2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, day two, round one: Apollo's Chariot bracket
It's day two of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
[Update: If you haven't voted yet, *please* read the comments *before* voting. There's some strong campaigning down there, well worth considering.]
Yesterday, three of the higher seeds advanced, led by Busch Gardens Europe's Griffon, along with Disney's Space Mountain and Splash Mountain. The sole upset was Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2, which eliminated Hersheypark's Storm Runner.
Today, two more Busch Gardens coasters face off, with the day's high seed, Apollo's Chariot, taking on Busch classic and 60-seed Loch Ness Monster.
We've got a classic Six Flags versus Cedar Point battle up next, with 28-seed Nitro facing 37-seed Raptor in a clash between Bolliger & Mabillard coasters.
It's all Disney in the next contest, as Disneyland's favored Haunted Mansion takes on Epcot upstart Test Track. (Will Test Track sponsor General Motors become Ghost #1,000 in the Mansion? Odds look good.)
Finally, two themed roller coasters square off: It's Dollywood's Mystery Mine, a former winner of the Theme Park Insider 'Best New Attraction' award, versus the granddaddy of all steel and themed coasters, Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Once again, tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
Nitro over Raptor. I find inverted coasters overrated.
Apollo's Chariot vs. Loch Ness? Easy. Loch Ness is great - but Apollo really rocks the house.
Apollo over Lochness- Why is Lochness even in this tournament? In it's day it was something special, but now it's not even number 5 in the old Arrow Looper category. I know I know...it goes by ratings on the website, but come on. I'll name at least 5 coasters in the state of Ohio not in the tournament that should be in it's place.
The front row on Apollo's Chariot is probably the best ride at BGE. Loch Ness is fun, but so old, and the brakes are applied way too liberally. Plus AC was responsible for blasting Fabio in the face with a goose...in essence, AC gave Fabio the bird....what could be better than that?
I also have HM going deep. The way the brackets broke, dark rides have an opportunity to play spoiler.
I'm a Disney fan, but Mystery Mine deserves the nod here. Check out the videos on YouTube if you haven't before, it's got some great effects.
+1 on the above comments on Mystery Mine. Never done Matterhorn, but MM is truly an excellent ride and well worth a trip to Dollywood.
Why is Test Track ranked so low? I am kinda suprised.
What we're doing this again?:) Anyway, here are my two cents which are probably worth 1/100th of a cent in this economy.
Arrgh! Stop voting blindly and go for Mystery Mine! If we just rubber stamp everything Disney does, they will never try to improve/refurb their attractions. And trust me, the Matterhorn needs some Disney love!
I can't believe the clunky old Bobsleds are taking that win. Every other win is deserved (though I'd take Nitro over Raptor), but, once again, the Disney-philes ruin the fun.
Either way, the sleds will be knocked out by Mansion, which may or may not knock out Apollo's Chariot (which will beat Nitro).
So far, two of my predictions have been incorrect (Storm Runner lost to X2, and Nitro will lose to Raptor). Everything else is going well.
It's amazing that Matterhorn is winning. I'd like to hear the reasons from someone who voted for Matterhorn over MM.
C'mon Mystery Mine!!!!! People, trust me. It is the bomb compared to the Matterhorn.
James...I think Satan himself may have just hit me with a snowball. Just kidding with that of course, but seriously...score one for the good guys.
If 'Raptor' holds on I am 5 for 7 thus far.
Derek, that's not Satan throwing snowballs at you, it's...well, never mind, believe what you wanna believe! ;)
Had to go with the haunted mansion. Superb effects that still amaze to this day. Test track I havn't been able to ride which is unfortunate.
I can't believe Raptor beat Nitro! Nitro is such a better coaster than Raptor! What has this world come to! :)
I LOVE THE HAUNTED MANSION!!!!!!!!!!
Splash Mountain is way better than the Popeye ride- it makes perfect sense why it won!
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