Andrew Carrieri

Published: February 6, 2012 at 9:09 AM

I'm not really into animal attractions but I went with Mahahraja. If I have to do one of these I'd rather see really exotic Asian or African animals than birds or aquatic animals. I put Mahahraja ahead of Pangani because I've read the former is less congested. I put it ahead of Edge of Africa because I'm more likely to go to an animal exhibit at AK than I would be at Busch Gardens Tampa.
Mike Gallagher

Published: February 6, 2012 at 9:21 AM

I've been to both BG parks, but I have zero interest in animal exhibits. I saw some from the sky-ride in Florida, but I'll abstain from voting.
Stuart Henny

Published: February 6, 2012 at 9:43 AM

I prefer Edge Of Africa at Busch Gardens to either of the Disney attractions - there's a wider variety of Animals and different ways to view them - the train, Rhino Rally (not as good without the water element) and the sky ride. I've not ridden it yet, but I suppose Cheetah Hunt offers some "fleeting" views too. I'll find out in September!

Published: February 6, 2012 at 11:02 AM

A friend of my, who has been to India several times was amazed about the accurat detailing (minus religus stuff) at the Maharajah Jungle Trek. And I´m a sucker for big cats. Although I like the mix of animals and attractions at Bush Gardens this vote goos to Disney´s Animal Kingdom.
Mark Kausch

Published: February 6, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Ah. Again we (seemingly) see the east coast bias of the voting. Then again, 80% of the nominated exhibits are east coast.

I may have missed this one, but I would think that many zoos would qualify as theme parks as many theme parks have qualified at least partly as zoos (in theme, if not in reality). Pretty sure the - ahem - World Famous San Diego Zoo has had more rides than SeaWorld San Diego until recently, yet the latter is considered a theme park while the former is, to my knowledge, not. Not that the SDZ would place very high in a tournament.

Except, maybe, in this category.

Dominick D

Published: February 6, 2012 at 11:59 AM

The AK ones are the best, so I voted for Pangai.
Brian Bauer

Published: February 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I'm very disappointed that Shrek 4-D isn't on here. :)
James Rao

Published: February 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Animal Kingdom takes the cake here, hands down. Both of the Disney walking trails are terrific, but if I have to pick one, the Maharajah gets my vote. It is, as someone else already stated, less congested and I prefer the Asian tigers, Komodo Dragon, and Malayan Flying Fox to the hippos, meerkats, and gorillas of the Pangani trail.

I do love all the zoo stuff at DAK and wish more people would take the time to explore it thoroughly. Sadly, most people just ride rides and bolt, never really understanding that DAK is all about exploration. *Sigh*

Robert Niles

Published: February 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I have deployed the varmints to Brian's house. Everyone please remain calm.
TH Creative

Published: February 6, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Did you see the photo Mr. Niles chose to illustrate Pangani Forest Exploration Trail?

I see that image in my darkest dreams every night ... and I wake up ... screaming...

The horror ... The horror ...

Randall Peek

Published: February 6, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Two words that elevate Maharaja Jungle Trek. Bengal Tigers. Hard to argue with Bengal Tigers.

I love the themeing throughout the area, and the Jungle Trek has a feeling of antiquity that is amazing.

Robert Niles

Published: February 6, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Glad you noticed that, TH. :^)

Published: February 6, 2012 at 8:35 PM

My vote goes for The Maharajah Jungle Trek because I believe it is the best themed and has a good back story. And not because I work there. OK, maybe the fact that I work there affects it a little bit...

Published: February 7, 2012 at 10:07 AM

There is usaully sancions for lions, tigers, elephants, manaties, etcc but you don't really hear much about saving turtles.