2010 Best Theme Park Attraction final: Fantasmic! vs The Voyage
Okay, we've said just about everything there is to be said
about these attractions. So, after 62 votes, it's time to pick an overall winner. Here are your 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
Fantasmic! at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios [Best Live Show]
The Voyage at Holiday World [Best Roller Coaster]
To the comments! (Voting continues until 7pm Eastern, 4 pm Pacific today.)
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Update: Congratulations to our 2010 overall champion: The Voyage, from Holiday World and The Gravity Group.
I can't wait to go ride the Voyage again. Also the Holiday World fudge is calling my name.
My vote goes to Voyage ...Robert's article will away a few people for sure.
The Voyage. Great ride. In a terrific park. Even though this is not my favorite coaster. It would beat out a show any time. The problem I have always had with Fantasmic. Is the Que lineing up to get into this show. There is just no crowd control. A terrific job done by the Voyage and Holiday World.
I have definitely said all I need to say about the Voyage. And while I absolutely love Fantasmic I cannot imagine a time when I would pick a show (even an unparalleled spectacle) over a ride of the Voyage's caliber.
Another year of the tournament getting hijacked by a flood of people who don't belong to the site. I guess there's always next year.
Although I chose Voyage for the Best Ride, I much, much prefer
David, I recommend you even the odds by flooding a few Disney fan sites with "calls for help." Sadly, those calls will most likely be greeted by the same malaise that greeted me the last two years of trying...
Fantasmic got my vote because my mouse stinks, and I clicked the wrong button.
Let's not forget that it was Disney fans from Haunted Mansion fan sites that pushed Mansion to the Best Themed Ride title.
More fanboys coming for the Voyage....oh well....
Can we get separate brackets for rides and shows now? Is it obvious that this is not a fair comparison now?
Just remember, this Disney Fanboy voted for the Voyage as well. And I was wearing my Tinkerbell night shirt when I voted! Faced with the choice, an uber ride or an uber show, I'll take the ride. Heck, I would take Disneyland's Haunted Mansion over Fantasmic, despite it being one of the best theme park shows in existence.
Um... y'all are the selection committee, remember?
This is lame. It is unfair to have the last vote be between a show and a ride. They dont mix, and of course the ride is going to win. I mean, seriously, has a show over won?
I've never even heard of the Voyage until now; I'm not going to vote for some backwater ride that no one outside of Indiana, or wherever it is, has even heard of let alone rode. The WORLDWIDE appeal of Fantasmic eclipses anything else.
I've gotta ask ... James, can I get a picture of you in your Tinkerbell nightshirt (voting for The Voyage)?
This is a tough one for me as I've never been on The Voyage. A coaster is a coaster to me, unless it's heavily themed like Everest or Space Mountain. Heck even ones like Riddler's Revenge or Batman don't do much for me as they just have a queue related to the theme and that's it. I'm into visual stimulation as much as being thrown around an attraction. Sure, The Voyage is themed around the Pilgrims... but it sure doesn't really look it.
Robert, to answer your question,no. But I am curious as to how that would have any relevance anyway?
And now we add "Tinkerbell nightshirt" to the list of infamous Theme Park Insider catch-phrases.
Yeah. I live near Holiday World and I am tired of their SPAM campaign to get "The Voyage" as the top rated ride. I am sorry, if you want best roller coaster. It has to go to Millennium Force at Cedar Point. Best Thrill Ride is Spider-man. I am sure that if @disneyparks put out a tweet like @holidayworld is, this would be a no contest. It is not a fair contest, and Holiday World is spamming Facebook and Twitter every few hours to get votes.
I've never been to Disneyland so I've never even heard of Fantasmic. So, I went to YouTube to look it up. All I can say is the Kentucky Derby Festival's Thunder Over Louisville fireworks show has that crap beat..... And you don't have to pay $200 to see it!
Robert -- as a side note, thanks for your Johnny-on-the-spot tweets about the earthquake yesterday. My oldest son and his wife live in Pasadena (proud mama: he's an engineer at JPL) and it was good to quickly hear that all was well. My Tom checked in with us later in the day, but I already knew from you there was no cause for panic.
@ David: Sure, I followed a link here from Holiday World's facebook post (for best roller coaster), but after I voted, I joined the site and signed up for the newsletter. So I wouldn't slam the process. It's good publicity for all involved, whether they need it or not.
Is it always a show vs a ride at the end? I know we are the selection committee, but only on prescribed brackets. I mean, in reality, it seems like Fantasmic could and should have been beat out by other things to give a more balanced vote. The last few brackets have been asking us to compare apples to oranges to beef. I agree with some others in that perhaps we should end the contest at best coaster, best themed ride best show etc...
LOL Paula, you got me. One thing you will find about my posts, I tend toward exaggeration and (sometimes) humor. My daughter is the one with the Tinkerbell night shirt... I did however have my Mickey Mouse pocket watch, which I almost always carry with me -- unless I am riding the Voyage, of course!
BOOOOO! Should be Fantasmic!!!
They Voyage is a BEAST!!!!
^^You really need to ride the Voyage, Tim! ;)
First off to the poster who said they have never heard of the Voyage or HW. If you are a true follower of any theme park or coaster you would know something about the park and the ride. The two have been featured on T.V. and this site forever. If anyone knows anything about coasters they have kept up with the rankings of the various rides. I dare anyone who is a fan of coasters not to know about Holiday World. They may not have been to the park yet but a true coaster/park fan knows about the Raven, The Voyage and The Legend. The park also is known as an innovator for park hospitality. It's one thing to have a favorite it's another to claim ignorance.
To the anonymous poster regarding The Voyage being a "backwater ride". The Voyage is no backwater ride. Just because you are uninformed doesn't mean you have to live in Indiana to know what it is. Plenty of people outside of the state have helped to make this a top rated coaster in the world.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is the best!
There is mention of themed coasters - why does any coaster really need a comic theme in the first place? To me, it's not necessary and isn't going to change how I rate a coaster - on the elements in the coaster itself (hills, airtime, duration, speed, lateral events [being swung to the left or right due to turns and coaster momentum], inversions, twists, head-chopping/feet-chopping effects, etc.). The only thing I need is some landscaping (grass, flowers, water) because looking at a parking lot can detract from a coaster's effect, especially flying coasters. I don't like them much because they are uncomfortable, but looking down at dry dirt, black top or concrete doesn't do much for me. However, seeing a good landscape might make a bad ride better, even if I have no desire to ride it again. At least then I'd have something positive to say about the coaster.
BTW, if we are going to call out the Voyage as some backwater ride, why not call out the poster that called Fantasmic crappy?
I don't see the point in trying to rally the Disney fans on MiceAge. If it didn't work for Haunted Mansion it sure ain't working for Fantasmic! And people, it's the final vote. For my own sanity, can we PLEEEEEEEASE not question the format of the tournament at this stage? I'm still trying to cope with the HM's defeat and am sobbing Grim Grinning Ghosts to myself while chomping down a Monte Cristo and another round of "Why is this ride vs. show" sure ain't making the pain go away.
As a proud Midwesterner, don't make me change my vote ;)
I know Voyage will win, so I'm voting for the underdog. I like it better anyway.
Anthony, CP was heavily involved last year, but it was Universal Fanboys that won the day for Revenge of the Mummy.
I don't understand the general negativity running throughout a lot of these comments, whether it's toward HW or Disney. I love both parks and have been to Disney more than HW, although I live close to HW. I have also enjoyed going to King's Island, which is a couple hours away from me. We have just lost our local Six Flags amusement park and I know many people are mourning the loss of it. I enjoy theme parks in general and would go to them all if I could afford it (and had the time!). My kids love HW and Disney and look forward to going to HW every year. They beg to go back to Disney but that is a trip that requires a lot of saving and planning, and cannot be done every year like HW. I don't see why we all can't respect the competition without bashing it (or a region of the country), whether our personal favorite is represented here, or winning, or not.
I always wonder how people throw a fit when parks advertise this contest. How does that make it unfair if ALL parks can advertise it in the same way? Everybody knows Disney has the exact same ability to post this contest on Facebook and Twitter. Also, who is to say that everybody who found out about the contest through Holiday World actually voted for the Voyage?? You can be a fan of the park without it actually being your favorite park.
It's always like this Melinda, don't let it get you down. We are all very passionate about our favorites - and while I have been pulling for the Voyage for the past few contests, my favorite attraction (Spider-Man) was defeated weeks ago, darnit!! See, even I am still bitter!
To the poster who said something like "no one outside Indiana has ever rode or heard of Voyage anyway."
Excuse me, but I find I must interject: "ever ridden," not "ever rode."
Regarding the fanboy comments, I am a fan of almost every facebook page Disney has, and I only found out about this contest last Thursday through the HW fan page. I wish I had heard about it sooner so I could have voted in the earlier rounds. I have lots of rides (and other attractions) that I enjoy that have nothing to do with HW.
Hey, Paula! I was an English major (you want fries with that?) But I've never been 100% sure of the usage of "rode" vs. "ridden." I used "rode" because that was the form chosen by the original, albeit anonymous, poster...I paraphrased his/her/its actual statement, but not that particular word.
Congratulations to The Voyage and its loyal fans.
I have to give a hats off to Paula Werne and her crew. Yes they might use twitter and Facebook to promote their purpose, but why not. No other theme park that I have seen has cherished their followers and kept them in the loop as much as Holiday World has through these social networking sites. I say to them, thank you for letting us be a part of their family!!
Another year, another fun tournament. Thank you, Robert, for giving us the great venue to discuss, debate, and yes, even argue about some of the world's greatest theme park attractions. I appreciate your time, effort, and patience.
Attraction...Ride, can we really compare? I think the results of the brackets are the true winners.
Congrats to The Voyage! And I'm with James on thanking Robert for allowing everyone to discuss and debate anything and everything theme park related.
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