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2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man vs. Kilimanjaro Safaris

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Published: March 18, 2013 at 9:41 AM

This Friday, you'll select the winner of the 2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament -- the world's best themed ride. But before then, we've still got two more rides to vote into the semifinals. Disney's Splash Mountain and the Haunted Mansion have earned their way in. Which ride will join them today?

Your choices are Universal's The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, which defeated Revenge of the Mummy 60%-40% in round oneā€¦

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

versus Kilimanjaro Safaris from Disney's Animal Kingdom, which upset Pooh's Hunny Hunt 67%-33% from Tokyo Disneyland.

Kilimanjaro Safaris

We've actually got two rides from Orlando in this match-up, so I expect that many voters will be able to decided this one based on personal experience with these attractions. But if you can't, just follow the links above to learn more, or dive into the comments to hear what other readers have to say.


Tomorrow: We fill out the semis, with Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey vs. Tower of Terror

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Readers' Opinions

From Rob Pastor on March 18, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Not even close. Spider-Man, one of the most innovative rides ever, and it's new HD version is even more immersive & entertaining. Versus, Kilimanjaro Safaris', a ride that I skip on every other Animal Kingdom trips since its not all that interesting after you've been on it a couple of times. The web crawler tko this round against a soft opponent.
From 85.150.173.168 on March 18, 2013 at 10:00 AM
I love Kilimanjaro Safaris. It's not so much of a attraction ride then it is a safari. But what I hate it how terrebly bumpy that "ride" is. If you have ever been in Africa on a safari you'll know they have lots of wonderfully paved roads so even for a simulation this isn't authentic. As a artritis patient I'm in a lot of pain after riding this and it doesn't make it easier to watch the beautifull animals and make pictures.
Spiderman is my choose as best attraction. It's intense and awesome and you can ride it a 100 times and still you see new details. I hate comics and superheros but this attraction does so many things right it's on the top of my most favorite list.
From Troy Dilport on March 18, 2013 at 10:01 AM
I have a fondness for the Kilimanjaro Safari and ride it every time I go to AK, but still, this is a no brainer. Spider-Man for the win.
From Brandon Mendoza on March 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM
I love real animals and against almost any other attraction (even my favorites like Indy)I'd vote for KS... but it's Spider-Man... one of my favorite super heroes, and one of the best attractions around the world! And if you ask me, it's better than Transformers despite being an older attraction.
From Dominick D on March 18, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Easy choice, Spiderman. I will say that tomorrow is gonna be an interesting day.
From Bryce McGibeny on March 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Easy. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.
From David Brown on March 18, 2013 at 11:38 AM
A hundred acre re-creation of an African savannah in which there is nothing visible that would not be seen on a real African safari, including vegetation and plant-life, populated by real grazing animals, versus a glorified video-game.
However technologically impressive Spiderman is, (and it's pretty darn clever), for me it doesn't come close to the scope, ambition, drama and sheer visual impact of Kilimanjaro Safaris. What's more - I can ride the Safari time and time again and see different things every time. I can only ride Spiderman once or twice before it's predictable.

Kilimanjaro Safari is unique amongst theme park attractions and stands as one of Disney's most ambitious and original attractions and for me there is simply no contest. Clearly that sets me against the trend here....

From robert morris on March 18, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Safari not even covering the spread today


But Tuesday could've, should've been the final

From David L. on March 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM
This was tough. Both rides are immersive and well themed. Spidy was pretty innovative when it opened and provides some mild thrills. Kilimanjaro provides a longer, less thrilling, yet still exciting ride. It's unpredictable, but in its case that can be a bad thing. I couldn't pick, so I went with the better themed land around the ride.

Successive rides on spidy may change my vote, but I'm fine with either of these great rides winning.

From Daniel Etcheberry on March 18, 2013 at 1:38 PM
Spider-Man vs. Kilimanjaro Safaris? Is this a joke? Why not Spider-Man vs. parking lot?
From N B on March 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM
Daniel...... LMAO..... I do think Captain EO vs parking lot would be a close call, however.
From James Rao on March 18, 2013 at 2:58 PM
Spider-Man...over ten years old and still the most innovative attraction on the planet. Go Spidey!

(SM is my dark horse to win it all).

From David L. on March 18, 2013 at 3:27 PM
I'm going to start campaigning for tomorrow for those who will vote tomorrow before looking at the comments.

Tower of Terror is by far the better ride for many reasons. Both exteriors are impressive, but Tower's better use of forced perspective (if they use it at all) is far better done than Potter's decent, but not convincing forced perspective. Both queues are really detailed, but Tower's has a much better implemented preshow (you can't walk into the middle of Tower's preshow). Both rides are thrilling and detailed, but Tower's is more thrilling and terrorizing (unless you have arachnophobia). Tower's randomness and consistent upkeep Of effects bumps it up even more.

Overall, Tower of Terror not only excites and thrills me more than the Forbidden Journey, but it is also just as well themed. Tower of Terror's superior overall experience deserves your votes tomorrow.

From Jay R. on March 18, 2013 at 3:52 PM
^^^^^
Good campaign speech David, lol!

The 1 thing going in this tournament so far is there have been upsets, so tower has a good chance of upsetting potter, which seems to be the favorite to win.

From Dominick D on March 18, 2013 at 4:04 PM
Like I said the other day, I haven't been on TOT yet. I will say that the ride looks alot better than FJ and I love a good surprise in voting, so I'll be voting TOT.

Let's not forget the show building is MEANT to be seen.

From Mike Gallagher on March 19, 2013 at 2:33 AM
David L. said, "Both rides are thrilling and detailed, but Tower's is more thrilling and terrorizing (unless you have arachnophobia)."

Unfortunately, I've only been on ToT two or three times, but I don't remember anything involving spiders. Perhaps you meant ACROPHOBIA, fear of heights?

From David L. on March 19, 2013 at 4:19 AM
Mike, the Forbidden Journey has spiders. One with arachnophobia would be more terrorized by a ride with spiders than a ride without (Tower of Terror). Does that make more sense?
From Mike Gallagher on March 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM
Gotcha, David. The sentence made it seem like you were associating ToT with spiders. My bad.

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