2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: MuppetVision 3D vs. Shrek 4-D
We're continuing day two of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
with a first-round match-up from the Best Movie or Animated Show bracket.
If you haven't seen both shows, please click through to the attraction descriptions linked below, and read the comments, before voting.
6. MuppetVision 3D at Disney's Hollywood Studios
11. Universal Studios Florida's Shrek 4-D
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
We'll be back at 7pm Eastern, 4pm Pacific, with a match-up from the Best Live Show bracket: 4. SeaWorld San Diego's Pets Rule vs. 13. Finding Nemo - The Musical at Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Jim Henson's Muppets are timeless. Anyone of any age group can enjoy their show. I saw it on a big family trip, and both my father and my niece (a 60 year age difference) had a great time.
This is tough for me, but I chose Shrek. I had such a great time there. It's fun for the kids, and I love all the subtle jokes and pop culture references. MuppetVision is good too. I remember going to that last year and I don't think I even saw all the cool Henson stuff in the queue on the way in.
Wow this is surprising. Shrek 4-D is awesome and MuppetVision is just an after thought now. MuppetVision at DCA is like a ghost town, nobody ever watches it. Shrek 4-D has a fun story line, more and better in theater effects and is like 14 or 15 years newer and based on a multi-billion dollar franchise. this is a shocker.
I enjoy both of these rides a lot but the Muppets take the cake for me. They are a legendary brand and have been apart of our life for a long time. This show while not perfect captures some of that magic and makes it somewhat real. Definitely a finalist for me.
No doubt about it - Muppets for the win.
I am not a fan of Shrek 4D so it was easy for me!
Shrek is typical of Universal Studios Hollywood. Not very immersive, can't decide if you're part of the show, watching the show, or even if you exist... just like Terminator 3D.
3D movies date faster than any other theme park attraction. I adore the Muppets and many of the live theater effects are still amusing, but the 3D in the actual film is extremely poor. I enjoy Shrek and the quality of the presentation is simply better.
I love both - but I always weight things on what I'll go on each time I'm at the park. I always skip the Muppets nowadays - but I never skip Shrek. The moving seats during the gallop scenes are the best. Go Shrek!
Although I don't agree with Brandon's criticism of Universal, I agree with one of his points I forgot to touch upon: many of Shrek 3D's jokes are recycled (e.g. "compensating for something"). It feels thrown together, unlike the first movie.
@Joshua: I can't speak for Universal Studios Florida as I've never been there. And from my understanding, both USH and USF have the same Shrek show. From the looks of it, the company has a bigger budget and/ or gets more bang for their buck there. Just from my few decades of living in So Cal and visiting USH regularly, I feel like the West Coast Park just doesn't have the same... quality maybe? Take the Mummy Ride at both parks... I would argue that the USF version is much better from what I hear... from the length of the ride, to the queue, USH got shafted due to re-using the existing building. Then there's Animal Actor's Stage, which is bigger at USF. And the Jurassic Park Ride in Florida has a better T-Rex... not to mention a full fledged JP area. Maybe it's not just real-estate concerns, but also budget issues in Hollywood as there seems to be only an eye on making money up front (meaning lower cost) and not really spending the extra money to make a ride better themed and detail oriented in the long run.
I suppose in some respects it is better, but don't undermine USH. Waterworld is better than any stunt show USO has ever seen, the tram tour is unique and soon to be improved, and Transformers will be huge when it finally is completed.
I do hope that USH does get better... I have a hard time coming back more than once every 4 or 5 years now as there isn't as much to do in the park itself. Where the Wild West Stunt Show was is still unused I believe. There's only about 9 attractions total excluding the Curious George play area and the Universal Experience. Not to mention the pointless Fast & the Furious part of the Studio Tour!
Oh, Transformers 2 was horrendous, easily the worst movie I watched in 2009. What a headache. Regardless, I'm sure the attraction will be amazing.
You guys are making me feel like I'm not missing much, since I've only been to Universal in Florida. Maybe USH will be well worth the visit after Transformers and King Kong open. I wonder if those rides will match or even top the awesomeness of Spider-Man?
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