2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: Spidey, Kraken, Everest and MIB
Welcome to the third round of the 2009 Best Ride in America tournament
on Theme Park Insider.
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.)
We kick off this morning's match-ups (remember, folks, I'm in Los Angeles), with two-seed
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man from Universal's Islands of Adventure taking on SeaWorld Orlando's floorless coaster Kraken.
In a highly anticipated match-up,
Expedition Everest from Disney's Animal Kingdom takes on Universal Studios Florida's Men In Black Alien Attack, fresh off its upset win over Indiana Jones Adventure. Can MIB make it two upsets in a row?
That's right: TPI old-timers get a morning without Cedar Point and Busch Gardens Europe attractions (and, perhaps, without their battling fan bases). See you in the comments!
Frankly, were the Yeti working, I could live with this as a final four. These might be my favorite four rides built in the last decade or so.
This is where Kraken finishes its run through the Tourney. Great ride, but Spidey is the best!
Another tough matchup. Kraken is a good ride..as good as it's ranking in the tourney? Not so sure about that. There is a floorless at Six Flags Fiesta Texas called Superman: Krypton Coaster, and Dominator, now at Kings Dominion. Both are as good or better than Kraken. Again, while the ride is good, the fact that it resides in Orlando gives it a higher profile, and therefore overrates it. Spiderman, on the other hand, has my respect as one of the best, most groundbreaking dark rides in history. I would rather have Spiderman in my park than Kraken, so Spiderman gets my vote.
I have to vote for Everest again. It's deep commitment to theme really puts it over the top for me.
Spidey - best ride. Period.
Spiderman and MIB get my vote.
Derek - I was just thinking about Superman:Krypton Coaster at SF Fiesta Texas last night! That is an awesome coaster built right into the side of the cliff - and I do think it's better than Kraken. For overall thrills and experience, my vote goes with Spidey. The "falling" part gives me butterflies every single time - just like a coaster!
Ooooo Brian! Those are some fighting words! Maverick and Milennium Force beat TOT, Hulk and Everest anyday!! (But I'll agree on Spidey and MIB.) CP does have the capability to have the "best ride in America!" And I'll bet with Robert's system next year they will have the best roller coaster.
I need some 'splanin. Why is Spidey so popular? It's just a series of 3D movies. I don't get why it's "all that" and Pirates and Haunted Mansion die off without protest. Somebody please tell me what I'm missing.
You're kidding, right, Doug? Saying that Spidey is a bunch of 3D movies is like saying that Pirates is a collection of singing dolls.
Spidey vs Kraken
I think it is more likely coaster fans reflexively voting for a roller coaster. They don't care that the Yeti's broken; they're not looking at it anyway.
Scottland, your proving my point for me. CP may indeed have the best coaster, but not the best ride.
This is a really tough one! Kraken and Spidey is a tough compeition, but I will admit that it is a series of 3D screens as another person mentioned, but so is Toy Story Mania. However, I like the whole 3D ride thing which is the only good way to see this ride. I will vote for Spidey.
Spidey was a no-brainer. Kraken has two fantastic drops at the beginning, but I find it is no better than the Hulk afterward.
Oh my god! Glad I haven't missed this one. Can't believe it is so close between Spiderman and Kracken. Who on earth doesn't recognise that Spiderman is an amazing and outstanding ride. Hopefully this isn't a case of people trying to knock out the better ride
I wonder how the
Today's choice was pretty easy for me. My favourite coaster in the world is Kraken for pure thrills. Spiderman is one of the best themed attractions in the world and offers one of the most technologically advanced ride systems in the world, as well as giving you a thrill along the way. Spiderman gets it for me.
Go ahead and shun me. Kraken over Spiderman (although I'm not a huge Kraken fan). I only rode Spidey once. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it.
More about Spider-man as it appears it needs some help - which surprises the heck out of me.
After what has transpired here over the past couple of days, does anything here really shock you anymore James?
I think I've figured out my "problem." When I want thrills, I want REAL thrills as opposed to SIMULATED thrills. So, off I go to a coaster. When I want to be immersed into another world, I don't want it to be "thrilling," I want it to be whimsical, surrounding, mood setting and maybe just a bit relaxing. So, I don't care for Spiderman and I don't care for Indy. I love Pirates, Haunted Mansion, Millennium Force and so on. I'm clearly in the minority here (at least with those providing commentary).
Robert- This is your test. If you're true to your word, you will wipe out everyone in the database and only allow people who love Spidey back in. I'm all for it.
Doug...honestly, you make fine point, and your argument is sound. I will disagree, though, because Spider-Man is thrilling in a very real way. It is not a simulator in the same vein as Corkscrew Hill or Shrek, or STAR TOURS. It is more like Curse of the DarKastle at BGE (or, I should say Curse is like Spider-Man).
Interesting...tallying those registered TPI users who have commented about Spider-Man today the vote is as follows:
Ok, I understood some of the other underdogs pulling it out and even could see other's point of view on why they thought the winer was a better ride but this just isn't right. How the heck is Spidey losing to Kraken? I love Kraken but you guys have made great points about it's overhyped Orlando locale and similarity to other attractions. This above anything else I have seen this past week confounds me.
I think I have expressed my Spidey love
Thanks James! It was losing by 1% when I posted. Now it's up 1%. Maybe it's working?!?!
I voted for Kraken simpley for motion sickness issues. Simulators always make me queasy. Star Tours, Spidey, Mission Space... Everything else I've been on is fine.
Spider-Man: 11 votes.
All throughout this tournament people have really been all over MIB and I personally didn't like it when we went. It made me sick to the stomach. Son and husband didn't like it, either. I don't think I even paid much attention to the Yeti the first time I rode EE and I probably won't the next time I ride it.
I'm trying to figure out why MIB is losing so badly to Everest. It seemed that both rides had a good number of fans. I expected the matchup to be a little closer, especially because of the "Yeti Backlash" I've been hearing lately.
Well, the last two days have been too busy to get comments while the polling was open. But in reading the comments, I want to add a few thoughts now that this poll is closed.
So, Todd...where are all those trip reports? Jeez...we may have to revoke your TPI Badge!
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