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

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Published: March 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Wow! Now that was a finish. Congratulations to Universal Orlando and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, which squeaked out an 8-vote win out of 1,300 votes cast in Monday's 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament vote.

Today, we're moving over to the Best Show bracket, as second-seed It's Tough to Be a Bug! takes on its exclamation-pointed Disney sibling, sixth-seed Fantasmic!

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

It's Tough to Be a Bug!

Fantasmic! - at Disneyland, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and Tokyo DisneySea

Fantasmic!

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.


Wednesday morning: It's 1. The Voyage vs. 5. Montu for the final spot in the Best Roller Coaster final.

Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on March 27, 2012 at 9:29 AM
Not gonna be much of a battle today... Fantasmic!
From Skipper Adam on March 27, 2012 at 9:32 AM
I voted Bugs. I'm just burnt out on Fantasmic, it's that simple.
From 141.117.162.109 on March 27, 2012 at 9:43 AM
I hate bugs. So a show about bugs is not on. Fantasmic doesn't need to be as good as it is to win this, for me.
From Robyn A. on March 27, 2012 at 9:44 AM
ITTBAB is cute and clever, and we certainly enjoyed it, but definitely no competition for Fantasmic!.
From Donna McKay on March 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM
Am I the only person on earth who doesn't like Fantasmic?! I think I might just be! I dont' bother going anymore and so voted bugs
From Tim Odom on March 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Yesterday's battle was one for the ages, between 2 of the best rides on the planet. Today? Not so much. Fantasmic! wins for me.
From Mike Gallagher on March 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM
Sorry, no interest :(
From Mark Fairleigh on March 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM
I voted Bug! because it's the one I've experienced of the two. Have no doubt Fantasmic! is a fantastic show though.
From Rob Pastor on March 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM
Fantasmic for sure. Bug is OK but it doesn't belong in a semi-final.
From Tyler Stover on March 27, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Even though I hate bugs and ITTBAB actually freaked me out a little, I have to admit it is very well done and possibly the best 4D show out there. WDW's Fantasmic leaves a lot to be desired, but Disneyland's is pure magic and wins my vote.
From Mark Hollamon on March 27, 2012 at 11:13 AM
I have to tell you I just don't get into Fantasmic. The whole experience is exhausting!

You are asked to be there 60+ minutes in advance to get seated, then wait, and wait, and wait... On a steamy July night that is torture!

Then the show is just "meh" by Disney standards (IMO).

I vote with the bugs!

From 68.125.20.119 on March 27, 2012 at 12:35 PM
We've got a boring 3D movie with animatronic enhancements versus what is arguably the greatest nighttime spectacular ever created? It's obvious Fantasmic is much, much, better. And for those that have not seen the version at Disneyland, whenever you get a chance to visit the park make sure you see it. Just find somewhere to view it ten minutes before showtime and enjoy. You won't be disappointed, even if you didn't care for the DHS version.
From Robert Niles on March 27, 2012 at 2:48 PM
While I appreciate the relative comfort of the DHS stadium, Fantasmic! plays so much better on its native Rivers of America. Bug! is the same show in Anaheim and Orlando, but Fantasmic! really does play differently in each of its three locations.

But in all three, I prefer it to Bug!

From Tony Duda on March 27, 2012 at 3:49 PM
I think Bug is a great attraction but Fantasmic! is a great end-of-day multi-media spectacular that stars MICKEY MOUSE! It is the only one of the 3 at Walt Disney World that stars Mickey. I haven't seen the Disneyland version but know it is even better. Complaints about the long waits just reflect the pain people put themselves through, you don't HAVE to wait 2 hours, you choose to wait 2 hours. Show up closer to show time and sit in the back corners and relax. I do.
From Randall Peek on March 27, 2012 at 9:14 PM
I've said it before and it bears repeating. My Fantasmic! vote is strictly for the Disneyland version, which is more compelling and exciting by far than the DHS pretender.
From Donna McKay on March 28, 2012 at 9:21 AM
Clearly I've not seen the "right" version of Fantasmic then! A good excuse to head to California I think :)

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