2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Incredible Hulk Coaster vs. Manta
We've haven't forgotten about the roller coasters. Today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
, we're selecting a coaster for one of the two spots in the Best Roller Coaster tournament final.
We've got two of Orlando's top coasters for your consideration today - Universal's Hulk and SeaWorld's Manta. Which is your pick to go on to the finals?
Incredible Hulk Coaster - at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Manta - at SeaWorld Orlando
Voting is open for 24 hours. Please tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did, and if you'd like to drum up some more votes for your favorite, feel free to link to this post on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday: It's 1. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey vs. 5. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for spot in the Best Themed Ride final.
Really tough vote between smoothest coaster (Manta) & the best opening for any ride (The Hulk)
This vote is going to be close one, I'll bet. They're both great in their own ways. I've ridden Hulk more times than I can count, Manta only once.
The launch of the Incredible Hulk Coaster is the best 5 seconds in theme park history, period!
Y'know, this one is so close, I'm tempted to stay out of it, especially since I haven't ridden either. Eh, at the very least, I'll put it off for awhile.
The Incredible Hulk is a great coaster; unfortunately, it's also the kind of ride that gives me a headache. I refuse to ride it again until I hear about a refurb.
I've only been on Hulk, and only twice. I believe it's highly over-rated. Since I've never heard or seen a bad word about Manta, and I've come to like flyers, that's how I voted.
I've ridden both and it's a really tough call. I went with hulk in the end as the launch is spectacular. Both are great rides though. This tournament is getting tough!!!
I've never been on either, but I voted Hulk because it's the freaking Hulk!
Even though I've never ridden either coaster, I'm voting for Hulk. It just looks like a better ride from video I've seen.
I'm a lifelong coaster chicken working his way up the ladder...currently enjoying myself on the Mummy rung with hopes of graduating to the Hulk one day...total Universal-bias here. The Hulk!
I rode Manata once it is was O.K. Not a big enough draw to ride it again and I hated the fact they kept you in that crazy position after the ride was over and the other coaster was loading. Hulk is great...however it is not as smooth as it used to be and is getting quite rough. Hulk needs a rehab badly and/or new coaster trains. The new paint job on Hulk looks great. I voted for Hulk despite it's roughier ride.
I love Hulk, but this battle is not between two one trick ponies like Hulk's last win. Therefore I will go with the ride that offers the more consistent thrill, Manta.
This is a tough vote for me since these are two can't-miss attractions. The first 10 seconds of Hulk is one of the greatest thrills out there. Unfortunately, after that beginning, I could take or leave the rest of the ride. Manta, on the other hand provides a smooth, unique experience and destroys Hulk with its beautiful theming. My vote today goes to Manta.
Manta really should be winning this, but I think the Incredible Hulk is one of the most iconic roller coasters in the world. I do love the Incredible Hulk a lot, but Manta is tied as my favourite coaster (with Intimidator 305).
I voted for the Hulk. I love Manta, and think it is a great coaster, but the Hulk is just special. Its THE iconic ride at UOR. The moment you walk off the people movers and into CityWalk you can hear The Hulk roaring in the distance. Its the first ride you see as you come around the corner.
I haven't been on either, but Tatsu is in my top five steel coasters so I voted for Manta. The beginning of Incredible Hulk looks outstanding, but the rest of the ride doesn't appear to be significantly different from other B&M coasters and seems less themed than Manta.
Caroline, nice to see some I-305 love. It's my #1 steel,a nd I'm less than a month away from my next ride on it!
Conversation overheard coming from the direction of the Hulk....."HULK clobber Manta".....
I love both of these rides so much. Hulk has that incredible launch, but Manta has such a view. No seat is bad, and the further back you ride, the faster it is.
I haven't ridden either(but that will change soon!). I expect Manta to be a slightly faster, longer, and more thrilling version of Superman at SFOG, but with a great consistent theme. Hulk seems to have a great launch, and a decent theme(nothing to Manta though). Beyond that, it seems very similar to the Georgia Scorcher, minus the standing. So between the two, Manta gets my vote by a long shot. Seaworld created a world class e-ticket. Universal put a decent parkinglot coaster over water, added a great launch, and some mild theme(comparable to some of SFOG's coasters).
My vote was for Manta. Incredible Hulk has an incredible first half, but once you hit the first set of brakes, the ride becomes boring for the second half. Manta has incredible theming as well as the fact that its a unique experience riding a coaster in a flying position. The finale on Manta with the train coming very close to the water is an awesome feeling as well.
There was about a three month period between 1999 and 2000 that I rode The Hulk virtually every day. The launch, the height, the initial succession of inversions, the "backyard." Just a great, iconic coaster. My mid-morning coffee break was spent riding The Hulk. And (for the record) lunch was spent watching the Wild, Wild, Wild West Stunt Show.
This was a tough vote as I am a huge fan of the flying coasters, but the launch on Hulk gets me every time. I also like the fact that is "roars" and you can hear it from the Hard Rock and Royal Pacific hotels.
This is where Hulk's run should end. Aside from a launch that isn't the best in the business (Sorry everyone...Dragster wins that title by a mile), the track afterward is standard B&M elements that can be found everywhere. Not that this is a bad thing, but the best attraction winner doesn't is either unique or the first of it's kind. Except for the launch, Hulk is neither.
How can you guys say Hulk doesn't have themeing? The first half is the Great Green Machine and the second half is Bruce Banner. Or David if you are Bill Bixby.
Two terrific coasters, no doubt. The thrills and aesthetics are on calibre.
I have to follow the Expedition Everest logic and refuse to vote for Hulk until it is restored to its former glory. As has been mentioned numerous times already, the coaster is far too rough compared to what it used to be. A certain level of roughness is to be expected as a coaster ages, but Universal has exacerbated that by not taking the coaster down for a refurb in a very long time.
Steve, be thankful Universal took some time out to update their best ride (Spider-Man), but don't expect any more love until the London side of Harry Potter world is complete. Universal is too concerned with its Harry Potter fetish right now to address any more of IOA's maintanience problems!
I'm glad I'm not the only one who finds the Hulk too rough. When is Universal going to get the message? Refurb that beast, please.
Completely missed this vote, but the right coaster won. Manta is fantastic, a wonderful ride. But Hulk, even with it's roughness, is just better. And the first 30 seconds of Hulk is simply the best 30 seconds around.
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