2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Curse of DarKastle
It's time to tip off Round Two of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
. We'll start in the Best Themed Ride bracket.
You can click the links or pictures below for a full description of each ride, along with comments from other Theme Park Insider readers.
5. Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
(Round One: Defeated Kilimanjaro Safaris)
13. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Curse of DarKastle
(Round One: Defeated Expedition Everest)
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Next up: 2. Apollo's Chariot vs. 7. Incredible Hulk Coaster
A Pirates life for me...
Agreed! No reason Pirates shouldn't win. PotC is one of if not THE best dark rides out there. Not to mention the ridiculous spelling of DarKastle... might as well call it "Kurz of the D@rK@zzl: 1337 X-tr3m3 Edition." I'm not a fan at all of "clever" spellings of things.
Busch just Tweeted themselves into the fray... Hopefully better judgment will win out.
Nice....Busch Gardens sent out a twitter request for votes. I didn't even know about this until then, and I promptly came over here and voted for POTC. Not exactly what they were expecting over at Busch.
potc big time. As with most of the other posts this ride is miles ahead of DarKastle. An old favoritethat keeps entertaining.
Darkastle is a great ride, but Spiderman uses the same technology and it's superior. Disneyland's Pirates is much better than the one in Magic Kingdom, so it is the best ride of its kind.
I voted for DarKastle as a protest to the watered down Jack Sparrow version of Pirates. Disney needs to learn every ride does not need a direct movie tie-in.
If I were to classify myself as a fanboy, it would be for the Busch parks. I love them, more than Disney. To me, they are what I want in a park.
I haven't been to disneyland to ride POTC there. I rode the one in Orlando, but it sounds to me like that one pales in comparison to the one in California. I wasn't extremely impressed with the one in Orlando, I do like the updated version with the projected image on the waterfall, but new jack sparrow is kind of weird to throw in there. I really enjoy the ride system of DarKastle, but that ride also used to be better. It had an some other effects like water spray and the fireplace used to be smoky or have fire effects and feel hot when you went into it.
Social Media is going to win the day. Busch is heavily involved but Disney (and Disney fansites) won't budge - they are too busy counting their Mickey pins, I guess. Serves them right to lose.
wow, comeback by Busch here.
neck and neck, it would be a shame to see pirates go out so early but I think darKastle is the superior ride.
C'mon, Pirates fans. Don't just complain about what Busch Gardens is doing. GOTV for your favorite instead!
50/50 split, wow. I voted for Pirates, my favorite ride at Disneyland. I don't know if a ride from the late 60s can win it all, though.
I just GOTV. I flooded several Disneyland and Pirates Facebook fan groups.
Incredible turnout so far. I'm hoping all these Busch fans come back when Apollo goes against Hulk later.
+1 for POTC! Up 2%! Hang in there ya scallywags!! ;)
wow it just flipped back to DarKastle by 2%! This is a nail biter Rob!
Pirates is winning by a sizable fraction, and then, say it with me,
Pirates is the best attraction out there, period. All others are compared to it!
Yea! Pirates all the way... I am from Williamsburg Va. and i have ridden on Curse of DarKastle and I'm not impressed at all it makes a lot of people get sick with all the spinning in the dark for nothing. So i voted for Pirates of the Caribbean. Go Pirates!!!
I kind of expected this to happen. Pirates is losing to an attraction that isn't as good. It still has a chance of winning but the Curse will probably continue.
I think many people might make the decision based on Orlando's PotC. I almost did, until I realized it was Disneyland's. I've never been on the Disneyland version, so I'll hold my vote on this one.
Welp, it looks like people want to vote the way they wanna vote... fanboys of both parks. Everyone has their own tastes I guess. I'll be sad to see PotC go down this early if it ends up that way. But whatever, ya know? It's not the end of the world, and it won't change my love for a physically there ride over a projected 3D one.
Quotes from Pirates of the Caribbean:
Earlier today, I Tweeted Disney (all three major feeds) and MiceChat. They won't budge. Again, getting the Mouse Army to mobilize is like trying to get a giant to notice a flea.
If Pirates loses it would ruin my day...
Just sayin' here, but if this vote had had a two-hour time window... Pirates would have won.
I'm calling Fanboy/ Anti-Disney on this one. Is there a penalty flag I can throw? Well, there's also the fact that a lot of people haven't been to the West Coast.
Disneyland fans usually won't go for anything that doesn't involve the trashing of the Eisner/Pressler/Harris years, trashing current management's cartoonization of the park, debating endlessly about the decline of Frontierland and Tommorowland, or discussing how the AP system has destroyed the park.
I directed as much traffic as I could towards this poll. I thought it was only open for two hours.
I have never been to DisneyLand so I have to vote based on knowledge
We've partially mobilized the mouse! Here come the Disney fanboys!
OK, I broke my own rule and voted, having never ridden DarKastle, but I couldn't let Pirates go down because some other park's fanboys have mobilized.
About the Disney thing... could it be a cultural thing on the West Coast? Where nothing is ever good enough that many of us (us being me included as I live on the West Coast) don't say anything unless it's to complain about something? I hear only negative things about sports teams (can of worms there) and retail stores, etc. on the West Coast. Kind of a bummer if you ask me.
Been on both, and it would be a real shame if DarKastle won. If it had been POTC vs. Spider-Man, I could understand, but DarKastle is an inferior Spider-Man clone with more and more effects disappearing every year.
I guess the word got out after all... biggest voter turnout so far! And honestly, DLR's POTC is the better attraction. It should win.
Nice, pirates is close to winning!
I believe my day is getting better...
Well DarKastle couldn't steal this win from pirates. And good thing, it would have been tragic.
I would rate this ride as LAME. This ride is okay if your 7 or younger. Otherwise it was a huge waste of money & space for a ride actually worth riding. You'll wait in line sometimes 3 hours not spending money, all excited but afterwards mad cause you just wasted all that time, and it's simply not a good ride. A ride like Pirates of the Carrabian near 40 50 years old is actually way better. Next time talk to Mallard and Bollinger for advice. Im a former ACE member and this ride simply does'nt fly.
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