But these final votes will be nasty, and people might get nasty.
I will ride The Voyage to victory. Derek, you and I share a common purpose this year. Let's rally the vote and show the fanboys what happens when they pick winners with their hearts instead of their heads.
I will not hesitate to vote for the best wooden coaster on the planet (the Voyage) over the second best version of Haunted Mansion in the US.
Who are we kidding! Its Disney 75% of the time! Didn't see that coming!
But think about it: Haunted Mansion is still a wildly popular attraction in a wildly popular park. It is a benchmark for large-scale haunted house style attractions. How many times have you run into a gag from the Haunted Mansion that was lifted and plopped into another ride?
Most importantly, HM has achieved a status that few other attractions achieve. It's an archetype. It sticks with people. You talk to regular folks (non-geeks) who visited Disneyland thirty years ago and they'll still talk about that ghost that was sitting beside them.
Not sure I believe HM is the best themed ride in the USA (I didn't vote for it). But compared to the competition, it's one of the few very good choices. Considering how threadbare some newer, acclaimed attractions have become in recent years (I'm looking at you, Spidey) and how overrated some others really are (Mummy), I certainly can't complain.
Fantasmic, Philharmagic, and the Voyage are all better, more repeatable attractions than Disneyland's Haunted Mansion, regardless of its status as a classic. And unless some miracle occurs, HM will be just another victim on the Voyage's triumphant march to #1.
But hey, it is not like the Voyage is undeserving of the overall crown. It may not be a themed, narrative, $100 million attraction, but it is the best wooden coaster on the planet. If you are a coaster fan, I strongly urge you to take a ride on the Voyage and experience greatness for yourself!
Hated to see Pirates and Spidey both knocked out. To me Haunted Mansion is one step behind those two. But oh well.
Fantasmic definitely locked up it's slot! Very nice!