2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Mickey's PhilharMagic vs. Soarin' Over California
Disney's It's Tough to Be a Bug! earlier this week claimed the first spot in the Best Theme Park Show semifinals of the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
. Now it's time for you to help select the second contestant to advance in this bracket. Here are your competitors:
Mickey's PhilharMagic - at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and Hong Kong Disneyland
Soarin' Over California - at Disney's California Adventure and Epcot
Tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did, and rally support for your favorite by linking to this post on Facebook and Twitter. Voting is open for 24 hours.
Thursday: Another biggie: 4. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man vs. 5. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the Best Themed Ride bracket.
PhilharMagic is one of my favorites and a must do at WDW, but I just gotta go with Soarin on this one.
Haven't seen either. but I like Soarin' type rides. I have fond memories of If You Had Wings at MK in the 70's. I imagine that's loooong gone, but Soarin' strikes me as that type of ride, with different motion and a better film. On The old ride, you rode through different rooms for scenes. I understand on Soarin' it's a self-contained room with different scenes.
Very tough choice for me as both attractions are among my favorites. Overall, though, I gotta go with the better "experience", which I think belongs to Soarin'.
I'm in the minority here but having heard so much about Soarin' before riding it I was actually underwhelmed. It honestly didn't do much more for me than those old circle-vision films that they had in the 80's. After all it's just an Imax film you watch in a sling...
I went with Philharmagic. And for the record, I've never been on Soarin because of my Asthma.
@Dominick You should always prevent getting an Asthma attack, and the ride has smells that could trigger an attack. Standing in an elevator with people who wear heavy (cheap!)perfume can trigger my astma. Soarin didn´t (my mum and I both have astma) so you could try it.There are a lot of attractions at Disney that have smell so do you skip them all? Soarin also got my vote.
I agree with David. Soarin' reminded me of an IMAX film from the 90's. So what if you get pulled up in the air before hand. I was very unimpressed.
As much as I love Soarin's visuals, theme, and ride mechanics, the horrible transitions (or lack of transitions) really brings it down. PhilharMagic is my favorite 3D movie and I always have fun watching it. This was a close call, but I'll go with the underdog and vote MPM here.
love them both, but i had to go for soarin'
O T, sometimes my mom's perfume can get me coughing. I was at Epcot Sunday, and it had an 80 minute wait, so I didn't ride it.
This is a tough one seeing as Soarin is a RIDE not a Show.
I consider Soarin' Over California a ride, and I'm more of a ride person than a show person, so I voted for Soarin'. Either way, however, it is my favorite ride at DCA other than California Screamin' and I haven't seen Mickey's PhilharMagic so I knew I'd be voting for it since the brackets were announced.
I have never been that impressed with Soarin', a lot of the ride experience has to do with what row you're in, plus last time I was on it some of the effects weren't working. I'm sitting this vote out, I've seen PhilharMagic, it was ok but I have to admit I'm getting tired of sitting in front of screens, moving seats or not.
I will never understand the appeal of Soarin', but each to their own.
Soarin' is ok and a pleasant experience but, as others have said, it lacks that special something whereas PhilharMagic is a great 3D experience that has clever use of the screens, 3D and special FX. So Mickey gets my vote here :o)
Neither. I vote for Soarin Over Philarmagic. Give me the ride mechanics of Soarin with the Philarmagic film.
I would say that Soarin' is much more of a show than a ride, Robert. You are essentially sitting still while watching a screen. It's just like any other 3D/4D show.
I voted Mickey's PhilharMagic because Soarin' at Epcot is in TERRIBLE shape and is in need of a serious film rehab. The last time I rode Soarin' was last Wednesday and it was just very weak with lines through the film about 50% of the time.
Aaaargh...this is so tough...but went with Soarin'. Makes me want to hop on a plane to Cali every time.
@ brad It's not really a debate on ride or show for Soarin & CoP
Soarin' is a ride using screens. I voted for PhilharMagic because it more logically belongs in this category, and because it's an amazing 3D movie. I do love Soarin' from the front row, however.
Mickey's PhilharMagic is a nice show but it doesn't have the sense of theater that Soarin' has in abundance. It's fun loading into the seats at Soarin' and the anticipation of something spectacular, as you dangle from your lofty position, is more than satisfied as you experience the sights, sounds and smells of California. Is there another State in the US with so much diversity of spectacular landscapes ?
I voted for Mickey. I haven't been to see it yet, but I've been on Soarin' multiple times. A great ride at DCA, but for SO many years it didn't have much to compete with it. And, somewhat like David Brown, I hope I'm not underwhelmed if/when I see PhilharMagic.
I have heard from others about the screen being "dirty" at Soarin' in Epcot and that it was starting to take away from the experience and didn't feel that way when I visited in 2010...
Sorry, but Soarin is overrated to me. I rode it for the first time in Jan 2011, and it seemed like an IMAX that you just sat alot closer to.
I missed the vote on this one....so glad you got it right ;)
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