2012 Best Attraction Tournament: The Voyage vs. Montu
It's time to select the second finalist for the title of Best Roller Coaster in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
Our top seed is no stranger to the tournament, being our defending Best Roller Coaster champion, Holiday World's The Voyage. But it's path to the final this year is blocked by our B&M Inverted Champion, Busch Gardens Tampa's Montu. Your vote will decide which coaster advances.
The Voyage - at Holiday World
Montu - at Busch Gardens Tampa
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 evening: We'll get an early start on the last semifinal vote, so that we can have it wrapped up in time for Championship Friday. The last spot in the Best Themed Ride final will go to second-seed Haunted Mansion or third-seed Pirates of the Caribbean.
I had to go with Montu, my favourite inverted coaster.
Snap i voted that too :)
I have this need, this true unadulterated need, to ride Montu. Not once, or twice. But all the time. Does that make me weird?
My wife and I took a quick detour on our way to the Everglades, just to ride Montu, so you're not the only one with the need.
This has to be vote for some, as there's nothing from a disney park
I liked both, although my (apparently in vain) vote for Voyage is based my only rides nearly 5 years ago. Reports I've read, here and elsewhere, make it seem the ride has changed in the intervening years..and NOT for the better.
I voted for the Voyage.
Montu is not even the best coaster at BGT, yet Voyage is considered by some to be the best wooden coaster on the planet. Me included. Go Voyage. It should and will win this vote.
I absolutely LOVE the Voyage roller coaster, however I love my B&M's more. I had to vote for Montu. The Batwing in the last row on the left side is the most awesome experience on a coaster!
I voted for the voyage. I rode it once and it was such a rush and thrill to ride. I thought I was going to come out of my seat after the first drop.
Seeing as how I like Montu more than Apollo's Chariot, and the Chariot is just a taller, faster up and down out and back coaster than Voyage, I can't see how the Voyage wins these tournaments other than the fact that people love the little guy.
Oops, forgot to finish the first thought before starting the second thought. First thought - why I voted for Montu. Second thought - why Voyage wins this event despite being smaller and slower.
I like Apollo's Chariot, Terry, it is a nice ride. However, there is nothing nice about the Voyage, nor is there anything "little" about it. It is a beautiful collection of wood measuring 1.2 miles in length and if it is not the best wooden coaster in the world, it is definitely in the top two. Amazing and intense from start to finish, the Voyage is loaded with huge drops, spectacular 90-degree turns, pitch-black tunnels, and copious air time moments. While not painfully rough like many wooden coasters, it is a relentless beast that defeats many casual riders. If you are a coaster fan you owe it to yourself to ride The Voyage. It alone is worth the price of admission to Holiday World.
I had to go with Montu because:
Ridden both...not really that close at all. The Voyage is the winner here hands down. I'm sure that many BG fans who've never fathomed going to Santa Claus, Indiana and have never ridden the Voyage would agree with me if they had. Make the trip people...make the trip.
Voted for Voyage because even though it is very rough it is the only one of the pair I have actually been on, it is one of my top five wooden coasters, and I prefer it to every Inverted coaster I've been on.
Sorry, Derek. It's Voyage. "Hands down" is simply not acceptable. UP all the way, baby!! :)
In the past Voyage was one of the most incredible coasters out there. The years and the PTC trains have not been kind to this ride. So I will have to vote Montu of these two.
The New Texas Giant is an outstanding coaster, one of my new favorites, but in no way does it match the intensity of the Voyage.
I voted Montu. In my opinion it is the superior coaster.
Montu remains my #1 coaster. Rode it two weekends ago and it's just as good as ever. If you're a fan of B&M Inverteds, you'll love Montu. It's one of the best examples of the type, partly because they gave it enough room to do what it does.
I think some folks are equating pain with intensity. Like many Dinn Corp woodies, Mean Streak hurts and provides little, if any thrill. The Voyage is an adventure in airtime and intensity, offering an unrelenting thrill from beginning to end. And while it is a "big boy" coaster it does not "hurt" you physically, instead it challenges your intestinal fortitude in ways about which most coasters can only dream.
James, there's only one inverted coaster out there that has seven inversions, as far as I know. That makes it one of a kind.
My vote is Voyage! It is truly the best coaster!!!! It is amazing in the day but completely insane to ride at night!!
Granted, most of the inverted coasters have 5 or 6 inversions, not the 7 of Montu, however my comment was in relation to the ride experience, not the layout. And every B&M invert, while fun, feels about the same as the next. Furthermore, I am not saying Montu is a bad ride, quite the contrary, I am simply saying it is not as good as The Voyage, which is one of the top rated coasters on the planet. Whichever coaster loses this vote should not feel any shame. It is a terrific battle between two great rides at two great parks...both coasters deserving all the props in the world for making it to this point in the tournament. I salute them both.
While I have, quite honestly, never ridden The Voyage, I can say that Montu is a lot better than just another B&M invert. It is the best B&M invert, which in my eyes is the most fun variety of coaster. Woodies, for me, are just not fun, they tend to hurt. A lot. And just hearing that Mean Streak compares to The Voyage does not make me want to ride The Voyage. Sorry, I despise overly rough rides, they give me headaches that pretty much end my riding day.
Tim, I never stated Montu is a bad ride. It is a highly regarded masterpiece in its own right. Whether or not it is the best in its class is debatable, but its excellence is not. As for being the best ride in the park, the argument exists whether you agree or not. Kumba and Sheikra both get high marks from fans and the debate rages. I will say that the big problem with all inverted coasters is that unless you sit in the front row the experience is diminished. So, a front row ride on Montu may rank among the best experiences at BGT, but any other row probably ranks as a 7/10 (although I would offer the back row may have the worst view, but the best ride).
To be honest, I have never ridden front row on Montu (last time I was there, I was next in line for the front, but a thunderstorm put an end to that.) I do agree that being in the front row helps for inverts, but I think that is true for all coasters. Having ridden in damn near every seat on Alpengeist (a closer coaster for me, so I have just ridden it more), I can say I find both front row and back row to have their own pluses and minuses.
Forget about the vote....Portal?! Nice. Will representatives from Valve be at the wedding?
Gonna invite Gabe Newell from Valve, doubt he will show up. But, we plan on having fun with it (she even suggested Still Alive as our first dance song, how could I possibly say no?) And, of course we won't have cake, as that is a lie. Instead, there will be cupcakes.
Montu may have lost, Tim, but it sounds like with your future bride, you have a winner. Enjoy the wedding, and I will see you sometime on the top of the lift hill!!!
Thanks man! Looking forward to that!
James, I was curious. Have you been on El Toro? (the American one, of course)
James, I was curious. Have you been on El Toro? (the American one, of course)
You were curious enough to ask me twice, Mike!
A double post? Now how in heck did THAT happen?
For the record, I was not comparing Voyage to Mean Streak, just stating where I ranked it. And James, it's clear you really like Voyage. No surprise, a lot of people really like Voyage. I just happen to not be one of them.
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