I would not have thought to see DD-Ice advance further than DD-Fire, but that is how it looks so far today. Shocking.
As for TZ - Tower of Terror, I stand by the comments I made in my review of the attraction: "A perfect example of what Disney does best: take a standard amusement park idea (in this case, a "freefall" style ride) and turn it into a creative tour de force. Simply the best themed attraction at DisneyWorld and one of the most thrilling and unique rides I have ever had the pleasure to experience."
And for those of you who have not ridden the WDW version of Tower of Terror, it blows the DL version out of the water.
This whole Idea is awesome but some of the comments it's bringing out of people make me want to smash my head into my Dell Monitor.
(Old pop culture reference. Sorry.)
After putting together this bracket, I swear that I will never criticize the NCAA tournament selection committee again. Sixteen-entry brackets are cake. Thirty-two isn't that tough. Doing 64 fires up a migraine like little else. Make the match-ups too easy for the top seeds, and people complain about blow-outs and mismatches. Make them too hard, and people complain that their favorites got too tough a draw. (And, BGE fans, I totally understand and feel your pain here.)
But STILL- Dueling Dragons should only have 1 RIDE OUT OF THE 2 if any. Most people will vote for the disney and universal because that's where a lot of people go for vacation. That means that most people who are on theme park insider probably rode something out of universal.
Griffon is my all-time favorite, and thats exactly why I had a sore throat for a week after i went to BGE. I was yelling at the top of my lungs, "YEAH!!!!!!!" the whole ride. I waited about 85 days for my trip to BGE to finally be able to ride Griffon. The day before, it seemed like every hour was 5 hours.
So, could you please spear Griffon? So many people love busch gardens, and i know that some people who are voting for DD Ice haven't even been on that or griffon.
That being said, I realize no one is going to be happy with every vote in every round. I just hope some of my other favorites make it to the finals.
The reason why themed rides are winning in this tournament is because this tournament is on themeparkinsider.com. If this tournament is on some of the other park sites, some of these Disney rides aren't even on the list. Many here haven't been further than Florida or California. Some are superfans, and probably most live near the theme park havens. Most haven't heard of The Voyage at Holiday World, or Hades at Mount Olympus Park...much less ridden them. Many probably haven't been to Silver Dollar City or Kennywood. Few probably have been to Six Flags Fiesta Texas or Hersheypark. These are parks that are off the beaten path with great rides and shows that not enough people have ridden or seen.
In my opinion, theme parks do well for a few reasons in no particular order...
A) Most have either established themselves as a destination resort with hotels, and/or are located in a highly concentrated tourist market. People go to Orlando to go to a theme park. People go to LA for many things, but a theme park is usually high on the tourist list. The majority of these parks are also located in a climate suited for year-round operation, which is often a prerequisite for the average tourist.
B) They have lots to do. One park at Disney just isn't enough for a full experience, and they have broken that experience up into enough pieces to keep you there for a while if you have the money... oh and if you are staying overnight, they have that taken care of too. It's all designed so that you don't leave the property...just like a Vegas casino.
C) High Dollar Investment- Disney, Busch, and Universal are rich..plain and simple. They are backed by multi-billion dollar companies with endless money, pump millions of dollars into research and development for their attractions, and they spare no expense building them. The theming aspect is a result of this expense, and sometimes adds quality to the ride.
D) Non Ride Attractions- The deep pockets of these parks also extend to shows, restaurants, and the look of the park as well. The food is top notch, the production values of shows are higher, and the paint is touched up every day.
The Disney/Universal parks are a successful business because they've figured out a formula to herd in a lot of people. Themed rides are only a piece of the puzzle. Spiderman isn't necessarily a better experience than Millennium Force, it's a different one. One uses pure height and speed to perfection, and one uses audio/video technology with dark ride elements to perfection. Not everyone has a need for a ride that "tells a story". Many are perfectly fine going 90 mph 300 feet in the air, and many would rather do that anyway.
You heard it here first! =)
But we'll see what the voting public thinks when Spiderman and Millennium Force are up against each other in the finals (and yes, it will end up between those two).
How much visual can you really take in when you are going that fast? Are you really thinking about how the story is going to end when plunging 300 ft at 90 mph at an 80 degree angle into a 120 degree banked turn pulling 4g's, into a pullout over a 190 foot hill that lifts you out of your seat?(insert Tim the tool man Taylor grunt here) I don't think so. Have you ridden such a ride? If not, perhaps you should. It needs no story or visual aides to send riders away with a smile because it's a great ride all by itself. Disney uses eye candy, Cedar Point uses physics.
Ha! Jake - the typical CP fanboy. Just as generic as the Disney-philes. Hey, buddy, I love going fast, but I've ridden a lot of thrill rides, and after a while they start to lose their edge. Just like generic action movies, chock full of explosions and sex appeal, they get repetitive. But theming can really make an attraction, like a good cast or script can make a movie.
Oh, and I'm 20, for the record, so I'm not a kiddie or a senior, and I prefer themed rides.
For the record, I absolutely love coasters. And according to Jake, my 40 year old body is still in the right demographic for them, thank goodness! However, I especially love attention to detail, and when a theme park designer (Disney, Universal, or otherwise) makes an attempt at adding some sort of theme to their attraction (coaster or otherwise) then they get my vote. Period. It is like adding the toppings to a hot fudge sundae. Sure, ice cream is great all by itself, but layer it with hot fudge, whip cream, nuts, and a cherry and suddenly your dessert is a veritable feast of flavors. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!
All I can say is the same thing we have been saying all along: "whatever floats your boat." Some just want the thrills, some want thrills and story, and some just want to shop! Gladly, there are successful amusement parks that cater to all types. And that, gentlemen, is a GOOD thing!