Haunted Mansion is a classic with a lot more work involved.I can find Fast Thrills at any park. Haunted Mansion is a rarity!
Tough one... ToT isn't your normal freefall ride. The theming is awesome, and immersive. Rod Serling(sp?) makes a "return" here and it works great. 2nd Best to IJA in queue theming in my eyes.
But HM can be ridden by everyone. It feels like a Disney attraction more than almost any other one. There's a certain "magic"... that je ne sais quoi that other attractions don't have (but shared by Pirates). And as mentioned before, if I had to keep one ride and destroy another, I'd keep HM.
Also, remember, its DHS's much better ToT which is more about the themeing and story than its thrill ride DCA counterpart!
I'm afraid I created a monster when I notified those Mansion fanboys about this contest to prevent Mummy from proceeding. I had better notify some Tower fanboys.
ToT's effects have fallen apart, stopped working and now the "Twilight Zone" part is a huge let down. There's not much there and it's just awkward.
As for technology, HM has some of the more recent, most expensive effects that make the TOT's effect look out dated. PLus, HM turns into a completely different ride for the holiday season, and ToT remains...very much the same.
Haunted Mansion deserves the credit.
I think a vote for ToT is also a vote for the HM beause, like I mentioned before. ToT is similar to a Haunted Mansion with a thrill ride aspect!
I would also say that these two attractions are probably the closest mood and similarity!
Mansion is way way deserving of the title Best THemed Ride. ToT has won before, why not let Mansion finally receive a title it deserves?
And it's competing against Disney World's Tower of Terror. You know, the one with a digital re-creation of Rod Serling, a control system that makes every ride different, an elevator that travels up a lift and through a hallway, the eeriest queue line on the planet, and an absolutely gorgeous backdrop on Sunset Boulevard?
If Disney World's Haunted Mansion was battling Disneyland's Tower of Terror, then Mansion would deserve to win. That's not the case, though.
I can't believe this and Spiderman are getting eliminated in the same round by two Disneyland attractions from the '60s.
Also, with a 40" height requirement and a thrilling but easily digestible conclusion, ToT is pretty much a whole-family experience. My daughter was able to ride when she was just shy of four years old.... would that there were attractions of ToT's caliber she could experience at my local park!
Vote with your heads (and stomachs), not your hearts! =)
For me it's just personal preference... I have to ride HM at either park... but ToT can be missed every now and then.
Seriously, I love Haunted Mansion too, but please, ToT obsoleted every other freefall/drop ride ever built. Disneyland's HM is itself obsoleted by WDW's version of the same ride!
Vote for the attraction that is not obsolete!
HM is fantastic, and it's theme is executed flawlessly. Starting from way off in the distance as you begin to make out the howls that signify that the mansion is fast approaching. More quirky than scary, the ride takes a premise designed to normally scare the cheese out of you and turns it on it's side, offering a delightfully, somewhat eary at times, ride through a mansion that makes the after life seem like one heck of a party. Just a fun, CLASSIC Disney ride, deserving of all the accolades it has received throughout the years.
Tower of Terror takes the creepy from HM and gets rid of the quirky. Swapping out cartoonish humor for a more realistic approach. No soundtrack of howls needed for this attraction as you approach, as the screams are from the actual guest of the ride. The ominous picture of the ToT at the end of Sunset Blvd builds the anticipation of your experience, which begins not as you enter the rides queue, but at the moment you begin your journey up Sunset Blvd. The queue itself is outstanding, from the courtyard, to the hotel where nothing has been touched since it shut down. The 1930's era music is a nice touch that helps to set the immersive mood of the ride. The set up in the library featuring Rod Serling and a dead on voice actor is perfection. Leading you into the boiler room and finally onto the ride itself. The fact that the ride travels up an elevator shaft, then leaves said shaft to move forward into the fifth dimension, only to end up in another shaft for the shows finale is an incredible feat of engineering on the part of Disney imagineers. And the finale is one of the most rewarding of all pay offs of any highly themed ride ever created really. Far more rewarding than a ghost riding home with you. ToT is tops in my book, and was deserving of it's crown the first year it won this tourney. It will be a shame to see it get knocked out yet again.
Regardless, DHS' Tower of Terror is the better attraction. And at least it had a chance of beating a popular roller coaster and winning the whole tournament. HM does not.