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
Greatest. Hero. Ever.
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.
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....
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