2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Narrated Ride?
Today in the fifth annual Theme Park Insider Best Attraction Tournament
, we're voting for the world's best narrated ride. These are theme park rides where a real, live cast member/team member/employee serves as host for your journey, spieling through your tour.
While quality of spieling is important, that shouldn't be the only factor in your decision which attraction to vote for in this category. We're still looking for the best in overall theme, setting, visuals and narration. If you haven't been on all the attractions in today's vote, please click through the links for descriptions and other readers' ratings, or read the comments first.
The vote is open for 24 hours. Please feel free to campaign in the comments, and to spread the word about the vote via Facebook and Twitter. Hear are your nominees:
The Great Movie Ride - at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Jungle Cruise - Your top-rated version is the Jungle River Cruise at Hong Kong Disneyland, but the most-voted-upon version is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Kilimanjaro Safaris - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Studio Tour - at Universal Studios Hollywood
Tomorrow: We vote for the best theme park playground.
This should be no contest. The Jungle Cruise is a CLASSIC theme park attraction. The first production was up and operating on the day that Disneyland opened in 1955. There are productions running in Anaheim, Tokyo, Orlando and Hong Kong. Over the years (decades) the Jungle Cruise has been performed for more than a billion guests. At any given moment of the Earth’s day, a Jungle Cruise boat is pulling away from the dock to begin its voyage down the world’s rivers of adventure.
I want to know how long TH was hitting "reload" on the site this morning to ensure he got that vote and comment in within seconds of me launching this post. :^)
Jungle Cruise is the only acceptable answer.
My index finger is sore :o)
I'm a bit baffled why "Jaws" at Universal Studios Florida was not included in this contest. Although, yes, it has now closed for good, this contest looks back at the best attractions from 2011 -- not new attractions opening this year. So why not include "Jaws" as a choice? It's certainly a classic worthy of at least some love from its many fans.
I had to vote with TH here. Plus, I love awful, awful, awful jokes. Which Jungle Cruise has en masse.
Usually these are hit or miss with me. However, Jungle Cruise has probably some of the best narrators. The last time I was at the Studios, we probably had the most boring, ho-hum narrator that we have ever had. She was terribly boring, unenthusiastic, and unconvincing.
I love Kilimanjaro Safaris - it is one of my favorite WDW attractions. I especially love watching folks vainly try to take photos while the ride vehicle lurches and bounces along. Very funny! However, the "storyline" (even though it has been minimized over time) is still a significant distraction.
I like Kilimanjaro Safaris, it is a great attraction and I have never seen anything like it at other parks. Also it has real animals as opposed to AA's.
I went with Kilo. Safaris. Many want the speil to be eliminated and the attraction to just be for animal watching, but I actually enjoy the poacher story. The narration is more important and funnier on the Jungle Cruise but the setting and theming of the AK Safari blows those on the Magic Kingdom attraction away.
I would never risk incurring the wrath of TH Creative.
Jungle Cruise without a doubt. It's a classic and should never leave (looking at you Universal).
Well even though it probably won't win, I love it anyway because of my love of movies and disney anamatronics... HORAY for HOLLYWOOD!!! GMR all the way. Even though I know whoever wins this one will probably get eliminated in the next round
Atta boy, Jack!
To add a little variety here, I voted Great Movie Ride. I am a huge movie fan and I adore some of those sets, even if they are a little outdated and rusty nowadays.
Jungle cruise is live and off the Cuff humor with quick witted adlibbed additions..
Has to be the Jungle Cruise. Cheesy humour delivered with tongues firmly in cheeks. Just waiting in line brings a smile to your face as you hear the applause and inevitable groans of laughter as the boats pull away from the dock.
Well, I already know Jungle Cruise is going to win, since a ton of you old-timers have this strange love affair with the ride, but I voted for Great Movie Ride. It's been a personal favorite of mine for years.
This is gonna be a long 24 hours ... :o)
not even close for me..ill take the real live animals
i went for Kilimanjaro safaris as it has real hippo's and animals. my favourite pre-recorded ride has to be living with the land.
I always loved the Jaws narration.
I voted for the Great Movie Ride. Although it's been some years since my last ride, I remember it being long, relaxing, and visually impressive (important with my hearing loss.) The only other choice I've been on..and not since the mid-90's..is the Jungle Cruise, which was my Mom's favorite attraction. And my Mom was most assuredly NOT big on amusement/theme parks.
But the animals on Jungle Cruise are real, too!
FYI - Jaws was slated for this vote, until Universal announced it was closing. Only current attractions are eligible for TPI tournaments.
Besides being a "classic", Jungle Cruise got stuck in the past. Jokes are ok if you are lucky, but most of the unlucky would never ride it again. Needs refurbishment. I agree with the comment that whoever wins this poll will get out soon. Weak bracket. BTW voted for Great Movie Ride for the best participation of a human narrator.
The list is so varied that I can't exactly compare them. In terms of length and the ability to see a lot, Universal Studios tram ride is the best.
Where's Living with the Land at EPCOT? I had to go with my second choice of The Great Movie Ride 8o(
I just recently got to ride three of these four. I had a new appreciation for the great movie ride narration (which got my vote).... especially when your guide switches out briefly (interesting touch)..... and the Jungle Cruise is a classic ride.... but I say this: While I really enjoy the safari ride at Animal Kingdom.... some parts of the "narration" of the ride actually took away from the experience or were annoying (whichever way you want to look at it). The whole thing with the guy who keeps "radioing" the jeep to tell us about possible poachers does not work for me. I want to enjoy the animal experience..... to be able to look at the animals.... and I may appreciate some animal or plant information given to me by the driver..... but the scripted poacher bit does not really do it for me..... and I actually think the ride might be better without it. Just keep it simple.... the ride is about the animals / safari.
I imagine TH is having a fine time driving around town searching for free wi-fi access to vote for Jungle Cruise over and over again... Not to mention all the cold calling he's been doing to get voters to the polls!!
Interesting so far...
Also Robert, Why isn't the Monster Mansion in the Indoor Boat Ride Category?
The thing with Jungle Cruise is that... well it's dated. It's like the first season of Seinfeld. Great Movie ride gets me vote!
The Jungle Cruise was never meant to be a science exhibit. It is meant to be an adventure. An almost satirical production. And the key element identified in the category is "Narrative". The spiel. The Jungle Cruise skippers are second to none when it comes to entertaining on a "Narrative" ride. From the traditional gags ("They're only dangerous when they are wiggling their ears.") to the more contemporary, topical ad-libs ("I don't know what's on the other side of this tunnel. Since this is Disney, it's probably a gift shop") the Jungle Cruise skippers lead the charge.
I think that the Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour should be the best, because it really gives depth to what how movies are made, sitting for 45 minutes is worth it. The Universal Studios Hollywood Studio Tour is famous World Wide, besides that stupid Jungle Cruise Ride.
I agree, JAWS should have been included. Silly rules.
Rao Rao-ites: "I imagine TH is having a fine time driving around town searching for free wi-fi access to vote for Jungle Cruise over and over again."
David L., Monster Mansion didn't crack the top five in that category for average TPI reader rating when I put together the brackets.
"We found Little Red! He was out looking for a WiFi connection."
Hell hath been unleashed! (upon TH's request)
Finally a competitive, roller coaster round. Can the animotronic animals hold off the real ones?
@Albino Pygmy ... Attaboy!
Hands down the Jungle Cruise! Nothing beats the jokes and scenes. Last August while down at WDW we rode it over and over again after taking a guided tour of the park to hear the "I like disco!" at the beginning of the cannibal scene. Taking the tour defiantly my liking of the ride. I have never been too impressed with Kilimanjaro Safaris. It moves too fast through the animals and the story line is rather annoying, plus from my personal experience in traveling to Africa, the scenes don't match to well with the actual landscapes, the names shouldn't be the Americanized versions (impala not gazelle), and distinctions as to the exact type of Kudu has always urched me. Jungle Cruise feels a lot more personable too.
ROFL... TH and Niles!. I wish the jokes on the Jungle Snooze were half as funny as you two! Genius!!! =D
The Jungle Cruise is great, and the fact that it does not change from one ride to the next allows it to be very tightly scripted. If we are voting on the script alone, then the Jungle Cruise wins, hands down.
Mr. Peek writes: "KS, absolutely, unequivocally."
Although I already voted for Jungle Cruise I couldn't help thinking that we may have missed an opportunity to pay homage to a "ride" that can be found at nearly all the Parks.
Why would I never risk incurring the wrath of TH Creative?
Annnnnnnnd .... exhale.
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