2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Flume Ride?
Today's vote in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
matches the top five flume rides from your Theme Park Insider reader ratings.
In this category, like yesterday's vote for Best Themed Roller Coaster, we're looking for a winner 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. (Update: To clarify, in this category, we're including any boat or water coaster ride with a major, soaking drop and where the boats don't spin - those go into the Best Rapids Ride category.)
Here are your nominees. You can click the links for descriptions and readers' reviews of each version of each ride.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls - At Universal's Islands of Adventure
Journey to Atlantis - At SeaWorld Orlando. If you're really a fan, you can vote on behalf the version at SeaWorld San Diego, if you'd like. But let's just all pretend that the shoot-the-chutes at SeaWorld San Antonio has a different name, okay?
Jurassic Park The Ride/River Adventure - Your top-rated version is Jurassic Park - The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, but the more-often-rated version is at Jurassic Park River Adventure Universal's Islands of Adventure. There's also a version at Universal Studios Japan. (The Jurassic Park ride in Singapore is a rapids-style ride, and competing in that category instead.)
Splash Mountain - Your top-rated version is at Tokyo Disneyland, and your most-rated version is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. The original version of the ride stands at Disneyland.
Timber Mountain Log Ride - At Knott's Berry Farm
Tomorrow: Which is the best version of Disney's Tower of Terror?
this one was a hard one for me between Dudley and Splash mt. I love the slapstick humor of dudley, and its amazing final plunge, but I love the detail and story of Splash mt. Ive been on both u.s. version of splash mt, and because of the fact that one is all about story and slow pace and the other has a story, but it more about getting you wet and livivng up to its name, my vote went to Splash mt.
I've been on three of these...JP, SM, and DDR. I cast my vote for Jurassic, with Ripsaw a close second. This is mainly because I'm a big fan of Spielberg's initial entry in the series. However, I definitely got wetter on Dudley, and to me, that's normally the main criterion/consideration in whether I like a flume or not. I love several that were not part of this poll..GAdv, Dorney, KD, Busch Tampa, and more. By far, the WORST flume I've been on was last summer at Great Escape....a trough with NO scenery, NO splash, and hardly even enough water to keep the boat going. I mean, why bother?
This is a dead draw between Splash Mountain & Dudley Do-Right. Splash Mountain brings a continuous smile to my face every time I ride it. The animatronics, theming, music & scenery are "the best". A FANTASTIC surprise ending also.I can ride this attraction all day. The only drawback is that you only get a little wet...I have fond memories of the Dudley Do Right cartoons from my long ago youth. I always laughed heartily, and the ride recreates that "dry" humor very well. Like Splash Mountain, its a long enjoyable ride. The theming is not as strong as Splash Mountain but it does get you very wet. Its like a ride through a wave pool, and I absolutely enjoy the drenching on a hot Florida late spring day.And its also enjoyable to stand on the bridge & watch the riders get soaked on the long long ending. The only way I can decide is to flip a coin...And the winner is, heads up, Dudley Do-Right...Jurassic Park River Adventure is OK but not in the class of Dudley or Splash Mt. I haven't been on the other two but their descriptions don't appear in the same class.
I always thought Splash Mountain in Orlando was overrated. Aside from the drops, most of the ride is a boring, slow drift through scenes where half the effects are broken and you can't understand any of the dialogue.
i chose jurassic park because the theming is amazing and the drop thrilling however it was hard to choose as i like dudley and atlantis just as much
Splash Mountain: 10/10 (Utterly charming… wonderful whimsical theming and, gasp, an actual structured storyline, which is a rarity in the theme park world today. At the WDW version, there were some very serious problems with general upkeep and maintenance in early 2010… but a couple weeks later, everything was fixed and the attraction was as good as ever.)
Fantastic ride, love the double hop
I had to go for Jurassic Park here, it was a hard choice between this and Journey to Atlantis, Dudley would come in 3rd for me. Splash is too much a kiddie ride, no real thrill at all.
I went for JP.
Sorry, my "best draw" and the coin flip winner comment above was mistakenly posted anonymously....I always own up to my comments.
Gotta go with JP. No matter what time of the day (I saw someone mention that nighttime riding is best) I've ridden it, I've always enjoyed it immensely. Who doesn't like dinosaurs? I don't expect it to win over Splash Mountain, but Jurassic Park always appeals to the kid in me.
Splash Mountain is truly a wonder. It is my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom and my second favorite attraction in all of WDW.
Even loving Splash Mountain and its atmosphere, for me the unforgetable part of a flume ride is the last drop of DDR.
This is One tough Vote… Splash Mountain has great details and is a looooong ride with nice theming. The long ride is much appreciated after standing in line for 55 minutes on a hot day.. The only downfall is the final hill. Needs a betted degree angle of drop.
I wish that Universal would some day take some of that Harry Potter income and "fill in the gaps" on Dudley, making it a seamlessly-themed experience throughout, instead of subjecting us to those ugly empty spaces that mar the ride, and keep it from topping Splash.
I went with Splash Mountain. The music and sets throughout the ride are amazing and the drops, while exciting, are a good bonus. The broken elements are an issue on most of these choices anyway and I find the thrill comparable so I'm not going to downgrade Splash.
I voted for Splash Mountain due to its combination of great theming, thrills, and just pure fun. It's one of my favorite rides in any theme park, so it was an easy choice.
All these rides are fantastic! I had to go with splash, but there is no wrong answer here.
I voted for Jurassic Park, because the theming is totally immersive and for the superior thrill factor. However it was a tough decision as I also love Splash Mountain and wouldn't miss riding it whenever I visit Disney and I am impressed how totally soaked u get on the rip saw falls.
I voted Splash Mt., but let's face it, all these rides would get 3s in the Winter :P
The Jurassic ride itself was good- HOWEVER... We were on it this past November and would never go on again from this experience. The water needs some major attention! Water which splashed on my face was SLIPPERY, and my clothes smelled of mildew for a good THREE washes after. Disgusting!!! Didn't have this problem with any of the other water rides- they need to drain that water and start over- and chlorinate!
good call Robert. that would probably swayed my vote from jp to dudley
Is it my imagination or is the Jurassic Park River Adventure (which I like, don't get me wrong) just an extended shoot-the-chutes ride?
James: If you're asking whether Jurassic Park is really a flume, I think you have a point. Now that I think about it, it's really just a well themed boat ride with a drop at the end. In other words, it's a more thrilling version of Pirates of the Carribean, which is not in this category.
My vote goes to Splash Mt, but not the Orlando one, Either California or Tokyo takes the cheese due to the lack of maintenance (dear Disney Parks, please fix this and the yeti).
Yeah, this is one of those examples where I had to stretch category definitions a bit in order to fit all the top rides in a manageable number of categories.
Oh, no, don't get me wrong, I agree JP makes sense in this category. I guess I just realized that the whole attraction is a "fancy" up-over-and-down, shoot-the-chutes or "monsoon" ride with an extended intro and an elaborate theme (Escape from Pompeii at BGW is fashioned similarly, however it is not even close to the same length or level of immersion). I love it when theme park designers take a standard amusement park ride and create something that transcends and even obsoletes its predecessors (kind of like what Disney did with drop rides when they built the Tower of Terror).
Dudley's amazing drop is why I'm giving it my vote. Splash is a great ride, but the drop is a big letdown.
All four of those Orlando based flume rides are awesome but in the end I voted for Journey to Atlantis purely because the first time I rode it, that final section where it briefly turns into a coaster ride really took me by surprise. Love them all though.
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