Tower of TerrorSplash MountainSpider-ManExpedition Everest
With... Everest winning it all.
A potential second-round match between Pirates of the Caribbean and Toy Story Midway Mania appears to be the key bracket-maker/breaker, given the predictions I've seen so far.
X got the vote over Storm Runner for me. After all this time, X is still unique. Storm Runner is a blast, but so are the other several launch coasters out there.
I chose Farenheit over Griffon. This is one of those matchups that turns voters into theme park homers. Farenheit packs more punch, has more continuity, and a steeper drop. Griffon has a large first drop, but you come to a complete stop after the first loop, only to do the same exact thing again...so it's a one trick pony that does the trick twice.
Popeye over Splash Mountain for me. No real reason, I liked Popeye, and am sure that Splash will win anyway.
As for today's vote: Let's get this out of the way right now...I will vote even if I have not ridden. Sorry, but there are plenty of resources available to make an informed decision and advance my bracket hopefuls. Besides, I pick teams in my NCAA bracket without ever having seen them play, so there is not much difference here. I need that $100 like the desert needs the rain, so I will do whatever it takes to advance my claim!
I will go with Griffon, which is an excellent ride, and deserving of much praise. It is my "theme park homer" pick of the day.
I have not ridden Stormrunner or X2, but I will go with X2 cause it just looks like an awesome experience.
I would take any version of Space Mountain over Buzz Lightyear just because I want to see Space versus Splash in the next round.
And I have already given away my last choice: Splash Mountain. While Popeye is an excellent white water ride, maybe the best, Splash is absolutely the best overall flume ride at any theme park (Ripsaw Falls may be more thrilling, but Splash rules in theming and narrative).
Whew...day one is in the books! Kick out the jams! (hmmmm....do people even say "kick out the jams" anymore?)
And I agree with the Yeti comment which is why Everest didn't make my final four. Woo hoo the fun begins!
I think coaster love and nostalgia will propel Space Mountain to win over Buzz, but when it comes time, I'll be voting for Toy Story Mania. I love that ride.
Other picks:Griffon: living near DC gives me great access to both BGE and Hershey and Griffon wins hands down.
Storm Runner: Great air time and that launch just shifts my contents.
Space Mountain: Only ridden the WDW versions of those. But ive ridden Space with the lights on and am always afraid of a decapitation now. Quite thrilling
Splash Mountain: Worked there last summer for second college program and was able to do test rides every night at closing and knowing the other CMs on my day off saved me some time and lines. The best at MK.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManMillennium ForceToy Story Midway ManiaHaunted Mansion---(which knocked out Splash Mountain for me a tough choice to predict the outcome)
...with Toy Story taking it all. (The non-working Yeti made EE disappointing for me - have never been there when it was working...) As to my winner prediction - after the hype, I didn't expect TSMM to impress me - and I was wrong. Written descriptions can't convey just how innovative and awesome it is. Truly reinvents a genre.
For today...Rode Griffon for the first time last year; gotta give it props.
I voted for Storm Runner as I've always found X (haven't ridden rework as X2) to be rough, unpleasant and disorienting - in a bad way.
The rework of DL's Space Mountain (can't wait to see what MK does...) bumped that back up as great ride to me.
Splash Mountain - theming to the max.
Twilight Zone Tower of TerrorThe Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManApollo's ChariotIndiana Jones Adventure
Griffon - Adore it. Few coasters make me feel like I am flying without fear of death and this is the best.
Storm Runner - I am a sucker for launches and X2 also makes me a little sick.
Space Mountain - This is a classic and Buzz has been improved upon with Men in Black and Toy Story
Splash Mountain - Popeye is the best rapids in the country, but Splash is wonderfully themed and is the best flume in the world. Best ride at MK.
Also, to clarify, my picks aren't the ride I want to win, they are the rides that I think will win, but the more I do think about it, the more I suspect that a Yeti backlash might depress the Disney vote enough to keep from getting past Indiana Jones. If that's the case, Spidey beats Jones in the semi, setting up a rematch of last year. ToT defends.
Anyway, I think the toughest on the list is Popeye vs Splash Mountain. They are my two favorite water rides!
Space over Buzz - Buzz is so much weaker than M.I.B. I'd rather re-ride Space than Buzz.
Splash over Dudley - although Dudley is the best raft ride, Splash is so much better. No time to explain why. If you want to debate, leave a comment.
Meanwhile, gotta get back to the Patty's Day celebrations!
Josh, remember there is nothing in the rules that says you cannot vote on attractions you have not ridden. It is up to you. By now I am sure you know enough about most of these rides, and have been on enough similar ones, to make some educated guesses.
Do want you need to do (without cheating, of course) to advance your winners! ;)
I see X2 as a bit of a dark horse, and for me is probably one of the best rides at a Six Flags park right now.