It's Spider-Man vs. Tower of Terror

April 5, 2008, 10:34 PM · Check back Sunday evening as The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man takes on Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in an all-Orlando match-up to determine the 'Best Ride in America,' according to Theme Park Insider readers.

Those were the two finalist in a 64-ride single-elimination tournament here on the site over the past three weeks. Rides were selected and seeded according to their average reader rating on the site, and the top seed, Universal Orlando's Spider-Man, and number three seed, Disney World's Tower of Terror, advanced to the finals.

Voting is open to anyone, and will run for 24 hours, starting Sunday evening.

Replies (17)

April 5, 2008 at 11:03 PM · Spidey will win in a blowout. If the Disney fans couldn't stop Spidey with Pirates, then ToT doesn't have much of a prayer. Even if you gave ToT a 30 point spread, I'd still take Spidey. As for me, I'm not sure which one I'll be voting for... I was pulling for IJ and PotC so this final round will be tough.
April 6, 2008 at 12:47 AM · It will likely go to Spiderman, but I'm rooting for Tower. The thrill is lacking, but very few rides actually thrill me anymore. We all know why each attraction is amazing, but I'm going to compile some cons. Feel free to add.

Tower of Terror:
The pre-show creepiness factor often resides in the hands of the employees, and in recent years I've found they've lost their gusto.
As Robert mentioned, if it's an elevator ride, why are you sitting?
The on-ride photo is very impersonal.
The randomness factor often causes the drop sequences to be short and jerky rather than long and exciting.
The location of this attraction next to Rock N' Roller Coaster causes bottleneck crowds, especially before viewings of Fantasmic!
It bothers me that Disney made so many clones of this attraction but without the detail of the original.

Very little off-screen action.
The entrance is uninspiring and bland, as is the queue (and that techno music drives me nuts).
The simulator motion and screen effects can cause motion sickness (my buddy can ride Hulk 'til the cows come home, but a ride on Spidey totals him).
Some effects are recycled, like the fire and water ones. Islands really seems to abuse those elements.
If you're a reporter, why are you wearing goggles? And don't give me that "safety goggles" excuse.
During the climbing/falling scene, the stage lights above can clearly be seen, ruining the illusion.
Some of the action happens too quickly, like Hydroman getting shocked by Electro (it took me several rides to figure out what happened there).

Anyways, feel free to knock me down a peg.

April 6, 2008 at 5:18 AM · Man this is a tough one... Tower of Terror is my favorite ride... my record to date is over 27 times in one day! Still, after riding the Paris version I am hard pressed to make a decision. Why couldn't it be any other ride than tower? It would have been a very easy vote for me...

In the end I think the presentation in Tower might win it for me... blast... I will not know for sure untill I hit the button...

April 6, 2008 at 6:07 AM · Its going to be tough for me! I have Spiderman in the tourney going number one and the Tower going number two but I work at the Tower and have a close bound with it soo I'll think on it.
April 6, 2008 at 8:45 AM · You can't ask for any better than this. It all comes down to my favourite 2 rides. For me, It's got to be T.O.T. Spidey is a great ride but the whole experience (inc queueing) of T.O.T. just does it for me!!
April 6, 2008 at 8:45 AM · I was really hoping Pirates would beat spidey and that Indy would beat TOT. Now that it's down to the two, The whole Disney VS. Islands comes into play.

And frankly, Disney should win in my opinion. I'm a diehard fan,so beating Universal is enough satisfaction for me.

April 6, 2008 at 10:56 AM · I got to agree with Eric. I like Universl but love Disney, so ToT gets my vote all the way. Plus the creepiness of it before it even starts sets the whole forboding feeling. You can't really beat that.
April 6, 2008 at 11:16 AM · Tower does have issues that will sway the vote to Spidey for me. Tower's look is great, but as stated before, the employee working the ride is relied upon to complete the ride experience. If the right person isn't there as the doorman, than it doesn't work. It was ok when I rode it, a little cheesy, but ok. The ride program doesn't work for me either. Putting in a straight drop to the bottom, at least after the short drops would give it more points for me. It's a well done ride, but not as well done as Spidey. The queue is pretty cool, realistic looking, maybe lacking in substance a little, (placing actors in the queue and doing some occasional skits in the offices would put it way over the top) but still interesting. The ride just does too good of a job of stimulating the senses to not vote for it over Tower of Terror. Is Spidey the best ride for me?? Maybe...better than TOT, yes. Both rides would be in my park.
April 6, 2008 at 11:46 AM · Disney dosen't stand a chance Spidey will win in a blowout.
April 6, 2008 at 11:52 AM · Don't count on it Justin. Disney vs. Universal doesn't go very well for Universal usualy.

Disney will prevail

April 6, 2008 at 12:05 PM · It's gonna be a tough night between Disney and Universal tonight... But I still have my vote for Tower of Terror.

If we have "Best Ride in America", are we gonna have "Best International Ride"?

April 6, 2008 at 1:06 PM · We have to remember it is not Disney VS Universal. Vote for the best attraction, not for your favorite theme park. Spider-Man is the better attraction. And if Disney is smart (and I think they are) they need to have something up their sleeves that can truly compete for #1. Toy Story Midway Mania is going to be fun, but it is not going to be a Spider-Man killer...

Disney has the cash and the know-how to be the best of the best...they just have to be challenged a bit. Keep the pressure on for Spider-Man!

April 6, 2008 at 2:00 PM · I'm voting for Rockit... er, how about Potter? Eh, not yet... Just wait Disney, just wait.....

This site loses all credibility of Spiderman loses. It can not claim it as the #1 ride for years, and then say a different, old attraction, beats it. ToT is a fun ride, but it can not take out Spiderman. It would have been a better match up had it been up against a top coaster, such as MF or Voyage.

April 6, 2008 at 2:47 PM · I wish it didn't come down to the Disney vs. Universal battle. Tower is my pick, but not because it's affiliated with Disney. I may like Disney's Hollywood Studios slightly better than Islands (Fantasmic! gives it the edge, like a climax to a good movie), but I like Universal Studios Florida better than Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The residing location of the attraction should have very little to do with the voting, unless the attraction doesn't fit the park's theme, causes bottlenecks, etc.

April 6, 2008 at 3:21 PM · I love the Spider-man ride and over the last ten years, it has remained the most innovative ride to date. But, I'm tired of it winning all of the awards and contests. I'll vote Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!
April 6, 2008 at 5:33 PM · Spiderman, I ride once when I go. Tower of Terror, I ride again and again. So it's ToT for me.
And for the person who said that the on-ride photo is impersonal: One of the funniest on-ride photos I've ever seen was on ToT. My friends and I went on at the same time as a group of younger guys from New York. One of them was particularly afraid to go on. We told him it would be fine.
When the ride dropped for the first time, we all (his friends and mine) looked at him to see the look on his face. When we got off the ride and ran to the photo area, we laughed our butts off when we saw the picture.
It had this one kid sitting right in the middle with a surprised/scared look on his face and everyone around him looking over, laughing and pointing. It was great! You really had to see it, though. I should've bought one, but didn't want to get stuck carrying it around.
April 6, 2008 at 8:09 PM · Oh, yes, the impersonal photo does have its benefits...

We went on the ride once when most of the park was waiting for Fantasmic!, and there was a group of obnoxious teen girls in front of us. They were bragging about how much acid they drop, and other redundant crap, just to make themselves heard. They also talked loudly through the entire pre-show.

This was their last trip on the Tower, as they had to leave somewhere, and they were talking about buying the photo since it was their favorite ride. They wanted to get a really good shot. Well, naturally, me and my buds saw this as an opportunity. We had found out earlier that day that the shocker, a dirty little hand signal with sexual connotations, causes on-ride photos to get erased. So, me and my eight buds all gave the girls the shock, causing the photo not to appear at the end of the ride. Even if they tried to buy it, we were hunched over them during the shot with those dirty hand gestures and creepy smiles on our faces. They were quite bitter.

So it's good for jerks like me, but overall I think personal photos are much better.

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