And Alpengeist better win! That's my favorite inverted floorless!!
No matter how thrilling Maverick is, Millenium Force should be in the final 4.
After this tourney, the best park/restaurant/hotel/etc. match-ups would be sweet.
Listen, if Beast can't take Pirates now, then it couldn't take Everest, Spidey, etc. later.
There will be seemingly unfair matches, just like with March Madness, but that's the way the track loops.
Rock N Roller Coaster doesn't cut it in this round. If it did, wouldn't we nominate Flight of Fear at Kings Island. It's the same coaster, only themed to Area 51 and just as well. Everest gets my vote one more time.
Went with Alpengeist over Atlantis. No reride value for me with Atlantis. I could ride Alpie over and over.
Sad to say that the Beast doesn't have much of a chance. My favorite wooden coaster in the world goes against the darling of every Disney nut here. Pirates is a great classic attraction. On other sites, the Beast would win. On this one, probably not, because not enough people have been out of Orlando or California to ride it. I still voted for the Beast because once again, it has reride value. It has for almost 30 years. I'm just not that big on theming folks.
What I'm getting at is if you really look at some of the "Disney Classic" there just that classics. They are not relevant in today's world. Pirates uses 30 year old technology with the exception of Sparrow. Space Mountain, Big thunder mountain are nothing but themed Kiddie Coasters. For most of us we remember these rides as kids not as adults, they just don't stimulate us like they used to.
All that to say this, try looking at a ride with a fresh set of eyes. You can have a 57 Chevy or a new BMW, most people take the BMW. It's new smells new, has new gadgets and handles better. A 57 Chevy is a classic but its OLD. Be objective when picking the better ride. Do exactly that pick the better ride not the ride that you like better. I enjoy Pirates better than Beast, but be honest Beast is a better ride. I know most won't agree but I hope this spawns discussion.
It's like a movie focused on plot, character development, and theme rather than, say, action, sex-appeal, and goofy comedy. For example, even though The Shining is old, and has some corny special effects, the acting is terrific, the plot enticing, and the overall picture is mind-blowing. By contrast, I recently saw Skeleton Key. The effects were well done, and there were a lot more jumpy moments, but it didn't excite me as much as The Shining.
I've done some experimenting with my buds. I've gotten them to talk about our Orlando trip last year and what they liked about it.
Case Study: Pat vs. Brett
Pat loves classic adventure movies, as well as newer, smaller, independent films. Likewise, his favorite attractions on the trip were those that brought theme and adventure together, like Mission: Space, Jurassic Park, and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.
By contrast, Brett loves cheese-ball B-movies. He'd rather watch Rambo than, say, There Will Be Blood. His favorite attractions were those that thrilled him, regardless of theme or storyline. He thought Dueling Dragons was 10x better than Everest, Dudley Do-Right was epic compared to Jurassic Park / Splash Mountain, and, sadly enough, Twilight Zone Tower of terror paled to, get this, Rock N' Roller Coaster.
Naturally, Brett and I disagreed. But that's all these are: opinions. Nobody's right and nobody's wrong. Each person will have their own favorite ride in America, or in the world. This tournament excites and disappoints, but for God's sakes, they're just rides. They're just engineering and artistic feats built to entertain, and each will strike a different chord with us.
Back to you, Kent.