Pirates is a classic. No doubt. But Spiderman is far and away the better attraction.
I voted for Spidey, it's the best ride in any themepark.
Gotta go with Pirates! Yo Ho! Yo Ho!
It is just more memorable to me!
Plus I'm not sold on 3D movies or attractions. They have their place, but I prefer solid AA's that move in actual physical space and regular non-3D cinema... with Alice and Clash, 3D doesn't add anything to it... other than the extra money you spend.
I actually prefer how Pirates doesn't have a ridiculous amount of exposition like some others do... like the Mummy. Pirates lets you imagine what is going on in each scene... why a character is doing what they're doing. Rather than being force fed the story, even with the new additions, Pirates lets your imagination work even if you haven't seen the movies.
I'm not saying that Spidey is a bad ride at all... it's phenomenal. But when it comes down to it... 40 years down the road, I'd rather ride Pirates than Spidey.
That is not saying Spiderman is a terrible ride, but quite the opposite, its probably Universal's crowning achievement in dark rides. Walt Disney would have probably tried to get it at WDW first or would tell the Imagineers to push the envelope on the concept. So would Walt like Spiderman? You bet!
Also, lets not forget that some of us have a minor bias on certain companies rides due to our past and present associations (me included).
As the votes are showing, this is a super hard pick to make because this is the ultimate Disney vs. Universal showdown where we have the strongest of both!
Please also remember, this is the DL version, NOT WDW. Its much longer and better themed!
Now, if you include the Blue Bayou as part of the attraction, then PotC wins hands-down!
W/out the Blue Bayou, I voted for Spider-Man, my all time favorite theme park attraction.
I'd love to see another Spidey-Tower match-up, just like the first tournament.
Spiderman has yet to be named the Best Theme Park Attraction in America, a title it deserved the year it premiered. With attractions like Transformers and Harry Potter debuting soon, this may be Spidey's last chance.
In terms of the actual attraction, I like Pirates better. The blissfulness of the bayou scene, the eeriness of the skeleton pirates, the hilarity in the auction scene - they are all great. However, I have a problem with the way the attraction is run. It puts people through at an amazing rate, but I find that the boats always pileup before the jail scene. This is aggravating, as you end up sitting almost stationary for 5-10 minutes, listening to the Pirates repeat the same lines over and over. For me, it takes a lot out of the attraction.
Spiderman for the win. QED.
But I agree, Pirates and HM have huge fan followings. I mean, I love Spider-Man (especially the Ultimate Spider-Man version) and his character has been around what seems like forever...
There's something to be said about a theme park attraction that wasn't spawned through an existing movie, comic, or tv show yet can have a ginormous fanbase.
I just hope the Disney fans show up in large enough numbers to compete with the social media army of Busch Gardens or Holiday World when the time comes... right now, I don't think they have enough participation to do it.
It is a shame Universal did not come out to play this year. Spider-Man so deserves the mantle of Best Themed Attraction for at least one year as it really is the experience by which all modern themed attractions are judged.
REALLY!!!-- get a crowd of people who've lived in a cave and have never visited a theme park... let alone ride an themed attraction... and I SWEAR those people will enjoy Spider-Man much more.
Yes, Pirates of the Caribbean is enjoyable, memorable, catchy, yadda yadda blah blah... but we're voting for the BEST THEME PARK ATTRACTION!!! And Spider-Man is also enjoyable, memorable, catchy yadda yadda blah blah AND innovative, intelligent, thrilling and MORE yadda yadda.
Robert - this is all a sick April Fools Day joke, right? You've been building up this tournament just to arrive at this oh-so-hilarious conclusion, right?
Problem is, Disney brought about 375 votes to the table today to get this win, right? Holiday World and Busch easily doubled that amount in their last two contests. So unless some Disney fanboys are busy trying to mobilize the all-too-pensive Disney Army, this tournament will go to the winner of the upcoming Voyage vs. Apollo's Chariot contest. Which means for the first year in recent memory, the Theme Park Insider Best Attraction Tournament will be won by an unthemed attraction.
So stop counting your pins and princess photos, Disney Fanboys, and GOTV!
(Shhh, don't tell anyone, but this Disney Fanboy is secretly pulling for the underdog Voyage to win it all. So bring your army, as I will definitely be bringing mine!).
Now, as for Busch and Holiday World... they are heavily involved in social media, which is why they are getting a larger voter turnout.
Still, all these attractions are top notch, so at the end of the day, unless something like Primeval Whirl (puh-lease!) were to win, aren't we pretty much just splitting hairs anyway?
I LoL'ed at the "stop collecting your pins and vote Disney Fans" comment. It's true! I'm a Universal & Disney fan, but I've never wanted to collect pins and trade them in the way that the hardcore pin traders do. If I like the artwork on a pin, I might buy it. Other than that, they just stay attached to a backpack or cork board.
For the most part, the match ups have been tough to choose from this year, and I liked that. It's made for tougher choices when trying to decide what justifies your pick in a round. Sure there have been blowouts, but the days of Spiderman versus Dumbo are well behind us it seems. I've been torn many times this year, and took my time in deciding why I think an attraction deserved to advance. The same can not be said for people funneling in from ride/park specific sites who are sent here on a mission.
Primeval Whirl as well as all of the Dino-Rama disaster playset should be tactically nuked right off the Animal Kingdom map.