2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: Top 16 round-up and recap
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.
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
3. Millennium Force
5. Apollo's Chariot
6. Expedition Everest
8. Revenge of the Mummy
9. Pirates of the Caribbean
10. Incredible Hulk Coaster
12. Haunted Mansion
13. Space Mountain
16. The Beast
22. Men in Black Alien Attack
46. Soarin' Over California
58. Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
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
2. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
3. Toy Story Midway Mania
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.
I'm really impressed about how this tournament has turned out so far. Props to you Robert for maintaining it throughout!
Actually there's an error: Soarin' took out Sheikra.
Robert, correct me if I am wrong, but Monday's ballot should look like this:
I can't imagine how anyone could vote for Soarin' over Millennium Force. Sure, I ride Soarin' every chance I get and it's fun but the ride experience is only so-so and theming is poor, particularly for Disney.
I just want to say this. Never was I anticipating that Cedar Point would use their online blog to link up to the site. It is a stroke of genius by them, but I just thought that informing the handful of Cedar Point and Kings Island fansites out there would help to bring a balance to the tournament. Last year's tournament clearly had the cards stacked in Disney's and to an extent, Universal's favor because of the demographic on the site, and I thought that it would only be fair to inform fans from other parks that their favorite rides were in fact, in a tournament for best ride. Sometime during the second round, the news was passed on to Tony and Tyler, the people in charge of Cedar Point's interactive blog, and they posted it...and we know the rest of the story.
Doug, there are actually some people (we call them
My bracket is shot!!
Oh, Doug, as for last year, I think a lot of people were shocked by Tower of Terror winning it all. I know I was. I had picked Spider-Man from the beginning (same thing I picked this year, btw).
Is there a breakdown from last years' voting available somewhere? Not only was I surprised ToT won “best in show,” I was surprised it made it to the last round! On the Disney side alone I would have expected Pirates or HM to beat it.
You know...I was cruising some of the Cedar Point fansites, kind of looking for the posters who called us TPI regulars snobbish, and I came across this gem from "Mike" the Executive Editor of The Point Online:
James, thanks for the link! I can agree with most of the voting with one exception--Pirates v. Spiderman. I would have had to go Pirates on that one.
Yeah...that erniebald57...what a guy.
The Disney fan sites, sadly, are not too concerned about this tournament or theme vs thrills. I think they are satisfied that Disney is the #1 theme park company in the world and are not worried about competition between the "lesser mortals."
Overall some of my favourite rides not just in America, but also above the rides I have experienced here in the UK and in Spain are still in the competition, so I'm happy.
The number of voters coming to TPI from the Cedar Point fans sites is tiny, and they are not influencing the voting. (Yep, I'm checking the log files.)
There is no direct link on the Cedar Point fan sites that I can find....plus all you have to do is paste a link into another tab and the previous site won't be the one they actually came from to TPI. If that is how you are looking at the logs. Either way, I think we all know what is going on here..and it is irrelevant. May the best coaster win.
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