Published: March 17, 2009 at 9:57 AM
In looking at your picks, Robert, the one I most disagree with is Expedition Everest. While I think the coaster is tops in theming and narrative, I am taking a step back from it this year due to issues with the Yeti
animatronic. Without a working Yeti, Everest is like Luke Skywalker never turning on his lightsaber, or Babe Ruth never swinging his bat, or THE MATRIX without CGI, or John Holmes without...well, you get my drift. It just seems like half of a ride. I can see Everest getting though a round or two, but with the Yeti down for the count, I fear Expedition Everest will be an early casualty.
As for today's vote: Let's get this out of the way right now...I will vote even if I have not ridden. Sorry, but there are plenty of resources available to make an informed decision and advance my bracket hopefuls. Besides, I pick teams in my NCAA bracket without ever having seen them play, so there is not much difference here. I need that $100 like the desert needs the rain, so I will do whatever it takes to advance my claim!
I will go with Griffon, which is an excellent ride, and deserving of much praise. It is my "theme park homer" pick of the day.
I have not ridden Stormrunner or X2, but I will go with X2 cause it just looks like an awesome experience.
I would take any version of Space Mountain over Buzz Lightyear just because I want to see Space versus Splash in the next round.
And I have already given away my last choice: Splash Mountain. While Popeye is an excellent white water ride, maybe the best, Splash is absolutely the best overall flume ride at any theme park (Ripsaw Falls may be more thrilling, but Splash rules in theming and narrative).
Whew...day one is in the books! Kick out the jams! (hmmmm....do people even say "kick out the jams" anymore?)