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Hong Kong Disneyland sweeps the 2014 Theme Park Insider Tournament brackets

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Published: March 24, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Congratulations to Hong Kong Disneyland, the home of both bracket winners in our 2014 Theme Park Insider Tournament, celebrating the best theme park attractions outside the United States. Perhaps fitting the finals, these were the closest votes of the entire tournament. Here are the results:

Best Dark Ride: Mystic Manor defeated Tokyo DisneySea's Journey to the Center of the Earth, 51%-49%

Mystic Manor

Best Roller Coaster: Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars defeated Alton Towers' Nemesis, 52%-48%

Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine Cars

Just for fun, let's pit these winners against each other to decide an overall Tournament winner.


We hope that you've enjoyed this year's tournament, and that this feature on so many great rides around the world has inspired you to at least dream about a trip abroad to visit one of these parks, someday.

Readers' Opinions

From James Rao on March 24, 2014 at 11:53 AM
As much as I like a good, narrative coaster, it gets trumped by a good, narrative darkride any day of the week.

If what folks have said about Mystic Manor is true, and it is the best theme park attraction in the world, Disney needs to clone it here in the US immediately, if not sooner. Maybe by winning this prestigious tournament, Disney will get the hint?

From 74.94.233.237 on March 24, 2014 at 12:01 PM
I haven't paid too much attention to the tournament, but where was Forbidden Journey? I don't remember seeing it in any bracket.
From Annette Forrest on March 24, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Mystic Manor is just stunning. Absolutely stunning.

I'd love to see it be cloned with a few changes at the US parks in time:

(1) In California, build it at DCA on Paradise Pier (take out as many of the off-the-shelf rides over there as needed). It could be rethemed to a "Museum of the Weird", with a collection of oddities from around the world on the pier.

(2) In Florida, put it at DAK and theme it to the Adventurers Club. Have all the objects be related to mythical and magical animals from around the world and use the ride to introduce the mythical creatures to the park that are largely missing.

From 98.21.203.151 on March 24, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Seriously people, Just because Mystic Manor has trackless ride vehicles does not make it the ride I would travel across the world for. Granted I have not ridden it (only watched it).... and you are welcome to defend it.... but I just am amazed that it beat Journey to the Center and is now beating Grizzly which are both rides that are so visually impressive just to see.... I imagine they both make a great impact on the park even from a distance... and they are both rides that I seriously wish were closer or here in the states. The whole ride experience on both of them looks so impressive. I can't really say Mystic Manor blew my hair back, and I am NOT an adrenaline junkie.... I'm not one of those the biggest fastest etc. is what I want so I can brag about having done it to my friends people. So.... what gives.... why is Mystic Manor so great?!? Do tell......
From Rob Pastor on March 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Mystic Manor with a subtle change to the Adventurers Club would work great in Animal Kingdom. A perfect setting.
From 67.193.242.22 on March 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM
To the previous poster... as someone who has been on all the rides you mentioned, Mystic Manor is definitely fantastic. 100% the better attraction than Grizzly (not that Grizzly is bad) and arguably a more complete experience than Journey. That said Journey/Mysterious island is a wonder to behold and fantastic in its own right, albeit I find the plotting is a little fast paced and jarring. Depending on the day I'd maybe give Journey the nod as an overall thematic right (with thrills), but for dark ride elements alone I give it to Mystic Manor.

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