2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best 3D Movie?
Put on your special glasses and remain seated, as we're about to pick the best 3D movie in a theme park.
When I started putting together this year's tournament, I thought it'd be neat to start by matching up rides and shows of the same type to crown the best in each of those categories, before setting them against each other in a head-to-head bracket. Best flume ride? Best animatronic show? Best simulator ride? It'll be fun!
But when I sorted through the Theme Park Insider reader ratings to select the attractions for each vote, I was reminded just how fuzzy the lines between various types of theme park experiences have come. Let's consider today's category, 3D movies, for example.
Pretty easy, huh? If you sit in a theater and wear 3D glasses while watching a movie, that's a 3D movie. But what about 4D attractions, where the seats jiggle and tickle? Okay, we'll make those a different category. But what about 3D movies with live actors, or animatronics? Should they be in with the 3D movies, or the 4D ones? And what about 3D movies where the seats don't move, but you still get stuff sprayed at you? 3D or 4D?
Multiply those decisions by the number of categories in the tournament, and you can see that I had to make more decisions that Judge Judy.
So for today's vote, we've got the top 3D movies that don't include seats that "jiggle or tickle," and that parks haven't labeled as "4D." Those will be in the Best 4D Show category next week. But we do include today a couple of 3D movies that include live actors and/or animatronics. As with all tournament contests, voting is open for 24 hours and campaigning via the comments, Facebook and Twitter is encouraged.
Captain EO - at Disneyland, Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris
Mickey's PhilharMagic - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland
MuppetVision 3D - at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure
Terminator 2: 3D - at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan
Tomorrow: We'll be voting to pick the best theme park stunt show.
I was hoping that Shrek 4D would have been in the running!
Captain Eo really shouldn't be on the list. That show receives almost no guest.
Phillar all the way. Yeah the others are great 3d rides and worth riding once a trip. tough to be a bug is a great second, but the reason phillar takes home gold today is simply because of the magic/atmospher it contains. Love every second of the show. Every time Donald blasts past me to the back of the theater, i can't help but to smile. It lets me know that I'm at the Magic Kingdom every time. This is the ONLY ride that MK truely has over Disneyland's mk.
I totally agree Kelly- I was all set to vote for Shrek!
(Bangs head against keyboard)
I'm gonna abstain from voting. The only one I've seen is Terminator in Florida, and it didn't impress me.
I find the mix of 3D and live action really hard to follow visually. It just ends up making everything looked blurred to me, as I have a hard time with where my focal point should be. I had that problem on Terminator, and at the Magic Lamp Theater in Tokyo DisneySea.
Robert, I was trying to think of a way to phrase my similar feelings. Thank you for that post above.
Being an MJ fan, I love Captain EO. And same with the Muppets... huge fan enough that I saw the movie 3 times with 3 different groups of people. However, I couldn't vote for either as Philharmagic is the best 3D show hands down!
Mickey's PhilharMagic does almost makes me cry. It´s so sad to see the fab 5, that I know and love hand drawn and animated for all my life, beeing reduced into cold, sterile, digital 3D uglyness.
No doubt about this one. Mickey's Philharmagic is worlds better than the rest...including Shrek 4D. The weaving of the Disney stories make a great tale in the show and the special features like wind, apple pie, and popping corks make the show absolutely incredible. I do enjoy the Muppet show as well so it's a strong second. Terminator is my least favorite. I found it hard to follow and too loud.
How come no Its Tough To be a Bug? I mean its inside a freakin tree how cool is that.
Mickey's Philharmagic got my vote. T2 is soooo lame and outdated and it's sad that it's beating out the classic Captain EO so far.
I read through the beginning of the post and noticed the "jiggle and tickle" line, or It's Tough to Be a Bug! should have hopefully finished second behind the king of 3D movies, Mickey's PhilharMagic.
Completely agree with Justin on It's Tough to be a Bug--this is my favorite 3D film anywhere and I'd vote for it if it was included in the voting. Besides the impressive theatre, Disney got really creative with the effects for this one. Unfortunately, it is too scary for many people. Oh well..
Muppet Vision 3D is very entertaining. Terminator is also an interesting though different type of show. But Mickey's PhilharMagic is simply "Magical". It epitomizes the Disney I grew up with. I can watch it three times a day, and still walk out of the theater with a big smile on my face.
While 3D usually gives me a splitting headache (thus, I have not seen a single 3D movie in the theaters since, ummm, Jaws 3D), I do go to these things. Last time I went to Disney, I finally tried Mickey's PhilharMagic, and let me say... I was disappointed. Sorry, I just could not get into it. I tried, I really did, but it did nothing for me.
Nothing can beat Phillarmagic! AND EVERYONE SHUT UP ABOUT NO SHREK OR ITTBAB! THEY WILL BE IN THE 4D SHOW ROUND!!!!
Next time I need to read the directions before ripping other people's voting choices lol. With that said, Muppets is a clear winner for me. Go IITBAB in the 4D round!
On a quick side note, Captain EO actually had a packed theater when we were there in December. My husband and kids wanted to see it (despite my warnings), and I was truly shocked to see most of the seats filled. This attraction desperately needs something new.
Terminator gets my vote.
I was surprised to not see Shrek 4D on the list as well....
Really starting to question the level of reading comprehension around these parts.
I am not the least surprised to see Mickey's Philharmagic doing so well. It takes classic Disney characters and songs and breathes new life into them. The effects are very well done, and the theater is large enough to handle all but the biggest crowds.
I'm beginning to think that people don't really read the article and only look at the choices and just vote. 4D is next week friends!
Wouldn't Terminator be technically a 3.5D? The seats fall in the end.
Anon, my problem with Terminator is that it can't decide if we're part of the show, or just watching. I love the demonstration, and live actors. But once it starts becoming a 3D movie, it's boring. Why are we watching John Connor through a camera? It doesn't make sense. Then at the end, it returns to us being in front of the T-1 Million.
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