Chances are, Fantasmic won't win. However, it gets my vote, hands down.
If you could get the folks at MiceAge or Allears to send one tweet or make one facebook post, Fantasmic would win in a landslide.
Good luck, I am tired of trying. If I had my way, IOA's Spider-Man would win this tournament every year until something better comes along...
*curses the computer gods*
I should also note that several newspapers and TV stations in Indiana are pushing people to the site today, playing up the Voyage/Butler parallel. That was just serendipity. I've just accepted it.
Fantasmic and shows like it are for everybody, not just people who can make the height requirement like the Voyage.
But the contest is for fun and really doesn't hold any weight, but I will say perhaps we should make a trophy or something and send it to the winning park.
Go Voyage and go Butler!
Don't blame the fanboys, blame the selection committee.
And to the previous anonymous comment, did you happen to miss the whole tournament up until today?
I think that each bracket should end in its own category. Best themes ride, best rollercoaster, best live show etc. Otherwise we are forced to vote apples to oranges.
Also, do the rides have to be in theme parks. One of the best wooden coasters I've ridden was The Boardwalk Bullet, at Kemah Boardwalk. And yes, it is themed.
I think when matching up the rides, perhaps try equitable Disney rides vs non Disney rides in the begining. If the majority of the rides ends up being Disney, then so be it.
...and why do we bother we the Sea World shows?
and question...what determines a rollercoaster from a dark ride? Like Mummy to me should fall under coaster...considering that since we are voting theme parks here, all coasters are and should be themed. Mummy is def more coaster than dark ride.And same fore Everest etc.
I'd post it on the HoliBlog -- honest!
Thanks, Paula (@HolidayWorld)
A show on the otherhand... I can go without watching Fantasmic! when I go to Disneyland/ Disney World. It's a wonderful show, but I don't like waiting around for a "good seat" as I don't LOVE the show. I like it, but not enough to burn a few extra hours waiting for it. I'll stand if I need to.
So this was a toss-up for me. I'm a Disney fan, but I'm not gonna vote for something just because it's Disney. Or vote for something just because it's not Disney. I'm just gonna click on it randomly. =T
Incidentally, I'm a Cedar Point fanboy not a Holiday World guy. This tournament should come down to Millenium v. Maverick every year as far as I'm concerned. With Spidey and the Mummy rounding out the Final Four.
Also, why did Rot Mummy get placed in themed rides and not coasters? Afterall since there are theme parks, all the coasters have themes. I say, and I'm sure a lot agree, that the important aspect of Mummy is not the short dark ride bits but rather the coaster element. So why not place it with Everest, and space mountain.
And on that note, while Ceder Points coasters do rock, they really do lack in theming, Like MF...great ride, but yeah, just a name, no themes.
And why is it coasters vs dark rides where all other thrill rides AND slow dark rides are together? I would think placing thrill rides in with coasters, then vs dark rides might yield a more fair contest. Afterall, are not coasters thrill rides, and should they not be themed since people take themes into serious account.
And last note, honestly, why did you pick DL Mansion over WDW? You picked the more ridden and more recent/better version of many rides except Mansion.
Ok second to last note. Why not include coasters like The Boardwalk Bullet at the Kemah Boardwalk. It is a park, and it has themed rides, even with animatronics. The Bullet is a unique coaster because it is a knot, and crosses itself more than any other ride in the world. So, why not have the only coaster servicing the Houston area, roughly five million people? I'd say it should be included even though Kemah Boardwalk doesn't have a national name even as big as Holiday World. I would think this blog covered all notable coasters.
I chose Voyage because it's simply the best of the two choices offered to me to vote on, but that's my opinion, and that's what this contest comes down, an opinion poll.
I have been to Disneyland, Disney World, Holiday World, Cedar Point and several other parks in various locations throughout the country.
As far as Millennium Force (MF) goes, the ride is boring! All it has to put to it is one big lift hill and one little one, nothing much more than that. Steel Force (Dorney Park) and Nitro (Six Flags Great Adventure), while having a shorter first drop, have many more elements to them than MF. If there were a couple more hills, twists and turns, and some bunny hills in the coaster's run, MF might actually be exciting.
I do agree that it's not really fair to put two different types of attractions against each other. How do you compare apples to bananas? I may not see shows like fantasmic, but it doesn't mean they aren't good in their own right.
Whether it's a themed attraction, show, roller coaster, or dark ride each has different elements within themselves that may make one stand out over the others in its grouping. I would rather see a bracket based on the elements found in attractions/shows/coasters and see which element is the most popular and then rate each item based on the strength of the most popular element in each item.
Yeah, here be fanboys all over again!
So it was CP last year, HW this year. Its the Circle of Life!
Disney Rocks! (They also really don't seem to care!)
BTW, it looks like Disney is too busy celebrating their resturants getting top votes in Orlando Magazine! Like there is such a competition!
And based on this tournament, I've come to the conclusion that not much happens in Indiana. Or maybe that's just the entire midwest ;)
I guess everybody should try out the Voyage! Make sure to come to Great America afterwards!
Lastly, I had to respond to the comment above which claimed the Voyage is some "backwater ride that no one outside of Indiana, or wherever it is, has even heard of let alone rode." This person should actually google the Voyage and see all of the recognition this ride had gotten -- WORLD wide. It has been featured on the Travel channel and among coaster magazines. There are international people who come to Holiday World just for the Voyage. I guess this is just a plea for people to consider what they post and post logically. Don't be sore losers because your attraction lost. Yes, this is apples to oranges - but they are both ATTRACTIONS (you know, apples to apples) as the title of the voting bracket this time around explains. Please be good losers if what you think should win doesn't. Not everybody's favorite is the same.
Lastly, just for kicks, I want it to be known that I have never heard of Fantasmic! even if it is world renowned. I don't doubt it's great, just don't have the ability to go to Disney parks enough to explore the entire park. (Another perk, in my opinion, for Holiday World in general -- I can visit every year even during the slow economy!)
Just remember, in 100 years none of this will matter anyway! ;)
I'm in New Jersey, close to half a continent away from Indiana. I heard of Voyage because I stay informed about things I'm interested in and like...e.g, roller coasters and theme parks. I knew of "backwater" Holiday World before they built Voyage. My favorite coaster, El Toro here in Jersey, didn't go far in the tournament. I'm not sure my #2, Ravine Flyer II, was in the tourney. I had 50 rides on Voyage over two days on my sole visit in '07, and I'll treasure that experience forever, especially if I never get there again...hate to think I won't but one never knows.
Thank you. I feel better.
Although I think Fantasmic is infinitely better, that is my opinion. I enjoy it because my whole family, and all my friends, can. I enjoy it because it is the perfect nightcap to an extraordinary day. I enjoy its music and effects. I love how rowdy an audience of thousands gets when evil conquers good; the women might as well be throwing their bras at Mickey. To me, it is the epitome of a classic attraction.
Also, are we such a spoiled society that we are arguing over which is the better multi-million dollar attraction? Should we not just be happy we have these things in the first place?
Naw, screw that.
Now, time for bed. See you in a few dayzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
As for the Butler Duke game...Butler held their own and I applaud them for a great game.
I won't get back into what was debated about what can be learned from who, and why whatever attraction is better (but I'm still disappointed that Disneyland's Haunted Mansion went further than Pirates... DL's HM pales in comparison to the MK's version... and I'm disappointed that Water World got kicked out so soon, but whatever, it's all fun!) But congratulations again to The Voyage and its fans!