All's fair in 'Best Ride' tournament campaigning
I wanted to bring everyone up to date with what's happening in today's Best Ride in America tournament voting
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.
Scottland Jacobson writes: "Kudos to Cedar Point for paying attention!"
Gee, I can't imagine (actually I can) who would be behind all of this madness...now it really can be called March Madness can't it.
Busch Entertainment has been encouraging their fans to vote through their Facebook fan page for this years tournament.
I also give credit to Cedar Point for getting out the vote. All parks should follow their lead. However, people shouldn't blindly vote for their home park just because it is their's. Whether it is Disney, Universal, Busch or Cedar Fair, quality voting involves being as well-rounded as possible. The loss of high quality Dollywood attractions can attest to this fact.
I think Derek makes a good point: our little corner of the world may get a lot more traffic going forward. I just hope it is quality traffic and not the garden variety "
Wow, this keeps getting bigger and bigger everyday.
IMHO, had some of these voters come earlier, some of the better non-Disney attractions may still be here. To those new on the site, it is important to post responsibly and with some intelligence. Your opinions are welcomed with open arms, at least mine anyway. Vote for whatever ride you want. The reason could be as simple as "I like to ride it", but have a reason to vote for it.
Good for CP, though I'm pissed that Tower is losing by such a huge margin.
I will absolutely support whatever is in the best interest of the site and Mr. Niles.
Now that the dust has settled, one thing that does bother me a little, Derek, is your statement about "previously ignored voices." Yours is one of the most listened to and respected voices on this website. Am I just misunderstanding your meaning?
Thank you for that compliment James. I feel the same way about your opinions. I wasn't necessarily referring to myself, but rather the "silent majority" of amusement park fans that don't usually frequent this site. Im just glad to see a regional amusement park getting the kind of attention that Disney or Universal always gets around here. It makes for the perfect website dedicated to the industry.
Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification. I too hope some of these posters hang around and keep things fresh. Besides, I am a glory hound, and the more people there are to ride my bullsh--, the happier I will be!! ;)
Today the CP folks turned out. Previous waves to the site have brought Universal, Busch and even Disney fans. Future waves will bring additional fans from those chains, as well as Six Flags and (perhaps) even Dollywood fans. :-)
I was kidding when I called fake FRAUD.
Besides the fact that Cedar Point's blog is helping out the votes, Maverick really is about 30x better than Tower of Terror. Cedar Point is the best amusement/theme park in the business. Just look at 11 straight years of #1 on the Golden Ticket Award's best park.
I was one of those that found this site through Cedar Point's Facebook posting yesterday. And, yes, I voted for Maverick over ToT even though it was a tough choice for me. I rode Disneyland's ToT last weekend (gotta love free park entry on your birthday!), WDW's ToT a little over a year ago and Maverick last June. So, I actually have experienced both (actually all three) rides recently. Maverick is a world-class coaster and ToT is a world-class dark ride. My two favorite attractions of all time are Disney's Haunted Mansion (any of them) or Disneyland's Pirates so I don't automatically just vote for coasters.
I must go with Maverick. It is a very fun ride. Some don't like it on the first trip but by the second time riding it your in love it. By Cedar Point in general is an amazing park. Worth the trip from anywhere. I am in Germany right now and can't wait to get home and for Cedar Point to open!
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