2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Kilimanjaro Safaris
It's time to start day two of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
, with a first-round match-up from the Best Theme Ride bracket.
If you haven't been on both rides, please click through to the attraction descriptions linked below, and read the comments, before voting.
5. Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
12. Kilimanjaro Safaris at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
Next up is 3. Six Flags Great Adventure's El Toro [Intamin Wooden] vs. 14. Six Flags Magic Mountain's Goliath [Giovanola Mega]
The difference is that Kilimanjaro Safari is always different
I know Pirates of the Caribbean is a classic but Kilimanjaro Safaris is a totally unique concept that delivers time after time and as such deserves wider recognition. Looking at Animal Kingdom on Google Maps (satelite view) you realise just how brilliantly clever the Imagineers were in creating this attraction since for the 20 minutes duration of the safari you see nothing on the horizon that would be out of place on a true African safari and yet, as the satelite shows, you are actually only yards from the 'real' world. The moment when you first emerge above the 'Serengeti Plains' is a true 'wow' and then of course there are the animals. Never guaranteed, never predictable, and therefore whenever something special pops into view the sense of excitement on the jeep is as palpable as on a real safari.
I love both attractions, but I have to go with Pirates.
Never been on Kilimanjaro Safaris, but Pirates gets my vote because of the whole atmosphere of the ride. Plus I am not sure I agree with the keeping of animals in so confined a space. How is that anything like a real safari? My brother went on one in South Africa, and while the fact that you see what is around (as with real animals on Kilimanjaro Safari), the animals are in their natural habitat and have the freedom of the land (for the most part, or at least it is much bigger than the ride).
I agree with Michael...the KS got a bad draw as I think it could have had a great chance of upsetting a higher seed if it wasn't one of the great Disney classics.
Kilimanjaro Safaris is a top notch attraction, worthy of its spot in this tournament. Furthermore, were it not for the incessant chatter about Big Red and Little Red, KS would
Kilimanjaro Safaris is a good attraction, but it's inconsistent. It's a rough ride and moves too quickly, and the Big Red/Little Red storyline is silly. It can't compare to Pirates, which is one of the best theme park attractions anywhere.
I love Kilimanjaro Safaris. It really is brilliant how it's designed. I would love to see it go far in the tournament but how can I really choose this over Pirates? Pirates is in my opinion, only behind Haunted Mansion in terms of the greatest dark rides.
what an unfortunate matchup.
A tough call. Even though I love Pirates of the Caribean in Cal. It does not change much. Where as Kilimmanjaro Safaris will give you a differnet look every time you are on the ride. The speal is corney but effective.
It's too bad for Kilimanjaro Safaris that Pirates didn't beat Everest for the fourth seed in this bracket. If it had, that would have set up Safaris vs. Everest in this round, which, frankly, I think Safaris could have won. (And it would have set up Pirates vs. Curse of DarKastle, which I find to be a fascinating match-up.)
Pirates is second only to the Haunted Mansion, so it's just not possible to vote against it. Really a shame that I have to vote against a great ride so early, but that's how it goes.
This is the toughest because I think these two rides are so different and are the tops of their "style" of attractions.
I love Kilimanjaro Safaris, but I had to go with Pirates, too. Disneyland's Pirates is totally immersive, with an amazing scope and scale, a great buildup to magnificent show scenes, thrills, AAs, and some cool effects. This ride is complete, and is also one of the longest, most satisfying E Tickets ever made. It opened over 40 years ago, and still stands the test of time; in fact, it's still one of the best theme park attractions anywhere in the world.
Darn I missed this vote, but I was going to vote for Pirates, and it won. It was a tough decision. Kilimanjaro Safaris is always different, is an extensive ride, has a nice educational angle, and even a fairly decent storyline. However, Pirates is the quintessential dark ride and a classic. If it was Walt Disney World's Pirates the results would have been different, but the original Pirates has the visuals, grand scale, and amazing storytelling to put it over the top.
Could have been the toughest choice yet. What a match-up.
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