2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Expedition Everest vs. Curse of DarKastle
Day Three of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
continues with a first-round match-up from the Best Themed Ride bracket.
If you haven't been on both these rides, we've got attraction descriptions linked below. Take a look, then decide which one you'd like best.
4. Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom
13. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Curse of DarKastle
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Next up: SeaWorld San Diego's Cirque de la Mer vs. SeaWorld Orlando's Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island
This one should be interesting, since so many Busch fans have come flooding in.
I don't really like looking at a broken Yeti... My vote went to Curse of DarKastle.
curse of Darkastle: cool dark ride with fun thrilling elements
If the Yeti was functional it would be an easy win For Everest. However, as is, a slight edge goes to DarKastle for a better immersive experience.
Curse is a fine attraction worthy of moving on in this tournament. However, it is no Everest. Still, as much as I love Disney and Everest, the Yeti has been inanimate for far too long! I am going to ride the wave of Busch fans and try to push my long overdue protest forward!
WDI, FIX THE YETI NOW! GO CURSE!
I actually think 3-D dark rides are kinda lame (and yeah, that includes Spiderman too). Everest all the way!
First off, come on people! Expedition everest deserves to go on! Second off, what happened to overtime between The Beast and Maverick? Did everyone forget?
Like with Indiana Jones Adventure, my vote here is strategic - looking toward the future rather than what these rides are today.
Nick, The Beast won in OT. So many threads today, the ones from this morning have been pushed off the front page. Just click the link at the bottom of the home page to read the older posts.
Even with a broke Yeti, I kinda expected Everest to go far in this tournament. I guess sometimes I forget this isn't a Disney fanboy site. I would love to see DarKastle go far. It's easily one of my favorite rides and probably the best dark ride outside of Florida and So. Cal theme park belts. I wonder how far this rallying of Busch Garden fans can take these rides.
Curse of DarKastle. A great themed ride that is not in Disney or Universal. Terrific effects and Themeing. Everest while good neeeds to get the Yete fixed.
On Everest's defense, DarKastle lost a lot of its appeal when they stopped doing the little pre-show type deal in the room before the loading room. Now you walk in, the wall's already down, and the effect is completely gone (at least it was, when I went last year.) Neither of them were perfect for their theme and, aside from the flaws, I like both themes equally as well, so I just went for best ride. In this case, that would be Everest.
I do agree with Ben about the loss of DarKastle's preshow... losing it also took away a lot of the immersion. Granted, the line may move quicker, but the movie is impossible to hear, and the narrative is lost on anyone not already familiar with the attraction.
Give me a break! There is no comparison, Expedition everest all the way. How could that many people vote for Darkastle? Just because the yeti isn't the way it should be doesn't mean that you don't vote for it.
Lets see how much longer BG Williamsburg and its fans continue to decide this tourney. 3-0 today. Manta and Kraken were taken out in surprising blow outs where the vote should have been closer. But at least the BGW rides were the top seeds in those match-ups but this is just crazy. Everest is hanging around but seriously this tourney is starting to look one sided.
Everest is making a SERIOUS comeback. I am impressed.
Two upper seeds win and lower pulls the upset over a broken attraction that's been long criticized on the site? I don't find any of these results surprising. (Though I was really, really hoping for Manta to pull the upset. I do love that coaster.)
I want Everest to go on because there already is a "DarKastle" in Spiderman. I would rather see a highly themed Disney roller coaster take on other attractions.
Shame on you, Anthony! You should refuse to let Disney off the hook for the current state of the Yeti. And don't lie to me! Once you have experienced Expedition Everest with an A-Mode lunging Yeti, all other modes of operation (B-Mode, Show-Mode, and/or Dance Club Mode) just aren't good enough. The Yeti's final lunge as your car passes just out of its reach was Everest's exclamation point and the ride is absolutely diminished without that finely tuned, narrative element.
Wow... I feel like I am back in 2009's tournament... gotta take a break before I start singing Y-E-T-I again!
It doesn't matter how many people vote against Expedition Everest. Barring any kind of a major ride system breakdown, EE will not go down for an extended rehab until Disney places another true E-ticket in Animal Kingdom to pick up the slack for the void that a downed ride like EE would leave in a park already thin on big draw rides. EE gets my vote for now. Set up a Beastly Kingdom and still leave the Yeti in B-mode after it opens, then I protest. Unfortunately Disney's hands are tied logistically, and most people who visit the park aren't aware the Yeti doesn't work, and most likely don't even know what a B-mode is. It would be silly for Disney to shut down there top ride at the park, just to placate several thousand fans who make it their business to know all the little details and goings on behind the scenes. With all the other things that this ride achieves, it's a shame it gets brought down because a robot fails to take a swipe at a train that barely gives enough time to get a good look at the beast in the first place.
This competition has nothing to do with whether the yeti gets fixed or not. Expedition Everest is a great ride and it should be able to beat out Darkastle, although it doesn't look like it is going to do it.
This has been the most interesting match up yet(along with the overtime in the coaster bracket.) Everest theming is top notch from the queue to the ride itself so I thought it was at least gonna move past the second round, but oh well. Darkastle will almost certainly take on Pirates of the Caribbean in the second round. Can it knock out two Disney heavy weights?
There's been way too many Universal vs. Disney blowouts on this site for it to be considered a Disney fanboy site.
BOOM! What an upset! Guess that broken foundation can't support all the pressure from BGW fans.
What??? really... can't believe Everest lost. Never been on DarKastle'... but c'mon Everest is a masterpiece.
As I have said time and time again, year after year, to defend a broken ride just because WDI is too lazy/cheap/foolish/short-sighted to properly fix the thing, is absurd. The lunging Yeti is to Everest what frosting is to cake: one is insufficient without the other. The Yeti is the main story element of a story-driven ride, and without it working properly, the story is weakened.
Yeah, I want it fixed, but they are not going to take down the entire ride for an extended part of time. If you have never ever been on the ride, you would not know the difference.
Anthony, that logic could be applied to any dilapidated ride. I've gotta agree with Mr. Rao and the others: Expedition Everest is still a fantastic coaster, but a broken Yeti is a broken Yeti. Walt strove for perfection, and an attraction whose climactic component isn't functioning properly is not the definition of perfection.
Don't you see the actual Yeti (not counting the shadow) for precisely .02 seconds?
Had I been able to vote ( I don't stay up all night !! ) then it would have been for Expedition Everest. With the vote so close I wonder if that would have made any difference to the result ?
Had it been any other ride and any other company, maybe you could let it slide, but as the previous poster Rob P once wrote, having the Yeti in such a state is "abominable."
does anyone want to give miceage a call after this?
I love Joe Rohde. He's one of my favorite Disney characters to never be featured in a theatrical movie. Seriously though, somebody should introduce the guy to the internet if he doesn't have a clue that the yeti is in B-mode. I find it very hard to believe that he is in the dark about the state of affairs of a ride that he played an intrical role in developing and realising.
The first time I rode Everest in '08 I was not aware of an "A mode" or "B mode", I only rode it because a colleague of mine was going on about how great the Yeti was since he had only ridden it in "A" mode. Boy was I disappointed, I can't believe I made my 2 yo wait while me and the 4 yo wasted time on this ride. We fast passed the ride so I probably missed a lot of the themeing in the queue but for me the ride was like a ride at Six Flags and not an attraction like so many of the other great Disney attractions...and I would consider myself a "fanboy".
You can't compare Six Flags to anything Disney, no comparison, case closed. Yeti or no yeti, Disney to Six Flags is like Rolls Royce to Yugo.
Oh yes I can...and I did! Again, maybe b/c I fast passed it I missed the theme in the queue but I have been to AK twice since I have had absolutely no desire to ride Everest.
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