2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Haunted Mansion vs. Splash Mountain
It's a neighborhood battle today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
Well, at least it's that way at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland, where Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion stand side-by-side. (They're separated by the Rivers of America in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.) But as much as Disney fans might love both of these rides, only one can advance to the tournament semifinals. Which one will it be? That's your call.
Haunted Mansion - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and as Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris
Splash Mountain - at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland
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Wednesday: 4. Mickey's PhilharMagic vs. 5. Soarin' Over California in the Best Theme Park Show bracket.
I love Splash Mountain, but HM is the pinnacle of WED success and design. HM should win by a landslide.
Personally, I like Splash Mountain better than Haunted Mansion. In fact, I believe it to be the best attraction at the Magic Kingdom....when it is fully functional. I was able to look past the recent maintanience issues for the last round, but no more. In the battle of these two titans, Haunted Mansion should get your vote, as all things being equal it is the better maintained of these two E-Ticket attractions.
If Splash Moutain was 100% fully functional, then it might be a close call. As it is, however, Haunted Mansion is one of the best rides ever. Gonna take a lot more than a really well done but half working flume to take down this juggernaut.
I can sympathize with the maintenance issues, James, as I was stuck on Splash last year for at least an hour. This is easily one of the hardest picks for me. I mean this is like Kentucky vs. UNC during March Madness! But I had to go with Haunted. Wifey and I love Halloween and how much more Halloween can you get than Haunted Mansion? It may not be thrilling or even scary, but it's Haunted Mansion!
Haunted Mansion for a few reasons:
Voted for Haunted Mansion because ANYTHING is better than Splash Mountain!
Preaching to the choir here... although I love them both, HM wins. Splash is hurt by not being maintained well in parts that are obvious, and also not being as "everyone" friendly due to the nature of the attraction.
I can't remember the details, but I had a dream last night that involved the Haunted Mansion. Hmmm.
I'm kind of surprised this vote isn't closer, though apparently Splash has developed some serious issues since the last time I was on it....
LOL, Dom! I wish! ;)
This was tough. I love them both, but sometimes I just don't want to get wet. I went with HM.
Like many here the lack of maintenance is what kills splash. Disney take this down for a full rehab NOW (MK Version) there is no excuse for the horrible shape it is in. The last time I saw the DL version it was in good shape. The recent improvements at HM (MK version especially) are great, keep HM in great shape!
It was pure evil to put these to together so early. I went Mansion, but only b/c I'm looking down the road(which has a better chance to beat Spidey and/or Potter).
Why is haunted mansion taking the led I meand some people might hate me but this but I only like haunted mansion because it cools you down in hot days I mean I like it but my family fell asleep in that ride litarite asleep.
Splash Mountain is good, but the Haunted Mansion is better. Easy choice for me, Haunted Mansion.
Sorry to see Splash bite the dust (or water) but I voted for the Orlando version of Mansion. The upgrades have really elevated that ride, so that we have a great combination of classic elements with new technology.
Giovanny, I almost fell asleep on Splash waiting for it start up again...I love Splash, but consistence maintenance issues equals points deducted.
Giovanny, what does the word "litarite" mean? And nobody is going to hate you for your opinion, as long as it is an opinion and you don't say something insulting to those who feel different than you.
I would submit that the Haunted Mansion is the most complete attraction at the park since the past two updates. Every single aspect of this ride has been maximized. I would go as far as saying that it may be the height of Disney Imagineering. (Tower of Terror comes in a close second.)
Could be, Dominick. Last time I was in the Haunted Mansion was in the mid 90's, so I really don't remember an "endless hallway."
I wasn't trying to give Giovanny a hard time. I really don't know what word he was trying to use- still don't.
Splash Mountain is my favorite ride at any Disney park.
Yeah Mike, I ticked Robert off for some reason. Look Robert, if your reading this, I'm very sorry. Please forgive me!
Dom: Good to see you're back. I had thought you had calmed down & mellowed recently.
I don't really think of the Haunted Mansion as a ride. It's a ride like Pirates of the Caribbean is a ride. Passive, observing action. Like It's a Small World. Splash Mountain is more active, part of the action, aggressive RIDE. Went to both again last weekend and the buzz coming out of our first time on Splash Mountain was thrilled excitement (with my wife and 7 yr old daughter) versus the walk out of the Haunted Mansion. My wife and I consider the Mansion as a classic and always a good bet. Also one that little kids can enjoy. On Splash Mountain my 7 yr old was not happy to get wet, but I thought the story buildup and the sheer length made it more thrilling than almost any other ride in MK. Space Mountain doesn't have the same storyline buildup, unless you count the walk in and the wait in line. I enthusiastically vote for Splash Mountain.
Both of these are outstanding attractions, and both are absolute must-rides for those that have never experieced them. However, Haunted Mansion is my favorite ride at Disneyland (as well as my favorite dark ride), so I had to vote for it. I rode both back to back today and Haunted Mansion definitely wins in all categories but thrill.
When I was last there around 3 weeks ago, I didn't notice any of the poor maintenance on SM as reported here. I could have missed it. What sections can you say are down or poorly maintained? By the way I voted for HM as it just nudges it in my opinion.
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