2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, day three, round one: Millennium Force bracket
It's day three of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday, favorites Apollo's Chariot, from Busch Gardens Europe, and Disneyland's Haunted Mansion cruised to easy wins. Cedar Point's Raptor upset fellow B&M coaster Nitro, from Six Flags Great Adventure. And Disneyland's Matterhorn rode the votes of anonymous Disney fans to eliminated higher-seeded Mystery Mine, from Dollywood, to the consternation of yesterday's commentators.
As always, I ask you to take a look at the comments below *before* casting your votes. (Early voters, get the campaigning going by submitting a comment.) Thoughtful votes help make this a better tournament.
Today, we start with really, really tall iron, as Cedar Point's Millennium Force takes on Six Flags Great Adventure's Kingda Ka.
It's Six Flags versus Cedar Point again in the second match, this time with Six Flags Over Georgia's Goliath facing off against Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200.
Two newer Bolliger & Mabillard coasters vie for your votes in or third match-up today, Six Flags Magic Mountain's flying coaster Tatsu and Busch Gardens Africa's floorless dive coaster SheiKra.
We haven't forgotten Disney fans today. It's an all-California match-up, as California Adventure's California Screamin' takes on the original Soarin' Over California from the same park.
To the comments!
CP takes the cake today!
Millennium Force is truly a force to be reckoned with and it gets my vote.
SheiKra is from Busch Garden's Africa not Busch Garden's Europe.
The first one should be Great Adventure, not Great America. I voted for it anyway because its a great roller coaster. I wish it really was at Great America (Ed.- Changed, thank you, though I liked thinking it was at SFGA)
Millennium Force is my top coaster pick of all the steel coasters that I have been on. Magnum XL at one time a top coaster now needs new cars and an overhall.
Cedar Point is the clear winner today. With their superior coasters I believe we will see the CP coasters go farther this year.
Soarin' is good but it's just too short.
I need to stop typing these at 6:30 in the morning, and just write them the night before, when my fingers are awake.
As for the DCA rides, I voted for Screamin', which is a decent enough coaster - not inaccessible for most riders and with more variety of elements that one typically finds in non-extreme coasters. The Soarin' movie I've bagged on before, both for its music and the concept, which traps the camera in the air, too far away from its subjects.
Kingda Ka may be the tallest and fastest in North America, but it is not the
I wonder if it is just me or if not that many people have ridden Tatsu? It was my first and only flying coaster that I have had the chance to ride. I rode it three times at night before the parked closed and it was my favorite ride at SFMM. I enjoyed Sheikra as well last summer, but I thought Griffon was much better. Then again I like Europe much better than Africa as well. Maybe it was just my first flying coaster experience that made me like Tatsu so much, but I thought for sure it would do better than it is right now. I'm guessing the majority of TPI's are on the east coast like myself.
Voted for both Cedar Point coasters. Millennium Force remains my favorite coaster to ride. Although Magnum is aging and could use a little help, it still has the best of locations, still has a good first drop and bunny hop finale at the end, and it's the one that started my love affair with coasters. I was 9 when it first opened, and I'll never forget that first ride.
I do love Millennium Force. It is everything a "modern" coaster should be big, fast, etc.
Well, its obvious by the voting that Cedar Point is the power house of this bracket. Kingda Ka could never touch Millennium Force, for that fact very few coasters could. Keep it up voters!
The only ride in this round that has any chance of winning it all is Millenium Force. Kingda Ka is a short, overhyped miss.
I'm still mad about Mystery Mine!!! Dang you secret Disney voters that don't get out to the other great parks in the US!
The ride duration for Soarin' is too short.
Following a previous comment about having a tournament without Disney rides, the discrepancy between the anonymous voting and the comments makes me wonder about the results of a tournament where only registered members who comment would vote.
I agree, Robert - I was hoping that you'd change that this time around. You know that there are all kinds of people just linking here from other sites.
Well, I do like welcoming new readers! (And many of the folks who have been here one year first came here during last year's tournament.)
Robert - I think you're on to something. That would be very interesting!
Sheikra gets my vote for being a simply breathtaking innoventive coaster with good theming and excellent thrills. Plus that first drop is awesome! Nothing against Tatsu, seeing as I haven't ridden it, but I'm going to back Sheikra.
I'm really surprised with the results here. Goliath is one of the best B&M hypers around, and Magnum is a bit of a dog these days, and is incredibly rough on the butterfly turn. I'm also amazed that Sheikra is getting the nod over Tatsu. I was simply bowled over by Tatsu when I rode it last fall, and it's definitely better than a pretty straight forward dive machine.
Did I mention that the duration of the ride Soarin' is too short?
Yes you did, TH, but did I mention that the ride for Screamin' is absolute crap?
Forty doll...make that cents on TH.
Screamin...Soarin....meh. I'll settle the debate. If you ask me, sledgehammers and dynamite should be taken to both of em. My father-in-law has an old riding lawnmower that offers a better ride. Hows that for trash.
The Potter lawnmower experience...I'd buy that for a dollar.
We visited Disneyland Resort last summer. When the rope dropped we headed straight to California Screamin' ... rode it ... got off ... rode it again. I thought it was big fun.
And Hey Raul, on the Discussion Board you wrote: "Disney would never be able to make a park like Epcot today. It has the smallest lines ..."
I prefer to pretend that the blemish that is Soarin' doesn't actually exist in the otherwise fine park that is Epcot. Ahhh...the benefits of denial.
Sure, TH, bring up Mystery Mine....now you're gonna get Scottland all jacked up again! And just when he was calming down a bit!!
Six Flags fanboys??? nah it can't be.
The voting has been tough for me as I've forced myself to abstain from voting when I've only experienced one of the rides in contention.
And this ladies and gents **and Josh ;)** are why we love this tourney!! :D
love my griffon thank you very much!!!!
Well, I voted yesterday but didn't have time to write comments. Rather enjoyed the notes that have been added since my relatively-early-in-this-vote visit yesterday.
WOW...ten in a row...that would be the best airtime machine ever. I still like Mamba quite a bit...so that version of Goliath sounds amazing. I would love to ride it.
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