2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Thunderhead vs. Mystery Mine
We continue the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
with a first-round match-up from the Best Roller Coaster bracket.
If you haven't been on both rides, please click through to the attraction descriptions linked below, and read the comments, before voting.
4. Dollywood's Thunderhead [Great Coasters International]
13. Dollywood's Mystery Mine [Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter]
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
Thunderhead is yet another excellent GCI masterpiece, but I gave the nod to Mystery Mine because it adds a bit of narrative and theming to the fun. And, it is somewhat unique.
Mystery Mine feels more like I imagine going through a gymnastic floor routine would feel than a roller coaster ride. You're flipping, twisting and jumping about, but the experience never really flows. It's one of the few coasters I've ridden that I couldn't anticipate the next move while I was riding for the first time, which is why it's the only coaster I've gotten hurt on in years.
Wow, they're dead even right now!
Thunderhead really didn't impress me as much as I thought it would. It's nice and smooth for a woodie and has lots of little shots of air, but it is not as fast or as interesting as some of the bigger woodies.
This is a hard one because they're both amazing. I love Mystery Mine - but it just seems like something is still missing. Thunderhead is my #1 wooden coaster (I have never ridden "The Voyage") and I think although it is a non-themed coaster, it really takes the cake for thrills and re-rideability.
I am so mad at myself for missing the voting window! (That'll teach me to spend an evening out with my family...) Thunderhead is one of the best coasters I've ever ridden -- definitely the most airtime! I can't believe it's not moving on!
You've got to be kidding me.
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