We're looking for a winner in this category that represents the best blend of thrills with theming and storytelling. The winner - in any category - should be an engaging ride that keeps you thinking about the experience long after you've exited, and wanting to ride again. If you get off a particular ride thinking "meh," or "was something broken?," or "I think I'm broken," pick another contestant.
That said, here are your nominees, selected based on highest average reader ratings in this category. You can click the links for descriptions and readers' reviews of each version of each ride.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad - Your highest-rated version is at Disneyland Paris, your most-often-rated version is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Other versions are at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.
Expedition Everest - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Revenge of the Mummy - Your top-rated and most-rated version is at Universal Studios Florida. Other versions are at Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Hollywood.
Rock n' Roller Coaster - Your top-rated and most-rated version is at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There is also a version at Walt Disney Studios Paris.
Space Mountain - Your top-rated version is at Disneyland, and your most-rated version is at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Other versions are at Hong Kong Disneyland, Disneyland Paris and Tokyo Disneyland.
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Tomorrow: Best Flume Ride
But I'm already concerned that we will lose 4 great rides so early in the competition...
2.Mummy (excluding the fail Hollywood version)
3.EE (would pass Mummy if Disco Yeti went away)
4. RNRC and Space (honestly, they are equal to me. RNRC is too short, but Space is too dark.)
I think it's wonderful how a tournament like this brings out some unfamiliar names..TPI members who for whatever reasons, don't post regularly on the discussion forums. Hi folks! Good to see you out and about!
This list was easy for me to redo. It was between RNR, Mummy and Everest.
RNR is not getting enough credit. Nice launch, music in your ears and a few loops…
RNR it is… Everest and Mummy tied for second.
Here are my scores, followed by flaws/comments:
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad: 10/10 (a few broken effects today, but the ride’s huge density of details and theming more than makes up for these temporary problems. One of the best themed rides in the world.)
Expedition Everest: 7/10 (visible unthemed interior, cartoonish yeti projection, disco yeti finale)
Revenge of the Mummy: 7/10 (cheesy and poorly acted dialogue, shaky animatronics. As for the storyline… it’s the theme park equivalent of the average Michael Bay film’s plot)
Rock n Roller Coaster: 6/10 (barebones theming, much of the ride takes place in complete darkness)
Space Mountain: 5/10 (see above, but worse)
Just my opinion, though.
Huh? What's that you say? Disco Yeti is still in place?! Disney continues to ignore the most glaring and embarrassing debacle in Orlando theme park history?!!! Shame on them! How can a company that makes over a billion dollars PROFIT each quarter let this choke continue for going on five years???!!!
Since the #1 themed coaster's #1 narrative element continues to be SBNO, my vote goes to #2, Revenge of the Mummy, clearly the best "working" themed coaster in the tournament.
Just....wow. You can't replace an experience like that with any amount of modern wizardry.
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