I see Spidey being the North Carolina of theme park rides. There always good, make the Final 4 most years and every now and then they win one. Very good, very consistent, and this year there seems to be a resurgence of love for the Web slinger.
1 Disney3 Universal2 Busch2 Cedar Point
Compare to last year:
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-ManMontuPirates of the CaribbeanExpedition EverestIndiana Jones AdventureDueling Dragons - IceTwilight Zone: Tower of TerrorKraken
4 Disney2 Universal2 Busch (/SW)
The only two who are still in from last year are Spidey and Everest. Busch and Universal are more or less consistent and Cedar Point kicked in full force. 7 attractions this year are coasters (or have coaster elements), whereas there were only 4 coasters last year. 3 rides are themed this year whereas 5 were themed last year.
Very interesting results ... things are startin' to cook.
I think the sweet 16 had a lot more variety, but I would take every one of the remaining 8 rides at my home park. Furthermore, once I got in that park, I would never leave. I would go for one full day and drop dead from sheer happiness. Then they could sprinkle my ashes in a planter near the entrance turnstiles.
It was announced this morning that a man had stripped off and climbed into a tank of sharks at the parks new SeaLife attraction -'Sharkbait Reef'.
A very believable story until observers were quoted on saying that the sharks and catfish were focussing on his crotch area and that many of the animals in the tank were being treated for shock from indecent exposure..
Am not sure how I feel about Expedition Everest. If in full working order it would deserve its place as it isn't I am not sure what I think.
I have heard good things about the others and have done some research, but not having experienced them myself I can't say I am excited that any of them are still in the contest.
Spiderman just has to win!!
2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - 19993. Millennium Force - 20004. Griffon - 20075. Apollo's Chariot - 19996. Expedition Everest - 20068. Revenge of the Mummy - 200410. Incredible Hulk Coaster - 199933. Maverick - 2007
Nothing on this list is more than 10 years old. While many people love some of the classics, they are most passionate about rides that are new. And this voting format rewards passion.
You can't incite the apathetic. (The cliche: 'like herding cats.')
2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man3. Millennium Force5. Apollo's Chariot6. Expedition Everest10. Incredible Hulk Coaster
I will be quite upset if Mummy or Maverick wins. And, even with its broken Yeti, I still prefer Everest to many of these rides. I'll list my favorites (in order, excluding the BGE coasters since I haven't experienced them):
1. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man2. Expedition Everest3. Incredible Hulk Coaster4. Millennium Force5. Revenge of the Mummy6. Maverick
I call shenanigans and decree that this tournament is a farce. I blame the Conficker Worm.
PiratesHaunted MansionThunderheadRaging BullDudley Do Right (yes, the moustache)The BeastMIB I can't argue too much with the final 8 though. It will be an interesting finish. It's also got me thinking about the fact that the Ohio park season starts in less than a month. I'm so ready to ride.
1. Millennium Force2. Hulk3. Apollo's Chariot4. Griffon5. Maverick6. Revenge of the Mummy7. Expidition Everest8. The Great Adventures of Spider-Man
So, that's why MF did not make the elite 8. Without the mother ship, it faced a tough match up on a web site generally geared to reward theme and thrills over thrills alone - no matter how great those thrills.
This year it will probably meet and beat Spider-Man in the final 4...especially if Cedar Point gets involved and Universal does not (I would be shocked if Universal linked in from their web site... more than shocked). To that end, I have named this year's tournament: The Revenge of Derek! ;)
I would vote for Spider-Man over any of these rides as I think it is the most unique and entertaining attraction I have had the pleasure to ride. But, like I said earlier, I love all the rides listed (have not ridden Maverick - yet - but I am sure I would like it!), and any can win without me going through another round of pain and suffering.
We really are down to the cream of the crop here... including Griffon, which is very fun and - for now anyway - still fairly unique.
Robert, did we get that recount on Snidely Whiplash's Ripsaw Falls yet? I think because of his stand-alone mustache, each vote should count double. I really can't believe we have an elite 8 without facial hair (unless you count the Yeti - but he's just a statue anyway!).
Did you see that?! That just happened!!!
Suddenly a series of web based punches lands on James's body, pummeling him to the ground.
Ouch... arrgh... ugh... it was just a harmless jab... come on! I'm sorry!
In all seriousness, Cedar Point has to have done something right to generate a legion of loyal subjects such as theirs. I didn't see a rush of Six Flags, Hersheypark, or Dollywood fans flooding the voting booths. Simply linking up a blog from the website doesn't generate traffic unless people actually read it and respond. Theme vs. Amusement rides debate aside, a lot of parks could take a lesson or two from Cedar Point about developing a fanbase and customer loyalty. I won't go down the attendance debate road, because there are some obvious differences between the Florida operating season and the Ohio operating season.
For those new, the first piece of the post was an obvious parody of everyone's favorite stereotypical Cedar Point fan. I'm one of the biggest CP fans you will ever find and I promise, I don't speak or type in that manner. If the parody hit a little too close to home, don't take it personally...and also learn to type proper English.
After seeing the back and forth from both sides for the past week, a "Disney fan meets Cedar Point fan" SNL type skit is just begging to be made. Perhaps a TPI exclusive video will be in the works soon.
Yes, that one thing has inspired legions of coaster starved fanatics, but it would be foolhardy to assume that means anything in a competition where ALL FACTORS of a ride are supposed to be considered, correct?
That's my only beef with the Cedar Point junkies, they see the coasters they love and everything else flies right out the window.