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Tournament, round two: Universal Studios Florida's Mardi Gras vs. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

By Robert Niles
Published: March 21, 2011 at 8:42 AM
Here's where we are with the 2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament: America's Best Theme Park Event.

Your first-round votes cut the field down to 10 events. We need eight for our quarterfinals, so we're going to give the six winning events that got the most votes in round one a bye into the quarters.

  • Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights
  • Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas
  • Universal Studios Florida's Halloween Horror Nights
  • Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival
  • Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios
  • Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland

That leaves four events to fight it out for the remaining two slots.

  • Universal Studios Florida's Mardi Gras vs. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
  • Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom vs. Rock the Universe at Universal Studios Florida

We'll vote on the first match-up today and the second tomorrow. As in round one, voting in each contest is open for 24 hours. Campaigning, in the comments and on Facebook and Twitter, is highly encouraged.


The quarterfinals will begin on Thursday.

Readers' Opinions

From 4.36.109.29 on March 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM
Mardi Gras ROCKS!!!! It's the best event that Universal has each year!
From Tom Rigg on March 21, 2011 at 2:12 PM
Not to wax all philosophical here or anything, but given the history of mankind this round doesn't seem like a fair fight: a lengthy celebration for all vices and sins that is characterized by the mass consumption of alcohol and fried goods versus a celebration of the benefits of marathon running (a sport that involves endurance and commitment {two things humans are notoriously crappy at})
From Andy Milio on March 21, 2011 at 4:32 PM
Ma-ma-ma-Mardi Gras!
From Robert Niles on March 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM
Tom's on to something. Healthy and good for you is getting smacked by drink and debauchery by about three to one right now.

Can't say I'm surprised... ;^)

From Joshua Counsil on March 21, 2011 at 8:37 PM
I'll wax political. I've read studies that most of the money raised for a marathon goes toward organizing the event. I'm not sure if this is the case for Disney's marathon, but the concept of a marathon has always baffled me. Why run for a cure? Why not just donate the money yourself? Probably because we're greedy and expect something in return. We won't give the money out of the goodness of our hearts, but we will sponsor somebody to run because we feel they are doing something to earn it. Charity marathons, concerts, auctions - the underlying cause is good, but the methods are unfortunate.

I voted for Mardi Gras. You can't compare the two. One is loaded with great food, drink, and music. The other, while nobler, causes crowd flow problems in the parks and doesn't offer any benefits to the attendees.

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