Published: January 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM
A couple points:
Space Fantasy and Crush are essentially indoor coasters, and we already has a category for them. Those two rides didn't come close to making that cut, unfortunately. While I like to advocate for international rides (see Journey to the Center of the Earth), I didn't feel like I could bring a couple of roller coasters into this category without blurring it up even more than it already is. (As has been noted, Test Track's high-speed part is outside.)
That said, I do want to use this site to draw people's attention to Orlando-caliber-and-better themed attractions throughout the world. That's why I plopped down a big chunk of change to fly to Singapore and Tokyo last month. And why I go on cross-country roadtrips each year, too. But I can't do it all myself. I need help from readers who've been to Tokyo Disney, Universal Japan, Disneyland Paris, Europa Park and other places around the world with attractions that rival and surpass those in Orlando.
So if you've been on a great ride in one of those popular parks outside the U.S., please rate and review them on the site. Jump in on the discussion board and in the blog comments.
It's not just about encouraging people to take trips abroad (which many readers won't be able to afford). It's also about exposing U.S. readers to excellence around the world so that they can demand the same for parks in this country.
Trust me, if Disney sees that a half-baked Test Track consistently can beat Journey to the Center of the Earth in popularity among U.S. visitors, we ain't ever going to see a ride of Journey's quality built in the United States.