Just Published: Theme Park Insider: 2016 Year in Review
I could have said my faves were either 'Men In Black: Alien Attack,'Revenge of the Mummy,' or 'One Man's Dream' (three attractions that I helped create. I could also have ranked Walt Disney World's edition of 'Space Mountain' -- riding in the front seat is an extraordinary themed entertainment experience.
But my heart lies with the jungle.
The rudimentary/classic animation. The snarky give-and-take of the skipper. The attraction's standing in american pop culture.
Yeah ... if I had to pick one ... my favorite attraction is the Jungle Cruise at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
But I do love Jurassic park river adventure. The doors open, music plays and I am transported back in time…
Close second is WDW Splash Mountain and Montu in BGT.
Anyway, my all time favorite has got to be Spiderman. Every time I go to IOA, I've got to go on Spiderman at least twice, and it never gets old.
A close second goes to the Haunted Mansion. For me, it is a timeless classic that just seems to get better every year.
The thing that gets me is the music playing outside while in line with misters (which create some scary fog, but also cool the guests). It really sets the stage.
The story line on this attraction comes right from the Twilight Zone. You might actually be in an episode and for awhile when I was younger, I thought it was an actual episode (spoiler: Disney completely made up this "episode").
Also, the thrill portion really still stands up. Sure, the attraction is almost pushing 20, but I find nothing creepier than the elevator crawling out of the shaft. Its particularly magical when you are on with people for the first time. That part freaks them out the most and probably one of the slowest moving portions of the entire attraction.
I think what makes an attraction great is when you mention the name of the ride, it immediatly invokes an image in your mind. A strong visual is the key.
Haunted Mansion- Ballroom Scene
Jungle Cruise-Washing Elephants
Pirates- Man in the Well
ET- ET Saying your Name
Jurassic Park- The T Rex
etc, etc, etc
But my best ride experience occurred last year when I was at Disneyland California. My wife was doing some shopping in Adventureland, my 3 year old son was sleeping in his stroller in a shadow with his nanny, and so, since I am not a shop guy, I took my 1 year old daughter to the Enchanted Tiki Room. I never liked this attraction before, but that day was different. My daughter loved it, she was clapping hands with the music, and suddenly, since we were at the first row, she went up and starts dancing. Everyone in the room looked to her with a smile. It was pure magic! The image of her happy face is something that I will take in my memory forever.
- The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (IOA)
- The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror (DHS)
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (IOA)
- Revenge of the Mummy (USF)
- The Haunted Mansion (MK)
- Terminator 2:3D (USF)
- Men In Black: Alien Attack (USF)
- Spaceship Earth (Epcot)
- Transformers: The Ride (USF)
I have way too many favorites.. I can't just pick one. I guess if I had to pick one, it would be The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror.
2- Twighlight Zone Tower of Terror for its thrill, story, and nostalgia.
Because of this I say Spaceship Earth at EPCOT. SE is the last remaining early-EPCOT animatronic ride since World of Motion and Horizons went to ride heaven. There is a warm, emotional bond to SE that doesn't exist in the other thrilling rides that I run to when entering a park. Other rides are better, more thrilling, more technologically advanced but SE is still my favorite.
Why? It is the one interactive ride we enjoy as a family most and always the first thing we do as soon as we toss the luggage in the room. Everyone knows they have a couple minutes to get their ____ together and we are off....
As I have said before, BGT most underrated park in Florida...
Let's re-cap the responses thus far ...
THCreative – Jungle Cruise (WDW)
Rob Pastor – Splash Mountain
Brian Emery – Jurassic River Adventure
Derek Morse – Haunted Mansion (WDW)
Tim Hillman – Amazing Adventures of Spider Man (IOA)
Marco Trevino – Sheikra
Manny Rodriguez – Montu
Andy Milito – Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey
Anthony Murphy – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS)
Russell Meyer – Men In Black: Alien Attack
James Rao – Pirates of the Caribbean (DLR)
Jack Hammond - Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS)
Flavio de Souza – Phantom Manor
Bryce McGibeny - Amazing Adventures of Spider Man (IOA)
Tim W – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS)
Ryan Pickhardt - – Harry Potter & the Forbidden Journey
Tony Duda – Spaceship Earth
NB – Men In Black: Alien Attack
Kelly Muggleton – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (DHS)
Butterbeers are on Mr. Niles!
I am glad everyone is keeping it civil.
I guess that's the closest we'll come to alcohol, since at least ONE person on that list is underage (Manny.) Whatever happened to Dominick D?
Should I vote and join the meet-up? Hmmmm. I don't know that I have a favorite theme park "attraction." My favorite RIDE, of course, is El Toro. I'm not the Disney/Universal veteran that many here are. My all-time favorite is long gone..20K LUTS. So currently, it'd probably be a slight nod to Pirates over Haunted Mansion. Orlando only...no real memories of the DL versions. My favorite attraction that I get to enjoy regularly is probably watching the ladies at my local parks :)
I don't really have one favorite theme park attraction as I don't like to compare completely different ride types against each other. Also, my favorite rides are roller coasters (with Bizarro (SFNE) and El Toro (SFGAdv) topping my list), but those aren't really full attractions. Therefore, as dark rides are my favorite type of non-coaster ride, I'll pick my favorite dark ride, Indiana Jones Adventure, as my choice for this discussion (Pirates of the Caribbean is a really close runner up).
I have lots of favs, but the two rides closest to perfection in my eyes are USF's Revenge of the Mummy and WDW's Haunted Mansion. I like the spooky stuff :-). If I have to pick only one, it has to be the Mummy, solely due to the addition a of a coaster to the dark ride. No trip to USF is complete without multiple rides on it.
But for favorite ride I would have to go Haunted Mansion (at night)
Honorable Mention: Living with the Land
Second: Revenge of the Mummy
Tom Sawyer Island
(Though "anything at DisneySea" would be a close second.)
Wait a minute, who bought all this Butterbeer again?
Walt Disney World
Tokyo Disney Resort