On the other hand, I've actually seen the movie that Splash Mountain is based on. I have no interest in seeing Cars.
I probably should have voted the other way.
"I'm serious! He's won three Piston Cups!"
"He did WHAT in his cup?"
Im regretting including the Test Track reference, because comparing RSR to Test Track is like comparing Pirates of the Caribbean to some county fair (I'm sorry, faire?) tunnel of love ride -- it's a completely different experience. Perhaps I should have said that RSR uses Journey to the Center of the Earth's ride system. That would be a more apt comparison, given the thematic strength of those two rides. (Disclosure: I haven't been on the new version of TT yet.)
RSR is a Imagineering feat. Splash Mt (which I LOVE) is still just a log flume, and is not even be the best log flume in Orlando, but of course that's not the vote here.
I like that it feels like 3 rides all wrapped up in one.
The beginning takes you slowly outside through the vista by the waterfall (and that music swell).
Next you have the dark ride portion with impressive animatronics (the tractor flip & mator) & it leads you randomly into 1 of 2 fun Prep rooms before the race.
Finally the actual race begins & you take off!
I like splash mountain, but RSR blows it out of the water.
Forgot to log in, but that anon post above was mine!
Also, I'd suggest riding RSR at night as well. It's a different experience with all that neon flying by you!
And Forbidden Journey vs. Popeye for tomorrow? Popeye is amazing, but it's almost as bad as the Sinbad vs. Journey to the Center of the Earth round...
Daniel, Transformers won yesterday and alot of people in the comments who voted for it said they haven't been on it yet, so don't worry too much.
RSR is actually a nice length. Before you even get to the race, you start slowly outside, then there's the dark ride portion & the 2 random rooms.
The first time I rode it I was impressed with the length.
I guess I'll go with Radiator Springs Racers since it is my second favorite ride at DCA (first is California Screamin'), while I prefer Indiana Jones Adventure, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Haunted Mansion to Splash Mountain at Disneyland. However, if I were in a plaza with one to the left and one to the right, and both attractions had equal wait times, it would be a coin toss as to which I went to first.
But because the ride is so novel and the racing part of the ride is thrilling, the regular lines for the attraction are unbelievably long.
From a practical standpoint, if forced to choose between the two rides, I'd undoubtedly get in line for a Radiator Springs Fast Pass first because Radiator Springs Racers has such long lines and the Fast Passes are usually gone within an hour of park opening.
But if the lines were equally long and I only had one 'E' ticket in my hypothetical pocket for the day, I'd rather go on Splash Mountain.
Folks, wake up. You want Disney to move forward, then you have to move forward too.
A vote for RSR is a vote for progress. It is a vote for a new Disney Company that is willing to venture out, spend gobs of money, and try new things. It is a vote for the future.
Vote RSR, your next Disney vacation depends on it.
And it is not as if we're voting for chopped liver, here... the reviews on RSR are astonishingly good, and the droves of people flocking to DCA to experience it are proof enough. It would be nice if the vote on this battle was a bit more reflective of the truth, not just the bias of the Orlando contingent on this site.
If the result of this vote is a true representation of the answer to Robert's question, then Splash would be the attraction with 60-120 minutes wait each day, not RSR, and Disneyland would be the park with 3 million additional visitors this year, not DCA.
[Taking some creative license]:What we've got here is a failure to communicate. Some voters, you just can't reach. So you get what we have here in this vote. I don't like it any more than any other reasonable voter.
I don't think there's really any safeguard against this, as there is no way to restrict voting to those who have been on a particular ride. I admit it's a little frustrating to see RSR lose on its first ballot, but I can imagine almost everyone has been on Splash Mountain at one park or another.
I can't imagine why people vote the way they do, but this result is definitely a shocker for me, and I can only surmise that Radiator Springs Racers lost because too few people have actually been on it.
I'm sure if there were a way to track and graph the locations of the votes, it would show that RSR voters were almost exclusively on the West coast, fair or not.
Under that theory a new ride would always have an advantage
I would go under the criteria:
Which ride did you enjoy most after riding them and that depends on THE RIDERS PERSONAL PREFERENCE
For some people which ride are YOU THE MOST IMPRESSED BY
----Now for me on Monday presents me a challenge as I have appreciate HP as an achievement but don't ride it (due to motion sickness), but love Popeye as for my money the best rapid ride in the world
Also, if you look at percentage increase in attendance for 2012, DCA is blowing the doors of DL. In fact, there have been days where DCA has outperformed DL - which was previously NEVER the case. I am not trying to say DL is anything less than the greatest theme park ever built, but the focus, attention, and enthusiasm is all on DCA, and it is mainly because of one attraction: RSR. So, obviously, people are running to it first.
If people had voted based upon the question that was asked, RSR would have won in a landslide (heck, Splash Mountain is not even the first attraction you run to in Disneyland - Space Mountain, Matterhorn, or Indiana Jones take precedence). However, people voted with their heart, and in a spirit of nostalgia, which is consistent with most Disney fans. We're content to live in the past, then we act surprised when the company doesn't do anything new for years and years and years.
Why should Disney ever build anything new, when fans are quite happy with a circa 1980's flume ride?
And I though MY math "skills" were bad!! :)
This tournament has always been about the readers favorites, not answering Robert's questions. Robert uses a question in the article merely as a writing style, but it's really irrelevant. To be consistent with the rest of the tournament it's not about which one you go to ride first, but which one is your favorite.
I'm not surprised that Splash Mountain wins. While Radiator Springs Racers is excellent, Splash Mountain is still a better attraction.
You're assumption is also flawed since you're assuming that everyone who voted has ridden both attractions. That simply not true, so who would those voters cast their vote for? Likely, Splash Mountain.
And for the record, I would go to Splash Mt first over Mermaid. But I am probably wrong about that choice, too.
As I assume most of TPI's readers are pretty savvy when visiting parks
Example: If visiting DHS almost everyone advises or goes right to Toy Story Mania, yet almost everyone considers Tower of Terror a superior ride
Why the difference wait times? a new ride? park layout? ride capacities? are more a factor in the first ride
I think Mr. Niles was giving an example of a criteria for someone to use (or just setting up a scenario for Journey to the Center of the Earth to Win)
A better test for best ride may be just the opposite in fact...which ride do you make sure and ride again before you leave and/or talk about the most on your ride home
However, you touched on an intriguing point with your ToT vs TSM comparison.... ask a five year old or a reluctant teenager or Grandpa Fred which of those two attractions they like better. You might be surprised at the answer. There is a reason Disney produces a very limited number of thrill rides yet still maintains the most popular theme parks in the world: the thrill crowd is a niche crowd - a special interest group.
It is kind of humbling when you think about just how much of a fringe group us thrill seekers are when it comes to the #1 theme park company on the planet.
Oh well... on to a new day and a new battle! I am putting away my sour grapes for now. No point in lamenting the fact that the Disneyland version of my favorite attraction at the Magic Kingdom survived to fight another day. Maybe it can be a dark horse in the battle for Mr. Potter's crown. We'll see....
As a particular character in DCA recently stated( in an ode to sweet brown), "Ain't nobody got time for that!!!!!!""""
I looked more than just the ride experience, but the overall attraction.
First, the story line itself is clean & to the point (at least cleaner & easier to follow vs Splash).
Riders are arriving to Radiator Springs for a race. Before you get to the starting point, you take a tour of the town, see the local pastime (tractor tipping) almost get in trouble with the police (who lets you go with a warning) & then you prep for the race (with either Flo or Luigi), then it's the race.
Second, I think RSR incorporates it's source material & tone (Cars) better than Splash Mountain (Song of the South). Now there are obvious reasons why, but hey, RSR still comes out ahead in this area. I felt like RSR brings the movie to life. Splash Mountain, not so much....
Visually, I think the que is more interesting than Splash Mountain...
But it doesn't matter....RSR lost (no wonder Lasseter doesn't want it going to FL, haha.....)