2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Themed Roller Coaster?
Welcome to the first contest of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Best Attraction Tournament
. Today, we're voting for the Best Themed Roller Coaster.
We're looking for a winner in this category that represents the best blend of thrills with theming and storytelling. The winner - in any category - should be an engaging ride that keeps you thinking about the experience long after you've exited, and wanting to ride again. If you get off a particular ride thinking "meh," or "was something broken?," or "I think I'm broken," pick another contestant.
That said, here are your nominees, selected based on highest average reader ratings in this category. You can click the links for descriptions and readers' reviews of each version of each ride.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Your highest-rated version is at Disneyland Paris, your most-often-rated version is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Other versions are at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.
Expedition Everest - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Revenge of the Mummy - Your top-rated and most-rated version is at Universal Studios Florida. Other versions are at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Rock n' Roller Coaster - Your top-rated and most-rated version is at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There is also a version at Walt Disney Studios Paris.
Space Mountain - Your top-rated version is at Disneyland, and your most-rated version is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Other versions are at Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.
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Tomorrow: Best Flume Ride
Lack of a working Yeti = Lack of my vote for Everest. One day, in the far future, the Yeti shall be fixed.
My vote is for Big Thunder.
Man, I love them all, but I'd probably go with the Mummy just because I tend to ride it more times in a row than any of the others. So thankful for single-rider lines!
My vote went to Big Thunder. Most of the people I know seem to love one coaster whilst not liking another. But I haven't met anyone who doesn't like Big Thunder.
I had to vote for the mummy. I love Expedition Everest and Big Thunder Railroad, but I find the mummy the scariest and most absorbing of the three of them. Also I may have voted for Expedition Everest if the yeti was working as I think the level of detail from the moment you join the queue is great.
My vote goes to Expedition Everest. although Mummy in Orlando is quite good, I remember EE quite more often than Mummy when thinking about Top Attractions.
Expedition Everest, with or without a functioning Yeti, is by far and away the most completely themed, immersive piece of storytelling out of all of these attractions. It delivers thrills but remains accessible to families, it engages you from the moment you join the line and it looks fantastic! I found it just drew me back again and again to ride it in a way that the others, good though they are, never did.
Of these rides Everest is my favorite because of the backwards section, and I think it is great even without the Yeti. I went with the Mummy, however, because of all the aspects of the Orlando version. It has a dark ride, a backwards section, a launch, a downward spiral, and the surprising fake unload.
They are all great, but my first choice is the Rock N Roller Coaster.
They are all amazing - I can tell this is going to be a tough race! I went with the Mummy for giving me the most thrilling ride (post launch in Orlando) combined with some fantastic dark ride moments. And who doesn't love the false ending in the Orlando version?
I've only ridden BTMR out of these, so my vote went to that. Here's how I'd rank them:
It was between Mummy and Everest for me. Had to go for Mummy based on it being a thrilling ride and the effects are awesome!
Haven't been on Mummy or Everest. Pretty sure I've been on Thunder, but it really wasn't a candidate for me. Although I have good memories of Space Mountain, and liked it a lot, my vote goes to Rock and Roller. I'm a rock and roll guy (although not an Aerosmith fan) and this is probably my favorite indoor coaster, along with Kennywood's Exterminator (also well themed, but on a much lesser scale.)
I voted for Revenge of the Mummy since it has the best combination & balance of ride elements. Storyline, architectural features, exciting coaster experience,great ending(s) & dark themed areas work well together and put the Mummy in a class unto itself. Expedition Everest & Aerosmith Rock & Roller are my runnerups. Big Thunder Mt. & Space Mt. have great theming but their ride elements are inferior to the other three.
Should Big Thunder even be classified as a coaster? Might as well put Woody woodpeckers coaster in this list… Hahahha
i voted the mummy as it's one of my favourites would have voted for expedition everest but they haven't fixed the yeti yet
Love all of these coasters almost equally, but if I have to rank them for me it would be.
Hands down big thunder because when it comes to amazing themeing and story telling, this ride is just top notch. Its a great thrill for all young and old. The ride actually has two stories to tell on my book. It has a day time story that's pretty decent, and then it has an amazing night time story. Expedition everest was a big lewas a huged dissapointment for me, and it only got worst when the yeti stopped working. I just feel like EE lacks themeing inside the mountaing while going backward. During the backwards scene, you can look down and see all the steel and rebar. EE also has no backside that u can see perfectly from the parking lot. Its a 100 million dollar coaster and they really couldn't put the detail in the back of the mountain??? Come on now. Now the only reason space mt didn't get it is simply because of one version of it... And that's floridas version. They totally screwed wdw out on the refurb of that attraction. So ashamed when I rode it. It was down for 9 months and that's all that happened??? Rock n roller coaster didn't get it simply because it has a very loose story and its more coaster, BUT I will say judging just by thrill, this would get the vote :). The only reason the mummy doesn't get it simply because of the weak backwards sequences in both of the u.s. Versions. That and I feel like the coaster part is just like rock n roller coaster, nut only with strobes on the cardboard cut outs. Soooooo both thunder all the way around and especially at night wins this vote
Wow, surprised by these results. When considering Orlando’s roller coasters from a theming standpoint, Big Thunder Mountain is the only one that I would call “great.” I find every other one to be lackluster in multiple ways.
My vote will go to Rock and roller coaster why because it's the thrillest and for me best theme and it's indoor.
The CLASSIC is the KING! The experience of riding in the front seat of 'Space Mountain' at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom should ALWAYS be ranked near the top of the quintessential theme park experiences. In this category, my heart (and my vote) belong to 'Space Mountain.
I voted for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. The Mummy has great theming, but I don't feel like it offers the same thrills as RnR. I agree with the group that Everest would be there with a working Yeti. If we were just voting on the Paris versions, both Space Mountain and Big Thunder would have a shot.
Sorry Duncan, I had to go for EE, for me it is the most thrilling from all of these and the theming of the queue is much more immersive.
Without a doubt Expedition Everest is King of the themed coaster heap! The amazing mountain looming in the distance, the incredibly intricate queue, the unique ride, and the fact that the whole family can share this thrilling experience together are just a few of the reasons why this Disney masterpiece should win in a landslide. Add in the deep, immersive story, the brilliant special effects, and that singular, oh so important narrative moment when that impossibly huge Yeti arm comes sweeping down over your head...and, my goodness, there is NO doubt!!! The Yeti rules!!!
Great comment Mr. Rao. That read like a good story with a twist (twisted) ending...You are so right about the Yeti. I realize that the mechanical & mounting problems are daunting, but Disney should have come up with a solution by now. Without the Yeti, the ride drops a notch or two.
I know it wouldn't have a chance of winning, but I wish Mystery Mine were on this list!
The best is going to be Grizzly Gulch at Hong Kong Disneyland when it opens this summer. It is going to be the best for years to come.
Well i stuck with SpaceMtn. For a few reasons, Big thunder Great ride and story, but tame, ROckin Roller Good but short, And showing its age. Everst. Well i thought the theming was great but inside the Mtn. really weres the wind the cold etc. And disco yeti? Fix it. Mummy Good but long in the tooth all versions.
Had Disney put a few bucks into making the Yeti work, EE would get my vote. (Anandapur is so well put together). But I had to go with the Mummy. Its one of my favourites and is also really well themed...I was totally on edge wondering if anything would jump out at me the first time I got in line. (Wuss)
Space Mountain. It is hard for me to separate emotion from an actual thought out opinion. I remember being 9 years old and visiting Magic Kingdom for the first day of my Florida vacation. Our first ride was Space Mountain.
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