2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round one: El Toro bracket
Welcome to the final day of the first round of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
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.
A couple of popular Central Florida coasters go at it in our next-to-last match-up: Islands of Adventure's Incredible Hulk Coaster versus Busch Gardens Africa's Kumba.
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!
I am glad to see my home park be represented by two roller coasters. I would go for Raging Bull if you are not sure about the two. While Superman is really really cool since you actually lay down to ride this roller coaster, it is very short compared. Raging Bull is just an amazing roller coaster with big drops and sweeping and smooth lifts and drops. Very similar to Kracken, but doesn't go upside down and is a hyper coaster.
Go Curse of DarKastle. I am glad to see it in the tournament this year.
Dudley over El Toro?!
Please don't even tell me that Curse of DarKastle is going to beat Simpsons...come on people, get out there and vote. The Simpsons is vastly superior to DarKastle. If you haven't had the opportunity to ride it yet, take my word or the word of any of the others who have. From the theming outside the ride, to the queue line to the ride itself - Simpsons is just flat out superior IMHO.
The Simpsons is a ripoff of Back to the Future the Ride (same concept). Also, it took the place of BTTF. I think Universal really dropped the ball on this.
Claiming that "The Simpsons is a ripoff of Back to the Future the Ride (same concept)" is like claiming The Hulk is a rip-off of the Montu because they are both coasters.
El Toro over Dudley Do Right. I don't hate Dudley Do Right. In fact, I don't mind it at all, but the last time I rode it I was stuck in a boat for 20 minutes with a lightning storm rolling in, and I felt claustrophobic in a queue for the first time ever.
Well alright, looks like we may have some upsets today. Good, this contest was getting a little predictable and shall i say, boring. This is the first round of voting that I'm gonna be checking up on regularly.
On paper I voted for what I thought would win: but today I'm voting for what I would prefer to win.
Anthony - you put a stake in my heart dissing my absolute favorite flume ride. I LOVE Dudley! I ride it multiple times. Yes, Splash Mountain is awesome, but there's something about Dudley that makes it a 5x a day ride for me when visiting Universal Orlando. I've heard good things about El Toro, but the only woodies I like are Thunderhead (it should have won!) and The Beast. Sounds like Terminator at SFMM may join in my favorite woodies due to it's planned construction. GO DUDLEY!!!
My vote went to the Incredible Hulk, the ride is smooth and the launch is brilliant. The queuing area is also well themed. The Kumba is a cool ride too, although not as smooth.
Interesting comments today...very feisty! Nice!
El Toro vs Dudley
Time to judge the next batch of attractions that cost somewhere between $1 and $200 million.
HULK SMASH PUNNY MONTU BIRD, HULK THEN CLIMB UP A BRACKET AND KILL SUPERMAN AND BULL. HULK THE BEST COASTER IN THE WORLD AAAAHAAHHHHHHHRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGG
Same as last year - your comparisons and setups are odious. You still need to match attraction/ride style with style - and not go jumping all aroundthe board with your subject matter.
I find it amazing that the best coaster in the world is losing to an only slightly above-average log flume ride(especially when compared with its next-door neighbor, Splash Mountain.) El Toro got my vote.
Hulk was a no-brainer. I always felt that Kumba looks great (could use some paint, however) but doesn't deliver.
KD YOUNGER, is that you? That was the name of the poster who said the tournament was
Oh, and regardless of what happens here, Hulk will take any of these in Rounds 2 and 3. It will then likely face Spidey. Now that's a match-up.
El Toro and Thunderhead got jobbed. People, you've got to get out more.
Folks, if you read all of these comments, you will see that Raging Bull is a superior coaster to Superman.
Robert, I think you have discounted the Snidely Whiplash Factor I mentioned in my original post today. Never underestimate the power of a stand alone mustache (or moustashe, if you prefer).
What on Earth is Ripsaw Falls doing leading El Toro?? Does Beelzebub suddenly need a parka? If people haven't ridden El Toro but are voting against it just because they don't like wooden coasters, please simply do not vote. Intamin woodies are not like other wooden coasters. El Toro is a great and smooth ride with amazing air time!
Has everyone noticed how the number of people voting has jumped?
Sad soon-to-be losses for Raging Bull and El Toro.
Yeah, the counts are way up today, TH Creative. Wonder what is up?
Actually, much of the increase is due to Facebook. FB is now placing Fan Page updates in people's story feeds. So everyone who became of fan of TPI on Facebook got the update to come vote this morning.
Raging Bull vs. Superman:
James - we've got your back!
Three upsets today. This was my worst day for gambling.
Dudley over El Toro. Theme + thrills beats thrills alone any day. Go Dudley!
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