2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round one: Revenge of the Mummy bracket
Welcome to day six of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday brought the closest match in the tournament so far, as Knott's Berry Farm's Xcelerator edged Dollywood's Thunderhead. In other contests, defending champion Twilight Zone Tower of Terror advanced easily, as did Kings Island's The Beast, while Maverick upset its Cedar Point neighbor Top Thrill Dragster.
Today, Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy leads the bracket, taking on Led Zeppelin - The Ride, a B&M coaster that almost didn't make it into the tournament because of the possibility that its home, Hard Rock Park, would close.
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.
Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath goes up against Dueling Dragons - Ice from Universal's Islands of Adventure. Which coaster do you prefer?
Now, we turn to Disney for today's remaining match-ups. Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean squares off against Anaheim neighbor Grizzly River Run, from Disney's California Adventure.
And in today's all-Orlando match-up, Toy Story Midway Mania from Disney's Hollywood Studios takes on Kilimanjaro Safaris from Disney's Animal Kingdom.
What do you have to say?
Can't vote today as have only been on Kilimanjaro Safaris, Revenge of the Mummy and Dueling Dragons.
I have to go with Safaris on this one. Toy Story just does not offer the incredibly unique experience. I've already competed for points on Buzz and MIB, why do it again? The technology is great, but in the end, it is the same concept.
KM should take this. This ride is amazing. I think we often don't think of it as a ride because its so real. With hidden fences and man made mud holes, the safari is inventive. TSMM is nothing I can't do at home playing Wii.
Voted for Mummy. The Zeppelin coaster is fun and is a great ride, but it becomes lost in the sea of B&M loopers when going up against Mummy. It probably would have gotten my vote against a lot of other rides, but not this one.
Now, I have not ridden Led Zeppelin, but The Mummy is the best themed coaster I have ever ridden. Yes, it cribs from Indiana Jones and the Rock n'Roller Coaster, but the sights and thrills and great fake-out ending make it tops in my books.
Had to go with Mummy over Led Zeppelin due to the fact that it has so many different elements. Zeppelin is a very good coaster, but it's not anything that's really earth shattering unless you're a mega-Zeppelin fan.
Revenge of the mummy - never got a chance to go on led zeppelin. but im sure if i had it would just be another coaster. Revenge is something else entirely. Sooooo much fun. the fake ending is a riot.
Although Grizzly River Run has more thrills, the classic Pirates of the Caribbean takes the booty once again. Pirates is one of my favorites! As for Toy Story Mania, it's a lot of fun, but the lifelike safari ride of Kilimanjaro Safaris is much more fun. I'm a HUGE Disney fan, and I love all of these rides, but Pirates of the Caribbean and Kilimanjaro Safaris win for me. As for the other match-ups, I don't know very much about Universal or Six Flags, and nor do I have any desire to go to either theme park. I'd go with the other comments like I had to for those match ups. Go Disney!
I'm somewhat shocked at Toy Story dragging butt out of the starting gate. I guess this is what happens in the tournament to a Disney ride when the competition starts on a weekend. After the corporate casties have their Monday morning coffee, expect TSM to make a late surge.
Kilimanjaro's re-rideability suffers from having to go through the same "show" with the poachers and the baby elephant each time. That said, having that show greatly elevates the attraction on its first ride. Perhaps if Disney would create multiple possible "adventures" for this ride, I'd want to go on it more often, and be more supportive of it in the tournament. (Of course, that would require additional cast training and learning multiple spiels.)
Has anyone really ridden Led Zeppelin: The Ride? I haven't, but I'm not that big a fan of The Mummy, so that's the only real tough one today.
I've ridden it. I would call it very similar to Hulk, but without the launch. It really is a fun ride, with more gravity/speed based thrills than Mummy. It has the on board audio, which sounds really good given the fact that you are going 60 mph in the open sea air. The "theme" really doesn't do anything to enhance the ride, but then again, neither does Hulk's. Mummy got my vote because of it's uniqueness.
I had ridden USH's Revenge of the Mummy a few years ago before riding USF's version last October - and talked a friend into riding the latter (that doesn't like coasters) as I said it was hardly a coaster with all the LIMs and SLIMs of the west coast version. Imagine my surprise when I found not only the layout different (which I expected) but the entire experience to be different with a lift hill and everything. Amazingly, the friend liked it (probably due to the theming and not being able to see what was ahead). I gave USF's Mummy my vote today. (Haven't ridden Led Zeppelin - and glad I should still get a chance - but it doesn't look like anything more special than many other B&M sit-down coasters.)
I was extremly disappointed with the Mummy very much like Robert was upset with Dinosaur. Not my favorite while Led Zepplin sounds much more interesting to me.
I think there are way too many rides from disney when there are a lot of better rides in parks such as cedar point and kings island that aren't even in the competition.
Been out most of the day, so I've missed all the action, but there are some good races today.
Revenge of the Mummy at USF is one of my most favorite attractions that I have ever ridden. When it first opened, I rode it 15 times in one day! Everytime I'm at Universal Orlando I ride it over and over and over again. I think it should end up in the top 10 in this tournament. (and may I say that I was extremely disappointed in USH's version)
Scottland is correct. It is everyone's duty to get your butts to Pigeon Forge or your theme park IDs will be revoked.
And, if you like Dollywood, you have to try Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, another quality Herschend park. It is as if the Frontierland theme at WDW was carried across an entire theme park. Trust me, if you like theming and narrative, you will like Silver Dollar City.
I am stunned that Kilimanjaro Safari is almost tied with Toy Story Midway Mania. The safari, which I have been on about 10 times, is nowhere near as good a ride as TSMM. The only reason to go on Kilimanjaro Safari is to see animals. The safari is very hit and miss and the only time to get a decent experience is first thing in the morning. The TSMM is always great fun. But maybe I go to Busch Gardens Tampa too often so I know what a real animal theme park is like especially now that Jungala is there.
Raul, that's brilliant. Sick, but brilliant.
ROTM vs Led Zeppelin
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