2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey vs. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Today's winner in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
might very well be the favorite to win this year's title for Best Themed Ride.
We've got a former champion of the tournament vying with the top-seed and a former winner of the Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction. But only one of these award-winning attractions will make it to this year's final. So which will it be - Universal's Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey or Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror?
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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.
Tuesday: 2. It's Tough to Be a Bug! vs. 6. Fantasmic! compete to take on Soarin's Over California in the Best Theme Park Show final.
As much as I love the Potter novels, I had to vote for the ride I've actually BEEN on, and enjoyed immensely. ToT for me.
This is evil...pure evil. Arg! I voted Potter because the quarter I flipped told me to.
I will probably be on the losing team for this round, but I voted ToT.
TOT is a great ride! That being said I voted for Forbidden Journey because it is by far the best all around ride I have ever been on!
TOT is the best ride in any park, any where.
Both rides are fantastic. Both queues are excellent. Both attraction's buildings dominate their respective theme parks. I give the edge to Harry Potter with slightly more substance to the overall ride experience. If I could only ride one of the attractions on a trip to Orlando, I would choose Harry Potter over TOT.
I've only been on FJ, but TOT seems alot better, so that got my vote.
They're pretty well matched up to me, but if I could ride one over and over and not get bored or tired of it, it would be ToT. And now that I think about it, ToT's story makes far more sense the FJ, but that may really only matter to me since I study plots and stories all day at school.
Forbidden Journey FTW! Would have been a lot tougher vote if it had been Spidey vs. FJ.
For me and mine, Universal's Orlando resort has always been a favorite cheaper-than-Disney destination, filled with cutting edge rides, great restaurants, wonderful onsite resort perks, and manageable crowd levels. USO was the perfect counter-point to my traditional, ultra-expensive, jam-packed Disney vacation. However, I have been on somewhat of an anti-Potter crusade in this tournament, simply voting against the elephant in the room to keep things honest and to point out that despite all the praise and love HP has received, the park in which it resides is far from perfect.
James, loved that...kudos. Disney and Universal staying hungry is best for everyone.
Not fair... Both rides are great and I love them both. But when I rode HPFJ, it just blew me away. I had to go with Harry.
I can't see either ride from the other semi (Mansion or Pirates) beating today's winner, so this might as well be the final.
And by the way...
I'm betting on Haunted Mansion vs FJ in the final round.
^Disneyland's Pirates is the Forbidden Journey of 45 years ago. It has and will continue to weather the ravages of time.
dom how can you vote for a ride you have never even been on.....
I voted for Tower of Terror since I haven't been on Harry Potter, but I have a feeling that when I get around to riding it I'll think it is a superior ride. Tower of Terror may be one of Disney's best rides, but it is not much more than an excellently themed drop tower, while Forbidden Journey is a groundbreaking new species of dark ride.
This is going to be the closet battle yet. However i am sad the WOTM didnt make it futher in the countdown. Hence, i choose WWOHP ride
These are both simply spectacular rides, and it would have been a very difficult decision, except for one factor:
Been on both many times and I have to vote for Tower of Terror. I love FJ but with 16 years of technology on their side I really don't think it is a better ride than the tower.
Tower of Terror is a near-perfect ride. No one who has ever ridden it can dispute that. Even if you don't care for drop rides (I'm not a huge fan of them), odds are you're going to enjoy ToT and ride it again.
As I have converted from Disney to Universal as my families favorite parks in Orlando. I'm also a theme park fan who suffers from motion sickness which makes both of these great attractions a challenge for me.
Javi, I'm judging by videos. And James, I'm not sure if Pirates can hold a chance...
First reason I'm going to vote for fj is TOT eliminated spider man and is a much better ride than tot
They are both amazing rides and themes. They both should win.
I'm sure Potter will get it. but I voted Tower Of Terror. I love the story behind the attraction. The movie that introduced us to that fateful stormy night in the elevator of the Hollywood Hotel, and the fate of little Sally Shine, and the others in the elevator. I've never been in that elevator.last moment, I chickened out. The Hotel Bellboy took me down in the SERVICE elevator, he said it had been repaired. I waited in the Hotel lobby for my family to return from the 13th floor. No ButterBeer for me !
Dom, IMHO, Pirates at DL is the single greatest attraction ever built. Without it, nothing else we are debating would have ever been built. It should win hands down every time there is a vote of this nature. However, people like to go with what is flashy, and what is new, despite the fact that I doubt very much the Forbidden Journey ride will last anywhere close to 45 years.
Had to go with ToT, and I agree that it's a shame that they didn't build the 5th dimension into the other towers. Sadly that part of the attraction turn out to be problematic, but it is really cool. Potter is a fun ride and definitely upped the ante but those darn screens just bug me.
I was going to vote Tower, but James Rao swung my opinion. Bravo, James.
Even if ToT doesn't win, the numbers speak loads on a much older ride against the newest trend of a ride.
I just don't get FJ. All of the bad things of seven books happen at once when Hogwarts happens to be open to muggles and flying benches is the best way to get everyone around. Half the ride feels like a lame motion simulator and half the effects don't work already. At least it took years for the TOT effects to stop lol. I vote ToT.
Flying bench > Elevator with seats
;) Thanks, Josh, it took a lot for me to talk myself into voting against Tower of Terror!
FYI James I haven't been on DL's Pirates. MK's is in my top 5 favorite rides, but I find Haunted Mansion a tad better.
Dom, WDW's Pirates is the Cliff's Notes version as others have said. There really is no comparison between the two.
Thank you, Robert Gray! I'm thrilled to see someone else post about FJ's blurry screens and nausea-inducing movements! I'll likely give it another try the next time I'm at Universal, but I'll definitely take a Dramamine first! For now, my vote is ToT all the way! (I'm very excited to see them in a dead heat -- as a Louisville fan, I'm all about the big upset! Go Cards! Er, I mean: Go Tower!) :-)
Since no one is awake, I'd like to point out for the morning that the vote has been on and on 50% which is rather amazing. Of course I'm rooting for Tower to win, but if it doesn't, I'm still blown away by how Tower gave FJ a run for its money!
Tower. I can't and won't vote against my all time favourite ride.
For the first time in ages, I have decided not to vote.
What bothers me about FJ is that it is just so new. One of the things that makes Disney so magical is its ability to survive the years. These older rides contine to be the favorites of kids and adults everywhere year after year after year. I'm just not so sure that FJ can live up to that. ToT has already proven that it can stand the test of time. Maybe that's not a fair way to judge a ride, and maybe I'm wrong for it, but what I do know is that ToT isn't going anywhere anytime soon. It gives me a thrill every single time I ride it. It's simply amazing.
Shann: It bothers you that it's "so new?" Every ride in every park, from Disney to Lakemont (hello, Leap The Dips, built in 1902 and running today..well, not TODAY today!)..was "so new" at one time. I don't analyze why I like or don't like a given ride, but I don't think "it's so new" is a valid reason for a negative opinion.
The voting's closed, and it's 50-50?! Wow, what happens next, Robert?
The most intense match-up so far.Will there eventually be an overall winner where champions of all 3 brackets meet for a final showdown?
Regarding my vote for Potter...this was a close one, but I had to go for Potter over Tower simply for the fact that the dumbed down versions of this attraction exist in California and Paris. These "on the cheap" versions dilute the franchise and are the tipping point for me in Potter's favor.
Mike: If you had read my whole post you would have seen I addressed that, but what I am saying is that ToT has proven that through the years it has remained a strong and popular ride. So for that reason I think it is better, it has lived up to the test of time and proven it isn't just a fad.
Tower of Terror FTW!
I had to go with Forbidden Journey. I LOVE TZTOT!! But....at the end of the day you are in an elevator dropping up and down.
Wow, it's 50/50 at this time.
Only one ride has ever made me wonder what is coming next. ToT did that the first time and continues to keep me guessing.
Wow- I thought the voting was closed. It's still open, and it's still tied! This is really down to the wire, very exciting!!
Fascinating that with over 1200 votes that it could be dead even. Amazing.
Has there ever been a Co-Champion?
The gap that closed between the rides was huge. I guess maybe the tie breaker will be the actual vote count versus percentage. However, it should be noted that in all practicality it really was a tie. I know it wasn't a literal tie but the percentage is negligible enough to ToT plenty of credit.
Best tourney of all time! Just reading the incredible amount of thought people put into their votes makes me proud I participate in the tourney!
I voted for Tower of Terror, not because I think it's the superior ride, but because I have not yet experienced Harry Potter. Truthfully, I want Harry Potter to win the tournament now that Spidey is gone.
Wow! So our first runoff?? How does the tie-breaker work?
It seems that a lot of people haven't experienced Harry Potter's Forbidden Journey yet, which may have shifted some of the voting to ToT. That said, they are both terrific attractions/queues, and both deserving of a Best Attraction semi final duel. Forbidden Journey just got by, but like they say in sports, a win is a win is a win no matter the margin of victory. It will be interesting to see what next year's contest will look like as more people get to experience Harry Potter, the debut of the new Transformers and the extreme makeover over of Spider-Man.
Wow won by 8 votes. Just shows you that every vote counts :)
Not to sound stupid but why in the competition is Soarin' considered a show and Carousel of Progress is a ride when the two are clearly vice versa?
Wow, that was close..... it does go to show that rides like Tower Of Terror and Spiderman can keep up with new technology.
So Dom, let me get this straight.... you voted for a ride you have never been on because it seems better? For a Disney fanboy, you sure haven't experienced quite a bit of what they have to offer.
50/50? Oh crap.
Andy, since the percentage doesn't calculate by .1, it is rounded to the nearest whole number. FJ would need a 13 vote lead to change the percentages. Since it only won by 8 votes, it appears 50 / 50. The actual numbers are 654 FJ to 646 ToT by my calculations.
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