2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Prowler vs. Montu
There's one spot left in the semifinals of the Best Roller Coaster bracket of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. Vying for that spot are a Great Coasters International wooden coaster from Kansas City's Worlds of Fun and a Bolliger & Mabillard Inverted coaster from Busch Gardens in Tampa.
Prowler - at Worlds of Fun
Montu - at Busch Gardens Tampa
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Tomorrow: The final match-up in the Best Show's brackets second round will be Fantasmic! vs. Festival of the Lion King.
Prowler. Smooth as silk, fast as lightning, one of a kind layout, intense from beginning to end, and even better when darkness comes. A vote for Prowler is a vote for greatness.
I voted Montu.
You're killing me Robert. My home state crown jewel vs. my favorite inverted B&M. Apples and oranges. While arguably Montu may be a better ride, that fact that such a great GCI woodie is in my local* Cedar Fair owned park forces me to give Prowler my endorsement this round.
Montu...coz it's awesome!
Montu's the better experience.
Montu, for me, is a perfect ride. So I vote for that.
I've only been on one of these, but I voted for the one I HAVEN'T been on, oddly enough. I liked Montu a lot, but it's not even the best ride in its own park, and I'm not sure it would make my top 5 inverts. Prowler, however, has been beckoning me since its debut. Several people I trust have told me it's better than El Toro. I'll believe THAT when I ride it and form my own opinion. Based on the voting, it looks like Rao may not work his magic again, but Prowler got my vote. Seems to have everything I like in a coaster. Too bad it's so far away. Maybe this summer...
Mike, if El Toro rivals the Voyage, than Prowler is not in its league. Think of Prowler more along the lines of the Raven, American Thunder, and Renegade: compact, but relentless throughout its course. What it does really well is sit tight against the terrain, weaving back and forth like a wild cat chasing its prey. Furthermore, after night falls there are no lights on the track after the main drop. So once the coaster gets going, it takes a blind race back into the woods before returning its exhilarated riders safely back to the station amid laughing, cheering, and clapping. Great ride... one of my favorites.
I haven't been on either of these but...
Well explained, AJ, but I don't like the outcome. You should have gone with your heart not your head. ;)
Montu shattered my preconceptions of inverted coasters. It's fast, smooth, beautiful, and leaves no trace of nausea. It could very well be the best coaster in Florida.
It pleases me so much to see Prowler losing this badly. It shouldn't have even been in the quarterfinals. Go Montu! Avenge the Beast!
Will there be any Magic Mountain coasters in the roller coaster bracket? I was there last December, and it has some of the top coasters anywhere. X-2 should be in this contest.
A new day dawns... let's see if the KC Contingent can make a dent in this lead and bring some respectability to the vote. I guess I can accept that Montu may be a better coaster than Prowler, but it is not THAT much better!
As a big fan of Montu (it's my favorite coaster anywhere), I was hoping it would get through this. I have heard far too many good things about Prowler for Montu to crush it this easily. The margin here is a bit surprising (I thought Montu would win with 55-60% of the vote, close but not too close.) But, hey, if that means Montu moves forward in it's path of world domination, I am for it.
Prowler is surging... too little too late? At this point we're just aiming for respectability. Prowler is a kick butt coaster in a small town park with big time aspirations! Come on KC fans, GOTV!!!
Montu is a good coaster, but Prowler gets my vote hands down. It is just an excellent woodie, and all of the many times I've ridden it, I've stepped off amazed at what an incredible job they've done in working the coaster into the landscape. It's really an outstanding coaster, and I'm glad we have it so close to home!
Prowler breaks through the 30% barrier! Montu is buckling... Still 2.5 hours to go... we can do this!!!!
Heading off to see JOHN CARTER. Fingers crossed for Prowler. Whatever happens, I am proud of the KC contingent for showing up and supporting one of the top wooden coasters in the world. Prowler soundly thumped The Beast, and advanced farther than I thought it would. Sadly it faced an upward climb against Florida bias which it could not overcome. Kudos, KC!
Tough loss James. Blame the percentages on demographics. Not enough Worlds of Fun fans on the site to stand up to the Florida contingent. Montu really probably isn't that much better than Prowler, but it's still good, it's been around longer, and has more fans because of it's location. I suppose you could blame August Busch for this one in a couple of ways. One because Montu is in Busch Gardens, and the other...for offending Walt Disney so much on the eve of the contract signing, that he completely abandoned St. Louis as the city where Disney World would be located. A lot of people have no idea just how close that was to happening.
The real killer, Derek, was my WoF contact was indisposed and unable to ignite the local fanbase in time. Thankfully, Paula at Holiday World won't make the same mistake! Voyage, baby!!!
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