2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round one: El Toro bracket
Published: March 24, 2009 at 7:27 AM
Yesterday, Busch Gardens Africa's Montu pulled the upset, easily dispatching Behemoth from Canada's Wonderland. The other three high seeds held, as Islands of Adventure favorites The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man and Dueling Dragons - Fire joined SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken in advancing to the second round, which begins tomorrow.
Today, Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro's favorite roller coaster, El Toro, leads the field, with the Six Flags Great Adventure woodie taking on Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls from Universal's Islands of Adventure.
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.
No matter what happens with El Toro today, Six Flags will get at least one more ride into the second round, joining X2. That's because Six Flags Great America's Raging Bull takes on Superman: Ultimate Flight from the same park.
The final match-up of the first round is, to me, the most intriguing of the bunch. It matches two former winners of the Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction: last year's winner, Universal Studios Florida's The Simpsons Ride, against the 2005 winner, Busch Gardens Europe's Curse of DarKastle.
Thanks to everyone who voted in Round One. Let's keep the chatter going in the comments, but save time today to recruit some friends to visit Theme Park Insider tomorrow for round two!