2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Indiana Jones Adventure vs. Toy Story Midway Mania
We're continuing day two of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
with a first-round match-up from the Best Themed 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.
7. Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure
10. Toy Story Midway Mania at Disney's California Adventure
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
Next up is the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket, with 6. MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios vs. 11. Universal Studios Florida's Shrek 4-D
I haven't been on the Indiana Jones one, but reading through it, and after being on Toy Story Midway Mania, I don't think it honestly comes close. Toy Story Midway Mania is one the best rides out there in my opinion. The theming is amazing, as standing and waiting in a 50 minute line wasn't bad at all being able to look at all of the nostalgic toys/games in the queue. The ride itself is innovative and it was a blast to play, even after finding out I should have used more wrist than arm, my arm is still sore after four days. Great ride though, I choose Toy Story over Indy.
I haven't been on the Indy ride, but after reading through it, and after being on Toy Story Midway Mania, I don't think it even comes close. Toy Story's ride is extremely innovative and the theming is perfect. Waiting in a very long line isn't that bad with the queue being filled with nostalgic toys/games to remember. What would have been even greater was if there was some way to play with some of them while in the queue, not too sure how that would be pulled off though. After reading that I should have used more wrist than arm, since my arm is still sore four days later, that would have been a nice heads up, lol, but either way, the games were a blast to play. The draw string gun was perfect, seriously an experience not to be missed.
I love the competitive nature of TSMM. I could ride it over and over with my kids. Indy might be good for 2-3 rides but then you would be ready to move on. I could play TSMM for hours.
This is a no-brainer: a ground-breaking attraction that combines a motion simulator, a dark ride, special effects and animatronics into something much more than the sum of its parts versus a technology-dependent "innovation" that combines a Wii game with waiting in line.
Wow , what a tough choice. Both rides are great in their own respects but yet so different from each other. I finally went with TSMM due to the interactive aspect and the joy of each time you ride it trying to find something new to score more points than the last time. The ride never gets old.
This was a tough decision only because Indy so often has many effects down and non-functioning. If it was maintained well, it would carry the vote hands down. As it is, I voted for it anyway due to the great theming, intense ride, amazing queue, and innovative features. Midway Mania is good, but competitive game rides had already been done before it was introduced. Yes its quality was leaps and bounds ahead of everything else, and it is very well done, but this is the themed ride bracket, and Indy simply does a better job of immersing guests in the theme.
My feelings for Indy have been expressed here before. IMHO, it is the most innovative and thematically rich attraction since Pirates. Dinosaur, Spider-man and even the forthcoming Harry Potter ride, share a debt to the trailblazing path taken by the Forbidden Eye.
Indiana Jones is in such poor shape these days that I want it to face swift elimination from fan tournaments and low online ratings, simply to give Tony Baxter the ammunition he needs to convince Bob Iger to spend the millions Baxter wants to revamp Indiana Jones with next-generation animatronic and ride effects.
Maybe Indy's queue should be split off as a separate entity for voting. Reward it for immersing the guest in the environment and punish the ride for its poor shape.
I agree with some of the posters above. Toy Story is fun but it really is just a Wii game with movement and effects, I still love it though. Indiana Jones is great, innovative, and so much fun but I agree it does need a lengthy refurbishment. It's been 15 years since it opened and some work on it can really do wonders for the ride. Despite that it still gets my vote.
Toy Story all the way.
I gave it to Indy because Dinosaur is not in the running!
I would have to agree that Indy needs a massive refurbishing. I've been lucky the past 2 times that it hasn't broken down, but there are so many effects that are missing or wonky now after years of use.
I like Indy, but Midway Mania takes this hands down IMO.
If Midway Mania is a glorified Wii game, then Indiana Jones is a glorified train wreck through a House of Wax.
@ Joshua: Touche! Again, I agree that Indy needs a lot of new effects and a massive refurb... especially the AA's. And I'd like to check out Dinosaur, but it wasn't open yet last time I was there in '97!
I missed this vote, but would have picked Indy. The last time I rode it (May '08) it was in pretty good shape. Hopefully I won't be disappointed when I ride it again next May. I love TSMM, but Indy (when in good shape) is as awesome as Disneyland's Pirates.
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