2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: Beast, Maverick, Mansion and Apollo's Chariot
Welcome to the third round of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider. Today, we've split the match-ups into two threads. In the morning contests, Busch Gardens fans dominated the voting, pushing Griffon to a win over Disneyland's Space Mountain and helping Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy hold off Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean.
We start the afternoon match-ups with Cedar Point Nation's Maverick taking on Cedar Fair sibling The Beast from Kings Island. Will Cedar Point rally its fans to defeat a coaster from its own corporate family?
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.)
The Old Country Williamsburg Europe Virginia's Apollo's Chariot takes on Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. Will Busch's fans turn out to eliminate another Disneyland favorite?
Anybody got anything to say? ;-) The comments await....
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Hmm one battle I can actaully comment about both rides one. The Beast - classic wooden coaster, well worth a wait since it's a long ride. Plenty of air time, lots of twists and turns. Maverick - a lot more speed, great mid launch, probably a bit more themed. Both beat the crap out of you and leave me often with a headache. Sort of torn on this one. (actually, I'm voting Beast strange as that is, because of all the 'blind' CP voters!)
I am not seeing any poll, but I am voting for the Beast because its one of the best woodie roller coasters out there and, of course, the Haunted Mansion, which still gives chills with 60s special effects. Really, besides the bride, the Haunted Mansion has used the same tricks from the 60s and 70s. The Haunted Mansions are more or less the same except I give props to DL for the streching room being an actual elevator and the ride being outside the property. Good use of space!
Its hard to vote for Maverick over The Beast, because i love them both. But Maverick is the better ride in my opinion =/
As much as I love Cedar Point, I got to go with the beast on this one. That ride at night was one of the most unique and intense rides I've ever had. But that is not to speak down on maverick. I was very impressed with it for the style of ride that it was.
WOW!!! I am in trouble with this one!! I am a CP/CF fan and it makes it hard for me to pick between The Beast and Maverick. BUT my vote goes to The Beast. Beast has tenure and is, in my opinion, the BEST wooden coaster i have ridden. As for Apollo's Chariot -V- Haunted Mansion I am gonna hafta vote for Apollo's Chariot. Haunted Mansion is good but i personally liked Apollo's Chariot just a little better.
Maverick all the way! That ride is absolutely amazing! The first time I rode it, it was already dark out so you couldn't see what was ahead of you. I knew ahead of time that it didn't have any huge drops, but it was such a surprise! The mid-ride launch was a surprise as well--well worth the wait! Easily in my top 3 coasters.
The Beast ruined my back for life. I understand that it is really a great coaster, but you cannot compete with the smoothness and thrill of The Maverick. The Maverick is my favorite coaster - the twists and turns surprise me every time without disastrous effects.
Beast is a great roller coaster and truly is a legend in the coaster world. However, in this modern day it can not compete with the thrills of Maverick. Coasters are not just about records anymore...
Wow! I never thought I would see the day where the best ride in north america on theme park insider is a roller coaster! :(
I think that posting this matchup at 5pm will help to curb the number of Cedar Point voters, because the matchup is not posted on today's blog on the website. The evening questions are...how many Cedar Point fans are taking it upon themselves to check TPI, and how many fans of other parks are voting for the Beast because they don't like the prospect of facing a Cedar Point ride.
I'm disappointed that Pirates lost. I didn't know about the "morning" and "afternoon" contest and missed the morning one entirely.
I came here to vote for Cedar Point. But you know what, the Beast wins. The CP fanboys are gonna go nuts with the voting and that sucks, because The Beast is far better than Maverick.
I'll start by saying that I've never been on AC, so no vote there.
The Voyage, the Beast, Thunderhead, El Toro. There are those four woodies, and then there is everything else. As the longest wooden coaster in the world, The Beast has been keeping it real for 30 years, and despite the fact that it is getting pasted here today, it is far and away the better of the two coasters battling it out right now.
That is true...the brakeless Beast run is something else. I remember when they always ran it brakeless. The trims do tame it a little, but they aren't always on.
I'm excited to see the Beast this far in the tourney but sad that it's losing. It's a legend in coasters and the original king of the woodies. Standing the test of time for 30 years! And it still rides like it did 10, 20 years ago. Same can't be said for some newer coasters. And at night...oh my! Nothing like it! :)
James, GMTA! :) seems like we must be along the same lines, indeed. Must be the Midwest air! (OK, Missouri's kinda considered Midwest, right?) :)
Don't let another Disney classic fall through the cracks because of it's opponents thrill factor. We should be voting on the overall quality of the ride, not what gives us a bigger adrenaline rush. AC has little to no theming, and no concrete story whilst The Haunted Mansion is a beautifully designed and told story that has enchanted people for over thirty years.. Please make the right decision when voting!
It doesn't get any more Midwest than Missouri. We are the heart of the nation! Or the...uh....ahem....never mind...
I haven’t ridden the Beast for many years but I remember it was an amazing coaster. My memory must have some cobwebs in it, though, because I remember a smooth, almost relaxing ride through the trees with some air. I also remember there was no way to see the entire track layout from anywhere on the coaster, which was really cool.
And besides (yes, this is REALLY getting to me) AC is only about 200 feet tall!!! You might as well vote for Magnum XL-200 as the best ride. This shouldn't even be close!
Welcome to my world, Doug. Sadly, you are only in the first stage of grief. Wait until the
I made my decision on the second...Haunted Mansion it is.
The tourney is now officially a letdown for me.
Beast is classic and 30 years down the road I doubt Maverick will even be talked about anymore.
I was away...so, what did I miss?
Well, at least I won't likely have to decide between Millennium Force and Haunted Mansion. Don't know if I could do it.
Why is it that the Busch Gardens rides are always so underestimated. AC is the tallest ride in BGE (yes, it IS taller than Griffon) and it is the first ride you really see when you go to BGE. Just b/c the park only has 5 coasters, that doesn't mean they suck. Loch Ness was the first with interlocking loops, Giffon is the world's first floorless dive coaster and Alpengiest broke a few records as well.
Hmmm. Missed by four years and two degrees. Now I'm really ticked off. :/
The Beast, though legendary, is just not that good of a ride. It's not even in my top ten wooden coasters. I vote Maverick (and I see that others agree with me. How nice).
BTW, Mystery Mine...on that link right above Maverick...is a great coaster. You all need to check it out sometime. Sorry to bring it up, Scottland!
At this point I really dont see much point in voting. This years contest is really dominated by a small group of special interests.
The one cool thing is it seems that both contests have a bunch of votes!
I'm actually quite disappointed about Apollo winning over Haunted Mansion. The more I think about this particular matchup, the more I appreciate Haunted Mansion. It has a little bit of a throwback dark ride style with the FX and scenery that it is well known for.
How can you compare the Haunted Mansion to Appollo's Chariot??? There don't really seem to be any common factors by which to compare aside from the fact that you have to wait in line to ride both (sometimes for a very long time) and they are both contained within a theme park. ?? I'm really not sure how to vote here.
Why did this poll close so early? Robert, I find it odd and confusing that most other polls are open for almost 24 hours but this one only for around 12 hours. If previous polls had ended sooner, the result could have been much different.
Not the result we would usually expect here on TPI!
What's happening ?
No, Rob, you haven't entered the Twilight Zone ...
Wasn't able to vote in this round as it wasn't open when I went to bed and was already closed when I came home from work just now. I would have voted for the Haunted Mansion for obvious reasons so am disappointed this hasn't made it through.
The Beast is fine if you don't mind a headache and breaking a few bones,but if you just want some thrills that are painless....the Maverick is your ride.
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