2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey vs. Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
Written by Robert Niles
Let's recap the 2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament to date:
We've got three more first-round match-ups this week before we start the quarterfinal match-ups on Thursday. Today's first-round contest features two popular rides from Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure theme park.
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey is your defending tournament champion, and the winner of the 2010 Theme Park Insider Award for Best New Attraction. The highlight of Universal's acclaimed Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Forbidden Journey has helped Universal to win new fans and earn record revenue, fueling an expansion of Universal theme parks around the world.
Harry Potter's success might cause some to forget that Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges once was part of a game-changer for Universal, too. Rapids rides existed long before Islands of Adventure opened in 1999, but Popeye took them to new level, with immersive theming and more ways to soak passengers than a rapids ride had ever thrown at them before. For fans who can't handle the topsy turbulence of Harry Potter, but are looking for a way to cool off on a hot Orlando day, Popeye offers an attractive alternative.
So let's vote:
Tomorrow: Pooh's Hunny Hunt vs. Kilimanjaro Safaris
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