Published: March 6, 2014 at 2:39 PMMy vote goes to Mystic Manor since it has a better chance of moving past the second round.
Published: March 6, 2014 at 3:58 PMIt is sad one of these two attractions has to go down in the first round as both appear to be top notch, and would be welcome at ANY park in the United Sates. However, even without experiencing Mystic Manor personally, it looks like it could be the best narrative attraction on the planet - and it should win the day.
Published: March 6, 2014 at 6:01 PMI'm lucky enough to have been on both and Mystic Manor gets my vote. That monkey is too darn cute. But the bouncing room and Pooh's accent into the stars are both amazing in Pooh's Hunny Hunt.
Published: March 6, 2014 at 7:44 PMTokyo's Pooh ride is definitely an E ticket, Disneyland's is a C ticket, but compared to Tokyo's I would call it a B ticket.
Published: March 6, 2014 at 9:54 PMI feel a bit cliche voting for Mystic Manor. However it ruled out for two simple reasons.
1. I'm not a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh. The story has always just been meh to me. Also, rides that follow the story of a movie prior always seem rushed. They are usually missing something that makes it feel complete.
2. Mystic Manor is a new narrative created just for the ride. I like the idea of magic in an attraction as unexplainable things can happen without reason. The visual effects in Mystic Manor are also extremely impressive. I love the final room with the monkey statue and vortex.
I do think that Pooh's Honey Hunt uses the trackless system better. In mystic manor there may be variations in the track, but each car sees the same thing. And most of the ride the cars move in the same sequence like an omnimover or classic tracked dark ride. So if I was voting for better use of the trackless system, it would be Pooh's Honey Hunt. But since it is simply better dark ride, Mystic Manor had to win. Plus being a newer ride gives it slightly more appeal. If both rides were introduced at the same time, maybe my opinion would differ.
Published: March 7, 2014 at 10:32 AMPooh looks like it benefits more from the trackless ride system, but I have to go with Mystic Manor. I'm just not a huge fan of Winnie the Pooh in general. Mystic Manor has a unique theme and a very catchy soundtrack, and I would love to have something similar at my local Disney park (who am I kidding, I'd take either...both are top-tier dark rides).
Published: March 7, 2014 at 10:39 AMTo me, Pooh's Honey Hunt is cuter and more fun-looking, but Mystic Manor has such cool looking effects, and seems more like a story rather than a big play land. Not to mention, I don't like it as much on a ride when you can see other ride vehicles during your experience. Mystic Manor feels more like you're the only one on the ride, while PHH looks like it'd feel a bit claustrophobic.
The monkey is definitely cute, but Pooh has a long history and is pretty darn adorable himself. What else would you expect from Disney?
I'd love to ride both rides, but voted for Mystic Manor.
Published: March 7, 2014 at 1:09 PMI've been fortunate to have ridden both - for me when I first rode Pooh my jaw just dropped and I came off the ride with a HUGE smile and a WTF expression and ran around to have another ride. MM is well themed 'newer' but I didn't get the original 'wow' factor.
Published: March 8, 2014 at 10:38 AMSure would be nice if Disney could clone one of these for their stateside parks...