2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: Mummy, Pirates, Griffon and Space
Welcome to the third round of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider. Today, we're splitting the match-ups into two threads.
Again, everyone, please read through the comments before casting your votes! Well-informed voters make for a better tournament. (Plus, reading the comments is more than half the fun of this thing, anyway.)
In the first set of matches, Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy takes on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.
And Busch Gardens
The Old Country Williamsburg Europe Virginia's Griffon defends its four-seed against Disneyland's Space Mountain.
Check back later today for our afternoon (Pacific time) matches. Until then... to the comments!
Griffon was an easy choice but I gotta be honest and say I am torn between Pirates and Mummy. Sure Pirates is a great story and amazing theming but if you had to ride over and over Mummy would seem to be more fun. ALthough I bet you could ride Pirates 10 times over and still find new things to see. Good matchup!
Cedar Point fans want you to be torn. Check their forums.
Griffon vs Space Mountain? Wow. That's tough. Despite being a Disney Employee, I had to go with Griffon. It's bigger thrills won me over.
I have been on both. Personally, I do like Griffon better. Each has their advantages, but Griffon's advantages outweigh the advantages of Space Mountain. I like the fact that Griffon is taller and goes much faster than Space Mountain. Additioanlly, Griffon is much smoother. Plus, looking down for five seconds as you get ready to drop 205 feet is great too. I get much more of a thrill out of Griffon than I do Space Mountain.
I generally just vote for the rides that I like, so.. Mummy and Space Mountain is good for me. I'm not gonna get complicated and rally the votes, since.. y'know.. most of the rides here speak for themselves.
These are all four terrific rides.
This one is easy: Pirates and Griffon. But, I'm holding off on voting until later in the day to see if anyone can sway my vote!
Now the heartburn has really started.
Mummy vs. Pirates -- flip a coin. The original Pirates at DL is extraordinary. It puts the WDW edition to shame.
Mummy vs Pirates
I gotta be the Disney fan boy today and vote for Pirates and Space.
I will officially voice my dissent. I love The Mummy, but Pirates is the better ride. This tournament is now officially a sham.
Okay me and my family may have only ridden the WDW POTC but we've been to Florida a few times now (I've been 9 times since I was 5-years old. 20 this year) and like to call ourselves theme park junkies. However we have never, ever gotten the fascination with the POTC attraction. Because we now do Disney in a day it gets missed because we don't consider a must-do but I remember we went back and did it again a few years ago to see if we could understand all the hype. We still don't get it. Maybe it's just us but it's a simple calm, boat ride in the dark with a few good scenes to look at. It's nothing else to us, we don't get it. Can anyone help?
The fix is officially in. This contest has now become a farce. Suddenly, there are as many votes today as there were for the contests on Saturday. This only proves that petty people with no sense of judgement or open-minds have hijacked the tournament. They have become homers for their home park. It is the ending of "The Godfather" and they are singularly picking off all of the Disney rides without accessing their quality. This is a sad day.
Susan, the DL version of Pirates is amazing. It puts the WDW version to shame.
Mummy and Griffon were the higher seeds, so, at least when the tournament began, they were the higher-rated attractions overall by TPI readers. If they win today, it really shouldn't be a surprise.
Like Buzz Lightyear said of Woody in the original Toy Story, anyone only intesting in pushing the numbers with a mob mentality is "sad, sad, little man (or woman)". The sanctity of an opinion poll is for subjective exploration not blind involuntary responses. If CP as a theme park corporation has only this tournament on which to bench its celebrity then it can only be said to be the Amy Whinehouse of theme park enteratainment.
Okay, I'll bite.
If you tried to get me on the Amy Winehouse coaster I'd say "No, no, no..."
I went for Griffon (which I have never actually ridden) over Space, basically because I love Space, but don't really find it that thrilling. It is classic indoor coaster, but I belive if I voted I would be voting for nostalgic reasons, which wouldn't truly represent the quality of the ride. I have also done some research on Griffon and have paid attention to the reviews on here. I feel this truly deserves to win aginast Space. Also am not that impressed that Space knocked out Splash.
I think it's great that CP is getting involved. We need to look at the bigger picture. This is great exposure for the site. It starts with them and then who will be the next set of parks to get more involved? Let the word get out!!! :)
MK's Pirates is the sad, abridged Cliffs Notes version of PotC. Accept no substitutes. Get thee to Anaheim, mateys!
You all make good points, but the tournament is no longer about the best ride, it is about the biggest mob. Please don't hide behind the seedings when the integrity of the tournament has been called into question.
Susan and Don, you can’t compare the WDW Pirates with DL. The DL version spends half the ride just setting the mood: drifting though a bayou with fireflies, banjos and crickets then down the falls and into the grotto where a storm is raging. The rider is COMPLETELY immersed in the mood, period and theme BEFORE he even gets to the pirate ship. There’s nothing similar in existence, including the WDW Pirates. And, honestly, I think the Jack Sparrow additions help to pull the story together even more.
I put Pirates of the Caribbean over the Mummy because it truly is the ultimate dark ride experience. Much of Mummy's theming is quite less than extraordinary, whilst Pirates never lets up, with perfect theming and story everywhere that you turn your head.
Here's another analogy: Disneyland's Pirates is to Disney World's as Florida's Mummy is to Hollywood's. ;-)
First matchup was a tough one for me. I have a certain fondness for Pirates. but I like the Mummy. I chose Mummy because I just liked it more. POTC is without a doubt a classic attraction that has been a crowd pleaser for a long time, despite the "modernization" that I don't think was really that needed. Both are great rides that belong in the "dream park"
^^ That's exactly what makes this such a close call! They're both better versions of a ride that rests on opposite coasts :S.
Derek, if you can get an official link on the main Disney website for this tournament....I want to marry you. I'll even wear my Cinderella slippers.
To answer Robert's question of the day:
James & Raul - Don't leave us!
Where else would I go, Scottland? After the smoke clears on this tournament, we'll have a new format on the way in 2010.
No worries, Scottland. We have to stick around to remind everyone that Dollywood exists.:)
There may be a limit to what can be done with G-forces but we haven’t even come close to it! In a former life I was and instructor pilot in the Air Force and we had to do 9 Gs for 60 seconds in the centrifuge. We would get out of that thing dizzy, sick and exhausted. No wonder I can’t stand Mission: Space!!! Centrifuges and their associated rides suck rocks.
I am guessing 9G's for the average, out of shape Joe (or James), would be lethal...but I like your spunk, Doug!
I did not take the crushing of spines and the liquification of brain matter into consideration. I stand corrected, Doug.
Disney's newest attraction ----
Wow, I actualy have been on all of these :)
The camaraderie is still here. The comments posted are for the most part of the same intelligence and tone that they have always been. The outcome of the tournament may be different than some would prefer, but aside from the complaints/rebuttals from a few parties about Cedar Point's official involvement in the tournament, it hasn't been any different for the regulars on the site. The new format will be interesting, especially at the end, when the winner of the themed ride tourney inevitably faces the winner of the best coaster tourney.
Derek, there is no camaraderie between those commenting and those voting. That's where the disconnect has occurred. It is like the voting is happening outside of the "bubble" of comments, and there is no link.
Hmm.. only ride of these I have been on is POTC in WDW, so... apparently I'm missing out on a lot! Haven't made it to Anaheim, and with a husband who despises theme/amusement parks, likely never will (SIGH) Well traveled to amusement parks, yes, in the past few years not so much! So i'm going by comments here.
Ok, after sufficiently reading the comments I will now refrain from voting unless I have actually ridden both rides that are facing off, which of course will eliminate me from any Disney rides since, believe it or not, at 41 years old and with an 8 year old and a 5 year old I still have not been there. It's looking like a possibility next year or the year after, but as one of those who came over through the link from the CP blog I'd rather not be lumped into the ballot stuffing category even though I did not vote for Maverick since I was too late, and reading the comments it really would not have been fair since I still haven't ridden it even though I have Platinum Passes. Heck I still haven't ridden Top Thrill Dragster, but the 8 year old is closing in on 52"!
Hi, Tom, welcome! If you are seriously planning a Disney trip, you've come to the right place. We'll give you all kinds of info, and we are not afraid to tell the whole truth...no matter how much it hurts.
James you forgot the emotional rebound phase where you threw yourself at 2-3 different people even proposing marriage. Just wanted to be sure we captured all of the phases. :)
That was the "bargaining" stage, Don...I'd almost forgotten those indignities...but thanks for bringing them back to the forefront of my memory!
That's what friends are for. They keep us honest. :D
Just to give you a mental picture, think
One last thing I noticed:
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