Pirates is the Babe Ruth of theme park attractions and more than deserving of your vote today.
Now, for Pirates of the Caribbean. I really enjoy this ride as well, and even though I didn't mind the changes done to merge it with the films, there is one that annoys me to this day: Blackbeard. He has no place in the ride, as unlike Devy Jones it makes no sense for him to appear on the mist screen, and he was just such a lousy villian in On Stranger Tides I don't think he even deserves mention in the ride. While this doesn't prevent me from riding, I cringe slightly everytime his face appears on the screen.
As for which I voted for...well, it was tough. However, I voted for Haunted Mansion, even if it is only because I love the Holiday version so much. I think even with what has happened with the two attractions, I still slightly prefer Haunted Mansion over Pirates. Both are rides I often ride twice per visit (crowds permitting), and I would protest the removal or significant modification of either.
Now, for everyone else, I'm guessing the general consensus goes something like this: Disneyland Pirates beats Disneyland Mansion, and Florida Mansion beats Florida Pirates. However, what is the true winner when comparing Disneyland's Pirates with Florida's Mansion?
PS Much love to 20K as well, Mike.
So why is it that so many more people prefer Mansion? I just don't get it.
I wonder what the results would be if the vote were restricted to people who'd been on a non-Orlando version of Pirates.
I love and embrace the upgrades that were recently done as they were very well executed and add to the overall experience quite well.
We'll have to see if Pirates can find a way out of this competition.
Of course, there's always MY way.............
I disagree, Robert, with a couple of your assertions. As great as the music is in Pirates, "Grim, Grinning Ghosts" is equally memorable. The Haunted Mansion's ride script is also like poetry, and Pirates doesn't have a "Ghost Host" to narrate the journey. The vast array of parlor tricks and classic magic illusions are perfectly suited for the theme of the ride. Also, as far as climaxes go, the spectacular ride through the musical, spook filled graveyard right through to your encounter with the hitchhiking ghosts easily trumps the climax of Pirates which is just some guys in jail trying to lure a dog with the keys and a drunken pirate shooting randomly in a treasure room.
They're both spectacular attractions; the absolute best of the best ever created, but my heart is lost with the 999 spirits in the Haunted Mansion.
1. I have only been on these rides in Orlando.
2. Because Disney didn't add Eddie Murphy to it, ruining the ride.
I'd also like to point out that the recent plussing of the Florida version of HM made for a great deal of interactivity that makes the experience even more personal. The queue is much more interesting now, and the final scene with the hitchhiking ghosts pranking the guests is great fun.
Yep, that's a pretty good analogy.
1) a vastly superior queue,2) a more private, personalized experience,3) Cast Members that are really into their job (when was the last time a Cast Member at Pirates talked like a pirate?),4) an impressive facade,5) inferior animatronics but superior overall effects, 6) a refurbishment worth waiting for, and7) a crappy movie franchise, but at least it wasn't beaten to death.