2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: Top 16 round-up and recap
Written by Robert Niles
We're down to the final sixteen rides in the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament on Theme Park Insider. The big news in the tournament so far has been the influx of Cedar Point fans, powering Maverick to an upset win over defending champion and top seed Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the second round.Tweet
Yesterday, Universal's Islands of Adventure - the Big East of Theme Park Insider - went three for four, with The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man leading the way into the third round, bring along Incredible Hulk Coaster and Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls. Only Dueling Dragons - Fire failed to advance, falling to SeaWorld Orlando's Kraken.
So here are our top 16 rides, according to tournament voters (with their pre-tournament seeding):
2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
So how did TPI readers do in predicting the final four rides in the tournament? Well, here were the four most-selected rides among those who entered the prediction contest:
1. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
As my son would say, in his best NASCAR mechanic impersonation: "dem brackets done blowed up reeeeal good."
Will Cedar Point fans return to blow out all other parks' attractions from the tournament? Will Busch Gardens Europe manage to rally enough of its fans, through its Facebook page, to boost Griffon to victory? Will fans of Men in Black Alien Attack join Disney fans angered by Expedition Everest's non-moving Yeti to blast Everest from the tournament?
We'll start finding out tomorrow, as the third round begins. Thanks to everyone who has voted; welcome to all our new Theme Park Insider readers and let's have a great rest of the tournament.
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