Best Ride in America Tournament Final: Spider-Man vs. Tower of Terror
Here we are: After three weeks, 62 match-ups and tens of thousands of votes cast, it is time to select the winner of the Best Ride in America Tournament
Here are your finalists, with complete Theme Park Insider descriptions, ratings and reviews behind the links:
(1) The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Photo submitted by daniel hutchinson
(3) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Photo submitted by Mitchell Sentinella
So, let's get it on:
Polls close Monday night. Last chance to sway the undecided, in the comments....
This was really hard. But I went by this. The last time that I was in Orlando, I had the opportunity at 5 - 10 minute waits on each ride. I rode Spidey once and went on to other rides. I rode ToT 5 times in a row... I want to vote for Spidey, but i just can't. I'd much rather play at IoA than Hollywood Studios any day. Sorry Spidey.
Tower for me, too, but I won't be disappointed if it loses.
Tuff Choice but im going with spidey, because in my opinion they really set the bar when it comes to Tech, and its also a Great Ride
Spider-Man. Hands down.
I chose ToT for one reason.....re-ridability. I love Spidey to death but it is the same ride over...and over....and over. I know what's coming before it happens. With ToT i never know whats about to hit me with each ride. It's a new experience every time and that's what keeps this great attraction so fresh and should be the Best Ride in America. And that que is bugnuts creepy.
Tower Of Terror always. Disney will always prevail. Especially because now Disney fans don't care about the rides really, it's the whole Disney vs. Universal issue which will dramatically sway the voting.
2 children's rides up for best ride in america. At least this site gives me a good laugh. I just hope the people in florida stay there cause the CP lines are long enough as it is!!! What a complete joke!
Ahhhh there he is...i've wondered where our resident comic relief was lurking.
Yo, Jake! What's up holmes?
Wow, I can't believe the Tower is winning. I love TOT, but I thought Spidey would take it.
The tournament has been a lot of fun. TPI is one of the best sites of the web. Well done Mr. Niles!
This competition has , with the odd exception , been really tough and the Final is even tougher.
Spiderman is my vote. Tower of Terror is good, but it doesn't offer as much to the senses as Spidey. Neither are that rerideable, so that isn't a factor in this one for me. I knew the outcome and what happens during the course of the ride the second time I rode both of them. For me, that's the trouble with highly themed story based rides.
I went with Spiderman...over ToT..for one reason. Even thou they increse the number of Drops...the rides the same...And on Spiderman you can always fins something new and interesting in the show area to see ...
I went with Spidey - and park loyalty has nothing to do with it. I worked for several years at Disney Hollywood Studios, in fact it was the first Orlando park I worked in. I was even a "crash test dummy" on ToT, testing the emergency braking system (live dangerously I always say!). Now I work at Universal. But this isn't a competition about the parks, it's about the rides. To determine a "best ride in America" you have to consider the ride itself, and not the real estate it sits on. No offense to those who voted for their favorite park, and yes, I know there's heated debate about Disney vs. Universal on this site at times, but BOTH rides would be equally appropriate in either park. It just happened that Disney built ToT and Universal built Spiderman. Honestly, in my humble opinion, it could just have easily been the other way around. So why Spidey over ToT? Both attractions are superbly themed. They are both emmersive - you leave the park the minute you enter the queue and don't return until well past the exit. The building facades, the costumes, even the employees carry this theme. I think Disney does a little better of carrying the theme outside the attraction - their cast members do a better job of "being" the creepy bellhops than Universal's team members do of "being" employees of the Bugle for example, but both attractions create a complete story, with a beginning, middle, and end, and carry that story through the entire attraction area. With the themeing being basically equal, I based my decision on the ride itself. Although ToT is a "different" ride every time, it's still basically a high speed drop ride, and those are something of a dime a dozen. ToT does it better than any other drop ride, but it's still a drop ride. Spiderman created a whole new ride experience. It was a ride experience that had never been seen before, and in my opinion hasn't been duplicated. It's unique. THAT'S why it edged out ToT in my opinion. The best ride in America shouldn't be something you can ride just anywhere. You should have to seek it out. Spidey does that. ToT doesn't.
I agree - Spiderman is a completely different ride experience from anything else, and it is fantastic, from start to finish. I'm voting for Spidey.
I know I haven't been on each, but I would NEVER- AND I MEAN NEVER- ride ToT because I get scared really easily, and I NEVER go on scary rides. I watched a youtube video, and that's why I know it's a scary ride. My brother pulled me onto the scary ride at Knoebels, and I got my head "yelled off". For those of you who have ridden it, weren't you scared by the HUGE red light just blaring right in your face!? G-d, I didn't like that. I had my eyes closed for at least 5/6 of the ride.
Anyone else reminded of 12 year old girls in 1965? You have to hate the Stones if you love the Beatles, or you have to hate the Beatles if you love the Stones.
I'm much more of a "Disney guy" than a "Universal guy", but I voted for Spidey. Please don't assume that people will blindly vote for their favorite theme park company rather than their favorite ride. It's all about the rides, and Spidey is unlike anything I've ever ridden. It is unique. I love TOT but it isn't unique, although it is the best and most creative drop ride in the world.
It's Spiderman for me. It's that all immersive "4th wall" ride. ToT is incredible - but Spidey gets my senses going.
i'd much rather spend my days at universal... but i voter ToT. i've read a lot of comments saying that or disney fans voting for Spidey.
Didn't think much of alot of the match ups but very happy to see the end result. I have said for years that Tower of Terror is the best ride in any park ; Florida , the northeast, midwest, CA included. No doubt in my mind.
Marc - like the analogy, but which is The Beatles and which is The Stones? Guess it comes down to which lasts longer, but we won't find that out for a while.
I can't believe ToT is winning... I would have lost a ton of money if I were a betting man.
How can you beat that final sequence of Spiderman? I know what's coming, but am still amazed how real it feels when you're falling in the finale.
. Is there a new Disney Pin the Nerds can get if TOT wins? Is that why they are stuffing the ballot box? I wish they would all go back to there respective Disney sites and get back to voting on there favorite jungle cruise joke, or favorite place to sit at animal kingdom while drinking a coke, or listening to rumors off a guy who worked at MK back in 87 who has "inside" info that Disney will open beastly Kingdome this year, or ask questions like if you could be a tree at Disney where would you be? That was a real question asked on intercot.
I will be shocked if Spidey loses. Theres no way Tower of Teroor is better its just the Disney fans again.
I am a Disney Fanboy, and even I am shocked at what is happening today. Spider-Man is clearly the better attraction...the Disney Army is marching in full colors today. Banners out!
I'll say it again, in a different way this time: At this point, we're splitting hairs to choose between outstanding attractions. Both of these rides are worth planning vacations around. Yeah, Disney's got a ton of fans online, deservedly so, and so does Universal. Disney's Imagineers have spoken highly of Spider-Man and plenty of people who don't consider themselves Disney fans have found much to love about Tower of Terror.
Damn Disney fan boys, just voting for ToT (excpet person who voted above me). Spidey opened 10 years ago and it's technology is still not matched. Everyone pretty much knows it's the best ride regardless of what they vote.
To those who think I'm assuming that Disney fans vote for Disney and not Universal. Here's a figure for you. Based on the comments so far, I tallied up a little exit poll. I'm assuming that those who post comments are usually the regulars on TPI (the one's who have rated Spiderman #1 for a while now). Here is the exit poll.
One thing I've noticed on our Friday "Vote of the Week" (which returns this Friday!), is that the comments are *often* out of synch with the vote. Only the passionate make the effort to register and take the time to comment. Just about everyone, though, can take a second to click the poll.
FYI, Universal is my home park, but I had to go with Tower of Terror. If you look at my review of Spidey in this site, you'll see that I've clearly called it the "greatest non-roller coaster ride ever made", but when I was confronted with the decision of voting Tower over Spidey, re-rideability had a lot to do with it. It wasn't an easy choice, but I LOVE the atmosphere surrounding Tower of Terror, and would prefer to ride TOT 20 times in a row over Spiderman. I framed it in terms of "if those two rides were the only rides in their respective park, could you ride them all day long without becoming bored?", and got my answer from framing it that way.
Tower of Tower is much better-in my opinion-because it's a lot more thrilling to me. In the Spiderman ride, it's just like watching a 3-D movie. Most of the time you're not moving. It is a great ride, don't get me wrong, but ToT is much better. I actually feel like I'm going to fall to the ground, and it's always exciting. Spidey's line is too long anyway. At least on ToT you get a Fast Pass.
I guess I just don't see it, what is the draw for TOT. You who vote for it what is it that makes it better than Spiderman. I really want to know. Derrick I think your right on the Disney vs. Universal thing and the problem with that is that a universal fan would give Disney credit where credit is due but a Disney fan we all know wears blinders and would never admit that something outside there parks is better. You quoted be about the Toilet comment and I believe that whole heartedly.
A Universal site, and the Orlando newspaper, just linked, prompting a surge of Spider-Man votes. Looks like this is going to be closer than we might have thought.
Spidey doesn't even make it into my top five. I don't know why but the 3-D in the ride has always seemed blurry. It is the only attraction I have ever been on that I have had that issue. And no it isn't my vision. I have ridden both with contacts and after having Lasik. In both cases my eyes were corrected to 20/20. It's not that I think Tower of Terror is that great either. People keep talking about how no ride has come close to being as good as Spidey. Personally I think Mission: Space is a better ride, and I find it ridiculous that it got eliminated as early as it did.
Someone said that the last sequence in Spidey "feels like" you're falling. Well, if you like that sensation, then I don't see how you could *not* vote for ToT, where (pay attention) YOU ACTUALLY ARE FALLING! Really, it's better than that, 'cause you're being pulled down faster than gravity would. Guess which way I voted...
wow... voting has gone nuts!
Im starting to sweat! This is going to be close!
And there you have it! I really had to think long and hard before pushing submit...
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