Vote of the week: What is the worst theme park attraction in America?
Props once again to the folks at Walt Disney World, for so quickly and efficiently responding to the fire at the Magic Kingdom's The Enchanted Tiki Room
this week. That no one was hurt and no major damage done has allowed folks to crack many a joke about this, uh, less-than-popular version of Walt Disney's classic Tiki Room attraction:
"Just heard that the fire at Disney World's Tiki Room that Reedy Creek put out today actually started last week. No one had noticed."
"Guests were told there was no major damage to the Tiki Room, which caused 100 of them to walk immediately to City Hall and complain."
The jokes inspire me to ask a very important question for this week's vote: What is the worst theme park attraction in America?
Here are our candidates, the five major attractions which have pulled the lowest average reader scores in our Theme Park Insider ratings:
As Jeff Probst would say, "It's time to vote." If only the one with the most votes in this tally were voted off the theme park island....
Tell us, in the comments, why you voted for the one you did. And thank you, again, for reading Theme Park Insider.
Prince Caspian, hands-down. What an awful attraction in every way. It lacks any creative touch or flow, leading me to believe it was conceived by corporate.
Dark Knight should win (I have been on all of these).
I picked Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian because for a Disney attraction, it lacked the over elaborate theming or story that Disney is known for in their attractions. To me it is merely there to show some scenes from the film to promote it and granted I liked the film itself, I just wish that there would've been more to the attraction. I wasn't expecting Disney to do something as grand in scale as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure simply because the Narnia films aren't as popular, however, Disney could do a much better job to make guests really feel like they are actually Journeying into Narnia.
Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian is easily the worst of the attractions listed, although to even call it an "attraction" is a bit of stretch.
I voted for Tiki Room, because I love the original at Disneyland. This one verges on desecration.
Wow, I always wonder if I'm the only one that totally thinks the narnia "attraction" is horrible. And I also dislike stitch and the tiki room also but not nearly as much. So I now know that most everyone thinks it's bad! Is there anyone that likes any of them?
Dim Knight at GAdv is the only one I've been on/experienced, so it got my vote. It isn't even simply the fact it's a lousy ride (which it is)..it was just such a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.
I voted for Stitch because it replaced one of my favorite attractions in Alien Encounter.
Don't be dissin' the Tiki Room!!! I love it even though it is not in it's best form.
Why was Its a Small World Left off? Narnia is just a plug for the movie. Pretty much everything at Dollywood sucks. If your idea of fun is having somebody throw water at you on every ride, that is the park for you.
My vote went to Stitch on the basis that not only is it not very good but that it also replaced something that actually was. A double whammy imho.
The only thing worse than Prince Caspian was the Chronicles of Narnia which was in place prior. Such great movies with such a poor attraction. It just screams, "Oh, we need to do something quick." That is exactly what it feels like too...
Journey into Narnia without a doubt for me. I couldn't believe I wasted my time in there during Extra Magic Hours one night. I read on here that it was a Simulator Ride, after the movie, I walked on thinking I was getting on a simulator ride, and there's the exit! Lol.
First a joke:
Hey! I love Disaster Transport in all its cheese and I adore Dollywood! Mystery Mine and Thunderhead rock!
I can't beleive that Sounds Dangerous didn't make this list. They made an attraction out of sitting in the dark listing to headphones. By that standard, ipods should be declared an attraction.
Am I missing the point here, where is the Country Bears show at Disney MK which is truly the lamest thing I have ever seen in my life? Closely followed by the Carousel of Progress and Jungle Cruise. They might be 'classics' but that doesn't make them either good or relevant!
My vote was for Tiki.
I voted for Prince Caspian, but only because Sounds Dangerous wasn't listed. This has to be one of the biggest wastes of time in any theme park in the world. Opened in 1999, I think it was due for an overhaul or replacement sometime in 2000. It's 12 minutes of your life that you will always remember as the worst time you ever spent on a theme park attraction.
I can't believe my niece and I waited an hour and a half to experience "Stitch's Great Escape." I kept waiting for something--anything--to happen. What a waste of time. I voted for this because I've never even heard about "Journey into Narnia."
Stitch is okay, and I can't bash a ride I worked on. I know I'm biased, but them's the breaks.
Narnia hands down, However my biggest pet peeve is the desruction of Alien Encounter which was one of my favorite attractions at the Magic Kingdom! How is it Disney can produce R rated movies (Walt would turn in his grave!) and deem AE to scary, if it's to scary for the MK then relocate it to the Studios U'no where Narnia is.....By the way I worked at Disneyland when they were working on the storyboard for AE and it took years to figure out the sound system for AE I believe it to longer to work out the attraction then it was actually ran.
If a toddler wandered into Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies and got struck, there would probably be more damage to the vehicle than the child. It's truly pathetic. Fortunately it's gone, but without a doubt the worst theme park attraction ever was Super Star Lame-o....I mean Limo.
After going to Epcot in November, I would have to say the worst ride/attraction I have ever been on is Captian EO. When we got done with the ride I said loudly that it was a total waste of 17 minutes of my life, and everyone around agreed. Bring back "Honey I Shrunk the Audiance", or close it all together, but don't make people watch Captain EO.
Without a doubt, Prince Caspian. Talk about a barf-inducingly bad ride. I don't even mean it makes you dizzy. It just is so dull that you get off and you hurl because you realize that's about two minutes of your life, plus waiting time, that you'll never be able to refund.
Having ridden four of the five, it came down to Dark Knight and Narnia. While I have said to everyone I know that Dark Knight is not worth more than a 10 minute wait, I would say that I don't think Caspian is worth anything more than a place to go to get out of the sun on a hot day. Even so, if I got to choose seeing Caspian to get out of the sun versus sitting under a big shady tree, I'd take the tree.
You forgot half the so called 'attractions' in the Disney California Park.
Prince Caspian, without a doubt. It's a buzzkilljoy ride, to be frank.
Mark Moore, You are missing the point. The attractions that you mentioned are good, if not great attractions.
Narnia is just awful. What a lame excuse for an attraction. It's like combining a movie commercial with the queue from TGMR. Hopefully something Disney-worthy will replace it relatively soon with all the amazing changes going on at Disney.
To the anonymous poster who came up with the Disney "joke" above: Don't quit your day job, if you have one. And I thought Jeff Dunham was unfunny....
Tuck and Roll can't even be considered bumber cars. The vehicles travel at 1 mph.
I voted "Stitch" because the over-the-shoulders restraint is uncomfortable, and when Stitch burps, the smell of stale hot dog gave me nausea.
Narnia is not even an attraction - it is an advertisement, and a lousy one at that.
I agree that Sounds Dangerous is pretty lame. Surely they can replace it with something better, with some repeatability.
I personally voted for Stitch. Loved Alien Encounter so much more. Anyway, since we're talking about Sounds Dangerous, I've NEVER been able to even go on the ride. It's either closed or being refurbed when I go there for some reason, but I guess that's my fault for usually choosing to go during slow seasons.
Replace something with a character greating area? No thanks. If you ask me, the character greating areas are the worst attraction. Never liked them, not even as a small child.
I've never been on Stitch because I heard it was awful. Under New Management is without a doubt bad.
Hands down, it has to be Narnia- Prince Caspian. I wish that space could be used for a dark ride or something else for the younger crowd.....Hollywood Studios could stand some ride type attractions to keep the little ones interested and the pressure off of Toy Story as the only really little kid friendly ride in the park.
Wish you had a write-in spot - I'd add my vote for Sounds Dangerous too. I didn't even get to try it the first time I went to the park since it was "closed for repairs" (& it seems to be a LOT of the time)so I made it a priority on my next visit since it was open that day. Listening to Drew Carey in the dark - & getting sprayed by water ....... don't see the appeal of that - what a waste of time!
The poor, clueless visitors to Hollywood Studios always fall victim to the timeshare presentation they call: Prince Caspian. They seal visitors in a cave and force them to watch scenes from a film already shown in theaters. You think itd be a preshow, but nope its the ride entirely. A serious trap for those that are trying to use their time wisely at the park.
Just has to be Caspian. Thrown into stark relief by the whole "Potter " experience and based in a park in which breathtaking rides and attractions abound, this has to be one of the most disappointing park experiences I have had. I've been on rides before I didn't like them but my kids did, but with this even my youngest saw through the frippery immediately. "Was that IT?" they asked, incredulously as we left...
Never been on any of them... voted for Dark Knight because it wasn't Disney and I'm a Disney fan... now realized I should have voted for Narnia.
Definitley Stitch, I can't believe this short and silly show replaced the brilliantly creepy alien attraction
Anonymous poster above: I'm glad you had such a good reason for voting the way you did. Dark Knight is indeed a piece of !@#$, but at least it's a piece of !@#$ I can personally vouch against.
Stitch's Great Escape is an epic fail alright, but it gets serious competition from Carousel of Progress. That show is so lame. It's so badly written and unfunny. Which is dumb because it's just robots moving to a recording ... they could easily hire a decent sitcom writer to dash off something that more or less fits into the timing. Something with at least a tiny bit of wit and sparkle. Right now it's embarrassing to watch. The song is bad too. Not one of the Sherman Bros' best and not worth keeping. If they're not going to update it then they should use the space for another Omnimover ride, ferinstance going with the Tomorrowland theme and recycling the best elements out of defunct rides like Horizons and whatever used to be in Buzz Lightyear. Maybe they could make the TTA do a couple of extra loops around the space and add more futuristic cityscapes and stuff, only really cool with miniature moving monorails and flying spaceships etc.
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