Introducing the 'King of the Theme Park Graveyard' tournament
It's time for another tournament!
Following the success of our Best Ride in America Tournament, Theme Park Insider is going to run a tournament to find the best theme park attraction that no longer exists. We're calling it the 'King of the Theme Park Graveyard Tournament.' But we need your nominations to select and seed the entrants.
(Thanks to TPI reader Olivier Sanguy for the idea for this tournament, BTW.)
So I've set up a page through which you may submit your nominations for the tournament. Just submit the names of the attractions you most miss (and the park they were in). I will use the submissions, couple with my own judgment, to select and seed the dead attractions that will be in the tournament.
Then... we'll vote. Same as last time - a single elimination tournament working down to a final match-up. Dates TBA, as I won't know until I see the nominations how many attractions will be in this tournament. But I'd like to get the nominations wrapped up by next Friday, May 2.
Finally, I am looking for photos that I can include on the tournament vote posts, as we won't have attraction listing pages for most of these rides and show. So you've taken some photos of the old, closed rides that you've nominated that you'd like to submit, the nominations page will tell you how to get them to me. I could use a logo for the tournament, as well, if there's anyone with time and graphic design skills that would like to whip up one.
Thanks, and I hope that everyone has a great deal of fun with this one!
Wow, Nominations are flowing! Thanks.
I'd keep in Toad from the Magic Kingdom. From what I've heard, it was a very different, and better ride than Anaheim's. I wish I'd gotten to ride it!
I'd rather the clones be left out. These attractions are supposed to be dead and gone. They aren't dead if one is still open, thus voiding the whole premise of this tournament.
Generally, if the attraction still uses the same name (ex. Journey Into The Imagination, Spaceship Earth, Tarzan's Treehouse) it should be excluded. They may be drastically altered, but they are still around and still thematically (is that a word?) the same. However, an attraction like Alien Encounter which was completely redone, re-engineered, and regurgitated as Stitch's Great Escape should be allowed in since it is no longer recognizable in name or theme.
I would say that any attraction that is still standing and inside of an open park would be deemed temporarily closed and not part of the graveyard. I do think that if a ride is SBNO in a closed park, than it's fit for nomination.
Ahhh... to Derek's point. Well, this has an opportunity to become the geezer's tournament, doesn't it?
Most of my nominations were for California's Great America(Post Marriott, those folks know nothing of theming). Every turn since then has led to an absence of the unique, beauty, or theming in that park.
Back to the Future the Ride at Universal Studios(Hollywood and Florida) hands down is the best ride any theme park has closed down. I was there on Sept. 3,2007 last day for this ride at USH and I've missed it ever since. E.T. at USH and Kongfrontation at USF should also be considered for this title. What is up with Universal removing all their classic rides.
Drachen Fire at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
What? No love for the Sleeping Beauty's Castle walk-through at Disneyland or Alfred Hitchcock: The Art of Making Movies at USF? (Those were the two I nominated that have not gotten any other noms yet.)
it's a no brainer as far as I am concerned. It's got to be Horizons at EPCOT. I'd help tear down Mission Space tomorrow and help rebuild it if I could!
I miss the Skyway in the Magic Kingdom at WDW. It was a great way to get from Tomorrowland to Fantasyland (or vice versa), allowing not only great views of the park but we could avoid that mess near PhilharMagic/Carousel/Dumbo. I don't know if this ride still lives on at any other Disney park; if it does, then it can't compete (but I really do miss it).
I would add Shockwave from SFGAM, and the original Figment attraction at Epcot as the re-do's pale in comparsion.
Okay...so I was only half-thinking when I read the headline (and really, I'm a fat American, I ONLY read the headlines...) and I thought that Robert was looking for a vote on the best graveyards inside theme parks. And I was all, like, "how random is that?" and then all "well, of course it's the original pet cemetary in Disneyland."
It struck me that several of my nominations were replaced by high quality attractions, so it's not always bad to have change. Guess I can't say the People Mover, since there's still the TTA at the MK, even though it's the speed tunnel/Tron bit that I particularly miss.
Some suggestions I have:
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