2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Round Two match-ups and schedule
Written by Robert Niles
You certainly surprised me with some of your decisions so far in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament. But that's created some really great match-ups for Round Two, and beyond.Tweet
The Haunted Mansion earned the most votes of all the nominees in Round One.
When I set up the tournament, I had an idea which categories would feed into the Best Ride bracket and which ones would go into the show brackets. But then you selected Soarin' Over California for Best Simulator, and Carousel of Progress for Best Animatronic Show. Now, which one of those moves more? Which one is a ride, and which one is a show? I have to admit, I hadn't thought too hard about those specific rides, because I hadn't anticipated either one getting out of Round One.
Basically, you blew up my bracket. :^)
So I took the winners from Round One, ordered by the number of votes they'd received, and broke them into three brackets for Round Two and beyond. Initially, I'd planned on four brackets, but after looking at the line-up I decided there was no logical way to make clean fields for "live" shows and "animated" shows, as I'd planned. Too many shows blur the line between the two. So we're down to just one "Best Show" bracket.
After I made those changes, I decided to just go ahead and expand the fields so that there would be no more byes. That meant adding a couple attractions to the Best Themed Ride field and six shows to the Best Show field. Those slots went to runners-up from Round One with the highest vote totals. So, yes, Star Tours and Toy Story fans, your rides are back from the dead and live to fight at least one other day!
Here are the brackets for the rest of this year's tournament:
Best Themed Ride
Best Roller Coaster
Best Theme Park Show
And here's the match-up schedule for Round Two:
Monday, February 20: Waterworld vs. Clyde and Seamore
Monday, February 27: Mickey's PhilharMagic vs. Shrek 4D
Monday, March 5: Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and It's Tough to Be a Bug! vs. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor
And on Monday, March 12, Round Three begins. There will be no reseeding, so the 8/9 winners will face the 1/16 winners, and so forth. (In the coaster bracket, the 1/8 winner will face the 4/5 winner, and we'll have one fewer round.)
Thanks to everyone who has voted so far, and I can't wait for Monday! (When has anyone ever typed those words before?)
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