2009 Best Ride in America Tournament, round two: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man bracket
Welcome to the final day of the second round in the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
Yesterday, Cedar Point's official blog rallied the park's fans to vote for Maverick, and they responded, bouncing defending champ Twilight Zone Tower of Terror from the tournament. The influx of coaster fans affected the other races on yesterday's ballot, and Kings Island's the Beast and Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean cruises to easy victories. Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy, however, held on in a squeaker against Dueling Dragons - Ice.
Today, Islands of Adventure's The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man defends the honor of themed attractions against Busch Gardens Africa's coaster, Montu.
As always, I ask everyone, no matter which park you like, 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.
In a battle of top Orlando coasters, Islands of Adventure's Dueling Dragons - Fire takes on cross-town rival Kraken, from SeaWorld Orlando.
Two first-round upset winners face each other next, to see which ride can make an improbably run to the final 16. It's Superman: Ultimate Flight from Six Flags Great America versus Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls from Islands of Adventure.
We wrap up as we began the day, with a roller coaster versus a "4D" dark ride. Will Islands of Adventure's Incredible Hulk Coaster be able to hold off Busch Gardens Europe's Curse of DarKastle?
Let's duke this out in the comments.
The first choice was easy, Spiderman all the way. It's just such a great attraction.
The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman would win over any other ride I have been on so it got my vote. It is just so different to any other ride I have experienced by virtue of the great 3D effects.
Hello fellow coaster lovers!! I would like to cover a couple things, First, I would like to say that I am one person who discovered this site through the Cedar Point rally yesterday and i liked this site so well that i joined it and will continue to visit it on a regular basis. If I would have known about this "ride contest" sooner i would have been here from the start. Second, In todays match-up, i would have to go with Spiderman over Montu,...Spiderman just rocks!! Kracken over Dueling Dragons-Fire,....Kracken is a much better expirence in my opinion, Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls over Superman: Ultimate Flight,...Kings Island's Firehawk is better than Superman.....Firehawk is actually the former X-Flight from Six Flags Ohio (before it was sold and resumed its former name of Geauga Lake in Aurora Oh.) until it found its new home and name at Kings Island. Increadable hulk and Curse of DarKastle..........i cant pick between them i like them both and will not vote on this one.
Today was pretty straight forward for me. Kraken, Hulk, and Spidey are some of my favorite rides and I picked Spidey to retake the throne this year. Dudley got my vote over SuperMan just because I didn't think SM should have gotten out of the last round.
While I know I am on a sinking ship, Superman is much better than Dudley Do Right. Also, I find it a little "unfair" that Six Flags Needs to take on a giant like Universal on a weekend due to Six Flags not being able to post anything online or have all their workers vote for it! I guess thats the way the chips fall, so its just the way it goes :) Who knows if they would have done anything.
Spiderman is an okay dark ride and Montu is an okay coaster. Neither are best of bread, IMHO. I ended up going with Montu--when all else is equal I have to lean toward a coaster.
Sorry 'bout my Jake stunt yesterday, Robert!
Spidey over Montu for obvious reasons. Montu is a great coaster but I can go on Spider-Man again and again and always discover something new, whether it be in the detailed que or the ride itself.
I went with Spidey over Montu. Montu is fun, but not special IMHO. Spiderman, on the other hand, is special. Few rides incorporate the senses like Spiderman does, and when it comes down to it, I would just rather have Spiderman in my park than Montu
I thought these were mostly easy choices for once. Montu is a great ride, but there are lots of B and M inverted coasters that are as good or better. Spiderman, on the other hand, has no equal in scope or special effects in the world, and is truly a world class experience. It has my vote for champion.
Spidey vs Montu
Tried to get the people at SFGA more excited about it, but no dice!
The way things are going of late, there will be plenty of steel in the later rounds, so I am going with non-coasters as much as possible today: Spider-Man, Ripsaw Falls (although I am sympathetic to your protest, Josh), and DarKastle (this one's a bit of a stretch as I really like Hulk, but my vote probably won't make a difference anyway). In the final matchup, Kraken is far superior to Dueling Dragons (both of them), and (I agree with a previous poster) is the best coaster in Florida. Maybe the best coaster anywhere. For you Cedar Point fans who have not ridden coasters outside of the state of Ohio, take note of Kraken and do some research before you vote against it, as I think you would be *very* pleased to have it at The Point.
Robert, one more thing. If the Busch folks start stuffing the ballot box like the Cedar Fair fans did yesterday, and Spider-man somehow loses in this round, then you need to hearken back to what you said in the first round:
Hmmm. Not passionate on most of these. Spiderman is nice but I'm not big on 3D attractions whether you move through them or sit still in them (I know I'm in the minority here). Perhaps I'm just a little "old school" when it comes to dark rides...
Is it safe? Has the blitz finished?
More NONESENSE from Raul: "After the egregious loss of both Indy ..."
Ah, James, have you forgotten what stood in Twister's place when Universal Studios Florida first opened?
By the way, I've got some great ideas for next year's tournament, which I will be detailing in a post tomorrow. I am very fired up about this and can't wait to get started!
I feel like posting to some fan sites so that the voting and comments get out of control like yesterday. That was off the chain.
Yeah, but the Spooktacular was a show...I want a Ghostbusters ride! Instead of MIB (a questionable movie franchise at best), Universal should have made their shooter out of Ghostbusters. Just think what they could have done if you crossed the beams at the end of the ride!!!
OK - dual monitors are burning now. On the right monitor: TPI and the 64-ride tournament that has held my attention since it began. On the left monitor: the University of Missouri's Tigers (my employer is Mizzou) vs. U Conn. Go Tigers! (It would be their first time in the final four.) So while you're voting and commenting here - also wish my team a little luck as they've been behind the whole game.
Yep...go Tigers. Defense, the press, and our depth will get UCONN in the second half...unless Cedar Fair gets involved! ;)
There's another tournament going on now? Really?
Kicking a man while he is down, nice work TH.:)
Raul CLAIMS: "the first Indy AA has more detail and movement than all 100 of the pop-up, barely animatronic targets on MIB."
I do love coasters, especially wooden ones (Thunderhead, baby!). The Voyage at Holiday World is the best woodie there is, but it didn't even make the tournament (El Toro and Beast fans count your blessings!).
Okay, Missouri is done. I am outa here for a bit...the family needs a father for a few hours.
The third question I ask is this. Which ride would get "old" quicker. Would you still have fun after riding 10 or 20 times...50 times?
OK, so yes, I came back, and will try to keep it a "fair" Cedar Point representation!! I refuse to vote like the fan site says, just for something that CP/CF can "beat". Today, I must abstain from voting, since I have never been on ANY of the rides. whoops. And with all your comments about Cedar Fair, it is rather interesting the drop in amount of votes for the rides!
I wish all the Busch fans voting for Kraken would vote for DarKastle too. Oh well...
Snobbish? Us? Well, I never! ;)
Audra...feel free to vote regardless...I guarantee you that quite a large number of the voters from yesterday have never even seen most of the rides they voted against. So do some youtube research, read a few trip reports, and make your best guess!
or perhaps...judging from Audra's comment..rides they've only been on. It's not such a bad thing to vote for only the rides you personally know, although a trip to YouTube will show you what you've missed. I've taken a couple trips to YouTube for rides I've never ridden.
I want to thank everyone for such a warm welcome. I am a little partial to Cedar Point/Cedar Fair rides and parks due to the fact that they seem to own all the parks here in Ohio. BUT i have been to many other parks as well, i am a ride enthusiast and cant help myself.
I want to thank everyone for such a warm welcome!!
Derek, if they haven't been on the rides listed today, then they really need to head south of Ohio for the winter. Who knows, they might get a whole new perspective....
In a perfect world, I agree that people should only vote for rides & attractions that they've actually been on. However, we all know there are voters who either hate an attraction and vote against it, or think both are bad choosing one over another yet have only seen them on youtube.
Where did 2,642 voters disappear over the past 24 hours? There was obviously some funny business with dynamic IP addresses going on. Restrict voting to logged-in registered users only, otherwise this is a joke.
The 2000+ extra voters came from a direct link on the Cedar Point website. They came, they voted Maverick, they conquered, they left. In general, they don't care about this tournament, they care about their favorite park's rides.
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