2010 Best Theme Park Attraction: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man vs. Pirates of the Caribbean
It's time to pick the second finalist in the Best Themed Ride bracket of the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
You can click the links or pictures below for a full description of each ride, along with comments from other Theme Park Insider readers. Two notes: We're voting on the Disneyland version of Pirates here, not the Orlando one. And I should note that Spider-Man is the last non-Disney attraction standing outside the roller coaster bracket. Will it be a Disney sweep today?
1. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure
5. Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
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Tomorrow, we crown the winners of the Best Roller Coaster, Best Themed Ride, Best Theme Park Movie and Best Theme Park Live Show titles!
Spidey is king. Pirates is a classic attraction that has stood the test of time. PotC is one of my favorite rides but Spidey continues to impress me, 10 years after its opening. This will be a fun match up to watch.
I had to go with Pirates. I love Spidey, as do most who ride it, but I love Pirates that little bit more. They're two attractions that are incredibly hard to separate, this is going to be a good one.
Another tough call Spidey is still the best theme park attraction out there. Pirates is still a great attracion.
I'll never understand how sentimentality trumps innovation.
yeah pirates is a classic, but come on people its up against the most innovative, high tech ride ever built, spidey all the way.
I love Pirates, esp. the original version (which is far better than the WDW version.) But, Spidey is the same sort of groundbreaking attraction now that Pirates was when it opened, nothing is even close to the technological excellence of Spidey.
I knew today was going to be tough!
I mean, WALT would have been more impressed with Spider Man!
wow it is so close!!!! i had to bring it down to which one can i ride the most without getting bored...theres a bit more of a thrill and uniqueness with spidey so i had to go against my fav on this one....one vote for spidey!
I had to go with Pirates. 3D doesn't work for everyone unfortunately. I'm fine, but I have a friend who's legally blind in one eye. And there are some people who can't wear 3D glasses over their prescription ones.
I think the reason why Disney is either trumping or competing is because it is a ride that stays in your mind for years. I mean, Yo Ho! Yo Ho! is a catchy tune and has very memorable scenes. I mean the jail? the auctioneer? the man in the well? the woman chasing the pirate with a broom? all genius!
No one is debating the merit of these two top notch attractions - they are both
I'm fine with either going all the way. They're both flagship attractions that deserve it. I prefer themed attractions over coasters anyday.
This was a tough call, but I went with Spidey for the following reasons:
comeback by pirates, not good.
Vote surge for Pirates (and for Mansion in that vote) at around noon PT was the result of Disney fan sites on Facebook posting the link. It was simply GOTV, no hanky-panky. Universal fans, ball's in your court.
Pirates will win.
There was no hanky panky. I rallied the support of my fellow Disney fans via devoted (if not cult like) fan pages and my contacts. I am a former CP and about to go back, and whenever you have a ride that has a fan website like doombuggies devoted to it, or three (soon to be four) highly popular films based off of it, I think those rides will find support. Both Pirates and Haunted Mansion have been around 40 years plus and still get more riders than ToT and Spiderman. They deserve the title.
Adam, if I may play Devil's Advocate, Spider-Man had 3 movies too (Two decent ones and one terrible one) And HM had a horrible one. And I will bite my tongue about the Pirates sequels. =)
honestly, pirates bores me. I went on it a few months ago b/c I forgot how bad it was..I like something a little more than just sitting a boat and looking around at stuff..I could easily fall asleep on pirates..
Brutally tough choice for me. Both attractions are among my all-time favorites. Both are immersive, clever, satisfying and thrilling experiences. I went with Pirates, but I'm sad to see Spidey losing in this matchup, anyway. Truly a great ride.
I am a huge Spider-Man fan, and I think overall it is a better attraction than Pirates. However, there is no shame in losing to one of the greatest themed attractions of all time. I still think PotC is the best ride at Disneyland and after all these years, that fact alone should merit special rewards.
However great Pirates of the Caribbean is... come on!!! BEST THEME PARK ATTRACTION between the two is definitely Adventures of Spider-Man!
Like some of the previous posters have said Spidey is the best theme park attraction, period. Forget about movies or nostalgia or anything else. Spidey gives the overall better theme park experience. Pirates is wonderful and great but Spidey has been king since '99. This website(and a bunch of others) had it as the top attraction for so many years for a reason. So a couple of Disney fan sites got involved and Pirates will more than likely move on in this tourney. But most of us know which one of the two truly delivers the best themed ride experience. It's a shame it came down to a Universal vs. Disney showdown, instead of focusing on the ride themeselves.
Clearly TPI is being invaded by a horde of Johnny Depp fans.
We'll see if they stick around, or just move along after claiming a win. (By the way, visitors, you are *all* warmly welcomed to stick around. We've got lots of fun stuff in store on ThemeParkInsider.com after the tournament's done.)
Pirates is a great ride. Great storytelling, overall very timeless and exciting to say the least, but Spiderman is just... It's simply mindblowing. I'm VERYVERYVERY mad Spiderman lost. >:[
10 years from now, Pirates will still be a favorite, and Universal will be trying to figure out what to do with Spiderman. Spider-man is not a timeless attraction. The technology is already old. They already need to update the 3-d to the new digital 3d that doesn't have all of the ghosting.
That;s what's fascinating about Pirates...it's one of the few rides where it realizes it doesn't need to tell a comprehensive story to be a great attraction. As others have said, I'm not a huge 3D fan. I think building physical sets, animatronics, etc., is much more challenging and makes for a better ride as there's always something new to see. With 3D movies, you're only seeing what they want you to see. The details are really lacking on rides that use 3D. Say what you want, but I truly believe Pirates and Haunted Mansion are the 2 greatest theme park attractions ever. Just because Spidey and ToT are more technically advanced doesn't make them better attractions. Technology does not a good attraction make. If it did, MILF would beat the majority attractions in this tournament...
Let's also not forget it was a surge of Universal fans that pushed Revenge of the Mummy into the winning position last year. While it may be a great attraction, it is easily NOT the beat theme park attraction.
So... Spiderman and Tower lost.
I have no issue with Disneyland's Pirates advancing. It is a truly great attraction and deserving of the mantle of
I love spiderman, but im content with pirates winning. Its still a great, immersive ride that has continued to be my favorite dark ride at any disney park.
GOTV is a bunch of nonsense when it comes to a tourney such as this. Good for Robert for getting all the traffic and unique hits, but it's a failed way of going about advancing competitors to the next round. People just blindly choosing because of allegiance to a park or attraction cheapens the whole spirit of things in my opinion. Ultimately this is for fun and not scientific and I get that. Still, I would like to see something like this set up, but closed off to the general public, and the attractions are voted on by a community of people who work in the industry and judge the match ups based on realistic criteria. As it stands now, each year the tourney devolves into a social networking contest, rather than a pure competition.
double post, sorry
There was really no social networking involved in this particular contest. Neither Disney nor Universal are doing anything... it is all just fans and fan loyalty.
My only problem with closing a competition like this to the public is that it becomes very political just like the Grammys, Oscars, you name it. I don't want someone telling me that something's the best Attraction or Ride in America. If a good majority of fans on TPI vote for one ride, so be it. I do agree that fanboy mentality is bad though... a bad ride or show is a bad ride or show no matter which way you spin it. In no way should Heimlich's Chew Chew Train ever beat something like Waterworld. (I'm still disappointed that Waterworld lost early)
A fan over here, going to other fan community social sites to mobilize other fans for the sole purpose of voting for a specific attraction and not to partake in an unbiased competition is a form of social networking. I'm no fan of it as it pertains to this scenario, but if you have the same attractions in the finals every year, that would get boring also, so it's a catch 22 really.
Phil, you and I are in 100% agreement on your closing comment. Can we get the fans rallied around your point and send it as a petition to Disney?
Absolutely James, now that would be using social networking for the good of ALL mankind :)
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