Tournament quarterfinals: Smoky Mountain Christmas vs. Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party
Written by Robert Niles
The calendar says March, but it's time to think about Christmas, with today's quarterfinal match-up in the 2011 Theme Park Insider Tournament: America's Best Theme Park Event.Tweet
Dollywood fans rallied to push the park's Smoky Mountain Christmas to one of the top two seeds in the round of the eight. Meanwhile, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party had to defeat Universal Studios Florida's Rock the Universe in a second-round match-up to advance to the quarterfinals.
In terms of attendance, Tennessee's Dollywood falls well behind the Magic Kingdom, which is the world's most populate theme park. But fans' passion counts in an online poll, and Dollywood fans have shown that they love their park every bit as much as Disney fans love theirs'.
So which will it be? The holiday-themed live musical shows of Dollywood or the fireworks and parades of Disney World? Smoky Mountain hospitality or Disney magic? These are the last two Christmas events in our tournament, so I think it's fair to say that the winner here can be called the nation's best theme park Christmas event.
Come back tomorrow for our final quarterfinal match, as Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights takes on Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland.
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