2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best High-Speed Indoor Ride?
Today's category in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
honors a new type of hybrid ride, which marries the traditional, narrative-driven "dark" ride with a high-speed thrill experience. On one, the speed simulates the high-pressure launch and weightlessness of flight to Mars. On another, you grab a moment of airtime as you blast from the side of a volcano. And on the third, you're enjoying the wind-in-your-hair joy of pure speed on a racetrack.
Voting is open for 24 hours, and campaigning through Facebook and Twitter is not only allowed, but encouraged.
Journey to the Center of the Earth - at Tokyo DisneySea
Mission: Space - at Epcot
Test Track - at Epcot
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Tomorrow: We're voting on the best "mega" wooden hybrid coaster.
It's a shame for American audiences that Journey to the Center of the Earth is located at Tokyo DisneySea in Japan, because that means they're missing what might be the world's best theme park thrill ride.
Haven't been on any, but voted for Mission Space, based simply on what I've read over the years.
I've never ridden JTTCOTE...but anything is better than M:S and TT.
Erm, correct me if I'm wrong. But is the high-speed part of Test Track not outdoors?
I have ridden all three rides, and Journey wins this vote, hands down. A combination of old-school dark ride with contemporary effects, and a end-of-ride thrill that puts Test Track to shame, we need more high-quality big-ticket rides like that here at WDW!
I do love Mission Space and Test Track but with everything I've read/seen about it, Journey to the Center of the Earth seems like the clear winner here.
I've only rode Test Track so ended up voting for that. Journey sounds like an amazing ride, and if I had been on it, it would have easily got my vote.
I voted for TT, though I am not 100% sold on it. I would rather have voted for Journey to the Center of the Earth, but I don't vote for rides I have not ridden. Youtube clips are one thing, actually riding it is another (this also means, when Harry Potter comes up, I won't vote for that.) Wish Disney would put a version of that in DAK...
I voted Test Track for my love of cars. If JTTCOTE was longer I would of voted for it. Now Robert, if you think JTTCOE not winning doesn't make sense, that's the way I feel about TSM not winning.
Indy is the motion-base category, which comes up in two weeks.
I voted for Mission Space because, amazingly themed as it is JTTCOTE is, like Test Track, basically just a slow dark ride with a bit of whiz at the end. I recognise it's brilliantly done, and the care and attention lavished on the setting and the whole immersive experience are second to none, but it's still a gentle trundle past some great dark-ride scenery with a very short speed rush at the end.
Yeah, Test Track, a ride that's so good... Disney's closing it for months to redesign and rebuild more than half the ride.
Having been on Journey to the Center of the Earth like Robert has, I couldn't agree more. Test Track and Mission Space are top-notch rides, but Journey just blows them away. Incredible theming coupled with a fun and immersive ride. The videos don't do it justice.
What did all this folks see in Test Track that I didn't???
I voted for MS it is awesome and it is a one of a kind ride though JTTCOTE looks cool but MS is my vote
TEST TRACK?!!!! OH COME ON PEOPLE!!!!
I have been on all of these rides. I rode Journey to the Centre of the Earth in July 2003, and both Test Track and Mission: Space in December 2004.
Robert, even though I don't have the actual experience of the DisneySea ride, it doesn't look special; it's the same technology used in Test Track (my vote), and the scenery looks generic. I agree that the AA looks VERY impressive, and it looks that there is some nice airtime toward the end, but you may be overselling this ride.
Maybe I expected too much, but Test Track was the biggest dissapointment in a ride on my initial visit to Epcot. I don't even care that it will be down when we visit in late spring.
Regarding Test Track, the ending sequence could be a bit longer (and faster), with a more varied course, but I have no real issues with the attraction. It is easily one of the best, most unique attractions at any theme park (at least until Radiator Springs comes along).
I voted for Journey as it's the superior attraction out of these even without going on it. I feel that people are voting only for what they are loyal to, like how Lion King beat Aladdin.
Space Fantasy The Ride from Universal Japan needs to be in here.
The site is biased towards the city that has 7 of the most popular theme parks in the country. Sorry if that's a bummer for you.
I've always found Test Track to be incredibly overrated. The ride itself is pretty 'meh' and its queue is probably one of the worst queues around. That soundtrack they use over and over in the queue - urgh!
A couple points:
Oh, and saying comparing Test Track favorably to Journey just because it has the same ride system seems to me only a step away from saying Knight's Tournament at Legoland is as good as Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey because they're both rides on robot arms. /smack-talk :^)
I love Test Track but voted for Journey to the Center of the Earth. The ride system seems similar but the theming on the latter appears to be far superior to Test Track's.
Journey all the way!
Although I've never been I went with Journey - I watched the YouTube video a couple of times and it just seems so damn cool. I've done Test Track a bunch of times and aside from the ending, ehh. Mission Space is cool and the ride system is very unique but once was enough for me. I'm one of those who still miss Horizons.
I almost feel like maybe I should not vote since I have not rode the DisneySea entry (as most people who read this probably have not)..... because I'm going off of youtube clips..... but if the only people who voted had rode every since entry in every category there would be very few people voting.
Okay Robert.... I voted for Journey.... but I still LOVE Test Track. You don't have to blow Test Track's candle out to make Journey's glow brighter!..... lol.
Yeah, David L!! Don't Stop Believin'!
I'm sure I've missed a category somewhere, but I would think Universal Orlando's Mummy ride would fit it this hybrid, high speed indoor attraction category. I really love that ride. Is that in a different area?
Mike, I was confused at your comment at first, so then I decided to Google what I posted...wasn't really expecting that. Rod, the Mummy won the best themed coaster category. Also, why do people vote for the ride that is obviously subordinate to both of the others? Yes Test Track is a great ride, but compared with Journey? No. Don't vote for a ride just because it's the only one that you have ridden. At least learn more about a ride before just passing it by.
Rod, Mummy won best themed coaster.
Voted for Journey and would also have been happy with Mission: Space.
I've never been on Journey, but it's getting my vote. I'd rather have Journey in Epcot than both Test Track and Mission: Space.
Test track people???? Really???? Come on. Its an out of date ride in a warehouse when u think about it. Soooooo boring. I've never been to tokyo, but even I know better about journey to the center of the earth. Beautiful and immersive as can be. This ride should be cloned to a u.s. Park. It would work very well at dak. People please ride all the ride on youtube before deciding. Test track is. Really a boring ride these days. It was great when it first came out and for its first 8 years or so, but it just doesn't compare wot what's out there now
I think the problem is that many people simply aren't comfortable with voting for a ride they haven't ridden. I don't necessarily have a problem with this, but I understand why some people do.
Yeah, I didn't have that problem since I haven't been on any of them. Journey got my vote.
1) Most of the people who vote do not take the time to read our excellent comments.
Ok I went with Roberts choice. As for Test Track. It openned during my Epcot cast days there. And belive me when it was in its test phase it was a great ride. the climb up the ramp was quick . And your trip thru the test areas was quick and the areas dimmly lighted. When you came around onto the brake test area and Mt. road tests all you could see was the street lights the head lights being the most light on the course. Thur the doors and the car picked up speed so much so that when you looped around the building the track supports pushed outwards. And then they shut it down and beefed up the supports added more light and slowed the outside run down. a lot. The orgional plans called for it to run around the entire cast parking lot behind it. But Disney being disney ..opps.
Journey to the Center of Earth:
I will say this in defense of Test Track even though I voted for Journey..... Test Track has several speedy elements indoors before it gets to the last high speed climax section that goes outdoors(okay, it's not Kingda Ka speedy.... but for a family ride speedy). Journey seems to pretty much be a dark ride until the Climax take off.... where as Test Track does have some cool higher speed parts where you are going around the curves of the mountain like road parts and brake run tests. My favorite part of the ride is actually probably the higher speed section around the sharpe turns that takes place inside that simulates the mountainous road conditions.
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