2009 Best Ride in America Tournament: Spider-Man, Hulk, Millennium Force and Everest
It's time to wrap up the quarterfinals of the Best Ride in America Tournament
here on Theme Park Insider.
In our afternoon match-ups, we start with two Islands of Adventure neighbors: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man taking on Incredible Hulk Coaster.
And we wrap up with another battle between an Orlando area themed coaster and a thrill machine from Cedar Point: Millennium Force versus Expedition Everest
Last chance for campaigning, in the comments.
I have been on both of them and there is no comparison, Millennium Force wins hands down, that ride is amazing, disney will never build something that high or fast.
This matchup, I had to vote for the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. It is a truly unique experience. In the last 7 years I've been to the parks I've seen many things get added and changed and it has just become better so Spider-Man has my vote over the Hulk which I do love to.
Ladies and Gentlemen! Boys and Girls!
Easy round, for me anyways.
While I voted for Everest, I might want to take my vote back since your song was fantastic!
Spider-Man over Hulk. No, I don't like comic books, the Spider-Man franchise, 3D attractions or simulators but this does a good job of mashing up a bunch of things I don't like to make a good ride. I agree with others: Hulk is over rated and I see it going down quite easily this round.
Amazing Adventures of Spider-man took the vote for me. Let's face it, the attraction is simply awesome whilst Hulk is an average B and M with a cool launch.
Spidey and MF for the win!!!
And now, my real assessment.
Spiderman wins..Hulks launch only takes it so far.
I've not ridden MF, but was impressed by its track lay-out when I visited CP. But the thought of Everest winning this tournament troubles me (even though I picked it to win).
Now we're all just along for the ride...
I voted for Spidey, but I'll pull for Hulk. I would much rather have a Hulk vs. Millennium Force match than a Spiderman vs Millennium Force match.
I voted for Hulk over spidey for the same reason most of you voted for spidey over Hulk. You all prefer Themeing to Thrills, yet I prefer Thrills to Themeing. Spiderman is an excellent attraction, one of the best; yet if I had to choose between the two (as I often do seeing as they are next to each other) I would choose Hulk everyday.
Unfortunately, with the anonymous CP voters coming out in droves, I think thats what is causing the upswing in votes for Hulk. They want Millenium to win (as do I!) so they vote for what will be an easier win. I voted for Spiderman for all of you who may care, even though I haven't been on either it OR Hulk, because how everyone here has talked about it! But I feel that the mob mentality MAY lead to Spiderman's downfall... :(
Oh, how I wanted Expedition Everest to go far. But when anythig is put up against Millennium Force, it is going to have a tough time. The thing I don't understand is Hulk beating down Spider-Man? But that is nothing compared to MAVERICK and GRIFFON loosing to REVENGE OF THE MUMMY and APOLLO CHARIOT! I am disappointed. Oh Well!
For those who have had the opportunity to ride both Millennium and Everest, you should know that this is an easy matchup.
This is one set of matchups that I feel I can vote very fairly on, having been on 3 of the 4 up for voting.
Spidey over Hulk.
Uggh. If Spiderman loses out to Hulk, it's a travesty. To the Cedar Point fans, it cheapens things if you guys keep *allegedly* voting for the inferior ride, knowing that MF will destroy Hulk when they match up. Are you afraid of how MF or Maverick will do against Spiderman ? Seems like it to me.
Spiderman is the best themed ride in America, and Millenium Force is the best coaster. Easy choices here.
Could Universal be shooting itself in the foot? Could their coaster fans be killing Spidey without realizing downstream implications?
I actually have to agree with you, Daniel. And since I doubt the CP fans who are doing that voting, if thats the case, read these comments it means nothing, but I would MUCH rather have Millenium go up against a harder rival, to show that it truly deserves the win. The fact that Maverick lost does not really hurt my feelings, because it had a good run, and it IS truly a good coaster. If Millennium wins or loses, it too had a good run and definitely deserves to be in the final four! But if it wins simply because voters chose to let it slide through, that takes away a lot of the deserving-ness.
Every single Amazing Adventures Of Spider Man, Expidition Everest, Tower Of Terror, IOA, Disney,B&M fan need to get out there and vote for the Hulk! Let a true rollercoaster thats themeing is out of this world and has a unique layout and world class atmosphere WIN over an average non-themed Intamin coaster thats popular just because it reaches a height of over 200ft and is over publicized by Cedar Point.
It will be nice to watch this one from a non-voting perspective. I have only ridden MF so once again I will not stuff the ballot box unfairly. As a matter of fact, unless Apollo's Chariot and Millie match up down the road, I won't be voting again at all, but this has definitely been entertaining and I found another great website to patronize to boot! (freakin' brown nose)
Shocking that Hulk is beating Spiderman right now. That makes NO sense whatsoever. Who the heck is voting?
The Red Bull and vodka analogy is my favorite comment of the day, so far. Thanks, Daniel! (Strong honorable mention props to YETI, though.)
So yes, I was one of the people who first came here from the CP Facebook update on the Maverick, but I liked what I saw and decided to stay. I have been lurking since then, but today I felt like talking. For this contest, I certainly voted for Millennium Force, since it is the best coaster I have ever been on. But I certainly wasn't one of the voters against Spider-man, if that is what is happening to that race. Clearly from all the comments it is a better ride than Hulk, so no matter how much I might want MF to go on, it is only fair to vote for it in this race. I didn't even vote for the Maverick in the round before this--The Beast seemed a better ride, though I am not a huge fan of wooden coasters myself. Anyway, I am now a fan of TPI on Facebook and registered here. So from my perspective, it was a good thing CP put that update up. (Though one has to wonder why they were pushing so strongly for the Maverick and didn't mention squat about MF. Maybe they though it had a good chance of winning without CP fans? Still. . .it doesn't make much sense.)
I can see an argument for Spider-Man beating Millennium Force but not Hulk! If Universal wants to stay in the battle they need to pump votes into Spider-Man and forget about Hulk. Their own campaigning may cost them the final win. Think about it--the average Universal fan has probably never been to CP. They may be a coaster nut who doesn't know what lies outside their own little Universe, so to speak. They think Hulk is the best coaster around and vote that way because they don't realize that relative to the rest of the industry Hulk isn't that great but Spider-Man is! LOL! :)
Cedar Point fans may or may not be voting for Hulk, but what about the newly arrived equally large force of Universal fans that edged out Maverick earlier? Which way are they going? Are they going with the coaster or the themed ride? Interesting dynamic.
So far as I can tell, there are 3 reasons to go to CP:
I am going to have to go with Spidey over Hulk. While Hulk is very a good coaster and is one I ride a few times every time at Universal, Spidey just amazed me. It's just cool! I had never ridden a ride like Spidey and it's one of the first ones I go on every visit. Coolest effects of any ride.
This really bothers me. Seriously, Hulk is winning over Spider-man!?! Did I miss out on the free crack give-away or something today? I'll admit, the queuing and launch on Hulk are great, but after that it's a torture rack; Raptor at CP is way better. Spider-man may only have a semi-decent queue, but at least it's more air-conditioned. The ride itself, however, totally rocks; probably my favorite ride out there. I've gone into Universal just to ride Mummy and then wandered over to IOA just to ride Spider-man (it was nice to live nearby and have a $99 annual pass - while they were offering it to me, that is). I would look at the Hulk and think ...nah, I want to enjoy the rest of my day, not feel like crap.
Oh, the Yeti is definitely
Hulk has no business beating Spidey. One of the best coasters in the country(Millennium Force) has to duke-it-out against one of the great dark rides(Spider-man). Anything else is unacceptable.
Let's hear it for Hulk
I'm a Cedar Point fan all the way because no where else has a collection of coasters like they do. It "cheapens" things when all of you guys are voting AGAINST Cedar Point rides because you know they are going to win. Comments such as "I'm going to vote for the opposite coaster just so Cedar Point coasters don't advance. It was also cheap that the polls closed 10 minutes after Maverick fell behind last round. So until you let everybody vote fairly, I'm going to keep voting for Cedar Point rides...I take that back, all Cedar Fair rides! In conclusion, everybody who hasn't been to or doesnt have the chance to visit Cedar Point and hates on the coasters they have to offer needs to quit hating and get over themselves, or just simply don't vote if you're going to be like that. Fair is fair and let me tell you, all of you guys voting against Cedar Point just because they are the roller coast capital of the world, is just unfair.
Red Bull and Vodka wins. I'm starting to think that a bunch of Universal fans voted Hulk now for some reason, as most of the "CP" posters on this thread apparently voted for Spiderman.
I may have spoken too soon. Go, Spidey, Go!!! Theme Park Gods, you cannot deny us a Spiderman versus Millenium Force match-up! This site would literally implode during that battle.
Quick, Robert, close the poll while Spidey is ahead!
I could have swore the polls were just closed with Hulk beating out Spiderman 50-49... Now they are back open? What's going on here?
Wow! Spidey lives another day!
Holy crap! My heart was pounding like a million beats per second :S.
Justice has prevailed. The dead weight is gone and the four best rides remaining will duke it out for the championship. Everyone sing Ha-lle-lujah! Ha-lle-lujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Ha-llehe-lu-jah!
Robert, please tell me tomorrow is a day off from the tournament... I don't think my heart, or my career can take too much more of this insanity! ;)
Oh my gosh, James. Did you just congratulate Cedar Fair? ;)
^^Been doing it all along... sometimes you just have to read between the lines... or between my gritted teeth! =)
That was stupid, I completely forgot to vote for both rounds of the tournament! Still, Spidey would've got my vote as would Revenge of the Mummy so I'm happy my vote wasn't needed to save them. Although I would be kicking myself now if any of those two went out.
Just in case this tournament couldn't get any more predictable, we have this round.
Yeah, I'm "blackout". No worries, James. It's the internet, I'm not too concerned with things. And I did read your statement before, thank you.
Again I shall ask; Why was the poll closed three different times last night?
Congrats to Spidey and MF! Both deserving!
Spider Man pulls out a squeaker, after losing all night by the same margin....weird. I guess it turns out the better ride won after all.
James, I don't use this word often, but that song was MINT!!!
Oh dear, I missed this one because of the hours difference, never mind though it worked out as I would have wanted.
@ Tom McGill: Next Years' tourney is going to separate out Theme rides from thrill rides and so on. There is an article somewhere that lays it all out to mitigate these things from happening next year.
Cedar Point by far is the best amusement park in the USA. May the force be with us all!
I like water parks, Don. Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, and Schlitterbahn (esp. the one being built in Kansas City) FTW!!! ;)
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