James Rao

Published: March 4, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Love the idea for this year's tournament, Robert. I think it will be a lot of fun and will expand our Orlando/SoCal/Ohio-centric perspective a bit!

I look forward to experiencing two new attractions every evening for the next couple of weeks.

For today's vote, both attractions would be most welcomed at my home park, Worlds of Fun, here in KC (which has one dark ride - a Wipeout spinner in a barn - ugh). But once these two rides were added to WoF, I would make a beeline for Sinbad's Storybook Voyage. While Sindbad mostly seems like It's A Small World, it also has a bit of that "Pirates of the Caribbean" feel, and I love me some PotC fo' sho'! Plus, Sinbad is 10 minutes long! Nice A/C break!

Robert Niles

Published: March 4, 2014 at 4:43 PM

I have to give credit to a reader for suggesting this format during last year's tournament, but I'm afraid I've forgotten who it was! So, kudos to whoever suggested the outside-the-US-only tournament. Thank you.

Update: Jim Koehl! Thanks, Jim.

Rob Pastor

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:35 PM

This is a good idea. Last year's tournament got a little rough. This should be a kinder gentler tournament. It's refreshing.
James Trexen

Published: March 4, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Alright, this is the time where I make my campaign to bring more trackless rides to the US by bringing Mystic Manor to victory (although some wind has been taken out of the opposition by keeping this a fully international tournament; still, a welcome change Robert). For this vote, and other ones where I can't lean one way or the other, I'll go with the following criteria: if you had to pick a ride to go on all day, which would be more tolerable?

By that method, I chose Sinbad.

Gabriel Schroll

Published: March 4, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I'm such a sucker for the Muppets. I had to vote for the Sesame Street ride, even though I found it to be a tad boring from the POV video. They are the only characters that come remotely close to rivaling Mickey Mouse for my affections, though those Minions are awfully adorable.

Sinbad...meh. I'd say it's a more impressive ride, but the characters and theming just don't do anything for me.

AJ Hummel

Published: March 4, 2014 at 11:37 PM

Great idea for a different version of this tournament. It will be interesting to see how many of these attractions do, especially the ones that aren't at Disney/Universal parks.

For this round, I'll put it this way: If Sesame Street showed up at USH, I'd give it a ride next time I happen to visit the park, but probably wouldn't care specifically about re-riding it. If Sindbad opened at Disneyland, I'd go visit the park to try it and would probably ride it on every visit. In my opinion, Sindbad is the better of these two attractions by a significant margin.

Published: March 5, 2014 at 8:43 AM

Poor Sesame, never had a chance. A) I had never heard of this ride prior to today. B) when a dark ride is that dark, the POV video is kind of pointless.

So based on the videos alone, Sinbad takes the cake. Especially with the patron saint of Disney music on the soundtrack (Alan Menken, genius!)

I'd be more impressed if the parent companies were reversed. Disney does the water omni-mover all the time, but Universal never does. And Disney rarely does an overhead track like this.

I'm not blown away by either but Sinbad seems like the better story and details. But like I said, its hard to appreciate the Sesame ride based on the video alone.

Terry O'Neal

Published: March 5, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sesame Street, for two reasons. 1) Puppets are less creepy than dolls. 2) I like spaghetti.
Robert Niles

Published: March 5, 2014 at 11:21 AM

That last anonymous comment made me happy because if some readers now have heard of some great rides that they'd never heard of before, we've done our job here, regardless of which rides "win." ;^)
Robert Clay

Published: March 5, 2014 at 7:05 PM

I picked Spaghetti Space Chase because I have a fascination with space. Also, my favorite scene in the Disneyland Peter Pan's Flight is when you are traveling through the stars. Inverted track dark rides are always great in my opinion as well because they offer an alternative perspective and I enjoy being able to see theming on three sides vs two. You never see a dark ride with a themed ceiling, but the inversion allows for a themed floor. And of course Space Mountain is my favorite ride despite it being a rather tame rollercoaster because of all the stars swirling around. They have great special effects and the ride seems re-ridable to me.
Sinbad looks great, but a tad boring in my opinion. Maybe that is because all they music and dialogues are in a foreign language. I read people comparing it to Pirates, but Pirates has drops and is far more realistic. Your not venturing into a cartoon world. It reminded me of It's a Small World with a different song and the same character appearing in the various scenes. I would ride and and take any first timers on it. BUT, I definitely don't make it a must visit each time I'm in the park.
So for me, Spaghetti Space Chase is the definite winner. Hopefully I will be able to ride it in the next couple years.
José María Sandoval

Published: March 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Great idea!!