Vote of the week: Your pick for best new attraction of 2009?
I know I shouldn't play favorites like this, but my favorite category in the annual Theme Park Insider Awards
is the Best New Attraction honor. It's the one award that's guaranteed to change every year, and honors a great new ride or show that deserves the public's support.
With the industry hurting this year, along with the entire economy, I know that the attention given to this year's winner after the announcement on the Fourth of July weekend will provide a welcome boost to a deserving theme park. But which will it be?
Based on initial reader ratings, I've selected the top five new attraction debuts from the past 12 months. The reader ratings submitted on these new attractions' Theme Park Insider listing pages before June 20 will determine the winner. But I want to get some discussion going about these new rides (and show). Here are several links to the five finalists, including their listing pages, as well as features we've written about these attractions, here on the Blog Flume.
Listing pages (Submit ratings here for ones you've experienced):
Theme Park Insider reviews (Read about them, and sometimes watch):
If you've been fortunate enough to experience any of these attractions, I hope that you will click through on those listing pages and submit a rating and comment. (If you have not been, please do not submit a rating on an attraction you've not experienced first-hand.)
Whether you've been yet on any of these or not, I'd love to hear your initial impressions, based on what you've read or seen here on TPI or elsewhere. So let's put it to a vote, shall we?
Break down this year's race for Best New Attraction by submitting your expert analysis in the comments, please. And have a great weekend!
TOUGH one for me among Manta, Diamondback, and even Prowler, but I went with Manta. I like the theme and would really like to see the aquariums in the queue, plus the ride experience sounds amazing. Hope I can ride them all someday soon!
Only been on American Idol, but I can see Manta from my office.
Manta should easily win this competition. If you haven't taken a ride on it yet then well... what are you waiting for? Especially if you have a sweet view of it from your office. :)
Of the 2 I have experienced, American Idol and Manta, the clear choice is Manta. It is an exhilarating thrill coaster. Truly an amazing feat of engineering! If you haven't be on it yet then well.. what are you waiting for? (Especially if you have a sweet view of it.)
For me, it was a toss up between Terminator and Manta - the theming for both looks excellent. I went with Terminator because I prefer the story that is being told in that attraction.
i like the new Wahoo Racer at Six Flags ST. Louis Hurricane Harbor but its not on here..
Manta looks really cool. It looks a lot like Firehawk at Kings Island with a lot better theming and a cool aquarium in the queue.
Gotta go with the home park, Worlds of Fun. Prowler is a very fun coaster and a big event for us folks stuck in the Midwest. Besides, that Prowler review with all the photos is brilliant. Just brilliant! ;)
I was going to vote for American Idol, but after sanity resumed, I opted not to.
I have to give Prowler the edge on this one. With the novelty of wooden coasters seeming to fade at parks throughout the country, Worlds of Fun's new Prowler ride has practically reinvented and reinvigorated the experience. Instead of relying on simple ups and downs for thrills, the Prowler stays low and hugs the terrain, speeding through a forest of trees and giving you the feeling of going faster and faster as the ride progresses. But it doesn't end there. The ride is ingeniously designed to fake you out with sudden twists and turns along steeply banked tracks that you can't even see coming. For those reasons and more, I have to say that the Prowler beats the competition for best new attraction -- arms up and hands down!
I've gone for Manta.
To me Manta just looks the most exciting overall. The queuing area looks fabulous and the type of coaster, whilst nothing new (we even have one in England) looks so well themed and I love the way the wing clips the water below. I am very excited about my trip to Seaworld in November and riding this is one of the main reasons.
Gotta go with prowler, what can I say the ride is the sugar honey ice tea, for not being the tallest or fastest it packs a major punch that can't be beat, there you have prowler is number one in my books
I rode the prowler twice and that thing just doesnt slow down the whole ride. The designers did a great job of designing it.
Prowler and Manta running neck and neck - who woulda thought it was possible? Great job showing up to vote, Kansas City!
Prowler looks like a great wooden coaster and I have a special fondess for the old style wooden coasters. It surely must be one of the best in the world if it is holding it's own against Manta.
I voted for Prowler. I like how it weaves through the trees and emphasizes the speed more than the drops. Plus, good wooden coasters like that never get enough respect.
Prowler by quite a bit.
Wow...the Kansas City contingent of TPI came out in full force for this vote. How long does this poll stay open, Robert? We need to close it down before SeaWorld pushes something out to their Facebook fans! ;)
This contest is a farce. I cry shenanigans! ;)
Even though I preferred Diamondback (I can't believe how few votes it has!) I have to help out my local park and vote for Prowler. :-)
Whoever built this ride is a prodigy, it looks like a beautiful classic wooden roller coaster but its smooth and fast like a metal one, the PERFECT ride!!!
I think Prowler is gonna pull off the upset. And for those Orlando fans who have not ridden this GCI masterpiece, they should not feel as though Manta has been slighted. I am all about narrative attractions, but let's face it, neither ride has much to offer in that regard. Manta has more theming (decorative touches) and immersion (literally and figuratively), and has (from all appearances) a phenomenal queuing area, but Prowler is unique in setting and layout and showcases a raw energy that cannot be matched. Additionally, the way it embraces and utilizes the surrounding landscape makes the attraction a truly one-of-a-kind experience. Furthermore, the "midnight ride" offered by Prowler is second to none, imho.
That's very true. Night rides on Prowler are like Zeus+Voyage+Avalanche+Renegade. It's way intense.
I dunno about all that anonymous poster 126.96.36.199, but the night ride is fantastic. However, Prowler does not hold a candle to The Voyage. Even at night. That statement is not a slight to Prowler, just a credit to The Voyage which happens to be the wooden coaster that sets the high mark for all other woodies.
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