2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round two: Griffon bracket
Welcome to the first day of round two in the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday, upsets abounded as only Universal's Islands of Adventure's Incredible Hulk Coaster advanced among the four favorites. Underdogs Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls from Islands of Adventure, Superman: Ultimate Flight from Six Flags Great America and Curse of DarKastle from Busch Gardens Europe all won their match-ups.
Today, tournament four-seed Griffon, from Busch Gardens Europe, leads the remaining 32 ride into round two with its match-up against Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2.
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.
Disney fans have a tough choice today, as they must decide between Disneyland's Space Mountain and Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain.
Your roller coaster battle today matches Apollo's Chariot from Busch Gardens Europe against Cedar Point's Raptor.
And, finally, one more all-Disney match-up, as Disneyland's Haunted Mansion takes on its neighbor Matterhorn Bobsleds.
Let's start talking in the comments!
Wow, some really tough choices today, with at least one Disney Mountain having to go out.
The heartburn has returned!!
Round 2...now, it gets interesting.
Starting this round I have to consider my final four in my voting....
X is still a unique experience with multiple elements. Griffon does the same trick twice. It goes like this....drop, dive loop, brake....drop, dive loop, brake into water. Fun experience? yes...but X has that fun factor, plus continuity plus AV enhancement. Think about that before blindly voting Griffon because it's in a Busch park.
Oh my god, such a tough choice. I want to vote for both but have voted for Splash Mountain simply because from viewing the results so far is appears to be lagging behind more than it deserves to be.
Come on people, Splash is 10 times the ride Space Mountain is.
I am glad to see BGE doing well. For a park that is not open year around...they have some of the best rides. Go BGE
Brutal pun time!
Although an extremely tough decision, you've go to go with Splash Mountain over Space Mountain. Splash Mountain has a lot more detail, and is a lot more fun- it ends up going faster than Space Mountain on its last drop (Space Mountain only goe 28 mph). If I were you, I would pick Splash Mountain. Everybody has a laughing place!
Griffon vs. X2
Well, I did ok in the first round predicting 24 of the 32 matchups. My final four are all still in it, although not my Elite Eight (only seven survived the first round).
The first drop and weightless Immelman alone make Griffon one of my all-time favorite rides. X2 is a great concept, one that we will probably never see again because Arrow is out of business, but that's the problem; it's a great concept, but the actual execution didn't leave me particularly impressed. I'll take Griffon any day.
Damn ... there goes Splash, knocking one of my final four out.
Haunted Mansion vs Mattahorn Bobsleds
I was a rather weak 24 and 8 in the first round. But I get a degree of solace having picked Goliath, Mystery Mine and El Toro.
Griffon is THEE BEST RIDE out there!!! Front seat...on the sides...Unbelievable!!!
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