2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: final eight round-up and wrap-up
We are down to the final eight rides in Theme Park Insider's annual Best Ride in America
tournament. The quarterfinals go tomorrow, with the semi-finals on Friday. Make a mental note and please be there to vote, to comment, and to read what everyone else has to say.
Here are the final eight, from this year's voting:
2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
3. Millennium Force
5. Apollo's Chariot
6. Expedition Everest
8. Revenge of the Mummy
10. Incredible Hulk Coaster
For all the supposed chaos in this year's tournament, six of the top eight seeds advanced. (To compare with the NCAAs, that would be as if the elite eight included three number one seeds, three number twos, one number three and a number eight. Hardly 'Upset City.')
For the two top-eight seeds that lost, one was a roller coaster from a thrill park (El Toro) that lost to a themed flume ride from an Orlando park (Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls). The other was a themed drop ride from an Orlando park (Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) that lost to a roller coaster from a thrill park (Maverick). So it all evened out.
Again, we'll be running a different format for the tournament next year, along with a two-month-long lead-in, filled with feature articles about the nominated attractions, rides and shows. I'm excited about that, and hope that you will join us for it (as well as sticking around for the rest of what looks like an exciting year to read about theme parks).
In the meantime, feel free to use the comments to note the silliest, stupidest and occasionally funny April Fool's pranks you read around the Web today.
The Final 8 looks good, the only one that doesn't belong is Maverick.
2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Maverick seems a little out of place with its 33rd rank
Tons of fun so far! Looking forward to the finale!
Seven coasters and Spider-Man, the best ride in North America, maybe even the world.
I agree, that it's a pretty good list. Millenium Force is an amazing ride, totally worth the long wait for it. Mavrick is a pretty good ride as well. Everest is pretty good too, even when the yeti isn't working. I rode it a few times last year, and I really enjoyed it.....can't wait to see who takes it all in the final!!
I'm happy that Revenge of the Mummy and Incredible Hulk Coaster made it through, but am especially happy that Spiderman made it into the last 8. I probably would still have voted if it hadn't but would definitely have lost faith in the contest. I am also happy that Soarin’ is out (how on earth did it get so far!).
Here's another interesting fact about this year's eight: the years that they opened:
I would have liked to have seen one or two more dark rides in the line-up (even ToT). But, it's a respectable list.
^^ If by passion you mean engaging mob style voting whilst being asked to do so by Cedar Point, then.. sure.
Hey, the people in the mob had to have care enough to want to join the mob.
I won't be disappointed if one of the following wins:
Today's matchups are eas... What do you mean there is no tournament round today? Is this some kind of April Fool's joke? What am I supposed to do with myself now?...Get some work done? Why would I want to do that?...Spend time with the family? But, TPI is my REAL family.
When I look at the list, I'm impressed with it. Maverick is the lowest ranked of the bunch, but it's not as out of place as some may think. Given the amount of steel coasters on the list, the one that is out of place is Griffon. IMHO, Griffon is pretty unoriginal and just plain overrated, should have been gone 2 rounds ago, and does not belong on a list of this caliber. Here are a handful (there are more) of more original, more entertaining attractions that I would have placed in front of Griffon.
I can see the Millennium Force definately in the finals. Expidition Everest did lose some quality without the mooving yeti so i think Everest gets out before the finle. Maverick is a great ride and it could go to the finals but Cedar Point fans will have to step it up like in round 1. Spiderman is a good ride but i think to beat one of the best roller coasters in America you have to be a roller coaster so i dont see Spiderman getting far. Griffin is a great ride and very underrated but i think it could get in the finla four or possibly the finals. I can also see Apollo's Chariot making it in the finals because it's not only a great ride but it has a great view. Also, Revenge of the Mummy has potential but it will need a lot of help from its fans to beat some of the others. I think if the tournament was judged by something other than votes, Hulk could take it all but there are alot of GREAT coasters. This is how i think it wil place
Having just been drawn into this craziness, I have to ask, how was Millenium NOT on last year's elite eight? I mean, many of you are saying (and not just CP people!) its one of the best in the country, so how did it not even make the eight last year? to me, that shows that SOME of the people who came to vote did change it for the better.
I totally agree with next year's new structure. There are too many discrepancies this year. I think Maverick totally deserves to be in the final eight. It is truly an unbelievable roller coaster. The only way I'm voting against it is if it's up against the best roller coaster in the world (Millennium Force). Cedar Point deserves this strong presence in the tournament because Cedar Point dominates every park in the nation because of its world class coasters.
Audra, last year in the first round Millennium Force destroyed Roger Rabbit (a dark ride at Disneyland). In the second round it annihilated Maverick (not even close). In the sweet 16 it was bested by Spider-Man. No shame in that.
Seriously...Maverick doesn't belong? Thats completely false. Maverick is amazing and the theming and effects as well as the drop and low to the ground twist produce intense positive and negative g's as well as some awesome lats. To say that Maverick shouldn't be there is ridiculous. Come on...
Anonymous Poster 188.8.131.52, was that your idea of an April Fool's Day joke, or do you really NOT know that Cedar Point is (attendance wise) barely in the North American Top 20?
Honestly, I don't understand how Maverick is so under-rated. Granted, I'm a little biased because I prefer coasters to other rides and I am willing to admit this. But anyway, I find Maverick to be a unique, thrilling coaster experience and I would pick it over Millennium 9 times out of 10.
Come on James, you know Cedar Point is the bestest, most awesomest park on the planet...no seriously guys iz sweeet. It just killz every park everywhere.....how's that.
Cedar Point does (arguably) Roller Coasters better than anyone else - and that's why they have a huge following. That's what they did right. That's it. Customer service, eh. Theming, eh. Food, eh. Atmosphere, eh. Coasters, holy crap!
I realized the greatness of Cedar Point the day I spent in the park without riding a single coaster. The shows are top par, the average food is ok, but some restaurants are superb, and cheese-on-a-stick is amazing.
Expedition Everest FTW!
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