2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Sixty-three entrants are in - and, now, one to go. The final nominee for the 2010 Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament
, the number one seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket is...
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure.
Spider-Man opened with Islands of Adventure in 1999 and immediately won praise as the world's most advanced theme park attraction. Blending flight simulator technology with a traditional track ride, 3-D film and stage effects, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man redefined what a themed ride could be, elevating a concept first expressed by Disneyland's Indiana Jones Adventure to the next level.
You're riding with the staff of the Daily Bugle in publisher Jonah Jameson's new SCOOP vehicles, tracking news that the Statue of Liberty's been stolen. (Forgive me an insider's moment here, but as a journalist, I have to give Spider-Man's designers huge bonus points for portraying the convergence of print and video journalism - something that was very cutting-edge in 1999.) The Sinister Syndicate's used its anti-gravity gun to swipe the statue, and Spider-Man's joined you in the chase.
One by one, Spider-Man fights the Syndicate's bad guys, Electro, Hydro-Man, Hobgoblin and finally, Doc Ock. In the final battle, Doc Ock attacks your SCOOP with the anti-gravity gun, setting up a 400-foot plunge off a skyscraper.
But, of course, Spider-Man saves the day.
With so much rich detail in each scene, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man rewards repeat visitors - you can't possibly catch all the detail in a single ride on this attraction. Despite the ride's immense popularity, its immense expense has kept it from being duplicated throughout the industry. A second version of the ride debuted at Universal Studios Japan in 2004. Busch Gardens Williamsburg's Curse of DarKastle (the 2005 Theme Park Insider Award winner for Best New Attraction) runs a similar system and the Transformers rides that will debut at Universal Studios Singapore in 2011 and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2012 are said to similar to Spider-Man, as well. But that's it.
The bracket's set, and tomorrow I will publish the schedule for the first-round match-ups. Let's hear your thoughts about The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, as well as your tournament picks, in the comments.
An Absolutely amazing attraction that deserves all the praise it gets, simply the best thing Universal Creative have ever come up with and by far and away the best attraction at Universal Orlando Resort.
Ultimate Theme Park Perfection!
Spiderman is the top seed? WOW. What a surprise.
This is an amazing ride. I haven't been to IoA in a few years and miss this guy the most. Well deserving spot. We'll see how he does against some other favorites.
FWIW, I really had to fight the urge to do a gag post giving the "top seed" to The Dark Knight Coaster or Tuck & Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies. But I envisioned that coming back to me in a bad way, so I passed. I'm such a wimp sometimes.
Best theme park attraction in the country. Seriously this ride has everything. Spider-Man is great and should win the tourney. I'm so looking forward to the Transformers ride in Hollywood because its supposed to be modeled after Spider-Man and thats pretty good.
It would have made a great April Fool's day joke to put the Dark Knight up there. Wow, its really not that great.
Disney doesn't turn out for these things. (Am I doing a reverse jinx here? Hmmm....) I see a massive battle between Cedar Point and Holiday World in the coaster bracket, with that winner taking the whole thing.
Overall a great attraction, worthy of a high seed. Ultimately I believe it will be down to this and Tower of Terror in the finals. For me, the fact that the Tower of Terror does not require the use of 3D glasses really makes it more immersive and enjoyable, not to mention the unpredictable drop at the end. Overall, both the Disney AND the Universal fanboys will be out in full force in the final rounds, leading to an excellent end to the tournament.
Disney does have that blog they have now!
Am I the only one alive who doesn't really get the appeal of the Tower of Terror? I like the pre-show environment too, as long as the actual ride is the thing, but this is an incredibly brief ride with only two "real scenes" to show you before the drop and/or drops. It's a good attraction, but in my opinion, it's nowhere near the incredible experience of Spider-man. I actually like the Mummy better.
This may be the last year for Amazing Adventures of Spiderman! Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will now set the bar for theme park attractions.
I wonder how Harry Potter and The Forbidden Journey does next year... potential winner????
Aw i thought Peter Pan's flight would get the #1
Spider-Man is an awesome ride which makes you feel like you've been plunged into the pages of a comic book. Still the best ride at either of Universal's Orlando parks. It also benefits from very high re-rideability, because it's such a visceral, in-your-face experience.
Yea Robert... I think you should put an interview with the creator of AAoSM in an upcoming post!
Spiderman is an amazing attraction. I once rode it from the singles line, and they forgot to give me the 3D glasses. It gave me the worst headache for about an hour!
I give Spider-Man a 10-PERFECTION. It is my absolute favorite theme park attraction. If this ride was human, I would marry it. ;)
This was state of the art back in 1999 and it still is.
Where is Cedar Point's Magnum XL 200?
Not among the top 16 coasters in the country?
@Rob P>> I've always thought that you get hit by the anti-gravity gun a SECOND time which restores gravity and makes you fall.
Spiderman may never be surpassed.
I agree with Rod 100%. Spidey's number 1. But Tower of terror better? Really? Spidey's attraction it's amazing.(As the name implies) The ride part is a lot better that the Tower of Terror.
Subtle burn, Robert. So sweet.
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