2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: the semifinals
Written by Robert Niles
You've done it. You've narrowed the field to the final four rides, as we vote today in the semifinals of the Best Ride in America Tournament here on Theme Park Insider.Tweet
It's a great field, too, with four outstanding attractions that represent the best work done by the industry over the past decade. Not a clunker among these. So let's get to it!
A few notes, first. Breaking the voting into two sessions worked well in focusing the comments and keeping traffic to the site consistent through the day. But I'm beat. It's Friday, and the 14-hour days watching the comments are getting to me. (I feel asleep at 10 'til nine last night.) So we're doing this in one batch today. Voting closes when my kids want dinner tonight. So vote ASAP - right after you read the comments!
Second, if anyone keeps the theme park spirit going to day by sneaking out to see "Adventureland," tell us what you thought of the movie in our Adventureland thread.
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Now, let's get to the voting.
Both match-ups today feature a well-regarded roller coaster from a seasonal park going up against a themed dark ride from Universal Orlando. First up, it's Busch Gardens' Apollo's Chariot versus Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy.
Have fun in the comments, folks.
Update: Oh, yeah. The contest. There was a five-way tie among folks who picked the most of the final four rides. (No one got 'em all. Heck, I only got one.) So I selected at random among the three who picked Spider-Man to win, since that was the only ride still in among those picked to win by the five. (Sorry to the other two... who picked Toy Story!) And your winner is... Marc Ricketts. Congratulations, Marc.
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