2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Motion Base Ride?
I just had to save this one for the final ride category in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. Today, we've got five of the most technologically advanced, thematically complete and totally immersive theme park experiences for your consideration. These are the top five reader-rated "motion base" rides, theme park attractions that deploy flight-simulator technology on ride vehicles that move through immersive themed environments to tell action-packed stories.
Find one of these rides, and you know you're visiting a world-class theme park. Honestly, it's hard for me to choose from among these winners, but that's your task. Voting will be open for 24 hours, and full-on campaigning in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter, is encouraged.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - at Universal's Islands of Adventure *and Universal Studios Japan
Curse of DarKastle - at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Dinosaur - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Indiana Jones Adventure - at Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (as Indiana Jones - Temple of the Crystal Skull)
Transformers: The Ride - at Universal Studios Singapore
Tomorrow: Round one concludes with, what else? Nighttime spectaculars.
As great as Indy is, I have to go with Spider-man. The portions of Indy that are merely black-light cutouts drop it down on my list.
Spiderman hands down. If you think that any Dark Ride better than Spiderman (excluding HM, Pirates, and TSM, but they are equal with Spidey), then as Jameson would say, Shut up, get out.
Dinosaur was a close second for me, but Spidey is still the best. Can't wait to see the revamped version.
Curse of DarKastle is a wannabe clone of Spiderman. The Castle is excellent, a look similar to Hogwarts. The queu though is unimaginative. The ride is very good but the storyline is difficult to follow. Dinosaur also is very good, but not in the class of Spider-Man. I haven't been on Indiana Jones, but since it has a ride system similar to Dinosaur, I would imagine it is somewhat similar in effect. Transformers looks great in the preview shots, but I haven't experienced it. Spider-Man set the industry standard in excellence & innovation.It's such a fun ride & I can ride it repeatedly. And I'm sure the HD upgrade will make it even better. Plus, I always have a soft heart for Marvel since I still have about 3000 Marvels from the 60's and 70's, including the early Spider-Mans. So my vote goes to Spiderman in a very strong category.
I've been on all of these except Transformers. My rankings:
FWIW, I have been on all five of these and, based upon that experience, I can say with confidence:
Curse of Darkastle was great the first year it opened. It had a pulse queue with a neat way of telling the background story through what looked like an animated tapestry. There were cool lighting effects in the line and the ride ran very well. Unfortunately, the ride is not synced up right more often than not and the queue just breezes past the tapestry now. They did add some under seat affects a few years back, but it still isn't as good as it was 5 years ago.
Spider-Man was a groundbreaking and original dark ride (the first of its kind) when it landed years ago. Since then, there have been several attempts to top it, but even the best attempts (with maybe the exception of Bench: The Ride at Hogwarts) are still just knock-offs. Maybe Transformers is the next gen version of this attraction, but I still give the nod to Spidey as I much prefer the ol' web head to a collection of robots in disguise. Having said that, I will make every effort to try out Transformers this fall during my SoCal vacation....
poor Transformers is low on this list because only a few people have experienced the ride. and this isn't a spidey rip off its something new. TRANSFORMERS should definitely be on next years list too.
I haven´t done them all but exclude Dino because the ride is to bumpy I can´t enjoy the scenery (is there any?).
Technically, all Marvel rides are Disney rides now :)
I voted for the Spider-Man Ride because it's totally out of this world.
Voted Spiderman. Only other one I've been on was DarKastle, and I was severely under-whelmed.
where is harry potter and the forbidden journey?
In addition to its groundbreaking ride system, Spider-Man once again demonstrates how the presence of Disney characters is the cornerstone of the world's greatest theme park attractions.
I voted for Dinosaur. Granted I can't speak for Indiana Jones Adventure or Transformers: The Ride because I haven't ridden either of those 2, but between the other 3, I'll pick Dinosaur. Between Spiderman and DarKastle i'd choose DarKastle simply cause I like the haunted castle theme as opposed to marvel super heroes considering the actual ride system is exactly the same. Dinosaur to me is just more intense throughout. I love the preshow that introduces you to the attraction and what to expect. I notice a lot of people complain about the roughness of the ride, but given the theme/story of the attraction, I personally like the rough feeling which I feel adds to the intensity. I will however say I miss when the ride was called Countdown To Extinction. I'm just glad they didn't over "Disneyfy" it when it changed to Dinosaur unlike changing Alien Encounter to Stitch's Escape which completely softened the attraction for the little ones(as if there aren't enough disney character specific attractions at Magic Kingdom already).
Javy, did you read any of the posts above before asking your question?
To random person: HOW, COULD YOU, RANK SPIDERMAN, AS THE WORST, OF THE 5?!!!?!?! Curse of DarKastle is a poor man's Spiderman. You must be cawazy!
The use of movie projections in Spiderman is a huge factor, which leads some people to love it, while others would rank it at the bottom of the list. In my opinion, it shouldn't really be in the same category with the rides that don't use movie projections.
The HD refurb is gonna be pretty ******* amazing though :P Also Robert, Spidey is in Japan too.
TH, your comment actually made me laugh out loud during the bus ride home. Well done!
The professor takes this one and easily. Spiderman is good but viewscreens and 3D glasses take me out of the experience. I never really feel like I'm in the Spiderman milieu because the technology is so obvious and gets in the way. I actually would prefer Dinosaur over Spiderman for that reason. Transformers as a property holds no interest for me. Indiana Jones all the way, but unfortunately it will lose to viewscreens and glasses. I shake my head in disbelief...
I think we are comparing apples to oranges when we talk about these rides. I voted for Spiderman just because it still is an industry standard, but I have to give it to Dinosaur as one of the few rides out there that I still find a bit scary! Lighting and sound go far with me!
These are awesome rides. I was really interested to see what Robert Niles had to say as he has been on all five rides. He voted Transformers which goes to say that it is going to be absolutely fantastic come May when this ride opens in Hollywood.
I went with the Indiana Jones Adventure. It's based on a movie that I consider one of my five all-time favorites, and the ride itself was incredibly innovative when it opened, and still stands up well even now.
I did not make one of my points very well, but here goes. Shouldn't the Wizarding World be considered a candidate in this category? The Kuka arm certainly is the spiritual and technological descendant of the earlier motion-base rides.
I voted for Spidey, but Indy would have gotten my vote if the ride was at full strength. It needs a refurb.
I'm gonna start a petition against Robert Niles because he did not include Forbidden Journey in this poll. And then I'm gonna gather all of my friends (Scooter and that Hobo who lives behind the LA Fitness) and we are gonna travel to Theme Park Insider World Headquarters and start picketing!
You are totally insane, THC! Rao had to snort on that last post.
very tough choice here. Indiana Jones is my favorite. Its a shame that Indy is only at Disneyland if it was in Florida I think it would get a lot more votes. I feel that Spiderman loses something after the first ride.
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