King of the Theme Park Graveyard: Semifinals
Once again, all the higher seeds advanced in the tournament, as Theme Park Insider readers vote to select their favorite defunct attraction.Day one, attraction descriptions and results
Day two, attraction descriptions and results
Today, it's the semifinals, as the top four, most nominated attractions square off.
In the first semifinal, top seed Back to the Future faces its one-time Universal Studios Florida neighbor, Kongfrontation.
The other semifinal is an all-Disney World affair, as The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter from the Magic Kingdom takes on Horizons, late of Epcot.
Tell us about your favorites, in the comments.
NOOOO! I wanted a Kong BttF final:(. I voted Kong.
Dang, this one's gonna be close.
Looks like BTTF will take the grand prize. However, a little ride called Tower of Terror did beat Spidey!
I loved BttF and still do, but no way it beats Kong IMO. Kong had everything and arguably the best queue ever built. It was a ahead of it's time, just think about what it could've been if it were built now. BttF was awesome but was too rough at the end, a basic simulator, and no kick ass monkey animatronics.
who is placing these votes? i had much more respect for tpi's audience before this graveyard ordeal. BTTF? Alien Encounter? the best dead attractions were mediocre attractions?
Perhaps we have learned that the best dead attractions are best... dead. ;-P
Wow. I almost signed up during the last tournament to post comments... but I had to this time. Let me start off by saying how HUGE of a fan I am of both Horror and retro looks toward the future. With that said, Alien Encounter vs. Horizons almost killed me. I had to go with Horizons cause as a kid going on it - it changed my world. AQll of Epcot did. AM I the only person left that loves edu-tainment?! (that and Xanadu House of the Future!) However, I think Alien Encounter is my favorite in present tense. I made a horror show w/ 4D elements because of it... The cast was AWESOME! (Tyra Banks as an alien?! Tim Curry?!) Talk about feeling like you were in a movie... wow! And might I add... I hate stitch's chili dog breath with a passion. Kongfrontation was awesome. But BTTF? I'm shocked. Is it because it just closed? Simpson's is the same ride w/ a different theme... strange!
Back to the Future and Kongfrontation were by far the two best rides in this tournament and it's a shame they had to face each other off in the semi-final, instead of in the final. Sadly for Kong there was no way he was beating BTTF. In the other match up it seems Alien Encounter will move on. Before this tournament started I thought alien encounter was probably the 12th or 13th best attraction in the field and the fact that it has advanced this far is surprising. Again I believe the current Stitch attraction has something to do with it because unlike Horizons and World of Motion, which were replaced with much better attractions, alien encounter was replaced with a worst show. I'm looking forward to a blowout in the final as no bug on the loose in the dark can compare with chasing Biff through the future and the past.
Here's how I rated them, from most- to least-missed:
I am not surprised that BTTF got a good score (the winner?): it has just been terminated recently for the Simpsons so nostalgia is at full throttle.
Alien Encounters is hands down the best attraction in the graveyard, better than most existing attractions. It has NOTHING to do with Stitch. Alien Encounters was one of the few attractions dead or current that had theming so believable that people totally thought it was real. I loved going on this atraction just to watch people run out of the doors a few minutes into it! (I heard one woman sware that the alien took her earring!)The only thing wrong with this ride was that it was in the Magic Kingdom and parents just did not read or did not believe the many huge warning signs.
Back to the Future beating Kongfrontation!? Both excellent rides, but I give Kong the edge...
To me, a ride with animatronics and real sets will always beat any simulator/movie based ride.
Looks like I am going to got the BTTF vs Alien Encounter final I had hoped for. The only problem is now I'll have to figure out which one to vote for!
I must be one of the few people actually happy with the results. Yes, it was a tough vote, but I felt more of a connection with BTTF. Maybe because it closed not too long ago, but I felt that it was more memorable. Still, I was sad to see Kong go! In regards to the other race, my family never really liked Horizons that much. I am not sure why, but I think we felt that it was out of place with Spaceship Earth there and it didn't give any addition to the park (there are areas of agroculture, energy, medical, etc). Alien Encounter showed you that Disney could really scare you and can make a new story with NO Disney Characters. I actually miss that attraction alot. The current version is no good. Bring back the scary Alien!
I agree, Robert. I'm actually still bitter that the ever-irritating Shrek replaced Hitchcock. Those lame pneumatic chairs in Shrek take away whatever dignity the show had left after its repetitive jokes.
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