2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round one: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man bracket
Welcome to day seven of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday saw another close finish, as eliminated Toy Story Midway Mania from Disney's Hollywood Studios eliminated Kilimanjaro Safaris from Disney's Animal Kingdom. The Ice coaster from Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons pulled the day's only upset, eliminating Magic Mountain's Goliath. Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy and Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean took care of business, as well, advancing easily.
Today, tournament two-seed The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man from Universal's Islands of Adventure opens its second attempt to capture the 'Best Ride in America' crown against Epcot's refurbished Spaceship Earth.
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 also welcome our first Canadian entry into the tournament, as Behemoth from Canada's Wonderland faces off against Busch Gardens Africa's Montu.
It's an all Universal battle up next, as Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons - Fire takes on Universal Studios Hollywood's Jurassic Park - The Ride. [Note: This is the Hollywood version of the ride, not the Islands of Adventure one!]
Finally, how do you like to be tossed and turned? On the back of a sea serpent with SeaWorld's Kraken or inside a Mars capsule on Epcot's Mission: Space?
To the comments!
Before I comment, I think its terrible that TSM beat KS. I think there are Disney haters throwing the brackets :)
It has to be Mission Space. When the ride 1st opened Disney had brought over some astronauts to try it out and they were quoted as saying it was approximately 70% of an actual liftoff.
Some of my favorite rides today with SpiderMan, Kraken, and Dueling Dragons! I respect the competition but these rides bring me back over and over again! As well as the Dragons and SM having some of the best theming out there! And the view from atop Kraken is amazing seeing all of the SW park and surrounging areas.
The Dragon coasters should be listed as one ride. In any case, the Jurassic Park ride is probably the best themed dinosaur attraction out there. The name of this site is THEME park insider so we should vote for the rides with immersive themes as one of our top voting motivations. For that reason, I'm not even sure most of the coasters in the tournament should even qualify since their theming is threadbare at best on most.
Gee, I thought I did this yesterday. Well, anyway...let's do this.
I think Mission: Space should win over the Kraken- Mission: Space has so much more detail, and you really feel like your blasting off from Earth!
It really doesn't get any better than The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. It is one of the few attractions that I have given a rating of "Perfection" on this site. Spider-Man sets a standard for escapist entertainment that few outside of Disney have been able to attain. I have Spider-Man going all the way to the top again this year. And deservedly so.
Well I'm glad TSMM pulled it out yesterday, only because I had that in my Final Four (which I picked as LIKELY winners, not necessarily my favorite rides). For today...
Mr. Rao - TPI's official ambassador to Canada.
Firstly, have never been on Kraken, but if I had I think I would prefer it to Mission Space simply because its just my type of ride. As I haven't I didn't vote for either. I rate Mission Space highly, however as it provides a unique experience and feels very real. It is one of the best if not the best ride at Epcot.
Spidey vs Spaceship Earth
Kraken is the most delightful roller coaster I've yet ridden. I like Mission: Space, appreciate it and love that Disney built it, but Mission: Space simply doesn't make me giddy the way the thought of riding Kraken does.
Haha, thanks James. Truthfully, though, I think Montu is superior. Best ride at Busch Gardens Africa (and that's coming from someone who thinks inverted coasters are overrated).
I think we can call the following victories: Spider-Man, Montu, and Kraken (Mission: Space needs about 60 unanswered votes to swing things - not gonna happen). DD and Jurassic are fighting it out today. Should come down to the wire. That big drop on JP is amazing, especially the first time you ride it when your attention is fixed "elsewhere" and the plunge is a bit unexpected....
The Kraken is a fantastic coaster and deserves to beat Mission: Space handily. And do you realize that if Spiderman was at a non-Orlando park (say, oh, I don't know, Dollywood ;), it would probably be losing to Spaceship Earth?
Let me just state that I love Dollywood (and Silver Dollar City) and think they do a great job with a much smaller budget than Disney or Universal.
Spider-man had to cost clear of $100 million given the fact that Indiana Jones cost $100 in 1995 and that Spidey was the next technological step of that ride system. It also came out 6 years later.
Spiderman - This one's a no-brainer...how could anyone vote against the greatest ride on the planet?
The fact that Spiderman rides on a flat slab and coordinates 3-D film and moving set pieces makes it a miracle of modern theater. The spinning sequence into the steam tunnel is fantastic, as is the final climactic fall and (I absolutely LOVE) the blazing "guitar army" version of the Spidey theme that closes the attraction.
Don't forget, Raul, I also get as many Pretzel breadsticks as I can carry....
Spiderman wins the first one. Few rides incorporate all of your senses like this one does. Was and still is a groundbreaking ride.
UPDATE -> I have it on good authority that the cost of Spider-Man was $85 million. While not the $100/$200 mil rumored, the price tag is still 4 - 5 times more than the budget of a new attraction at most amusement parks (10x more than the Prowler being added to my home park, Worlds of Fun).
Of all the attractions today, neither Dueling Dragons nor Jurassic Park deserves to move on. Spaceship Earth and Mission: Space (with its new updates) should both go on instead. I'm not saying SE and M:S should beat Spidey and Kraken, but they are better than Dragons and JP.
I demand to know your sources, Mr Rao. James Rao.:)
My sources asked to remain anonymous, however, I will cleverly disguise their names so I can provide you a hint to their secret identities: Lan Stee and Deve Stitko are my sources.
When people talk about the cost for building these attractions they have to understand it is not really the effects that jack-up the price tag. It is almost always the cost of labor.
It was a tough draw for both Behemoth and Montu, I think both deserve to go on. To make it worse, the winner has to play Spidey in the next round, not fun. Atleast one of these two should make it to the 'Sweet 16". Montu has great theming, and it's a great ride. Behemoth is also a good ride, with the unique seatong and all. It was hard, but I picked Montu.
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