All the favorites advanced to the quarterfinal round of our tournament to determine readers' favorite defunct theme park attraction. Day two, attraction descriptions and votes
In the second round, Back to the Future (Universal Studios Florida and Hollywood) takes on Skyway (Disneyland). Will readers prefer Back to the Future's flight-simulator chase of Biffen Tannen through time or the Skyway's gentle trip over Fantasyland and through the Matterhorn?
Our second vote matches The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter (Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom) against the original Journey Into Imagination (Epcot). Both Disney attracts appeal to visitor's imagination, the first with creepy audio effects and the second with more typical Disney whimsy.
It's a classic Epcot Future World showdown in our next contest, as former neighbors Horizons and World of Motion square off. Two Omnimover rides, one looking toward the future (Horizons) and the other the past (World of Motion).
It's a battle between the great ape from Kongfrontation (Universal Studios Florida) against the giant squid from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom) in our final match-up.
Feel free to reminisce in the comments....
I was going to post a comment rooting for my favorite remaining ride, but then I remembered that my endorsements have been the kiss of death in these tournaments, so I'm just gonna keep my picks quiet and defer to anyone who seems to be having his or her picks win in this thing.
I applied my "repeat ride" methodolgy to the BTTF vs. Skyway vote. What ride would you go on multiple times at a park? Skyway wins, hands down. After one ride on BTTF, you might be a bit ill and shaken.
I think dislike (or indifference) for Alien Encounter is a vocal minority... long before Stitch, the attraction going the way of the do-do was a HUGE problem for tons of people.
From the results I'm seeing, it's obvious that BTTF is going to win this contest. I mean, the only ride that has a chance besides that is Kong.
Hey, a lot of people thought that Spider-Man was cruising to an easy win, too....
BTTF got my only vote today. It was such a groundbreaking ride at the time. There's nothing special about skyway. There was one in operation at Kings Island (and numerous other non Disney parks) years ago that was just as "special" as this one. Did every dead Disney ride get in just because it was Disney? Nominated or not, the fact that a skyride got in over attractions that had a much more significant impact on their respective park is crap. Speaking of crap, maybe I'll nominate a Disney toilet for the next tournament. It's sure to get past at least the first round right?
BTTF is pretty much the best overall attraction in this tournament. It gets my vote today, even though I did not vote for it in the first round.
The more this tournament advances, the more I'm convinced Back to the Future will run away with the title. I'm still baffled by the fact that 25 percent of the people have picked the Skyway. Back to the Future should have no trouble getting past Alien Encounter or Imagination which are such much more inferior than BTTF and even the skyway. Kongfrontation and Horizons will be a very good match for second place, as neither will beat Doc Brown and his flying DeLorean.
Skyway was an authentic visceral experience...it was completely real and (especially for theme park junkies) a real-life glimpse above the Magic Kingdom. At times, it was a view to the ugly backside of a Disney park. It was awesome.
I can agree about BTTF. As much as I love the movies, the ride was definitely not synced completely right. It was a bit ugly with the roughness, and the film and screen were degrading just like Star Tours. And the transitions between scenes was a bit clunky... Soarin has the excuse that they're not telling a story so jump cuts aren't bad. But BTTF is supposed to be a full story with us being the "stars."
I didn't vote for BTTF (even though I did ride it one last time before its demise) because (having long hair) EVERY time I rode it I had hunks of hair painfully yanked out by the rivets in the seats. It didn't help to put my hair in a pony tail, braid it or do all of the above along with shoving it under my hat; I still lost hair to that ride. So my memories of BTTF are painful ones.
==> "And I'm still surprised that ExtraTERRORestrial is still getting votes as I think it's missing so much (not that Stitch is significantly better from what I hear). To vote for this just to protest Stitch isn't right."
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