Published: March 19, 2013 at 11:47 AM
Voted for Forbidden Journey. The location inside Hogwarts with all of Hogsmeade around it really just immerses into the ride experience, before you even enter Hogwarts itself. I mean, the way that Universal Creative brought Hogwarts to life with Forbidden Journey and Hogsmeade really only seems to be paralleled with Radiator Springs Racers and all of Cars Land.
Factor in that Forbidden Journey is completely game changing with the efficient, constantly moving KUKA arms, the use of both screens and real sets, and some of the best special effects around, it still is just absolutely amazing. I will say that the storyline seems to be a little bit disjointed and hard to follow if you don't pay attention in the queue.
However, this was tough. I do love Tower of Terror (only been on DHS version), and I feel that if this was the DHS version, I probably would have refrained from voting because I couldn't pick between the two. I do love how Tower of Terror strays from looking exactly like Paris and California's versions and develops it own storyline. I also love the facade for this version. It just truly looks majestic, and the effects at night look awesome. However, it's still the same ride system and still appears to have basically the same effects as both Towers do at Tokyo and Paris, just with an idol and Harrison Hightower. It is also the exact same system as both California and Paris, which isn't bad, but it makes this version even more similar to Paris and Cali.
What is missing that the DHS verison has is the build up to the attraction itself (with all of Sunset Boulevard, being located on a hill and the creepy gardens), the motion of the elevator moving not only through the 5th dimension, but also backwards into the basement (which really is awesome because you don't end up back where you started) and the randomized drop patterns. Though I will say that the disappearing has to be the most impressive effect I've ever seen. But the idol doesn't change my vote.
And is Journey to the Center of the Earth being saved for the final round, or did I miss something? Haha.