What's the most underrated theme park attraction?
In preparation for a piece I'll be running tomorrow, this evening I asked Theme Park Insider's Twitter followers
: What do *you* think is the most underrated theme park attraction?
Here are a few of the replies:
"American Eagle, still the tallest & fastest racing coaster in the world with a drop only 7 feet shorter than voyage's"
"Mine is Tomorrowland Transit in Disney MK. Very relaxing."
[Two other people voted for TTA, as well.]
"The Villain and The Big Dipper at Geauga Lake were VERY underrated"
"I think the most underrated theme park attraction is Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom"
"I'll say World of Motion. I miss that one! :) "
"Carousel of Progress by far!"
[A second person also voted for Carousel of Progress.]
"Mr. Toads Wild Ride WDW"
"The Mean Streak at Cedar Point gets no love. It's one of my favorite coasters, but everyone either hates it or is unaware of it."
[This was retweeted once, as well.]
"Kings Island. The Vortex!"
"Shows are very underrated. Lots of great talented singers and dancers. Lots of celebs got their start that way."
So now I'll ask you: What's your pick as the most underrated theme park attraction? Tell us in the comments, and keep reading tomorrow, when I share one of my selections.
I will have to agree with the Twitter follow that said shows. Parks such as Disney, Dollywood and Silver Dollar City all have great entertainment but really are over looked just for the rides.
I would have to say that the Enchanted Tiki Room (DL) deserves as much attention today as it had when it first opened as the first audio-animatronic attraction.
The first thing you see after your entry into Disneyland, and Uncle Walt's favorite attraction to operate and ride on also.
I give a vote to "Progress" as well.My favorite at the MK.
Hmmm... while the Tommorowland Transit Authority is a great answer, I'm going to pick two rides at Hersheypark.
According to Great America and American Coaster Enthusists (ACE), Batman the Ride was the first inverted roller coaster. I will look into it since you may be right!
I gotta agree with several others: Carousel of Progress is THE
Gotta agree with the old-school attractions of the Carousel of Progress at MK and the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland. Dinosaur is my favorite WDW ride and deserves to be up there with Tower of Terror and Expedition Everest in terms of top rides at the resort. Living with the Land at Epcot and The Great Movie Ride at DHS come to mind as well and of course the late great Back to the Future at Universal(RIP).
I'm going to go ahead and say that Cedar Point's Blue Streak is underrated. It's a fun, old woodie with TONS of airtime. You spend nearly the entire ride out of your seat. On top of it, it's not painfully rough like the other woodie lurking in the back of the park.
Valhalla at Blackpool Pleasure Beach. It has to be the best water based attraction in the world. It's thrilling, very well themed and has some astounding special effects. Plus you get soaked!
I haven't really looked at attractions as underrated as much as I have overrated, but I'd say pretty much all racing woodies are underrated, even though there are 4, I think, Kings Island's Racer, American Eagle, Colossus, Kennywood's Racer (?)
I gotta go with Carousel of Progress as well. I have only been to MK twice in my life and both times really enjoyed the ride.
Another vote for Dinosaur. We went to the Animal Kingdom for the first time this year and absolutely loved it.
The Rollo Coaster at Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA. It is like the mini Boulder Dash, so much fun.
Revenge of the Mummy
I've also gotta give shout outs to COP and Dinosaur. Great job bringing up Corkscrew Hill, I went into it on a whim and I thought it was fantastic!
I have to agree that Blue streak in underrated. Sure it can get a little painful, but when you learn how to sit and ride it, it is a great classic with lots of air time! Plus it is a classic!
As far as shows, I think Fantasmic! in particular is very underrated due to park guests only wanting to see the fireworks.
TTA would get my vote for most underrated. That is my must ride everytime I hit up Magic Kingdom.
I would have to say people watching…. I love to admire sexy women as they pass by…
How about stroller races down Main Street USA?
Carousel of Progress by far. One huge positive to this along with being entertaining and informative is that it has air conditioning :-) Can't beat that on a hot Orlando day. Plus it is close to where they sell some turkey legs LOL.
Wheelchair races are more fun! Be sure to put them back : )
Disneyland's - 'Alice in Wonderland.'
I love the Carousel of Progress. It's a must do whenever I visit MK. It brings back fond memories because I still remember riding it at the 64/65 Worlds Fair in NYC. It was my favorite ride along with It's a Small World and seeing the Dinosaurs at the Ford Pavilion. The TTA is a great ride when you need to rest your feet or take a short nap.
I love the Horror Make Up Show at Universal Orlando. Always funny and always changing the script to keep it fresh. Plus enough nods to adult humour to keep every one laughing - "it's a balloon - what else would it be?"
"Mine Car" coasters at any park. Some people think they're just for kids. I have found that any one I go on is really fun! It may not be high or fast, but they're usually fairly long.
I agree about Afterburn at Carowinds. It's one of best inverted coasters in the country, IMO. I don't know if it's significantly faster than others but it sure does feel fast.
Universal Studios Florida - The Wild, Wild, Wild West Stunt Show featuring the greatest movie stuntman of all time FEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLIXXXXXX CAAASSSSSSSIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDDEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!
I have to agree that Dinosaur is incredibly underrated. I know that many people will claim that it is inferior to its older cousin, Indiana Jones, which i agree with, but I rode this one first and it really is a great ride that is a lot of fun
My vote has to be for the Original Figment/Imagination ride at Epcot!!!!!
I believe Dinosaur is the most underrated theme park attraction. It's unfortunate that it keeps getting compared to the legend that is the Indiana Jones ride, because Dinosaur is still, in my opinion, a top-notch attraction. It is my favorite ride in Animal Kingdom, and all of WDW. I have never seen better dinosaur animatronics, and the atmosphere on the ride is superb. Though it does share similarities with Indy, altogether it's a differen't adventure entirely, providing a fun experince.
Chester and Hester's DinoRama. I've also liked the tacky and cheap feel of that are of AK. It provides a very comical backstory as opposed to the more "stuck-up" Dino Institute. Highly underrated, though it could use an update and Primeval Whirl is a little under-par as a Disney attraction.
Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D.
Ok current is Afterburn at CW, but past is deffinately Mr Toads
The Mine Train @ Six Flags over Texas made by Arrow and ran has run as many as 3 trains at a time. When new it had alot more annimation then, but get less attention in that department now.
terminator salvation non stop action, really fun
Have to also give a shoutout to the mucho fun that is water-blasting riders on P&B's Bilge-Rat Barges and Ripsaw Falls. The best fun a quarter can buy! :)
California Screamin' is pretty underrated. It's one of the best coasters I've ever ridden, smooth as glass, lots of thrills, long ride, etc. But it doesn't get the love it deserves because some Disney purists don't think it's themed enough.
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