2010 Best Themed Ride in America: Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
You've voted in the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
, and now it's time to pick the Best Themed Ride in America.
Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean
Disneyland's Haunted Mansion
Want to know why Disneyland's been named the Best Theme Park in America by Theme Park Insider readers the past two years? Here are a couple of strong reasons. These Disneyland neighbors, located just a few yards from one another in the park's New Orleans Square, continue to elicit the fan passion needed to move them through the tournament bracket - even four decades after their debuts.
So which of these classics is the best of the best? That's for you to decide.
Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did.
Tomorrow, we'll put the winners against each other to select the Best Ride and Best Theme Park Show in America.
Yo ho, yo ho, a Pirates life for me...
It just seems wrong to me that aged attractions are winning in this bracket. It's like Disney manage to pull a fantastic April Fool's joke on us. While I agree that both of these attractions are timeless and deserve their respect neither of them should be in the finals here.
Probably the hardest decision of the entire tourney for me...
This is like picking your favorite child, but my love for all things spooky is the only reason I can give for picking the Haunted Mansion. Both classic rides DO deserve to be in the finals. No technology on earth is a substitute for good storytelling, creative design and ATMOSPHERE. Most of the new, high tech rides (just like new, high tech movies) toss out mood and atmosphere for fast thrills and the big bang. Today's imagineers would do well to study these two rides and how they work for an audience in order to try and bring that into rides of the future, instead of starting out with a new technology device and then wrapping a story around it.
This contest is easy. I'll take Pirates and a Monte Cristo without a second of regret.
Have to go with Pirates. Now if only I could get into Club 33....
I almost had to flip a coin on this one. Both are awesome rides. I went with the Haunted Mansion. Bottom line: Nobody does it like DISNEY.
Ok so what if my fav spider-man isn't here. Pirates and Haunted Mansion are two excellent attractions worthy of the title. Gotta go with the Mansion here, but it seems Pirates will win which is cool. Prefer the pre-Depp pirates, but this updated version is still pretty good.
This was so close but the Pirates beat the Ghosts to my vote by a whisker.
Love both of these attractions. Both are totaly entaiing. Went with the Haunted Mansion because of the preride presentation. Also Disney cast members do a great job with this attraction.
I went with Pirates... yes, it's like choosing which child is your favorite. My only significant knock against HM is that it closes down every year for a significant amount of time for the Holiday overlay... I think that's kinda unfair for those who can only visit the park once a year. I mean, I enjoy the Jack Skellington stuff, but Pirates seems to only go down once in a while for maintenance.
Oh my god!
I agree is a bit odd that two Disneyland attractions from the 60s made the final. I guess it's a victory for timelessnes over technology. I voted for Pirates because the Disneyland Mansion has (still!) not been upgraded to the standards of WDW.
No hippos. Won't vote.
The Haunted Mansion is my favorite dark ride, ever. Possibly my favorite theme park ride in existence. That being said, Pirates is easily number two. If either of these attractions win I will be a very happy guy.
HM whether it's Dland or WDW will always be slightly better than Pirates because of the cheese factor on the AA's.... If Disney upgraded some of them AA's in Pirates, it would win easily...
Impossible choice. The 2 best dark rides ever created by Walt Disney. I think I will flip a coin.
This was a very tough call, and my wife and I were split on it. She wanted Haunted Mansion, but Pirates' scale, waterfalls, and pacing were enough to give it the very slightest win in my book. I will say Pirates was degraded by the recent additions of the movie characters and the very unfortunate Davy Jones effect, and Haunted has received some good enhancements in recent years. However, Haunted Mansion often runs too quickly for the pacing to be good, and Disneyland's version pales in comparison to Walt Disney World's version, which has received even better upgrades.
I love both rides, but when I'm walking through the front gates onto Main Street, I've got one thing on my mind: The Haunted Mansion.
Soooo tough. "Haunted Mansion Holiday" tips the scales to HM over POTC.
I sure hope people do realize that it's not the Magic Kingdom's Superior Haunted Mansion compared to Disneyland's PotC. I love both rides at Disneyland, but Disney World has the better Haunted Mansion thanks to the phenomenal upgrades, visually, aurally... and heck, just overall!
Disneyland's Pirates losing is a real tragedy. I cannot wait to summon forth the legions of Holiday World fans to utterly defeat the un-deserving Haunted Mansion in the next round. If you Disney-philes would be as forward thinking as Walt was, you'd know your best chance for victory in this tournament is Pirates.
Both rides are classics, but haunted mansion has more of that "how'd they do that factor", which I really enjoy. Haunted Mansion also has a great queue that just adds to the experience. The ride remains to be my favorite disney ride to date.
These are the two best dark rides in existence. However, there is no question that as far as Disneyland is concerned, Pirates is superior to their iteration of the Mansion.
James, have you considered that the non-Disney-philes like myself are the ones tipping the scales in favor of HM knowing it'll be easier to knock out?
Why do people think we're voting for Disney? Why would we choose Pirates just because it might do better? We are simply voting for our favorite ride, which is Haunted Mansion. We are happy if it wins Best Themed Ride for 2010 knowing it knocked out some other beasties like ToT and Spiderman.
Interesting choice. I like Haunted Mansion too, but I never thought that Haunted Mansion would be the one coming out of this bracket.
I would hope, Jack, that people are voting for the attractions they like best. If most Disney fans who voted like the Haunted Mansion better than Pirates, then so be it. I am pretty sure your one devious vote had little impact on the outcome of the contest. ;p
I absolutely love them both and will go on each every time I got to Disney World. The Pirates of the Caribbean intrigued me from the day it was opened. The Haunted Castle, I specifically drove from NJ to California to see it the year it opened!
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