Published: May 7, 2008 at 9:15 AMI was going to post a comment rooting for my favorite remaining ride, but then I remembered that my endorsements have been the kiss of death in these tournaments, so I'm just gonna keep my picks quiet and defer to anyone who seems to be having his or her picks win in this thing.
That said, I think we're looking for another day of blow-outs, before the tournament really gets interesting, with the semis tomorrow.
Published: May 7, 2008 at 9:15 AMI applied my "repeat ride" methodolgy to the BTTF vs. Skyway vote. What ride would you go on multiple times at a park? Skyway wins, hands down. After one ride on BTTF, you might be a bit ill and shaken.
And why is ExtraTERRORestial Alien Encounter still getting the votes? As everyone has said, it was a mediocre attraction at best. Voting on it as "revenge for Stitch" just doesn't make sense. Was it a good attraction...or not?
Published: May 7, 2008 at 11:25 AMI think dislike (or indifference) for Alien Encounter is a vocal minority... long before Stitch, the attraction going the way of the do-do was a HUGE problem for tons of people.
Now as for World of Motion vs. Horizons... that is probably the toughest matchup in this AND the previous tournament combined for me... Though I ultimately went for Horizons for the "choose your own ending" aspect.
Published: May 7, 2008 at 11:44 AMFrom the results I'm seeing, it's obvious that BTTF is going to win this contest. I mean, the only ride that has a chance besides that is Kong.
Published: May 7, 2008 at 11:48 AMHey, a lot of people thought that Spider-Man was cruising to an easy win, too....
Published: May 7, 2008 at 1:10 PMBTTF got my only vote today. It was such a groundbreaking ride at the time. There's nothing special about skyway. There was one in operation at Kings Island (and numerous other non Disney parks) years ago that was just as "special" as this one. Did every dead Disney ride get in just because it was Disney? Nominated or not, the fact that a skyride got in over attractions that had a much more significant impact on their respective park is crap. Speaking of crap, maybe I'll nominate a Disney toilet for the next tournament. It's sure to get past at least the first round right?
Published: May 7, 2008 at 1:55 PMBTTF is pretty much the best overall attraction in this tournament. It gets my vote today, even though I did not vote for it in the first round.
Alien Encounter gets my vote again, mainly because I am still wanting to stick it to Disney for the Great Stitch Debacle. And also because Alien Encounter was pretty scary to a 12 year old way back when....
I skipped Horizons/Motion this time. I am not a huge fan of either attraction and I consider both Mission:Space and Test Track to be big improvements.
Lastly, I voted against Kong, but simply because I do not want Universal to ever second guess their building of Revenge of the Mummy.
And, Robert, I think your links to Day One/Day Two are reversed...but then, I could just be insane like my wife always tells me I am.
Published: May 7, 2008 at 4:50 PMThe more this tournament advances, the more I'm convinced Back to the Future will run away with the title. I'm still baffled by the fact that 25 percent of the people have picked the Skyway. Back to the Future should have no trouble getting past Alien Encounter or Imagination which are such much more inferior than BTTF and even the skyway. Kongfrontation and Horizons will be a very good match for second place, as neither will beat Doc Brown and his flying DeLorean.
Published: May 7, 2008 at 6:57 PMSkyway was an authentic visceral experience...it was completely real and (especially for theme park junkies) a real-life glimpse above the Magic Kingdom. At times, it was a view to the ugly backside of a Disney park. It was awesome.
BTTF, on the other hand, was an unpleasant, disjointed mess. Despite the fact that it was completely contrived, it was out of sync, out of focus, and unnecessarily rough.
Boo BTTF. Yay Skyway!
Published: May 8, 2008 at 10:05 AMI can agree about BTTF. As much as I love the movies, the ride was definitely not synced completely right. It was a bit ugly with the roughness, and the film and screen were degrading just like Star Tours. And the transitions between scenes was a bit clunky... Soarin has the excuse that they're not telling a story so jump cuts aren't bad. But BTTF is supposed to be a full story with us being the "stars."
Sure, the Skyway was a dime a dozen in theme parks. But I can't say that the Skyway wasn't fun. The ride through the Matterhorn was something unique, something that can't be experienced anymore.
I just feel that BTTF could have been done better.
And I'm still surprised that ExtraTERRORestrial is still getting votes as I think it's missing so much (not that Stitch is significantly better from what I hear). To vote for this just to protest Stitch isn't right.
ExtraTERRORestrial wasn't very exciting... it was unique, as it grossed you out with saliva, tongues, and breath, but not very effectively. It didn't really provide the illusion of much other than a loose alien that chomped on the maintenance guy. It was missing a lot from the visual department. I think it needed some visual cues like out of a horror movie where the actual alien shows up in your face, or right between you and another person. Better yet they should have stuck with the H.R. Geiger Aliens as they're on the Great Movie Ride.
I'm very disappointed in which rides are winning, and for what reasons too... but I guess that's the way it goes!
Published: May 8, 2008 at 10:21 AMI didn't vote for BTTF (even though I did ride it one last time before its demise) because (having long hair) EVERY time I rode it I had hunks of hair painfully yanked out by the rivets in the seats. It didn't help to put my hair in a pony tail, braid it or do all of the above along with shoving it under my hat; I still lost hair to that ride. So my memories of BTTF are painful ones.
Published: May 8, 2008 at 11:57 AM==> "And I'm still surprised that ExtraTERRORestrial is still getting votes as I think it's missing so much (not that Stitch is significantly better from what I hear). To vote for this just to protest Stitch isn't right."
Brandon, go ride Stitch, and you will understand exactly why I am protesting/voting the way I am! =)