2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror vs. Indiana Jones Adventure
The second round of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
continues with a contest from 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.
2. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
(Round One: Defeated Soarin' Over California)
7. Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure
(Round One: Defeated Toy Story Midway Mania)
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No contest. The Zone owns Jones.
Two innovative, highly themed attractions with great source material and thrills to spare. In an otherwise even matchup, I'll vote for the one that has actually been maintained and has most of its effects working. Tower of Terror gets my vote then.
Indy by a long shot. Much more interesting ride repeatability. It creates a much more expansive world, both within the confines of the physical space it envelops, and the impression of the world beyond it. I think it fits perfectly into Adventureland with the Jungle Cruise next door, as opposed to Tower with Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Within the story of the attraction, you are much more involved. The queue is better, being much more extensive and having plenty of interactive elements. The Indy franchise is much more in the public's eye than The Twilight Zone. And the ride itself is just plain ol' more fun!
This was a tough one for me. I love Indy, and Twilight Zone's franchises as well as their respective Disney attractions. I can't go to Disneyland without going on IJA, and I can't go to DHS without going on Twilight Zone.
As difficult a match-up for me as possible. These are my absolute two favorite Disney attractions. They are peerless in terms of theming, excitement and innovation. The greatest ride at Disneyland against the greatest ride at Disney World. Does it sound like I am wavering in my choice? All things being equal, I would have to choose Indy for reasons I have expressed ad nauseum. However, things not being so, I am forced to go with the Tower. In either case, each is fully deserving of Best Attraction.
Updated Tower versus dilapidated temple. A different experience every ride versus the same experience made to seem different. Seems pretty intuitive to me.
Two great attractions. But one is Awsome.TZT is the best themed attraction that has everything operating on all cylinders and is much more involed with the story line. Disney cast members are really into it.
Very tough call on this and I'm not saying which one I voted for in the TPI almost secret ballot.
I voted for Indy, simply for the fact that not only did the Twilight Zone attraction win once, but I felt its last win was completely undeserved. As an attraction, Tower of Terror has superb theme, and the ride itself is excellent, but it is, when you peel away the outside of it, an over-glorified carnival ride. People only enjoy it since Disney doesn't jip you out of your tickets and you get a good ride out of it.
The theming of both rides is immersive and first-rate, but Tower of Terror got my vote for going a step further, by throwing the rider into a well-written ghost story. By contrast, Indy is just a grab bag of special effects with no story to tell.
The Twilight Zone... keeping it real since 1959.
Both are the best efforts of Disney to combine immersive theming with fun thrills. Both are great and for me Indiana Jones is the best Disney ride ever so that gets my vote. Just imagine how good the IJA would look if it got refurbished.
Not to mention the Tower could have the coolest ride exterior out there.
Watched Twilight Zone on prime time TV, have the DVD set, how could I not vote for the best drop ride on the planet. We shall now return you to your, oops wrong show!!!!!
Love both rides, but I'm surprised at this blowout. I voted for Tower only because Indy needs a refurb and has some malfunctioning effects. If Indy was in top shape, it would get my vote for sure.
Just a comeback on some of the comments.
Thanks, Michael. Tower of Terror is far beyond a drop ride, in terms of both technology and entertainment.
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