2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Haunted Mansion vs. Pirates of the Caribbean
We've got just one decision to make before it's time to crown the champions in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
Today, we're selecting the second finalist for the title of Best Themed Ride, and we've got two of Disney's classics slugging it out. Your vote will help decide which ride goes on to face Universal's Harry Potter in the final.
Haunted Mansion - at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Tokyo Disneyland, and at Disneyland Paris as Phantom Manor
Pirates of the Caribbean - at Disneyland, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Paris, and Tokyo Disneyland
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Next up: It's Championship Friday, when we will wrap up the Tournament by crowning champions for Best Theme Park Show, Best Roller Coaster, and Best Themed Ride.
Well that is odd, I just voted and the total is 100% to 0%. I feel like Dom, except I didn't plan on being the first to vote....
NB: Congrats on being numero uno...A tough vote but "Its a Pirates' Life For Me". Yo Ho. At least, until Friday...
Pirates of the Caribbean with Ease. The WDW version is my favorite ride I've ever been on. I always look forward to this more than anything else(Spaceship Earth and Splash Mountain come close though). Then, there's the DLP version. Since WDW's is supposed to be half rate, then I have one amazing attraction waiting for me to relish. Haunted Mansion, while great, just doesn't even come close to WDW's pirates to me.
In my heart of hearts I truly believe that Disneyland's Pirates is the single greatest attraction ever built. As timeless as it is graceful, this venerable masterpiece of narrative and imagination simply cannot and will not be surpassed by the passage of years nor the advancement of technology. Without this one attraction so much of what we enjoy today may never have come to fruition.
It is unfair to make me pit two beloved attractions against one another. These are the two that defined my childhood fascination with Disneyland. I eagerly anticipated the opening of both these attractions, and neither one has ever disappointed. Given that they are still my favorites more than forty years later, I can't imagine picking one over the other. Still, I had to vote, and I went with the Haunted Mansion, which has an intimacy to it that is missing from Pirates. It may not be as grand in its storytelling, but it is a spectacular build-up from the slight creepiness at the beginning to the all-out assault on the senses of the graveyard scene. Also, I anticipate Pirates taking this one, so HM needs a little love.
This is a very tough vote, and for me it is based only on the California versions of each attraction. Haunted Mansion is my second favorite dark ride (first being Indiana Jones Adventure), and the holiday version of it is my absolute favorite ride at the Disneyland Resort (excluding roller coasters, because I don't rank coasters and non-coasters against each other). However, recently I've noticed that some of the effects in Disneyland's Haunted Mansion have begun showing their age, and while they still look fine the constant squeaking of the hidden parts somewhat ruins the illusion. Add in the fact that the narration appears to have been cut from a portion of the attraction and the volume of the audio effects turned down, and it is hard to maintain my enjoyment of the ride.
I have to go with The Haunted Mansion on this one. Pirates is a great ride but I think the ball room scene in the mansion is unlike anything that I had seen before. The ghostly illusion is so well done in this ride and this is one of the rides that I remember riding for the first time. I still remember being 8 years old and being terrified to go into the mansion. I had to carry the souvenir gun that I bought earlier because it made me feel safe (I don't know what a gun would have done against ghosts, they're already dead! Lol) But after the first ride, I was SOLD! Both are great Disney classics, but The Haunted Mansion holds a special place in my childhood that's why I had to vote Mansion.
Y'all know I'm nt as much of a Disney guy as many on here. But this is a tough vote for me. In the absence of 20000 Leagues Under The Sea, these are two of my three favorite Disney attractions. I'm about to vote, and I think I've gotta go with the ghosts.
Without a doubt Pirates is a classic, but this was not hard for me. I really really enjoy Pirates, but I LOOOVE Haunted...have a Doom Buggy plate right on my front fender (get plenty of interested looks from it, btw). This matchup more than any is going to be a battle of emotions. People have strong emotional ties to both of these rides. There is no bad vote here. That being said, Go Mansion!! :)
It was the Haunted Mansion for me. I have been on both rides only in Florida and on that - HM easily wims for me.
Both of these attractions are fantastic but Pirates edged out for me...yet neither can truly hold a candle to the single greatest accomplishment ever to come out of Walt Disney Imagineering, SUPERSTAR LIMO at Disney's California Adventure. What a classic, it is sorely missed.......
I voted for "Pirates". These are two iconic Disney attractions and it's not easy to separate them in terms of appeal, theming and quality. It's just that "Pirates" has a little more happening by way of content. The Disneyland incarnation is , quite possibly, the best ride of it's type on offer anywhere in the World.
Two old tired dark rides that bore me to death.
Went with the Haunted Mansion because of the effects and the show rooms. Both are classics though with great music.
Haunted Mansion; had you placed it as DL's Haunted Mansion against Pirates However, I would have gone with Pirates, unless of course, it was WDW's pirates. But since you generalized all of the versions together (Something that really shouldn't be done) I had to go with my favorite.
I am indifferent to both, but having sat on a wet bench in PotC, I voted HM. Dry pants FTW.
The Haunted Mansion is my favorite dark ride of all time! I can remember the first time I went on it with my father in 1975. It was the coolest thing I had ever seen then and it still holds that very same place in my heart.
I have ridden the Orlando-only version of both, and I like the Mansion much better. I don't know the narrative of either, really. A party and a pillage was my guess. If the other versions of Pirates have a better narrative, it might sway me. Robert's probably right.
I had a tough time with this vote til I remembered my first visit to Disney. Back then I liked Pirates, but I absolutely loved Haunted Mansion. And I still think it's that way, I just like haunted houses better, and Haunted Mansion is the best around. So, I voted for the Mansion, basically cause I like the theme in Mansion better than Pirates. Pirates probably is the superior ride, but Mansion works for me completely.
This one is hard for me. I grew up loving them and with many memories on both. I read everyone's comments and took them all into account. There is one thing everyone forgot about Mansion. Once a year they magically turn it into a different ride. The Haunted Mansion as Nightmare Before Christmas. We get a chance to have a whole different experience on the same ride. Because of that my vote swayed to Mansion.
Well, the problem is - i love all Haunted Mansions.
I have two dogs and I love them both equally, but this is like having to choose one of them as my favorite. This really put me on the spot, but my love of classic haunted house and ghost stories trumps my love of pirates and Errol Flynn swashbucklers, if only by a hair.
The tie-breaker for me was the tendency for Mansion to be run at its highest speed setting to get the biggest rider numbers through. It feels rushed and I feel like I'm not able to take everything in. Fix that, and it wins my vote back. For now, Pirates is a better experience. Both are equal on storytelling, visuals, music, and classic staying power.
Sorry, Robert, but some of us poor schmucks are stuck with WDW. :(
I went with haunted mansion for two reasons:
Adding Eddie Murphy to the ride would make it Ri'donk'ulus (Shrek reference).
DL's Pirates is so much better than WDW. But I had to go with the Mansion. I love the new queue and the new and improved Hitchhiking Ghosts. Plus, when you're in the park at 1am, it's a good place for a quick snooze ;).
Regardless of having only rode the WDW version, it's Pirates for me! I could ride it over and over. My family feels the same way. Hands down my favorite ride at MK.
Wow. This is a tough one. It is like trying to choose between a piece of chocolate cake or a chocolate cupcake. They both are truly wonderful. I may just have to flip a coin for this vote.
This is like asking me which puppy I want to put to sleep. Can't I vote for both to replace Spider Man?
I'm surprised that HM is getting so much attention here, and an astonishingly high number of votes. I am shocked and pleased.
I've never been on the WDW version of pirates, is it really that bad? (Is it like the way the WDW peeps describe the DCA version of ToT?)
I'm surprised that Pirates is losing so badly. I'll grant you that the east coast version of Mansion is hard to beat, but I voted for the Disneyland version of Pirates. Still one of the greatest rides in the world.
I've ridden both coasts' versions of both rides, and I'll hand it to the Mansion. Mansion offers:
I voted for the HM. It was real tough for me though. Since I grew up in Cali, I'm biased towards the Disneyland versions of both rides. I've been to WDW a few times so I think I can make a (biased) comparison :)! Both Haunted Mansions are comparable. I'm certain I prefer the Disneyland version because is in my childhood memories. The plantation house in Ca. just seems "right" to me. Pirates is a TOTALLY different story though. The DL version of Pirates is WAY better to me because of the Blue Bayou and the second drop at the beginning. The lightning bugs, dining area, and shack setup at DL add something sorely missing at WDW. Its awesome! My best memory at DL Pirates is when we got stuck at the end of the ride and we had to be escorted off by a cast member in the middle of the return ramp. As a little kid, I thought it was cool! Dave
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