Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:10 AMthis one was a hard one for me between Dudley and Splash mt. I love the slapstick humor of dudley, and its amazing final plunge, but I love the detail and story of Splash mt. Ive been on both u.s. version of splash mt, and because of the fact that one is all about story and slow pace and the other has a story, but it more about getting you wet and livivng up to its name, my vote went to Splash mt.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:19 AMI've been on three of these...JP, SM, and DDR. I cast my vote for Jurassic, with Ripsaw a close second. This is mainly because I'm a big fan of Spielberg's initial entry in the series. However, I definitely got wetter on Dudley, and to me, that's normally the main criterion/consideration in whether I like a flume or not. I love several that were not part of this poll..GAdv, Dorney, KD, Busch Tampa, and more. By far, the WORST flume I've been on was last summer at Great Escape....a trough with NO scenery, NO splash, and hardly even enough water to keep the boat going. I mean, why bother?
Robert, maybe we should do a "WORST ATTRACTION" tournament in the future. Imagine the vitriol that would spew in THAT one!
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:23 AMThis is a dead draw between Splash Mountain & Dudley Do-Right. Splash Mountain brings a continuous smile to my face every time I ride it. The animatronics, theming, music & scenery are "the best". A FANTASTIC surprise ending also.I can ride this attraction all day. The only drawback is that you only get a little wet...I have fond memories of the Dudley Do Right cartoons from my long ago youth. I always laughed heartily, and the ride recreates that "dry" humor very well. Like Splash Mountain, its a long enjoyable ride. The theming is not as strong as Splash Mountain but it does get you very wet. Its like a ride through a wave pool, and I absolutely enjoy the drenching on a hot Florida late spring day.And its also enjoyable to stand on the bridge & watch the riders get soaked on the long long ending. The only way I can decide is to flip a coin...And the winner is, heads up, Dudley Do-Right...Jurassic Park River Adventure is OK but not in the class of Dudley or Splash Mt. I haven't been on the other two but their descriptions don't appear in the same class.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:24 AMI always thought Splash Mountain in Orlando was overrated. Aside from the drops, most of the ride is a boring, slow drift through scenes where half the effects are broken and you can't understand any of the dialogue.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:35 AMi chose jurassic park because the theming is amazing and the drop thrilling however it was hard to choose as i like dudley and atlantis just as much
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:27 AMSplash Mountain: 10/10 (Utterly charming… wonderful whimsical theming and, gasp, an actual structured storyline, which is a rarity in the theme park world today. At the WDW version, there were some very serious problems with general upkeep and maintenance in early 2010… but a couple weeks later, everything was fixed and the attraction was as good as ever.)
Ripsaw Falls: 8/10 (Loved seeing some of my childhood favorite cartoon characters on this ride. The anticipation buildup and drop are both good. I love the exploding shack/boards effect out front. However, theming and details are rather inconsistent in both quality and quantity throughout the attraction.)
Jurassic Park: 7/10 (Some very poor quality animatronics, but the climax is very exciting and the majority of the ride is well themed.)
Journey to Atlantis: 5/10 (Don’t get me wrong, the building is nice, the drops thrilling and the theming passable. But, the dialogue and special effects in this attraction are so terribly cheesy that they give me second-hand embarrassment)
Timber Mountain: Haven’t been on this one in ages, so it doesn’t seem fair to grade it. Even if I were to ride it again someday soon, the nostalgia factor would definitely influence my experience and, thus, my score… my vote wouldn’t be impartial either way, haha.
I’m going to have to go with Splash Mountain.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:31 AMFantastic ride, love the double hop
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:37 AMI had to go for Jurassic Park here, it was a hard choice between this and Journey to Atlantis, Dudley would come in 3rd for me. Splash is too much a kiddie ride, no real thrill at all.
Dudley was better before the lap bars and this lost it points for me.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:45 AMI went for JP.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:48 AMSorry, my "best draw" and the coin flip winner comment above was mistakenly posted anonymously....I always own up to my comments.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:50 AMGotta go with JP. No matter what time of the day (I saw someone mention that nighttime riding is best) I've ridden it, I've always enjoyed it immensely. Who doesn't like dinosaurs? I don't expect it to win over Splash Mountain, but Jurassic Park always appeals to the kid in me.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 10:29 AMSplash Mountain is truly a wonder. It is my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom and my second favorite attraction in all of WDW.
So, Splash gets my vote, fair and square, despite the fact that the WDW version has quite a few ups and downs pertaining to proper upkeep....
Incidentally, Ripsaw Falls (the #2 flume imho) is a more thrilling ride than Splash, but Splash rules in theming and narrative immersion - which makes it the more complete attraction.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 10:34 AMEven loving Splash Mountain and its atmosphere, for me the unforgetable part of a flume ride is the last drop of DDR.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 10:41 AMThis is One tough Vote… Splash Mountain has great details and is a looooong ride with nice theming. The long ride is much appreciated after standing in line for 55 minutes on a hot day.. The only downfall is the final hill. Needs a betted degree angle of drop.
Dudley has the best flume hill with the fast drop and the double hill thrill.
Jurassic park is awesome and an all-around great ride, excellent final drop..
And Seal World Orlando - Atlantis has a nice smooth ride, good hill and theming …
JP gets my vote but it is so close between all of them..
Published: January 5, 2012 at 11:20 AMI wish that Universal would some day take some of that Harry Potter income and "fill in the gaps" on Dudley, making it a seamlessly-themed experience throughout, instead of subjecting us to those ugly empty spaces that mar the ride, and keep it from topping Splash.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 11:22 AMI went with Splash Mountain. The music and sets throughout the ride are amazing and the drops, while exciting, are a good bonus. The broken elements are an issue on most of these choices anyway and I find the thrill comparable so I'm not going to downgrade Splash.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 11:53 AMI voted for Splash Mountain due to its combination of great theming, thrills, and just pure fun. It's one of my favorite rides in any theme park, so it was an easy choice.
I like Dudley Doo Right, except for the fact that I got completed soaked at the end while sitting still. That wasn't fun, especially in 60-degree weather. Jurassic Park is a fun ride, though I wish there was more to it. Journey to Atlantis has a similar feeling. The coaster part at the end is a fun surprise, but it also is far too short.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 11:55 AMAll these rides are fantastic! I had to go with splash, but there is no wrong answer here.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 12:10 PMI voted for Jurassic Park, because the theming is totally immersive and for the superior thrill factor. However it was a tough decision as I also love Splash Mountain and wouldn't miss riding it whenever I visit Disney and I am impressed how totally soaked u get on the rip saw falls.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 12:28 PMI voted Splash Mt., but let's face it, all these rides would get 3s in the Winter :P
Published: January 5, 2012 at 12:35 PMThe Jurassic ride itself was good- HOWEVER... We were on it this past November and would never go on again from this experience. The water needs some major attention! Water which splashed on my face was SLIPPERY, and my clothes smelled of mildew for a good THREE washes after. Disgusting!!! Didn't have this problem with any of the other water rides- they need to drain that water and start over- and chlorinate!
Published: January 5, 2012 at 12:36 PMgood call Robert. that would probably swayed my vote from jp to dudley
Published: January 5, 2012 at 2:03 PMIs it my imagination or is the Jurassic Park River Adventure (which I like, don't get me wrong) just an extended shoot-the-chutes ride?
Published: January 5, 2012 at 2:19 PMJames: If you're asking whether Jurassic Park is really a flume, I think you have a point. Now that I think about it, it's really just a well themed boat ride with a drop at the end. In other words, it's a more thrilling version of Pirates of the Carribean, which is not in this category.
Published: January 5, 2012 at 2:46 PMMy vote goes to Splash Mt, but not the Orlando one, Either California or Tokyo takes the cheese due to the lack of maintenance (dear Disney Parks, please fix this and the yeti).
Published: January 5, 2012 at 3:21 PMYeah, this is one of those examples where I had to stretch category definitions a bit in order to fit all the top rides in a manageable number of categories.
There weren't enough other legit nominees for "best water coaster" or "best themed shoot-the-chutes" categories, so Journey to Atlantis and Jurassic Park got folded into "best flume ride," which seemed to me the closest fits.
(There also will be "best rapids ride" and "best boat ride" competitions later in the first round.)
Published: January 5, 2012 at 5:52 PMOh, no, don't get me wrong, I agree JP makes sense in this category. I guess I just realized that the whole attraction is a "fancy" up-over-and-down, shoot-the-chutes or "monsoon" ride with an extended intro and an elaborate theme (Escape from Pompeii at BGW is fashioned similarly, however it is not even close to the same length or level of immersion). I love it when theme park designers take a standard amusement park ride and create something that transcends and even obsoletes its predecessors (kind of like what Disney did with drop rides when they built the Tower of Terror).
Generally only the parks with lots O ca$h can pull off "transcendence"!
Published: January 5, 2012 at 9:04 PMDudley's amazing drop is why I'm giving it my vote. Splash is a great ride, but the drop is a big letdown.
Published: January 6, 2012 at 8:17 AMAll four of those Orlando based flume rides are awesome but in the end I voted for Journey to Atlantis purely because the first time I rode it, that final section where it briefly turns into a coaster ride really took me by surprise. Love them all though.