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2012 Best Attraction Tournament: It's Tough to Be a Bug! vs. Poseidon's Fury

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Published: March 12, 2012 at 8:02 AM
We're starting the third round of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament with a match-up from the Best Theme Park Show bracket.

Our contestants today include the 4D show that occupies the iconic Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom versus a walk-through adventure from Universal's Islands of Adventure park.

It's Tough to Be a Bug! - at Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney California Adventure

It's Tough to Be a Bug!

Poseidon's Fury - at Universal's Islands of Adventure

Poseidon's Fury

Tell us in the comments why you picked the one you did. Voting is open for 24 hours.


Tuesday: 2. Haunted Mansion vs. 10. Splash Mountain in the Best Themed Ride bracket.

Readers' Opinions

From 63.255.223.58 on March 12, 2012 at 8:08 AM
ITTBAB wins here. Maybe if it was the original version of PF it would be different.

But I have to ask...how did Bugs become a second seed!?

From Dominick D on March 12, 2012 at 8:19 AM
I voted ITTBAB. Poseidon has gone too far in this tournament.
From Mike Gallagher on March 12, 2012 at 8:24 AM
Never seen either, but since A Bug's Life is probably my least favorite Pixar film (I couldn't even sit through the whole thing) I had to go with the Greek god of the Sea.
From Tim Odom on March 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM
Quite honestly, I had to see just how Poseidon's Fury made it this far. I think, in each previous round, I voted for it. Which, honestly, makes me feel kinda dirty.

The madness must stop here! Time to kick the soon to be demolished attraction out of the tournament, and realize just how tough it is to be a bug.

From James Rao on March 12, 2012 at 8:53 AM
Still refuse to vote for a Harry Potter expansion placeholder.
From 75.204.135.58 on March 12, 2012 at 9:16 AM
Tough to Be a Bug hands down. How did Poseidon's Fury even make the list?
From Mark Fairleigh on March 12, 2012 at 9:36 AM
I'm one of those rare birds I guess that really enjoys Fury. The water vortex, the ambience of the building, the water show. I love Bug too, but I went with Fury because I experienced it first and still enjoy it.
From Kelly Muggleton on March 12, 2012 at 9:42 AM
Mark, I always enjoyed PF too, but not sure it really deserves to go much further in the competition if I'm honest.
The water tunnel is awesome (I never experienced it not working) but I feel Uni could have given it a bit more love (even prior to HP).
We do always go on PF...but we also always go on the Bugs...
I am rather torn with this one!
From 75.48.250.64 on March 12, 2012 at 9:52 AM
Always enjoyed both, but my grandkids seem to have lost interest in Poseidon's Fury so have to give the nod to ITTBB.
From Robert Niles on March 12, 2012 at 11:09 AM
The Poseidon water vortex is awesome, as is the amazing "twist" at the end. But if there's an attraction in Universal's theme park chain that most needs a video upgrade, it's the way-too-'90s-cheesy "battle" in this one.

Perhaps when Poseidon is converted to the Shrieking Shack.... /startinganotherrumor ;^)

From Mark Hollamon on March 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM
I personally think PF could have been an extremely successful attraction, but every attempt to revamp it after the original version was worse and worse.

It's time this attraction came down and the valuable real estate within IOA redevloped.

From Giovanny Cruz on March 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM
My vote goes to bugs because its one of the best 4D show
From Rob Pastor on March 12, 2012 at 2:25 PM
Mark: You are so right about PF. Great theme idea, one of the best outside themed areas, great vortex. But the show is so poorly written. Bad story, bad plot, way too corny. It could have been a great attraction. But it's only very average. It aspired but never ascended.
From Giovanny Cruz on March 12, 2012 at 3:20 PM
Bugssssss
From robert morris on March 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM
It's tough to be a Bug: Is an example of a bad movie (by pixar standards) making a great attraction. It's probably overseeded (ncaa tourney term) but easily beats PF. Which for my money would be a great re themed Ministry of Magic with the final scene being a magic duel with updated technology
From O T on March 12, 2012 at 4:28 PM
Poseidon's Fury gets my vote because I´m sick of 4D movies in themeparks. Both attractions have an awesome exterier that doesn´t live up to the experiance inside but the water vortex comes close and is awesome!
From 71.166.22.60 on March 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM
Gotta go with Poseidon's Fury because I've never checked out Be a Bug! Plus I'm half Greek, so I'm biased towards Poseidon!
From Rob P on March 13, 2012 at 3:44 AM
If I were writing an end of term report for Poseidon' Fury it would read :
" Has some strong points but really could do better if only it tried harder ".

"Bugs" , on the other hand, always delivers. My only criticism would be the uneventful pre-show wait. PF is a little better in this area but not by much. It has something to offer you while you wait but it's only mildly entertaining.

The water vortex ( is that still with us ? ) at PF is a fantastic experience and some of the other effects are also pretty good. However I get the feeling that something's missing. Maybe it just needs a re-vamp and some TLC but , as it stands, ITTAB is a winner. Not by a KO but on points over 12 rounds.

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