Theme Park Insider's Best Ride in North America tournament returns next week
Written by Robert Niles
Next Tuesday, March 17, 2009, Theme Park Insider will kick off its second annual "Best Ride in North America" tournament, pitting the 64 highest-rated North American theme and amusement park rides on the site against one another in a single-elimination tournament.Tweet
Last year's winner, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror from Disney's Hollywood Studios, will claim the top seed, by virtue of last year's win. It will face 63 other rides over three weeks of reader voting on ThemeParkInsider.com to see if it will defend its crown.
The basic format will remain the same as in last year's tournament. Each day we will publish several match-ups, pitting one ride against another in the field. You, and other Theme Park Insider readers, will vote for your favorite among the two. The winner moves on to the next round. With 64 rides in the tournament, we'll have six rounds of voting, with the sixth being the final match-up, on Monday, April 6.
Match-ups will be posted as entries on Theme Park Insider's front-page Blog Flume. So you and other TPI readers will be able to talk in the comments about the match-ups, and campaign for your favorites. (Or talk trash about the ones you don't like so much....) Voting will remain open for just one day for each match-up, so don't forget to check the site every day during the tournament, if you want your voice heard.
Here's how we decided which rides to include in the tournament, and how to seed them:
Just like last year, we're running a reader contest with the tournament. We're giving $100 to the reader who does the best job in predicting the outcome of the tournament. All you have to do is tell us which rides you think will be the final four rides left in the tournament, and which of those four you think will be the winner.
E-mail your picks, along with your name and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The contest is open to residents of the United States, age 18 and up. No purchase necessary, yada, yada, yada. Employees of Niles Online (that's me and my wife) are not eligible, although I'll make picks just so we can all see how badly I do. Only your first received entry will be considered, so don't bother e-mailing more than once.
The contest closes at 8 am, PDT, on Tuesday, March 17.
If you'd like some extra help picking your four, I'll be e-mailing the tournament bracket and voting schedule to subscribers to Theme Park Insider's e-mail newsletter on Monday, one day before I post them on the website (and one day before the contest closes). So if you have not yet subscribed to the TPI e-mail newsletter, just fill out and click the form under "GET NEWS BY E-MAIL" on the upper left of any Theme Park Insider page.
So, please spread the word and be ready to vote next Tuesday!
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