2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Demonstration Show?
Long before the era of DVD extras, if you wanted to know how filmmakers created their movie magic, you probably learned about that while watching a theme park show. Today's nominees in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
are readers' top five demonstration shows, passing along the insiders' secrets and techniques of special effects, make-up and animation.
Four of these are obvious entries in the category. I've included Disaster! for its demonstration elements at the beginning of the attraction. Disaster! also includes the old Earthquake ride, but the attraction didn't rate highly enough to be eligible in the dark ride categories, so I slipped it in here. If you're wondering about Universal Studios Hollywood's Studio Tour, that attraction is more ride than demonstration show these days, and was included among the top five in the narrated ride category earlier in the tournament.
Voting is open for 24 hours.
Disaster! - at Universal Studios Florida
Lights! Camera! Action! Hosted by Steven Spielberg - at Universal Studios Singapore
The Magic of Disney Animation - at Disney's Hollywood Studios, and in altered form at Disney California Adventure and Walt Disney Studios Paris
Special Effects Stage - at Universal Studios Hollywood
Universal's Horror Make-up Show - at Universal Studios Florida
Tomorrow: It's our final roller coaster category, as we vote on the best-of-the-rest of the Bolliger & Mabillard coasters.
Went with Disaster. The audience participation is cheesy but fun if you volunteer and are chosen (I did once and it was embarassing), and pretty funny for the audience as well (due to the bad acting). This attraction also has the haulogram working in its favor, and the subway ride, despite essentially being a holdover from Earthquake, at the end is fun.
I was on the fence between Disaster, which was fantastically improved with the addition of Christopher Walken and other audience participation stuff, and the Horror Make up show. I have to side with the Make-Up show because I love horror movies and have so much respect for the artists, especially Rick Baker and Tom Savini.
Have to go with Horror Make Up, the only one in this group that could be competive in the following rounds. And also the most engaging even if your not "the kid", the person who won't give mouth to mouth or the non english speaking woman picked for the show, Alex Ross and Mark James make for the funniest show in theme parks with due respect to Clyde and Seymore at Sea World. While Disaster has more fire power it can't create the memories and Art of Animations best moments are voiced by Eddie Murphy in his other carton movie.
I'm surprised the Horror Makeup show is winning. It was funny the first time, but severely uninformative.
If you watch the HMUS on You Tube, the one guy asked, "Where did you get that hair?" then the other guy said, "Britney Spear's back." That alone makes it the clear winner here.
I adore the amount of elbow room that the performers in the Horror Makeup Show get when it comes to adlibs.
Disaster, for sure. But it won't survive another round, even if it pulls the upset here.
Nah, Skipper Adam seems like the Disney fanboy. He only likes Spiderman and Mummy I think.
Oh, the irony.
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