*local for me is about two hours away - but then that's how far away a decent airport is too.
As for the current status of the vote, Robert accidentally picked a bad time for this contest as KC loves its local NCAA teams. Still, we have 20+ hours to go and the KC contingent has to leave the Big 12 Tournament sometime. We'll see what happens....
I've been on four GCIs (American Thunder, Apocalypse, Roar, and Thunderhead). All four are really good rides, and three are in my top ten wooden coasters. I have also been on nine B&M inverts (Afterburn, Alpengeist, Flight Deck, Raptor, Silver Bullet, and four Batman clones). Most of them are pretty good, but none make it into my top ten steel coaster list (4 of the five non-Batmans are in my top 25, however). I prefer my favorite GCI (Thunderhead) to my favorite Invert (Silver Bullet), and I definitely prefer my least favorite GCI (Roar) to my least favorite Invert (SFGAdv's Batman). So, naturally, I voted for Montu.
WHAT? Well, Prowler is considered one of the top ten wooden coasters in the US, and Montu is considered one of the top 25 steel coasters in the US. However, Thunderhead is considered one of the top five wooden coasters in the US, and I have already been on it. I basically thought, "If I was offered the choice to ride one of these two rides tomorrow, independent of their respective parks, which would I pick?" and voted based on that. Plus, we've already got a wooden coaster in the next round (Voyage).
Yeah, it won't win the tournament, but hey, I can dream.
And for the rest of you, stop by Worlds of Fun and ride Prowler... you'll love it!
Edit: JOHN CARTER was terrific. Go see it.
Anyway, this is what happens to upset seeds. They get in by sneaking a win in against better opponents (cough..The Beast..cough) and then lose. Hopefully though people will pay a little more attention to that park. I look for the new Cedar Fair management to make some real changes in the coming years.
But I hope you're right about the notoriety. Maybe when folks drive through KC there is a better chance they'll stop by and ride Prowler.