What are the most overrated theme park attractions in America?
Published: December 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM
First, I decided to look beyond roller coasters, and instead offer the most overrated attraction at each of the parks I've visited in the past year or so. If I've not listed a park, it's either because I haven't visited it recently, or I didn't feel like slapping the "overrated" label on anything there.
Now, to me, to be "overrated" a ride must be highly rated by many in the first place. There's no point I see in declaring reviled coasters such as "Son of Beast" overrated, as Arthur does. They're hated, as they should be. "Worst" attractions would be a different list. These are simply the attractions I consider not as good as many people say. Some of them are fine rides, otherwise.
Disney's Animal Kingdom: Dinosaur
Sorry, but every time I've ridden this it's been too dark for me to see much of anything, making it a far less exciting show than it should be.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: Rock n' Roller Coaster
Nice launch, but then this ride coasts through a faux LA that reminds me of DCA's un-missed Superstar Limo.
Disney's California Adventure: Soarin' Over California
The conceit of the ride traps the camera in the air, robbing it of connecting with detail on the ground. A forgettable soundtrack doesn't help.
Disneyland: Indiana Jones Adventure
Once great, now so poorly maintained that many effects are missing and you notice your headache more than the narrative on the ride.
Dollywood: Mystery Mine
Whatever you do, don't actually keep your head back against the rest on this often slow and awkward ride. Ouch.
Kings Island: The Beast
Ditto what Arthur said. The most overrated coaster in America.
Knott's Berry Farm: Montezooma's Revenge
Another one-trick pony, undeserving of its high rating. All I can say is that it's better than its neighbor, the useless Jaguar.
SeaWorld Orlando: Journey to Atlantis
Loved it when it first opened, but it isn't holding up. Please, Blackstone, pay for the rehab this attraction desperately needs.
SeaWorld San Diego: Journey to Atlantis
At least Orlando still has the dark ride element in its version of the ride.
Six Flags Magic Mountain: Scream
Nice when it first opened, but the unforgiving and aesthetically oppressive parking lot setting has rendered this the roughest B&M coaster I've ridden.
Universal Studios Hollywood: Revenge of the Mummy
Such an abridged version of the Florida 'Mummy,' you can't ride this one without coming away disappointed, if you've ridden the east coast version.
Universal's Islands of Adventure: Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Themeing gaps within the mountain claim the title for what's probably the best ride on this list, otherwise.
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom: Pirates of the Caribbean
Again, another abridged version of an audience favorite. This time, it's the east coast fans who suffer.
* Update: If I'm listing overrated attractions today, you can pretty much guess what I'll be listing tomorrow, right? :-)