Published: March 20, 2013 at 10:22 AMHaunted Mansion. I love boh of these, but Haunted Mansion is simply the best.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 10:30 AMI voted Haunted Mansion ... mainly because when I go to Magic Kingdom it is a MUST. Every single time. And while spiderman is great, I can skip it and feel like I still had a proper day at Islands of Adventure.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 10:35 AMWow seems like the tournament is coming down to new, innovative Universal rides vs the classic, timeless Disneyland benchmarks.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 10:38 AMRobert,
Would you consider holding a 64 team tournament for best Theme Park? Here are a few potential first round match-ups:
Holiday World vs. Legoland
Kennywood vs. Knoebles
Cedar Point vs. Hersheypark
Epcot vs. Busch Gardens Williamsburgh
Disneyland Paris vs. Disneyland Tokyo
Dollywood vs. Silver Dollar City
Thorpe Park vs. Alton Towers
Port Aventura vs. Efteling
Disney’s Animal Kingdom vs. Busch Gardens Tampa
Canada’s Wonderland vs. Knott’s Berry Farm
King’s Island vs. Kings Dominion
SeaWorld Orlando vs. Ferrari World
Disney’s California Adventure vs. Universal Singapore
Islands Of Adventure vs. Six Flags Magic Mountain
Published: March 20, 2013 at 11:31 AMHaven't been on Spider-Man, but I have been on Transformers which I figure is close enough. Either way, I definitely prefer Haunted Mansion. This round (and the next one somewhat as well) come down to the preference of animatronic-based versus screen-based attractions. I have yet to find a screen based attraction that feels entirely real, and I'm not a huge fan of 3D projection either, so the animatronic ride will always get my vote.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 11:46 AMThe new upgraded version of HD Spider-Man, for me, slightly edges out Haunted Mansion. Although Haunted may have been better than the original Spider-Man version.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 12:13 PMThe story and the love that you feel went into the ride at Disney is what makes me pick Haunted over Spiderman. But I would love if Disney stepped up their technology and offered rides like Spiderman and Forbidden journey at Disney but with Disney love, magic, and characters.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 12:57 PMWe held 64-ride tournaments in 2008, 2009 and 2010. (See http://www.themeparkinsider.com/tournament/ for the history.) But I'm always trying to mix things up with the tournament to keep it interesting.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 1:36 PMSo, I am comparing an omnimover with well done but, shall we say, "classic" show technology vs. a spinning motion base with innovative video-motion synchronization technology? Spiderman, please.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 2:07 PMI went with the ride that is not only more immersive and longer, but also more detailed. It helps that the queue and exterior are also very impressive.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 3:50 PMNice rally from HM
Published: March 20, 2013 at 4:23 PMDavid L. brings up an interesting point that I don't think we've had much discussion about: Ride length. The Haunted Mansion and the Pirates of the Caribbean may be slow moving rides, but they offer around a 15 minute immersive experience. Although a lot of technology has been put to use making today's more modern rides whiz bang, jaw dropping experinces, the average ride length is only three to four minutes.
There's something I like about getting to sit back and take in an elaborate journey after waiting in line for some time that seems to me a richer reward than getting spun around in front of eye popping images for three or four minutes.
I love roller coasters, and I've never expected them to last more than three minutes. But dark rides are a whole different experience with different expectations.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 5:56 PMI agree with Rod. With a dark ride, I enjoy being able to have the chance to be immersed in it. I want to leave the outside and escape into the fantasy of the ride. I love that PotC and Haunted Mansion are a lengthy ride comparatively. As much as Spider-Man is exciting, its just hard to overlook the look and feel of the Haunted Mansion.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 6:13 PMRod deserves a +5.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 7:32 PMI like The haunted mansion and also The little mermaid for the length and high quality.
Published: March 20, 2013 at 9:20 PMSomething I think would be interesting for TPI to do would be to create a tournament for best themed enviornments (i.e. New Orleans Square, WWoHP, Buena Vista Street, Asia, etc.) There's such a big emphasis on rides, but I feel like creating a themed, immersive environment is just as important, if not more, than the rides contained within it.
Published: March 21, 2013 at 2:01 AMI think this result confirms something that Theme Park designers should think carefully about....
There will always be a demand and a desire for boundary-pushing technologically-marvellous attractions that take the breath away. And they will always create a big stir and win plaudits from a wide base of the thrill-seeking theme park fan community. But that demographic is not the only one and a good, solid well-constructed dark ride that uses technology cleverly but sparingly but that offers a family-friendly, all-age memorable experience - such an attraction will have a broad appeal that cuts across demographics and may well last in the memory longer than their cutting-edge rivals.
The thing with cutting-edge technology is that it is only impressive as long as the technology is impressive but immersive story-telling has a lasting appeal.
This isn't necessarily about which is 'better' but which one has greater appeal....
Published: March 21, 2013 at 5:49 AMThe Haunted Mansion is what defines my love for theme parks. I love Spider Man, but the classic allure of the HM will never be topped. If it is down for a refurb, I do not go to Orlando. If they put the Nightmare Before Christmas on it, I don't go to Disneyland. If they ever change the announcer or put movie characters in it, I will change my opinion. The fact is that in 50 years people will not care about Transformers, Spider Man, or maybe even Harry Potter. They will always love a ride through a haunted house. When I step in it, I really feel transported somewhere else. All these others I still am on a ride.
Published: March 21, 2013 at 6:01 AMYou may be right about Transformers and Harry Potter, but Spider-Man has already stood the test of time - he's been kicking bad guy butt since 1963 (FYI - that's already 50 years and obviously people still care). And he's stood strong in this tournament against the most beloved of all the Disney attractions. Not bad for a "fad".
Published: March 21, 2013 at 6:01 AMLast year Spiderman didn't even make it to the quarterfinals since TOT beat it, then FJ beat it in the semis.
Published: March 21, 2013 at 12:04 PMAlso have to give credit to Universal for not just maintaining Spiderman but updating one of the top rides in the world...
Published: March 21, 2013 at 8:09 AMJust to clarify my opinion: I do think Spiderman as a character will still be popular in 50 years, just not the ride. By the way, I love the ride. It is one of the most exciting rides on the planet. I think it is better than the Disney versions that are similar (Indiana Jones and Dinosaur) and the simulator aspect is fantastic. However, I still know I am on a ride. Not so with the Haunted Mansion. Further, since I am on a rant, I hate that Disney put Stitch in place of the Alien. That was an example of a great ride butchered.
Published: March 21, 2013 at 12:06 PM@james granted Disney/Universal should always be looking to upgrade their rides
But alas only a few times does it actually occur, with exception to a few tweaks to HM and PoTC most work is just to maintain