Published: March 30, 2009 at 11:59 AM
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"
Surprisingly, for all you Disney fans, I chose Space Mountain over Griffon. Griffon offers thrills, but there is no pacing or continuity, and the track layouts are unoriginal. I don't like the fact that the ride stops halfway through, only to do the same thing it did before. The Intaride vertical drop coasters (Farenheit, Maverick) do a much better job of mixing multiple elements and making the ride more like a traditional coaster, in spite of their smaller size. B&M and Busch could have done better than this, especially since it was their second try.
I would rather have Space Mountain in my park than Griffon. I may make a few changes to the ride if I did, but I'll take the wider appeal of Space Mountain over the unoriginality of Griffon anyday.
James, I have a feeling that the only time the CP voters will really be torn is if/when Maverick and Millennium Force meet up. Honestly though, I don't want CP/whoever else matchups to be one sided. I want the other parks and their fansites to mobilize and link up just like Cedar Point and their fansites did. The outcome of that would be far more interesting.
I'll tell you what I'll do, since I am one responsible party for this upheaval, and because I'm tired of the whining, I will do the same at Disney, Universal, and Busch sites like I did for Cedar Point and Kings Island. I actually expect this to be done already, but if there aren't any threads about the TPI tournament on their fansites, I'll will inform the fans and start a thread with a link to the home page. If a topic about the tournament is already there, then I'll post to it and egg people about how Cedar Point fans are flooding the site and making the outcomes lopsided. That's the best I can do to appease those who think it's a "sham". If they are as passionate and loyal, and as many... as the Cedar Point fans, then we have a contest.