All's fair in 'Best Ride' tournament campaigning
Published: March 27, 2009 at 9:29 AM
The Cedar Point website is linking to today's vote, resulting in a surge of votes for its roller coaster Maverick over last year's champion, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror from Disney's Hollywood Studios.
When I saw a surge of votes come in for Maverick, I closed the poll temporarily to find out what was going on. Once I did, I reopened voting.
If theme parks want to link to the tournament and encourage their fans to vote... fair game. This is the first example I've found of a park doing that, although I know that many park employees and ride designers have been linking to the tournament through corporate Intranets and personal blogs. Cedar Point's move takes that up a level.
Of course, Disney, Universal, Six Flags and Busch are welcomed to play that game, too. As are fans site for those companies. So, Disney fans, if you want Tower of Terror to live past today, you'd better start campaigning, too.