2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: the final
This is it: The finals of the Best Ride in America Tournament
here on Theme Park Insider.
After three weeks and 62 match-ups, we are down to this one: Cedar Point's Millennium Force versus Universal Studios Florida's Revenge of the Mummy.
If you predicted at the beginning of the tournament that this would be the final match-up, well, you're lying. ;-)
This is a classic battle, though: Thrills versus theme; regional park versus Orlando park; amusement park company versus entertainment conglomerate, Cedar Point's Facebook followers versus Universal Orlando's.
We will know
by 9 pm tonight (Pacific Time) soon which one you have picked as the Best Ride in America. So come vote, and join the debate in the comments.
[Update: There appears to be an attack being launched against the site from servers at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which I assume is the result of Cedar Point fanboys. Therefore, I've blocked access from those IPs and am about to close this thing to protect the rest of the site. Stay classy, Bowling Green.
Update 2: This has been fun, folks. But I need to protect the site and keep the services running. So we're shutting this down. Great run from everyone, and we'll use some new tools for this next year.
Update 3: I do want to apologize to everyone for having to shut this down early, after I saw what looked like the beginnings of an automated attack. I will point out, though, that voting was open for more than eight hours, so cut us some slack, okay?
Update 4: I want to offer one more, final apology for what happened with this poll. As the editor of the site, I have access to referral logs that tell me everyone who is linking to the site. I want to thank everyone who was involved in getting out the vote for this tournament. You helped us have a lot of fun and I am more grateful to you than you could realize.
That said, I became concerned when some of the discussions on some fan websites became more focused on cheating the poll than getting out the vote. In fact, yesterday, people on at least one fan website had found a way to vote multiple times in the poll.
Let me also say that the people running the official park websites and Facebook pages were nothing but cool and totally above board in dealing with me and with the site. They had nothing to do with any funny business and are total pros.
I was ready to let the discovery about how to cheat the poll go, since the percentage of votes for each side was not out of line with percentage of referrals coming from the various official park and Facebook pages. But when I got wind of some conversations about using automated agents to game the poll, then saw a new bot in my log files that I hadn't seen before, around the time the site started having performance issues, well, I freaked out.
With a potentially compromised poll, and a potential overload of the website, I just didn't see the upside of continuing with the poll any longer.
Again, I apologize. And I have been taking notes, and have a list of features that I will build into a new tool to replace the poll tool we used this year, so I can rest more assured that cheating will not happen in the future.
Thank you, again, to everyone who played fair, got out the vote and came to chat about their favorites. I hope you had a great time. I know that, up until yesterday, I did. Thank you, again, and I hope we'll see you all around Theme Park Insider on a regular basis in the future. - Robert ]
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's tournament, and I hope to see you next year for the new format.
Millennium all the way!!!
after going through this tournament for my first time this year.. ive seen alot of great rides get the boot.. but between these two. Revenge of the Mummy has my vote because it has all the elements to be the best ride and to me . it takes more than just a coaster to become great.. which ROTM has..
ROTM all the way!!
68 votes in and it looks like it's going to be a close one! I voted for Revenge of the Mummy for the same reason as I did last round. A pretty good thrill and an amazing theme beat just a really big thrill for me.
I waited in line for 4 hours and 38 minutes on opening day 2000 for front car on Millennium Force. It was absolutely one of the best experiences of my life. I could ride it over and over again. It is still just as smooth as it was then. It consistently delivers awesome airtime and amazing speed. Nothing beats a ride at night during Halloweekends when the air is cool and full of fog.
This particular matchup is a no-brainer for me. There are several other themed rides that I would have to do some more thinking with regard to my vote but this one's cut and dried for me: Millennium Force.
Universal Orlando's Facebook has sent a vote request out asking for early votes.
This is going to be a pretty close final.
Neither one of these rides deserve to be here. Period.
Revenge of the Mummy is good. Millenium Force is better. I'll take the world's greatest roller coaster over anything anyday. It's the perfect coaster experience. Millenium all the way.
I am a Cedar Point fan. I am a Universal Orlando fan. I am very thankful that both parks exist and I would spend a week a year at each if I could. But we're voting on rides here, not parks.
This is easy... It comes down to the hands down best ride at one of the greatest park on earth, or a ride that is one of the best rides at another very great park. The answer is Millennium Force!
ROTM is a theme park innovation, a coaster is a coaster. Now, I am sure I will get slammed for saying this and before you begin to judge, just remember, that I am a huge coaster junkie, have been around the country and ridden most of the rides in this tournament and will choose a coaster over most things to do in life; but I have to give my vote to a themed ride. The immersion factor in a themed ride is more powerful than a coaster anyday since the buzz of a good coaster wears off quicker than the impression made by an immersion ride. Can't believe Spidey isn't at the top this year and must say that I think it has a lot to do with skewed results, but we all have a right to vote, here, and it shouldn't be the same TPI readers in each contest, making the results homogenous. Its been great reading the posts of newbie and old board users alike. Best of luck Orlando fans, and best luck to you as well CP riders. With all fairness and loyalties aside...May the most people voting for an entry win!!!
Great job Robert. On a fun tourament. My final vote goes to Millenium Force. I am partial to coasters over Themed atractions and MF is the best out there.
I am going to agree with Scottland and a few others who have already posted: I'll take thrills + theme over thrills alone any day. While I don't think RotM at USF is the best ride in North America, it is a great attraction, and the best ride in this match-up (and yes, I have ridden both).
I have enjoyed this contest too, but I won’t be voting today as my favourite is out. I enjoy Mummy, but not as mush as Spiderman and having watched videos on You Tube I can see MF looks good, but can't really appreciate what makes it so special that it would deserve to win (haven't experienced it myself).
I'm just a big kid.
Almost 1300 last year, but that has been getting pasted since Cedar Fair and Universal have taken an active interest in the proceedings.
Yeah, its a good thing too. Just over a couple of hours in and nearly 500 already, I think its going to top that!
Congrats Robert on a very public braket tourniment this year. I wonder if we will see these results for the TPI awards.
Come on people! While I love a good themed attraction, ROTM is simply not as good a ride as MF. ROTM is great and has achieved Top 2 status regardless of how the final poll tallies, but it does not deserve to be number 1.
Mummy is running away with this match-up!
Cedar Point haven't updated their FB page yet, maybe the "webMaster" is still in bed?
Wow, Millennium is taking quite the beating. Ah well, I'm glad to see it in the finals. Great tournament, and I definitely look forward to sticking around here and voting next year.
lol @ Brian.
Looks like all the pissy posters here are voting for ROTM. It's ridiculous how people will vote for an inferior ride just to see MF lose. There's a reason it's the 2nd best steel coaster in the world, it's just that good.
Word is out on the CP forums now. Things could start to change quickly.
CP just posted an update on Facebook.
I too have rode both MF and ROTM. My vote goes to ROTM because like someone said before me, a coaster is a wonderful ride, but to enhance a coaster with theming is even better. Don't get me wrong the drops and airtime on MF are amazing but the special effects used in ROTM leave a lasting impression on me. Maybe liking the movie the ride is based on too happens to help with my decision as well. You gotta hand it to Universal for coming up with the concept of putting a roller coaster/dark ride to the theme of The Mummy.
Millenium is awesome baby!
There were more than 100 votes registered in the last two minutes.
CP didn't send out a notification like Universal did. So, you'd have to navigate away from FB to the CP Facebook to see their posting. Universal sent a notification to all of their fans and on a weekend. Marketing wise, Universal wins hands down.
id rather have a great thrill giong down a huuuge hill than a small thrill with a cheesy and fake theme so obviously i voted for the millenium force!
I've a feeling it's not over yet. Good early turnout for Universal though. It strikes me as strange that Mummy is currently "running away" with this one, and Spiderman was never in the lead against Millennium.
Maybe I'm just a MF fan because I work for them?
guess more people have ridden the mummy vs MF. Granted cp has a six month shorter season. Can u factor that into the vote?
thrill trumps theme ANY day. theme parks are simply repackaging, and reselling to you stuff that you've probably already bought. coasters and true amusement parks are focused on the ride itself - they're more innovative, they're more creative and they're certainly more thrilling. call me a purist - but it's millenium force FTW as far as i'm concerned.
millenium force all the way!!!--- i've ridden that ride dozens of times, and it never gets old
Well over 1,000 new votes poured in over the last 45 minutes.
Millinium Force is number 1! It's been my favorite coaster since it came out :D I've ridden it every summer since the 4th grade (I'm in graduate school now) And I always love it every time and go back for more! GO MF ALL THE WAY!
Really!? ROTM is a great ride, but absolutely nothing near MF. Ridiculous!
With both CP and Uni having sent out updates, the percentage seems to have steadied for now!
I voted ROTM. Never been on it but, I have been on MF and I don't think it deserves to win it is a totally overrated ride, not much airtime, not much g-forces. ROTM looks like it could win.
So, I've ridden both of these and loved them both. For me, MF isn't the best coaster at CP, I prefer Maverick. I really like Millenium Force but don't see it as that much better than a number of other mega coasters. It's a great coaster, no doubt but not THAT much better than say Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure, my current home park. I can ride this and say to my teen kids it's like Nitro but a little bigger/longer.
In the words of Imhotep, "Not even the Medjai can save you now" these words might as well be directed to millenium force since after nearly 4,300 votes RotM has a nice lead. Go Mummy!
They both suck.
Revenge of the Mummy? Come on people. Millenium Force is the the best ride ever. Millenium fans, start voting and often.
I can only vote for what I have experienced - so Millennium Force gets it.
Voting often doesn't work as it registers your IP address!
Both rides are very good. Either one is deserving of the title.
The Millennium Force is definitely one of the best roller coasters I have ridden, and I am a coaster maniac! The ride is smooth and fast, but has an amazing thrill. There is nothing like being at the top of the hill for a few seconds and looking around to see the lake and the entire park. (I can even see my house from the top.) Yeah, definitely has the elements of an amazing coaster...
I've ridden both more than once.
Both rides are fun but, when it comes to a ride I would ride over and over again it would be Millennium Force hands down.
This is a rediculous poll. Millenium is a million times better than the universal ride. people are only voting for it because they have riden it and not the millenium. I cant see how this can even be considered a contest because the millenium is a million times better than any ride at universal studios.
So the question to Universal voters is this, Is Mummy really a better ride than Spiderman? Millennium literally ran Spidey over in the last round. If this has truly become a game of numbers, you would think that the Universal voters would have eliminated MF last round....odd.
Derek, that point is something I was constantly bringing up the other night with the ROTM and Spiderman numbers. Mummy consistently had about two times as many votes compared to Spiderman throughout the day.
I voted earlier, when MF was winning and there were about 350 votes, but didn't have time to comment. Imagine my surprise to see a repeat of the volume of votes that lead to the Maverick upset earlier in the tourney. Considering I had MF in my Final Four (and as good as Orlando RotM is, as well themed, as fun) I have to say I've never been on a ride that brings such initial apprehension followed by such sheer joy as Millennium Force. (I get a pit in my stomach seeing only Lake Erie to my left on that lift hill; I've stopped on the lift hill and thought - this had better be short or I'm going to freak; but once I cross that 310 foot mark for the 300 foot drop, I'm a hands-up, smiling-fool for the rest of the ride. Obviously, I'm giving it to MF here.
Seems like CP fans shot themselves in the foot by voting for ROTF over Spidey. They obviously tried to vote for a ride they thought they would easily win over in the final!
It is still early, so anything can happen. We've seen bigger swings in past rounds (remember RotM's comeback against Maverick?).
I think not many people travel around the country riding rides as some of us do so they are limited in voting.
I'm happy that ROTM is winning, seeing to the fact that it is the ride I hold nearest and dearest to my heart because it was my first roller coaster. As most seven year old third graders would, I was balling my eyes out, saying "I DON'T WANNA GO!!!!!!" But of course, when I got off, every thing was fine. My dad even bought the picture of that ride, and now I am too embarrassed to show it to any body!
Mummy isn't my first choice but it's a worthy ride. MF is as worthy but the theming adds an alement that a baked out turnstyle doesn't give you while waiting in line! :)
I'm an MF fan through and through. I mean, ROTM is a nice ride, but the Force has more exhilaration. And sure, Mummy's theme adds a touch, but the coaster isn't about decorations. It's about the ride. MF's is better.
One of our new Posters said earlier "how can you not vote for MF, it's the second best steal coaster in the world" OK, with that Logic then how could you vote for MF? If it's only the second best steal coaster how can it be the best ride in America?
Whoever said this vote is about the most thrilling attraction you clearly have no idea what this competition is about.
ROTM is an extraordinary attraction. The launch, the fire effect, the outstanding theme work (on both the ride and the queue) make it more than worthy of being selected as the 'Best Ride in North America.'
Any idiot knows why more are choosing the Mummy and that is because it is bigger. I have lived in several states and if you live outside of OH, IN, MI, PA you more than likely have NEVER heard of Cedar Point!!!!
I am glad somebody else picked up that MF was the second best steel roller coaster comment. Second Best? According to whom? Details folks!
I haven't voted since I haven't ridden ROTM, but I'm not sure that I appreciate being called a terrorist for being a MF fan. That's just a little harsh and inappropriate.
For me this a an easy choice - Millenium Force all the way!! Both rides are good but in very different ways. Millenium has that incredible height and speed while RotM has some good theming and makes it more exciting. However, I think a coaster enthusiast like me would rather go on millenium because of its height and speed. All said and done, If I had to choose going on Millenium force only once and RotM 5 times in a row it would be MF.
I wonder how many people have actually been in both rides...
Unlike some of the people that have voted on one ride or the other, I've been on both. The theming on the Mummy is awesome, but I just didn't find the ride to be that fun. If you're looking for awesome theming in a fun ride try Italian Job at kings island, kings dominion, or Canada's wonderland, or even Flight of Fear at kings island and kings dominion. NOTHING will ever change the way I feel about Millennium Force, I was still scared to death of roller coasters when I first rode it, and now I can't stop riding them... its absolutely the best ride I've ever been on.
Tom I'm not trying to be inappropriate or harsh, I'm just being honest. In Iran all they have is giant steal coasters with no back story. Is that the world you want to live in? Not me my friend I'm an American.
Brian, whether your joking, your just plain out not funny at all to tell you the truth. Just stop before you make yourself look like a bigger idiot.
6717 votes, 60% to ROTM (Well, 59.something) 40% to MF. Someone worth the Math out for me and find out how many votes the evil one needs to catch up with the Mummy.
Seems like sour grapes amongst the Cedar Point fans, the same people who were commenting on Disney fans particular bitterness when Tower was beat by Maverick.
RotM is up about 1400 votes. If I did it right. It's been a while since I've been in school...
Even though i like them both the same, Millennium Force deserves to win. it doesnt look like its goin that way, though =(
T&T posted a link to the vote on the official Cedar Point blog at about 3:45. It's not over yet - it is a steep road for MF to climb, but you never know what can happen in these things.
If you give me a coaster that's fast and 310 feet tall versus one that's has pretty themes and effects, I have to choose the one that is tall and fast. Don't get me wrong, Mummy looks like a cool ride and all, but Universal Studios is a theme park and Cedar Point is an amusement park. ME is simply just a great fast and smooth ride.
Mummy deserves its' lead! What a ride, although really short.. Oh wait thats just the fake station in the middle - awesome!
At 7500 votes it is roughly 4500 to 3000
If you haven't voted yet, take notice that most of the people that have ridden both of these rides are saying that millenium should win hands down. those are first hand experiences and they don't lie. go millenium!!
Universal is a supermodel of a theme park. And that's no compliment.
Does it even work? I'm sure that they record the ip address and only one vote counts right?
It shows how idiotic some people are, what's the point in going through all that just to vote for an attraction which honest voters have said isn't as good as Mummy.
MF has gained 2 full percentage points over the last hour...
i think mummy will prolly win just based on how many people have ridden it compared to MF. having ridden both, however, it's pretty clear that the MF is the better ride. hand down. a theme is ok, but not enough to top the experience of riding front seat on MF down that first hill...perfection.
we need more millennium force votes going on here!
I'm outta here. Will check again at 3am eastern.
I've been on both. NO COMPARISON. Millenium Force totally smokes the competition. MF is a totally "bangin' ride" (so smooth!) while the other is DBM - dull, boring and monotonous in comparison.
Do I believe my eyes or are there over 8,000 votes and with Revenge of the Mummy winning!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, I never thought Revenge of the Mummy would get THAT far!
Michael Owen wrote...
Good observation. Also, nobody is winning anything (except for the TPIer who picked the correct final four, ugh!)
Millennium Force is makin a comeback! only 11% down now
COMEBACK! COMEBACK! COMEBACK FOR MILLENNIUM!!!
Wow... even with some underhandedness, Millie could not pull out the win. All's well that ends well, I guess?
That's not fair Millennium was making a comeback oh well maybe next year great job setting this up it was real fun can't wait till next year!
Yep, Brandon, only 850 unanswered/ill-gotten votes and Millie would of
this should've ended at 9 pm (pacific time)! if it didn't end so soon, millennium would've ACTUALLY WON! but you just NEEDED to end it early!
Sorry, kiddos. I'm all for fans flooding the site. Trust me, I love traffic!
why did this close earlyyyy????????
The site was down for me for 40 minutes. I thought something was going down!
Congrats to the new best ride in America. "Revenge" is a dish best served cold.
Please read the updates... please read the comments... then you'll know why the tournament is closed.
Nice one, Raul. ;)
'Revenge of the Mummy' is the "2009 Theme Park Insider Best Ride in America."
Nah, it wasn't a bot, it was just all the employees that CP has from Bowling Green putting in their two cents! LOL, yeah, I don't believe that either. Enough blabber about which is better than which and whose ride can beat up your ride, the parks up here are about to open, it's time to ride!
Excellent comment, Tom. Now... I wanna see some trip reports on the discussion board, people!
BTW, Todd, thanks for the props. I actually believe that stuff I wrote too! Color me naive!
I voted for it, Josh... even though you didn't, you traitor! =)
I didn't vote for either as
Whatever, I'm just ready to ride too. What a bunch of crap...ah who am I kidding? I've spent too much time on this site in the last couple of weeks to not comment on this.
How about Mummy v. Spider-Man!? :O
I have to agree with you, Derek. I know all people are entitled to their opinions... that's what makes our country so great. But there was something different and unsettling about this year's competition to the point that I made the choice to quit participating in it. Something felt "off" about it. Again, it's not like the other attractions are going to shut down based on this contest. Last year it was soooo much fun and this year it turned into a different kind of monster. I even quit following it and only visited the site to keep up with the Discussion section.
This site lost all credibility. I coulda swore I saw a post awhile back saying "all's fair". Oh yeah, here it is: http://www.themeparkinsider.com/flume/200903/1121/
James Rao said:
What? This site has a vested interest in seeing an Orlando park win? If anything, the Orlando parks get ripped a new one left or right and Disney is a usual punching bag on this site. Unless there is some secret I do not know about, it really doesn't matter who wins. They get no prize! It doesn't make me feel any different about the the rides, but makes CP people look a little nuts about losing their minds over a dumb contest.
Lost all credibility with whom? Not me. Not most of the people who post here regularly. This tournament has been under fire since CP started the Facebook Wars, so look no further than your own favorite park if you want to start casting stones. If Robert Niles said someone was trying to cheat, then, someone was trying to cheat. And if closing the polls in a blowout was Mr. Niles' best option to resolve the situation, then so be it. 'Nuff said.
Steve, what do you mean
As has already been said, the contest is over, Mummy won, tomorrow the Sun will rise and it will be another wonderful day in spite of the contest results. It's spring, parks are opening, and there are coasters to be ridden!
WOW, again I never expected that Millennium Force could be taken out by Revenge of the Mummy. It makes me wonder why Cedar Point tells people to vote for Maverick but not Millennium Force???? Anyway, I cant believe this is comment 130 and also that over 8000 voted!
Well, personally i don't understand how either millenium or maverick got beat but at least they have my vote.. why was this such a big deal to everyone? Relax people.. it's spring!
I'm late putting in my comment so here it is:
Well your night seemed as exciting as mine.
Congrats to Mummy!
Robert, Thank you for explaining everything in Update 4 for us. I appreciate hearing the process that was taken.
Brandon, what's the ending in Hollywood? Florida's just stops and has a quick video bit with Fraser complaining about not having his coffee. It's pretty weak (note to Universal: the "dude just wants his coffee" gag died out in 1991 with Hudson Hawk).
Hey guys! I just wanted to say congrats to ROTM! It's truly a great ride. I am looking forward to my 2010 Universal trip (HP LAND OPENING!!) and riding ROTM a few more times.
hmmm, i just wanted to say as a student at BGSU that we all aren't terrible people. gratz RotM!
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