2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament: Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey vs. Tower of Terror
Our final quarterfinal match-up in the 2013 Theme Park Insider Tournament features the defending champion for Best Themed Ride, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
at Universal's Islands of Adventure, which defeated Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges 78%-22%
in the first round,
…versus Tower of Terror at Tokyo DisneySea, which defeated Indiana Jones Adventure 58%-42%.
Follow the links above to learn more about these rides, if you've not had the pleasure of experiencing both before. While it doesn't appear that we'll be getting the outstanding Shiriki Utundu illusion from Tokyo's Tower of Terror in the United States anytime soon, Japanese theme park fans will be getting their own version of Forbidden Journey when the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opens at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka next year.
So imagine that you're in Japan in 2014 and can ride both of these attractions. Which one would you choose to go on first?
Tomorrow: Our first semifinal contest, as Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man takes on the Haunted Mansion.
Two great rides but can only choose one, probably my favorite two rides in the world both are world class but to me FJ is a game changer in the theme park industry
I love ya, Tower, but FJ has you beat in basically ever conceivable way. It is the current standard bearer for themed design.
See my comment from yesterday.
Great match up but FJ is the best. Repeat rides have me appreciating it even more. And I was never a Harry Potter book or movie fan, but I love what Universal has done with the queue and ride. The queue alone, would be in my top ten attractions list.
Considering Harry is up against the only version of Tower that I haven't been on yet, I've got to vote for Harry. Sorry, had this been one of the other three towers, maybe I would have picked differently.
I just can't love Harry Potter. It's very, very clever, (although to be fair so is Tower of Terror), but it's incoherent, the video sequences are like old fashioned grainy home movies and I come off it feeling like I've been slapped around the face with a wet fish for 5 minutes. I think it COULD have been utterly brilliant but it's only 'good' for me, whereas Tower of Terror just impresses me with every moment from the entrance onwards.
If it was the 4th dimension Orlando version it would be a bit of a fight but now it's the heavenly themed droptower version it's a clear choise, the awesome Potter ride!
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.
I love TOT, but Forbidden Journey is just in a whole new class of its own. Forbidden Journey by a mile for me!
Ironically, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter basically turned me into a Harry Potter junkie. Weird, huh? I know. Sure, I had watched all of the movies prior to my first WWOHP visit, but actually stepping foot into the immersive, themed land transformed me into a true fan in a corny, magical kind of way.
Really thought this was going be closer so far
I'd love to vote...but I've "only" been on TOT in Orlando and Anaheim. So I must abstain. Again.
I once described Forbidden Journey as Spiderman on steroids and still think it is the best ride I've been on. However, there just is something annoying about the ride that I can't explain in words. Maybe it's the crowds, maybe it's the fans, I don't know. The Tower of Terror is fun from beginning to end and never feels annoying. For that I voted for Tower of Terror.
They are both great attractions. Incredible theming! Great storylines.
Clash of titans! My vote went to FJ because the technology is newer.
ToT is one of the best rides Disney has to offer (IMO), but Potter is in a league all it's own.
So will the finals be Haunted Mansion vs FJ? Again?
I'm assuming that Journey to the Center of the Earth will inevitably be in the final, because it only went up against Sinbad's so far and that was in the first round...
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