Of course, this would have given Dragster a tougher opponent, which I am sure would please the Disney fans and tick off the Cedar Point ones, and my Cleveland-native wife is mad enough at me as it is for the lack of Cedar Point love around here. So I kept the match-ups as they are.
Had to go with Dragster and Thunder.
According to the trends I've noticed, it appears that thrill is winning most of these contests over family rides...regardless of it being themed or not. There has always been a bit of a debate around here about which is better. The debate is being settled. People love the thrills.
The real matchups will be when the unthemed coasters (Millennium Force, The Beast, Kraken, etc)...match up against the themed ones (Dueling Dragons, Everest, Rock N Roller Coaster) Which is better? a far superior track layout that thrills with little or no visual aides, or a so-so track with a feast of sights and sounds to keep the rider interested.
I also voted for Big Thunder Mountain in a tough decision, Kraken was a no-brainer, and Tower of Terror pretty much was too.
Storybook Land Canal Boats have no hope...
And I like the familiy rides vs. the coasters! You never know when those "family rides" will make an upset. Mr. Toad already proved they can win...
To remind everyone, I reserve the right to close polls early, or to restart them, should I see anyone trying to game the system by ballot stuffing.
As for theming vs. no theming, I look for a combination of both. I like Expedition Everest better than any mega coaster out there, just because the theming cannot be beat. Theming is what has kept people coming back to Space Mt's wild mouse ride year after year. And theming is what will win this contest. Only it won't be a coaster that wins at all, it will be a simulator ride with an immersive story based on a well known Marvel Comic superhero named Spider-Man.
At the end of the day, a coaster is just a coaster. Great stories live on forever.