2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: final eight round-up and wrap-up
Published: April 1, 2009 at 7:10 AM
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.