2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror vs. Haunted Mansion
It's time to pick the first finalist in the Best Themed Ride bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
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2. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios
6. Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
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Haunted Mansion by a long shot. It has stronger story elements, rich, detailed scenes, and a fantastic score. It's easily one of the greatest rides ever created. ToT has amazing theming, it fails for me on the actual ride aspect. It's fun, but a bit short and to me, it's a bit of a cop out thrill ride. It's not tall enough to be as thrilling as most other drop towers but it also alienates plenty of other people who can't handle drops like that.
I get all the love for Haunted Mansion, I really do, but c'mon people... Tower of Terror.
Have to go for Tower of Terror. Not only does it have an amazing theme and story, but it's also an incredibly advanced ride with regards to technology. This is far from a simple drop tower, it's a faster-than-gravity fall which truly shows the genius that Walt Disney Imagineering posses.
Very, very difficult choice. I love these rides so much! But, I had to go with the Haunted Mansion. Everyone, regardless of height, can ride and enjoy it.
Tower of Terror has a decent Theme but it isn't much afterwards. Up & down, fast thrills.
Timeless Creepy Classic vs. Much Better Than Average Faster than Gravity Freefall ride.
Man is this a tough vote. Both are awesome with incredible theming and great storytelling. Disney hit home runs with both of these attractions.
If nothing else, I am really pleased that both of these rides made it this far. My vote went to The Haunted Mansion because it is accessible to everyone, and is really just a Disney classic.
I voted for Tower of Terror because I see it as a thrill ride version of the Haunted Mansion. Think about it....
This is a no-brainer, since this is Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and not Disney World's. Without the update, there are too many cheap elements, whereas Tower is pure gold.
I went for the underdog and voted Haunted Mansion. It may not have Tower's thrills, but it is a classic and has perhaps an even deeper and more intriguing story. The unofficial backstory has created quite a fan following around it. Combined with catchy music and iconic narration, and I think Mansion really does edge out Tower.
I can ride Haunted Mansion a million times and never get tired of it. ToT, after three rides, I'm done. The detail, the story, the best special effects I've seen, the music and the vastness of the ride make Haunted Mansion better. It can be enjoyed by all demographics, always keeps the line moving and just flat out the better ride.
I have to go with that "E Ticket" ride the Haunted Mansion and yes I am old enough to know what an "E" ticket is. It has always been my favorite ride since I was a little kid (and I still haven't grown up yet:) ). I'm not much for the free fall style of rides so Tower of Terror really doesn't do anything for me. Plus I have really good memories of the Haunted Mansion and my sometimes macabre sense of humor helps.
My vote isn't "if the whole family can ride" but about what I want to ride. ToT gets my vote.
Walt's dream was to have a haunted house in Disneyland, but he died before his dream was brought to life. HM was a huge test for the Imagineers- their first ride without Walt at the helm. ToT is great, but it's nowhere near HM in my book.
Very Tough vote. I would settle for a tie in this one. Both attractions are well themed and just plain terrific. I only give the Edge to TZTOT because it has more of a thrill factor.
Wow, a flip to be sure!
Are voting for Best Themed, or slightly more thrilling? I believe by and far Haunted Mansion wins. HM's effects are better , the theming is better and mind blowing. ToT is ok theme wise, and ok visual effects wise, and ok with the drops.
The worst day at Disney that ever happened to me is when we drove all the way down from Michigan and the Haunted Mansion was under construction. It was an icon of my childhood and I know all the words of the songs by heart, where to exactly look on the ride, and even had the book and record set as a kid. As an adult professional, the Haunted Mansion is still a place that brings back massive positive memories and immediate childhood joy when I think of it or look at pictures. I cannot wait to bring my own kids to the Mansion for their own adventures.
I love the Mansion, but this is
Haunted Mansion is a fine dark ride, but ToT is a fine dark ride with an exclamation point at the end! Don't just vote for an attraction because it is a classic...
I love both rides equally (although I have never been to WDW to see their version of the mansion & the original version of TOT, only the DLR original of HM and the DCA version of TOT). I must say, both rides win for excellent theming throughout! The two reasons why I visit both parks constantly!!!
Joshua, to be fair I would agree that Disneyland's HM should beat DCA's ToT everytime. But doesn't DCA's ToT also have the one and only Rod Serling in the video in the queue? DCA's ToT is inferior to DHS's in every way... except maybe local weather?
I personally think the Tower of Terror (in DHS) is one of the masterpieces of Imagineering in the last two decades. However, I think I'd die if the Haunted Mansion ever passed on.
Another hellishly difficult choice in this matchup. I would have voted for the WDW Mansion, but I give a slight edge to TOT over the Disneyland Mansion. The Anaheim managers haven't done a good enough job of maintaining and upgrading the technology in the Mansion, especially considering that technology has been available to them ever since WDW upgraded their HM. Anaheim is sacrifising the quality of the attraction just so they can keep that garish Nightmare before Christmas overlay. So that is why I'm picking TOT, a top notch attraction which is in great shape.
Tower of Terror losing is a crime. I cry shenanigans! =)
Easily the best outcome to this I could have possibly hoped for. This made my day. I know Haunted Mansion is gonna get shot down soon and make way for the real contenders. This year might finally get interesting!
wow... really???? Haunted Mansion???while they have virturally the same quality line. TOT has the superior story(haunted mansions is really unclear unless you study it), thrill and scary elements go to TOT, the effects on both rides are pretty cool(i'll give it to mansion), and we are talking about Disneyland HM(the one with the not as good looking building(a plantation?) and streching room where you can feel going down) and DHS' TOT(the one with the greater theme). Haunted Mansion is excellent...but Tower of Terror is much better in my books.
While both attractions are highly themed masterpieces, I have to go with ToT.
I want to remind everyone that until 2 years ago, the DL Haunted Mansion was EASILY considered way better than the WDW version as it's upkeep was far superior. Until the rehab 2 years ago, the WDW version had doombuggies with horrendous speakers to the point where you could barely understand the dialogue and the awful neon spider web section instead of the staircases. The majority of the updates WDW got (new attic, floating Leota, changing portraits) originated in the DL mansion. And unlike WDW< the DL mansion is usually waaaaaay better upkept than anything on the east coast. Right before WDW's was upgraded, it was in horrible shape.
^^You're correct! Until Disnelyand's HM was reduced to obsolescence by the recent advancement of the WDW version of the attraction, it was top dog on both coasts. Maybe if the WDW version dwindles with a lack of upkeep, Disneyland's version can be top dog again.
Im a little upset by this because tot is so amazing. Haunted Mansion is a spectacular ride, but against TOT? The two are just on a different type of level and im very shocked that TOT lost. Well ill be rooting for pirates in the best ride bracket. Surpising that both the 1st and 2nd seed got eliminated this year!
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