2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, day four, round one: Expedition Everest bracket
Welcome to day four of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday, we had three upsets - with Cedar Point's Magnum XL-200, Busch Gardens Africa's SheiKra and Soarin' Over California from Disney's California Adventure all joining favorite Millennium Force in the second round.
Today features a match-up of two highly-themed outdoor coasters from Walt Disney World: sixth seed Expedition Everest from Disney's Animal Kingdom versus Big Thunder Mountain Railroad from the Magic Kingdom.
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.
It's another coaster battle in our next match-up, with Disney's Rock n' Roller Coaster taking on Alpengeist from Busch Gardens Europe.
We're off to the west coast for our next contest, as Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure takes on Orange County rival GhostRider from Knott's Berry Farm.
For our final match today, we return to Orlando, as Universal Studios Florida's shoot-'em-up Men In Black Alien Attack faces off against SeaWorld Orlando's drench-'em-wet Journey to Atlantis
Let's read your comments!
The other day TPI regular James Rao offered up this post:
Well, I just finally got my comments posted for yesterday and today's is already up...
MIB "bested" by Toy Story?!
How did Atlantis make it into these brackets? I feel like its one of the worst thrill attractions ever made! I guess thats my opinion.
Everest got the win for me in the first match. Yeah the Yeti is screwed right now, but it's a good ride. The two rides are fairly similar to each other, but the Everest theming gives it the edge, even if the coaster track is generic.
Ah! No heartburn at all on this vote. All are easy picks for me.
I am going to agree with other posters here: despite the non-working Yeti, Everest is still a better attraction than BTMR. I will exact my revenge on Disney's inability to fix the Yeti in a subsequent round (imagine, an animatronic that doesn't animate - *CHOKE*).
Here is the first big bracket. Time to create some arguments.
Thunder Mountain's C lift is perhaps the most frustrating blown climax in the theme park world. With its build-up, the ensuing drop should be literally earth-shaking. Instead, the front car reaches at the bottom of the hill before the train crests. This... drives... me... nuts! It's a kiddie-coaster ending to what could have been a world-class themed thrill ride.
Could only vote in two of the four as have only been to theme parks in Orlando and Tampa. I went for Expedition Everest and Men in Black.
Rockin bracket today! Everest, Indy Jones, MIB, and RRC FTW!! :)
Despite James' wish to be erased from existence by calling out the Disney elite, I must agree with his assessment that the
Many blow-outs today (at least so far), but I do hope that Disney folks who follow the tournament are noting the dissatisfaction with the Yeti situation. I do believe that Everest could be a contender for Best Ride in America if the Yeti were fixed.
EE is what BTMR would have been if built today. Where BTMR fails EE excels.
Rock 'n Roller Coaster is extremely overrated. I can not believe it's leading over Alpengeist, probably one of the top 3 or 4 inverted coasters in the world. To say it has minimal themeing is ridiculous. It's possibly one of the most themed outdoor roller coasters ANYWHERE. The skis on the train, the one-of-a-kind in the world lift supports that are patterned after real ski lifts, the "ski jump" just before the Immelman, the shack with the lost skis after the MCBR, the snow-capped ground cover below the final helix, and the station and queue house themed to a ski lodge. MINIMAL THEMING, James Rao, I think not.
Everest and MIB are shoe-ins for me, but I'm gonna upset the apple cart ...
I like Alpengeist...I said it was my favorite inverted coaster. And yes, it is nicely decorated. I was not trying to rip it. I gave two reasons why I preferred RnR:
A Vekoma is beating a B&M. Why is it raining frogs outside?
Two Vekomas are winning today (Everest and RnR )...but as long as it's not the Boomerang, I am okay with a Vekoma win.
Alright, my opinions can be skewed because I have worked at WDW and specifically BTM, but I believe BTM is a better ride. I still live in Orlando, and I personally don't feel it is worth it (most of the time) to make it over to EE.
Sigh. Rockin' and Indy move on. I really don't understand the love for these two attractions and the hatred for something like Soarin'.
Soarin' won yesterday by a large margin. I like Soarin'. It's not perfect, but it is fun, original, and accessible for almost everyone. Those are all good qualities.
Arghhh! Everest is going to win. My one-man crusade against mediocrity is failing. Where have my Svengali-like powers gone. I will get you next round my pretty...and your little Yeti, too.
MIB: AA vs Journey to Atlantis
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