So let's start by congratulating Dollywood, Walt Disney World and the Universal Studios theme parks for getting this far. Every event in this year's tournament is a great event, but these have proven themselves the best of the best, as evident by your votes in their support.
But while all of these events are excellent, only one can be the best. The former grammar teacher in me insists upon that… ;^)
So which will it be? Let's make our next cut today, by choosing between Dollywood's Smoky Mountain Christmas and Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.
Over the course of the tournament, you've have many opportunities to talk about these events, and you have another today, in the comments. But before you comment or vote, I'd like you to forget about the themes of these events and instead focus on their execution. Which park has done the best job of creating something that provides a unique experience that gets you excited to visit every year, as opposed to all the other Christmas events or food festivals out there?
The vote is open until noon Eastern (9am Pacific) on Friday. At that time, we'll open the polls for our second semifinal, the sibling rivalry battle for which many of you have been waiting: Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights vs. Universal Studios Florida's Halloween Horror Nights.
And with 20 events, I needed to throw in some byes, too, which further screwed up any attempt to make a fixed bracket.
As a result, I felt it best to go with an NHL-style reseed after each round, so that the match-ups would make as much sense as possible. But, yeah, that takes some of the fun out of it when you can't create your own bracket at the beginning of the tournament.
Lesson learned for me. We'll do things differently next time.
Who doesn't like food?
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