ToT has great themeing, and it's a great ride, but it just doesn't do what Spidey can, and does.
May Disney take it's rightful place as champion
P.S.: Please ignore Jake; what a mindless adrenaline junkie.
I went with Spiderman but even now regret not voting for TOT....it's too close to call but that's what it's all been about hasn't it ?
I had to ask myself which of these two excellent attractions would I choose if I could ride only one before getting on the plane home.
In this scenario I was in danger of missing the flight trying to decide.
Spiderman it is then.........but it could so easily have been the Tower.
By the way...The matchup isn't Spiderman vs. Tower of Terror, It's Universal vs. Disney. In many voter's case, the vote isn't necessarily always for the best ride, it's for the voter's favorite faction.
And Disney vs. Universal? When it comes to the Florida parks - they're equal in my book.
Also, I'm hearing Tower get busted up for not being unique. Well, define 'unique'. How many theme rides, or for that matter, thrill rides, do you know that are randomized? How about rides that feature wire-guided technology (for the horizontal section)? And although I've seen a million rides about superheros, how many have you seen featuring sci-fi or horror icons from the '60s?
Look, neither attraction is unique if you really break them down. Spiderman is just an amped up combination simulator/track ride/3-D movie, all of which have been done. Fire and water? Nothing new. Likewise, Tower of Terror is just a combination drop ride/dark ride.
What is unique about each is how they leave you feeling afterwards. I find Spiderman leaves me pumped and excited to continue adventuring through Islands, whereas Tower leaves me in awe, and a little weirded out.
While I appreciate the technology it took to get an elevator to bounce like that, Spiderman utilizes "4-D" to the fullest.
All those things above are the reasons I stopped loving Disney and there sites and started coming here to the best pure Theme Park site on the net. I guess the only problem is you can't stop Disney nerds from being Disney Nerds. So good luck Spidey you got my vote but I feel it might be wasted
I'm little surprised how the vote is going, to this point, but I hadn't thought as much about the drop sequence feature as others have. That's a great, great asset in ToT's favor. Great 21st-century rides *should* vary from ride to ride, and I'd be happy to see such a ride win this tournament. (Of course, I'd have been happier to see Men in Black or Buzz Lightyear advance further than they did, as well.)
Spiderman-15 votes (75%)TOT-5 votes (25%)
Small number of votes I know, but this is a sample taken mostly from TPI regulars. How can Spiderman be losing by 13 points yet be cleaning up among us? Believe me, there are plenty of Disney superfans out there picking up the slack. There have been all tournament. I'll say it again, this contest isn't about Spidey vs. TOT to a large portion of visiting voters, it's about Universal vs. Disney. There was a statement earlier in the tournament that went something like this. "Disney fans would vote a Disney toilet as best attraction because it's Disney"
Which might suggest that ToT's support is broader, while Spidey's is deeper. Maybe. Who knows?
If I had to vote on riding only once, I probably would have gone with Spidey, but I had to factor in the re-rideability aspect, and Tower of Terror just barely beats Spidey when that factor is considered. It was a very difficult choice, and as Robert stated, we're really just splitting hairs in terms of deciding which is the greatest ride in America, as I would be happy with either one of the two winning. On a final note, I love the fact that two of the best rides in the world are less than a 90 minute drive away from me.
All that said the upcoming years will be the biggest test for Disney, with IOA opening Potter and the Studios getting a new coaster, Universal in my opinion is pulling away. Disney will and has always focused on kid friendly attritions and it keeps working, but the face of the industry is changing. People my age 29 who have kids want something more than Small world and Nemo, we want to have just as much fun as the kids get to have. That's why Universal is becoming more and more appealing to the masses. We are the Nintendo generation we grew up with less responsibility than our parents had as kids and that translates to adults that feel entitled to fun. I work hard I have money now I want to ride some fun rides. I know that's a simple statement but it's true. I grew up at Disney and it was magical but the magic is fading. The imagination that Disney was famous for is getting less and less. They can't always rely on the Magic, they will need to create unique rides and parks that appeal to all as just that, great parks, not magical places from my memory. Wow I went on and on sorry about that.
GO Spiderman, maybe we should call in Wolverine, Cap America, Thor, Ironman and the boys to straiten this whole voting debacle out.
Overall this tournament has taught me a lot of things. I have learned that my taste in rides appears to be vastly different from the GP as well as the enthusiasts. I have learned that when it comes to coasters that even the best themed coasters can lose to nostalgia (POTC over Everest). Last, but not least that voting for Matterhorn over MIB earns you the title of Disney Fanboi, voting for Hulk over Everest makes you a USF Fanboi, and voting for any Cedar Point ride makes you an a-hole. In other words, even this site isn't exempt from trolls.
In the end I had to go with my gut. I LOVE Spiderman. I have ridden the ride 3 or 4 times in a row without breaking a sweat... I thought for sure it would take the title yet another year...
That being said, I had to go with Tower. My current record is 27 times in one day. I applied to Guinness and wrestled with Disney executives for over two months to attempt to break a world record by riding ToT 113 times on Groundhog Day. Unfortunately in the end Disney would not allow it due to legal jargon.
That being said, how could I vote for anything else. I am a ToT Fanboy and the only thing I would change about the ride is that at the end of each drop sequence I would give each vehicle one complete drop from the top.
Congratulations Tower! May you terrify for years to come!!!