2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament: Preview of Wednesday's votes
By Robert NilesTheme parks across the country have embraced Halloween events, which is why so many of them can be found in the field for the 2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament: America's Best Theme Park Event.
Published: March 15, 2011 at 8:42 AM
But let's not forget which park started this trend: California's Knott's Berry Farm, home to Halloween Haunt, which remains one of the country's largest and most popular "hard ticket" Halloween events, with scare zones and mazes throughout the park.
Tomorrow morning, Halloween Haunt will square off in the tournament against its Southern California Halloween rival, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Halloween Horror Nights
Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights went on hiatus a few years back, but returned in 2006 and immediately reclaimed its popularity. Smaller than its Orlando sibling, the Hollywood version nevertheless makes use of an asset Universal Studios Florida lacks - the backlot tour, where ghouls and zombies are known to lie in wait for passing visitors.
So, Southern California theme park fans, which is your favorite local Halloween event? You've got until voting begins at 7 am Pacific (10 am Eastern) tomorrow to make your case in the comments.
Update The vote is open now.
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The second match-up in Wednesday's first-round voting will pit two of the nation's top theme park events for athletes. No, I'm not talking about ESPN The Weekend, which is up today against the Star Wars Weekends. I'm talking about two events for people who aren't afraid to get out and get moving.
It's the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend versus the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, also at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Both events take place in the winter, to take advantage of the reasonably cooler temperatures at that time of year in Central Florida for long-distance running. (Can you imagine a marathon in Orlando in July? Even if the starting pistol went off at midnight, it'd be too hot!)
Registration opened today for the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend next January, which will feature a new relay option. The Disney Princess Half Marathon, which features a bit more character and whimsy than the "regular" marathon weekend, just finished this year, running on the last weekend in February.
Which is your pick? You'll have the chance to vote, starting at noon ET tomorrow.
Update: Voting is open now
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