Ryan Sanford

Published: March 29, 2009 at 4:17 PM

Sounds fun and fair!
Doug Kelley

Published: March 29, 2009 at 6:19 PM

I guess the Disney Mountains will be themed rides. That makes sense; they can't compete with other coasters for thrills. But, can they compete based solely on theming? That will be interesting to see.

I find it funny that people are so bent out of shape about Cedar Point fans jumping in and "skewing" the vote! After I looked around at past posts on this site it looks like everyone had already assumed Disney fans would pull the same stunt and folks were okay with that. But, if the fans are from Cedar Point, oh no!!! :)

Mark Mahoney

Published: March 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM

This brings a whole new level of fairness to the tournament. Now, the debate will no longer be Cedar Fair vs. Disney, etc., but rather attraction versus attraction. Also, by profiling each attraction hopefully people will make more informed choices. I'm already excited for next year!
John Jackson

Published: March 29, 2009 at 6:02 PM

That is an absolutely superb idea! I was really put off by how negative people had become toward those of us who enjoy and give deserved merits to well-designed coasters even when they are up against a well-themed dark ride. This should solve that problem. (Although I must say that I did enjoy arguing with myself during those especially tough match-ups such as Tower and Maverick or Hulk and DarKastle)
Jacob Sundstrom
Writer

Published: March 29, 2009 at 6:56 PM

Sounds like a fantastic idea! I can't wait for next year's tournament..
James Rao
Writer

Published: March 29, 2009 at 7:06 PM

I concur with everyone here...great ideas, and the fact that we will have all off-season to contemplate things will make the cold months warmer somehow.

And in the new format, the final four will prove to be four of the most special attractions in the world.

Now, if we could just figure out how to wrangle in a few really cool water coasters...

Mike K

Published: March 29, 2009 at 9:54 PM

I'm predicting it now...

Best Multimedia show will beat best Live Show
Best Themed Ride will beat Best Roller Coaster
Best Themed Ride will beat best Multimedia Show

I'm interested in seeing how best roller coaster will match up with all the other coaster polls out there.

James Rao
Writer

Published: March 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Once you get to the final four, you stop. There is no apples and oranges contest. Once you get to the final four you post those as the Theme Park Insider Favorites. Only way to be completely fair.
Raul Araoz

Published: March 29, 2009 at 11:02 PM

James is correct. There is no reason to pit actors against technology or thrills versus theming. They are pretty exclusive categories. In that scenario, someone is bound to be upset. The result won't be based on an accurate assessment of what is the best, but on who can mobilize the most backers.
Scottland Jacobson

Published: March 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

Sounds perfect Robert! Count me in!
Joshua Counsil

Published: March 30, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Sounds great. Good call.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: March 30, 2009 at 10:52 AM

I will put persistent links to all four class winners on the site for the year following the tournament. So they will be promoted as winners, not simply as semi-finalists.
Joe Schwartz

Published: March 30, 2009 at 1:05 PM

I am looking forward to what should be a more evenly matched tournament