Manta's beautiful theme wins hands-down, but when it comes to the actual ride, I'm still trying to figure out if I loved Manta or hated it. I came off the ride feeling very confused.... I'm just not sure I like flyers. Part of the problem was that I was in the front row, which wouldn't have been my first choice. I don't know.... I just don't remember that much about it other than feeling the whole experience was very "odd". I'm finally getting a chance to ride it again in April and I'm hoping for a more definite opinion to form :-)
The Hulk, on the other hand, thrilled me the very first time I rode it and has continued to do so ever since. That first launch is a perfect stomach-dropper. My favorite seats are the back two rows and the ride is always great. It seems like the coaster has gotten a LITTLE rougher in the last couple years, and it could certainly use some paint TLC, but it's going to get my vote today.
P.S. -- Not looking forward to Monday's vote... At all!
And the the ride. That is the BEST opening of any ride ever. Sure the cars need a refurb as the back half of the track is getting rough to ride, but I still love it.
I went with Manta, but that's because I love to look around on coasters and you can do it in every seat on this one.
But I have to be honest. I have to vote for the competitor that is truly the better themed attraction. So my vote goes to the Jungle Cruise.
Manta, Superman: First Flight etc... are pretty tame when it comes to speed and initial hill height but they do make you feel like you are flying, especially in the front row.
Tower of Terror vs FJ will be close, they are both great rides.....
If for no other reason than to burn down an overrated sacred cow, I choose Manta.
But Manta takes the cake for its queue. I'll take an aquarium over a hot, sweaty spiral any day.
Which isn't to say Manta isn't excellent as well. Manta is a superb coaster in a park that shouldn't have to rely on coasters to get people in the gates. It gets my vote until Universal gets their act together. They can't go another year without addressing the big green elephant in the room.