Published: March 25, 2009 at 2:38 PM
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.
Space Mountain vs. Splash Mountain. That's a tough choice. I love both rides dearly, but feel that the better theming is in Splash Mountain, and the coaster, though fun, is nothing but a modified wild mouse ride like you'd see at a carnival (not that that makes it a bad ride.) In the end, I had to go with Splash Mountain.
The tough choices keep on coming. Apollo and Raptor are two of my favorite coasters, and I personally think Raptor is underrated. Because I was fairly certain Apollo was going to win (and trust me, I'm very happy either way), I went ahead and cast a symbolic vote for the Raptor.
The final choice was the easiest. Matterhorn, though historically significant, is not a great ride by modern standards and needs some love from the Imagineers. Haunted Mansion, on the other hand, is the cream of the crop and has some of the most stunning effects and intricate details I've ever seen on a ride. Unlike Matterhorn, Haunted Mansion is a ride only Disney could make, and thus got my vote.