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2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Soarin' Over California vs. Terminator 2: 3D

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Published: February 23, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Today in Round Two of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament, we've got our first Disney vs. Universal match-up of this round. Five versus 12 traditionally is one of the more popular "upset" match-ups. Will we see one here?

Soarin' Over California - at Disney California Adventure and Epcot

Soarin' Over California

Terminator 2: 3D - at Universal Studios Florida, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Japan

Terminator 2: 3D

Campaign for your favorite in the comments. Voting is open for 24 hours.


Tomorrow: Toy Story Midway Mania vs. Test Track.

Readers' Opinions

From O T on February 23, 2012 at 9:24 AM
I love stories and thats why I went for Terminator.
I love soarin but the strange transitions take me out of the feeling of flying and it´s just fying of some landscapes and doesn´t tell a story.
From Mark Fairleigh on February 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM
Terminator is still fun, but Soarin' is just awesome! A bit short for the wait, but exhilirating nonetheless.
From David Brown on February 23, 2012 at 9:31 AM
I had to think about this one.
The thing is when I first went on Soarin' I was actually disappointed. There was no narrative, no story, and the transitions from scene to scene were so crude that they ruined any sense that we were flying - and it could so easily have been resolved...
Whereas when I first saw Terminator 2: 3D I was (almost literally) blown away. When the smoke bank at the end rolled out over the audience I was just amazed. For it's innovation and narrative I have to give it to Terminator, although I suspect I'm in a minority on this one...
From Stuart Henny on February 23, 2012 at 9:42 AM
I like T2, but I love Soarin'. It's my favourite non coaster ride. Yes the transitions are not great, but how else could you experience flying over so many environments in a 5 minute ride. My favourite parts are when you pick up speed over the river and then the beach at sunset. Awesome! I can ride it again and again and not get bored!

Try watching T2 over and over.

From 63.255.223.58 on February 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM
While I know it won't win, I find Terminator to be the better all around attraction.
From Dominick D on February 23, 2012 at 10:32 AM
Soarin' has more see-ability. T2 is a do it once and your done.
From Mike Gallagher on February 23, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Unusual for me to vote for something I've not been on, but I wasn't a fan of the Terminator attraction. I voted Soarin'.
From Tim Odom on February 23, 2012 at 10:54 AM
The first time I saw T2 I was like 'that was pretty cool.' My first time on Soarin' I was like 'holy crap, that was awesome!' Thus, I voted for Soarin'.
From Anthony J on February 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Had I not experience Terminator 2: 3D again over the weekend, I would have most likely gone with Soarin'. But the mix of live action and 3D is really unlike anything else in the world. Soarin' is unique, of course, but unfortunately flying over IMAX domes is becoming more and more the norm each day. (See: Back to the Future, Simpsons, Harry Potter)
From Giovanny Cruz on February 23, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Defently goona vote for soarin I love that ride
From AJ Hummel on February 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM
While I really like Terminator, Soarin' is one of my favorite rides, period. It is my favorite simulator ride (ignoring track-based simulators), and it is really the most beautifully done ride I've seen. Other than the lack of transitions (which I don't mind), the ride is perfect. This is one of the rides I make a point of doing every time I visit the Disneyland Resort, no matter how long the line is, and I still enjoy it every single time I ride.
From Justin M on February 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Terminator 2 was cool in the 90's. I feel soarin is a much better overall attraction with better technology. I do like the story of T2 thought.
From Andrew Carrieri on February 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM
I think both of these attractions are totally overrated, but I voted for Soarin' because I'm more likely to make an effort to go on it when I'm at Epcot than I am with Terminator at Universal.
From Tony Duda on February 23, 2012 at 3:14 PM
I knew Soarin was going to get more votes, but really? A 5-minute IMAX movie is in no way better than a multi-media 3D movie and live action stunt show combination that you are in the middle of.
From Brandon Mendoza on February 23, 2012 at 3:52 PM
I voted for Soarin. No contest. Although Soarin is jumpy and has too many jump cuts for my taste, Terminator has an identity crisis. It can't decide if we're part of the show or watching.
From N B on February 23, 2012 at 4:04 PM
I'm with you on that one Tony.... T23D takes a lot more work to produce each showing than running a projector. I think the WDW fans don't like anything in their parks coming in second place.

"Soarin all the way... yeah, it's five minutes and the jumps suck, but it's at a Disney park..." [end sarcasm]

From BehindTheTheme Disney-Universal on February 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM
I voted Soarin. Maybe its becuase ive seen T2 over 30 times and only been on soarin maybe 7. When it comes down the feeling of flight mixed in with scent always gives me goosebumps. T2 sorry(still love you thought most of the time here in Hollywood your not running 100%). Was so almost about to vote for T2, ahhhhh can I change it? LOL
From James Rao on February 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM
I voted for Soarin' as well. Nothing against T2 3D, it is a fine attraction, but Soarin' is the preferred experience. Add to it the fact that almost everyone can enjoy the ride and you have an all around family adventure. As a bonus, the queue music loop is terrific!
From 68.63.36.210 on February 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM
I voted for Terminator. I dunno I like guns, robots, and action over smelling trees and watching a landscape video.
From Ray Schroeder on February 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM
I still get a chill when I ride Soarin. I love the smell-o-rama (when it works)and looking for the hidden Mickeys (check out the golf ball).
From Sylvain Comeau on February 23, 2012 at 9:38 PM
I voted for Soarin'...from the front row. That's the place to be for the best "flying" sensation.
T2 3D is still fun (I caught it, for the third time, at Universal Hollywood in December), but it's not quite the "experience" that Soarin' is.
From Beth Olliges on February 24, 2012 at 2:25 AM
Didn't the cyborgs lining the walls in the T2 theater used to shoot at the audience? I just seem to remember that it used to feel more "real," as if the audience were really in danger. Now, as someone else commented, it starts off with that "suspension of disbelief/this is really happening" feeling but changes to "let's sit in a comfy theater and watch a show."

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