have been going to disney for 30 years and I must say that Pirates is a must see everytime I go and I usually ride it more than once each time I am there. It just feels like home. The popularity of the movies aside, I am a descendant of pirate blood. My paternal great-grandfather was a privateer for Greece in the late 1800's, with license to sack Turkish ships in the Aegean. His Son was Captain in the Greek Navy, my father is a charter ship captain, and I am an avid boater and obviously, a massive Jimmy Buffett fan...it truely is a pirates life for me(this is not fabricated). All of this in my history, I still voted Spidey.
I've ridden Pirates at Disneyland tens of times. I've never been to Orlando since 1996, so I've never ridden Spider-Man ever. I voted for Spider-Man, though. Why? Because people here go crazy-go-nuts whenever a Disney ride upsets a non-Disney ride. Don't wanna see this website explode.
Scottland's great suggestion almost got me voting for Pirates... until I realized that I'd been to IoA since I've been to Disneyland, so the real reason I was picking Pirates in that scenario was because it was the ride I had not ridden most recently.
Very cool history lesson, Lee. I guess the attraction that best describes my past is Splash Mountain, since our family has a history back to the days of cotton. Or Journey to Atlantis, since most of our history has disappeared.
I'm a huge PotC fan, let alone Disney fanatic. I get cravings for Disney, which is unfortunate considering I live in Seattle. I went there several times a year as a kid when I lived in S. Cali, so it's become the ultimate symbol of my childhood, and every time I'm there, I feel like I'm home. Sometimes, I'll catch of whiff of what I call "Disney water", you know, that distinct smell of any attractions they have that includes water, and I'm instantly transported to Pirates. Needless to say, I surprised myself when my instinct was to choose Spidey over Pirates.
Josh, I am also a huge fan of Serling, the Twilight Zone, and to a lesser extent, Night Gallery, and I would not be at all upset if Tower of Terror takes the tournament (how about that alliteration!). But again, at this point, I am not sure it matters which attraction wins....just being named to the final four should be victory enough.
This was tough, but I had to go with my earliest memories of falling in love with theme parks, which led me to choose Pirates. I remember the first time I rode it when I was six years old and was just amazed. Now, nearly 23 years later, I recently found an old photo of me on the ride just with a look of awe on my face. That memory alone made me have to vote for Pirates.
That's a good point that Pirates is the only ride left that all ages (and all medical conditions) can ride!
I love Pirates, but nostalgia only goes so far. Spidey is in a class by itself!
I've said it before. Im stickin with Spidey. Its just to good a ride.
Dead men tell no tales!
PotC gets my vote as a great ride that all ages can experience and enjoy. One gets to navigate a real, not mostly virtual, environment without plastic glasses.
If we were going to vote on strictly ICON's then we would have to vote for Terminator 3D!!!!!! as Terminator is the best of them all!!!
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