The "Final Four" should be Kraken, Indiana Jones Adventure, Hulk and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. The winner for best ride ..... Indiana Jones Adventure.
BTW Expedition Everest is waaay overrated!
Millenium Force better be in the final four!!
Most of these rides are fantastic, and I'm hard-pressed to choose between them. But, since I'm a basta-- um, controversy sparker, I'm going to muck things up.
Sheikra, Kraken, Mummy, Atlantis, Dueling Dragons - Ice, and Test Track should not be here. They're all great rides, but not Top 16 in America good. Sheikra, Kraken, and Dragons are standard coasters. There are a variety of coasters at Six Flags, Cedar Point, Busch Gardens Europe, and even Disney that are better (I'd take Space Mountain or Magnum XL-200 over any of these). I think Mummy (and Everest, for the record) only made the finals because of their relative newness. Atlantis and Test Track blow my mind - against all odds, they made it in, and I'm not sure why.
Erik - gotta disagree with ya, buddy. Kraken in the Final Four? Let's be serious - it's really not as fantastic as some of these rides. The first drop and loop are epic, but it winds down after that. And just as you think Everest is way overrated, I say that Indiana is way overrated. After all the hype for that ride, it left me a little disappointed. I really only consider it to be as good as Dinosaur. The fact that you can see the other jeeps during the ride bothers me, and a lot of the scenes build you up to believe the effects will be amazing but they fall short. Still, since everybody but me thinks its fantastic, it does deserve to be in the finals.
My predictions for the first quarterfinals, in a Jim Rome-esque style of presentation:
Spiderman swings its way through Millennium's 2000 supporters (I agree, Justin - Spiderman will likely win the tournament, unless the Disney fanatics come full-force)Montu buries Atlantis to the depths of the ocean (I hope so - Montu is amazing)Pirates plunders the Mansion (accurate to 99.9 %)Everest mounts Hulk (knocking one of my picks out of the finals)Indiana says "kwaheri" to KilimanjaroDragons puts a freeze to Sheikra's streakTower wraps things up with MummyKraken gets crackin' and puts the Track to the Test
My predictions for the second quarterfinals:
Spiderman is Tu much for the Busch coasterPirates climbs its way to the top (Eve-rest in peace)Indiana slays the DragonsTower will get the drop on Kraken
Semifinals:As Electro says on Spiderman, the Pirates are "in for a shock" (drink up, me failures)Imagine if you will ... Twilight taking Jones (Tower ... why'd it have to be Tower?)
And finally ...As Hydroman would say, the Tower will be "taking a dive"
By the way, Robert - we should do this again next March and see how the results stack up.
Universal's successful bid to enter the true theme park arena has provided us Disney fans with some of the best entertainment we could ever have hoped for at a theme park. Without IOA, there would be no Rock N Roller Coaster and no Everest, two of my favorite Disney attractions. Furthermore, without Universal, Disney would be the only show in town, and without that competition, we, the consumer, would be bereft of a whole lotta theme park fun.
Go Universal and go Spider-Man....keep up the good work, and keep Disney on its theme park toes!!!
This has been a really great tournament, Robert. Your continued work does not go unnoticed and unappreciated.
Thanks for that classy comment, Steve. Sorry I haven't ridden Thunderhead, but if it makes you feel better, I didn't vote in the contests where I hadn't ridden one of the rides.
And James, I'm right with ya. I love Universal as much as Disney, and I love their fierce competition. It's the best kind of contest - we reap the benefits.