2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Men in Black Alien Attack vs. Splash Mountain
We've got two long-time reader favorites facing off today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
's Best Themed Ride bracket.
And it's a classic Disney versus Universal match-up, to boot. So which will it be, a shoot up or a splash down?
Men in Black Alien Attack - at Universal Studios Florida
Splash Mountain - at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, and Tokyo Disneyland
Voting is open for 24 hours. Campaign for your favorites in the comments, or rally the troops on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday: We start double-duty, with two votes each day all next week. We'll start with Pirates of the Caribbean vs. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue in the Best Ride bracket and It's Tough to Be a Bug! vs. Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor in the Best Show field.
I GOT THE FIRST VOTE! :D I voted Splash Mt., because as you know, I hate MIB, plus Splash is super fun. Here's to hoping Star Tours wins Monday.
Both of these attractions are excellent but I have to go with Splash. I'm a bigger fan of flume rides than arcade rides, and I love the music on Splash.
I am very VERY surprised there's some votes on MIB... It is, to my opinion, the worst on its kind, and in Universal, the worst attraction, right after twister
I know it won't win, but MIB is the superior ride, in a close one, IMO.
Gotta go with Splash! More the DLR one than the WDW... even though both parks are starting to have problems with their show.
I was going to suggest combining these attractions, and making WDW's Splash Mountain a shoot-em-up, but I realized that'd be no fun at all. It's way too easy to hit targets that don't move anymore. :-P
I know MiB is a favorite here, but I just don't see it. I try, I really do, but if I am running short on time, MiB is the first ride I skip. For me, it is very meh. So, Splash Mountain wins for me.
I really like MIB, but Splash Mountain is one of my favorite attractions anywhere, so it's an easy pick. Plus, MIB's excessive spinning at the end takes it down a notch.
I barely remember Splash Mountain, but I think I liked it(?)
It's funny how nobody in the comments has voted for MIB yet.
well here is a shocker i voted for MiB :) i know it's not everyone's favourite but i like it better than splash mountain
Spoke too soon, Dom!
2 comment votes for MIB, rest for Splash. Also 22.214.171.124, I agree 100%
splash Mountain is a nice ride with some work to do. MIB is better themed, with better interaction and better in many other ways I can't remember. I was neuralyzed...
I choose my favorite flume (broken animatronics and all) over my second favorite shooter (TSMM rules the roost).
I've never been on MIB but I always thought Splash Mountain was overrated, with broken effects, poor sound, and a much too slow ride, so I voted for MIB out of spite.
My vote goes to spash mountain why? Because spash mountain is a classic I don't get tired of riding this ride the theme is awosome.I love men in black but you can't. Compere a awosome theme ride to a aqosome shooter
I gotta go with Men in Black. I can't vote for a broken ride. Fix it all(permanently) and I'll change my vote. How about a vote for MiB is a vote for Fixing Splash?
Hard choice. Really like both rides but, had to go with Splash Mountain. Alien Attack is a lot of fun. Its a lot better than Buzz Lightyear but, not as good as Toy Story Midway. But, Splash Mountain is the best flume ride in the USA!
I love Splash - fun ride, great story, nice visuals, so it won my vote, but maintenance issues made me seriously consider voting against it, in the hopes that it losing would put Disney on notice.
I voted for Splash Mountain for two reasons: 1. I've never been on Men in Black and I won't vote for a ride I've never been on (unless I've been on a very similar one, such as voting for Manta when I've been on Tatsu) and 2. I'm convinced Splash Mountain would still be an above average flume ride if all the theming was removed. Yes, it is somewhat sad in its current state, and is the reason I've changed my vote on this site from "Outstanding" to "Commendable", but it is still a decent ride. If I didn't think it was worthy of a vote, I would have simply not voted.
Went with Splash...MIB is a solid ride, but doesn't entertain me like it used to. Splash is classic!
Love 'em both, but I had to go with Splash. Splash is a ride that just makes me feel good, every time I ride it. Such beauty, atmosphere, and loads of wonderful AAs.
Is there really a question on this. I found MIB to be a very fun ride, not as good as the Simpson's remake but still relevant.
I don't get why these two rides went up against each other in the first place.... no ride has given our family more fun then MIB. I know Dom was waiting at his computer hitting the refresh button until the ability to vote came up so he could be first to vote against it (MIB, for whatever reason).
I voted for Splash Mountain, but only in its Disneyland incarnation. While the logs in the Magic Kingdom are larger and more comfortable, I have to say that I much prefer the original incarnation in California. When I visited Walt Disney World this past September I went on Splash Mountain and the timing just seemed... off. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it seemed that the show just doesn't flow as well as it does in Disneyland.
I love MIB, it´s the best shooter there is. But the excessive spinning at the end make me sick and I only can ride it one.
I'm very surprised at the few votes for MIB - I've personally never rated Splash Mountain that highly. It's based on a film that isn't even accessible to the public easily and some of its animatronics are constantly broken or looking worse for wear.
It's sad to see that 38% of voters don't have a Laughin' Place :(
Matt, I did have a laughing place! but then Disney decided to let Splash Mountain become rundown...It needs to be fixed!
NB, the highlight of the month will be my theme park journey next weekend. On Saturday, I try HD Spiderman, The new Minigolf, the Mardi Gras Parade (avoiding BTR. They suck so bad), and Simpsons of course. Then on Sunday I go to Epcot and MK to check out the Flower and Garden Festivel and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. And on Monday, I'm gonna be refreshing the page to be the first to vote Star Tours.
So he admits that he's desperate to have the first vote...
Dominick! Star Tours over Pirates?!?!?! Who hit you on the head recently? ;) With the length, complete theme, amazing AAs, and pure awesomeness, Pirates should win. Star Tours, while amazing, doesn't have the AAs, length, classic status(though it may soon), amazing queue and exterior, ability for most people to ride, and the massive riders per hour.
Andy and David, you know how much I LOVE Star Tours. It's what all theme park rides should be like: A lifelike journey through a fictional world with one of pop cultures biggest names. Even though Pirates can get over 3,000 riders an hour, they never fill the boats up all the way, making only around 2,000 riders an hour. Star Tours on the other hand when all 6 Speeders are open, you can get almost 3,000 riders an hour. Star Tours is already considered a classic, plus there are a bunch of AA in the building.
Star Tours was a classic. Star Tours II can't compare to the original, to be honest. I don't know how anyone can call Star Tours II a classic when it's only been around for a few months. Also, I have a hard time comparing Star Tours II to REAL classics, like Pirates, Space and Splash Mountain, even Dumbo or the classic dark rides (Peter Pan, Pooh, etc.).
Star Tours II was a MAJOR improvement on the first. If you really think I looks better than II, wow. Plus, you haven't even been on it!
On my wait times app it says that spiderman has a wait time of 55 minutes . Does that mean soft openings have started? P.s is themepark insider going down to universal for the reopening?
Star Tours 1.0 was a great ride in its day. The years had not been kind, though, with all the advances in technology that have come along since. The 2.0 version improves on the original in so many ways and yet stays very true to the spirit of the original. We now get so many iconic characters thrown into the mix, as well as so many variations, that I find it close to inconceivable for someone to still prefer the original. The new version is still Star Tours, and deserves to inherit its predecessor's classic status.
Randall, you are 100% correct. It's an updated version of a classic ride with more characters, better technology, and 54 possible ride experiences.
I never said I was superior to II. I said, II hasn't established itself as a classic like I did.
Funny how a face-off between MIB and Splash Mountain has turned into a referendum on Monday's vote. So we get to read all these Star Tours comments again tomorrow? I might pass. I'll vote, but the comments page will seem awfully redundant, I'm sure.
I'm sorry I missed this one; I would've voted for MIB. Every time I go to USF, this is not just a must-ride, but a must-ride several times! I usually skip SM; I don't enjoy walking around all day with wet clothes and squishy shoes!
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