Best Ride in America Tournament: Round one, day eight
Two brutally close match-ups yesterday
. In fact, I had to dig into the admin code to find out that the contests actually were tied
when I went to close them, so I waited for three votes to be cast on each to decide the winners. Universal Studios Florida's Men in Black Alien Attack eliminated Disneyland's classic Matterhorn Bobsleds and Disney's Animal Kingdom's Dinosaur scraped ahead of Busch Gardens Europe's Apollo's Chariot.
The other two races were not as close, with BGE's Griffon taking out USF's Jaws and Animal Kingdom's Kilimanjaro Safaris blowing out Legoland California's Knights Tournament.
Tonight, we wrap up round one with our last four match-ups:
It's Disneyland against neighbor California Adventure with (2) Indiana Jones Adventure vs. (63) Monsters, Inc: Mike and Sulley to the Rescue.
Busch Gardens Africa's SheiKra seems to have lost a lot of support on the site since I seeded the tournament. Will it retain enough support to avoid being the latest coaster upset by a family dark ride? (10) SheiKra vs. (55) High In The Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride
Two roller coasters with devoted followings battle in (18) Thunderhead vs. (47) The Riddler's Revenge
Finally, it is another classic Disney vs. Universal match-up, with (26) Dueling Dragons - Ice vs. (39) Mission: Space
Let's keep the great comments coming. Tomorrow: Round two begins!
Thunderhead is a far superior coaster to Riddler. Riddler really is just another looping coaster, there a hundreds of them. Thunderhead is the best wooden rollercoaster I have been on by far: smooth (by wood standards), turny, fast, and overall a great and exhilarating ride.
I would also agree that ThunderHead is a great coaster, and much better than Riddlers Revenge which is a decent coaster, but nothing special!!
My only real passion for this race is with Mission: Space. The attraction is so great, and such a change for Epcot, but it gets so much negative press because of the unfortunate circumstances that have occurred. Plus the Ice track of Dragons pales to the Fire track, in my opinion. Fire would have been closer.
I agree with Joshua...you gotta go with Mission:SPACE. It is probably one of the most original rides at any theme park. From the detailed queuing area, to the excellent intro movie, to the awesome experience itself, this is simply one of the best thrill rides at any park. A perfect combination of technology and story.
I'd would much rather ride Ice Dragon than Space any day.
That Mission Space/ Ice was a tough one for me. I ended up going with Ice since DD is my favorite ride and I know the Disney mob will give Mission Space all the votes it wants.
Oh Lord that last one really had me thinking hard, being that I love both just as much as the other one. Ultimately I picked Mission Space, but probably because if it was raining and thundering outside I can still ride it. I almost had to flip a coin, seriously...
If Thundergead loses to Riddlers Revenge im giving up all hope on the tournament. El Toro,Apollo's Chariot and Loch Ness Monster lost already.
I voted for Riddler's because I know the CP coasters can beat it, Thunderhead would be a tougher battle.
Thunderhead, by far, is the best woodie out there. It's a smooth, fast, twisting, spectacular ride. One of my top 5 coasters I've ever ridden. Riddler's is good, but Thunderhead is the absolute bomb! I agree with the previous posts - I'm going to very, very disappointed if this one doesn't pull through!
The heartburn only gets worse in the second round.... ;-)
Who's in your Final 4? Who do you think will be there? Is your bracket holding up or has an early upset ruined everything. My Final 4, Like I said before is Shekra, Hulk, Spiderman and EE.
Thunderhead is suffering from lack of readers who have ridden it. Riddlers Revenge is a good coaster, but few things in the amusement park world compare to the fun of a GCI coaster. It is a bit sad if you are voting for a ride because it has a better chance of losing to a Cedar Point ride. Thunderhead is the better ride, so vote for it. I did, unfortunately it probably wouldn't make it past round 2.
I don't understand some of the votes cast by people, so far. The main problem seems to be park accessibility. Parks and rides off the Florida and California path are getting the shaft. If you've ridden both Thunderhead and Riddler's Revenge, I don't think most can say that they like Riddler's Revenge more. However, most people have only ridden RR, so it wins. Mission space is such a unique ride, even though I am a bit of a Disney critic, there is no way I could vote for Ice over MS. Apollo's Chariot,Popeye and Bluto, and El Toro were also robbed.
It is just a shame to see Mission: Space and Thunderhead going down the tubes.
Derek, how can you rate DD as the 6th and 7th best inverted coasters? Your Logic of taking the rides separate from each other doesn't work with me. I will agree that alone each ride wouldn't be that great but that's not the point of the ride. It's a dueling inverted coaster with 3 near misses, not a stand alone invert. Taking them alone is like taking the launch out of the Hulk or the height out of Millennium Force and saying they just aren't great coasters. You have to look at the ride as a whole not as two different coasters. I'm not saying it's number one that belongs to Montu or Alpengeist, but after those two there is no better experience than DD.
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These are interesting insights into people favoring certain parks. I've been to almost all of the parks that we're voting on (almost) and I'm voting on the rides that I think are the best - doesn't matter if they're at Disney, Cedar Fair, Universal, Six Flags or Dollywood. A good ride is a good ride - no matter what park it's in.
Looks like today's close-call is Mission: Space and Dueling Dragons: Ice. And I have to say, I completely agree with Derek.
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