Published: April 5, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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.
I chose Voyage because it's simply the best of the two choices offered to me to vote on, but that's my opinion, and that's what this contest comes down, an opinion poll.
I have been to Disneyland, Disney World, Holiday World, Cedar Point and several other parks in various locations throughout the country.
As far as Millennium Force (MF) goes, the ride is boring! All it has to put to it is one big lift hill and one little one, nothing much more than that. Steel Force (Dorney Park) and Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure), while having a shorter first drop, have many more elements to them than MF. If there were a couple more hills, twists and turns, and some bunny hills in the coaster's run, MF might actually be exciting.
I do agree that it's not really fair to put two different types of attractions against each other. How do you compare apples to bananas? I may not see shows like fantasmic, but it doesn't mean they aren't good in their own right.
Whether it's a themed attraction, show, roller coaster, or dark ride each has different elements within themselves that may make one stand out over the others in its grouping. I would rather see a bracket based on the elements found in attractions/shows/coasters and see which element is the most popular and then rate each item based on the strength of the most popular element in each item.