2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Arcade Dark Ride?
A ride and
a game, all in one? Today's category in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
is Best Arcade Dark Ride, honoring those attractions that blend theme park experiences with video games. The winner in this category should be a challenging game that's fun to play and rewarding even for people who've played dozens of times. But it should also be a fully-immersive dark ride, with an engaging ride experience even for people who might not get into the full spirit of the game.
Based on your Theme Park Insider readers' ratings, here are the nominees, in alphabetical order:
Boo Blasters on Boo Hill - at Kings Dominion
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters - at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. Other versions include Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast at Disneyland Paris and the original, Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Gobbler Getaway - at Holiday World
Men in Black Alien Attack - at Universal Studios Florida
Toy Story Midway Mania - at Disney California Adventure and at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Yeah, I know I've been asking you to campaign in the comments, but I'm sure everyone would also love to hear your tips, strategy and found easter eggs from each of these rides. (I also want to take a moment to apologize for the lack of good on-ride pictures to post today. I suspect that too many of you are too busy shooting targets to shoot photos?)
Tomorrow: We're voting for the Best Wooden Roller Coaster
I really like Toy Story, but I have a big problem with it. You have to stand in line for more than 60 min. so I never ride it. It could have gotten my vote, but instead I took MIB ... Its a great ride and a lot of fun :-)
Men in Black by far. Best theming, best effects, fully-realized AAs. it's a perfect attraction.
This was very close. I enjoyed both Gobbler Getaway and Buzz Lightyear, but they're not the best technology anymore. I really like Toy Story Mania, and it's a lot of fun. However, the winner here is definitely Men in Black. The spinning is a bit much, but there's so much theming in this ride that none of the others can compete.
Oh snap eat it Dom GO! MIB!!!!!!!!!!
After years of trying finally managed to get max score on Buzz Lightyear in November. Then I was "That guy" on Monsters Inc straight after. What a night!
'Men In Black: Alien Attack' is the Godfather of the gaming attractions. The exterior is extraordinary. The queue maintains the attraction's rock solid theme and storyline.
Mib sucks! TSM FTW!
I'm down for Boo Blasters. With 100 people voting and 1% for Kings Dominion's masterpiece, I'm the only one.
I have to go with Buzz, mainly cause I like the spinning thing. I know, it's simple, but hear me out...
Apologies to Dom but I went with Men in Black because of the theming and sets throughout the ride (including the queue), as well as the strategy involved (the button at the end).
Hakuna Matta, TSM is in the lead now :D UPDATE: Well, a tie, but TSM will most likely win.
Don't apologize to HIM .... He's just a big stupid head ... MIB is right in the thick of things!
I'm in the 2%. Voted for Boo Blasters, mainly because I have only vague memories of MIB and Gobbler. I'm not sure I've been on Boo Blasters at KD, but I know I have at Carowinds, Canada'a Wonderland, and Kings Island (?) It's an oasis from the heat, and it's cute enough. Haven't been on the Toy Story rides. I don't really like shoot-em-ups, but they're fun with a date ;). Guns? Who needs 'em? :)
Anyone who vote MiB is a stupid head, how bout that :O)
TH, might you indulge us with some scoring tips for MIB: AA?
The only one I recall is once you have hit one of the alien targets with your Zapper, lock in, hold the trigger down and WHALE ON IT.
I think the amazing queue and ride sets give MIB a clear advantage over TSMM. You could even take away the shooting element and still have a lot to look at. Try taking away TSMM's shooting element and your basically just taking a ride through an empty warehouse.
Maus au Chocolat at Phantasialand Germany, by far. But ok, it is not in the US so I guess it doesn't exist...Open your eyes! enlarge your world!
We've got another barn-burner!
Hey, I forget, and I can't find the original posting, but is there a category for best Motion Simulator Ride?
Single Screen Simulator is next month which includes:
As of this writing, MIB and TSM must be separated by a single vote!
Tight race, but MIB is better themed and more immersive. Universal succeeds in exporting you right into the movie experience.
Mike, yes, there will be a single-screen simulator category, as well as a motion-base category.
I've actually ridden all the rides in today's vote. And while all have some merit, I would rank them as follows:
I voted MIB - I think TH Creative's post hits the nail right on the head.
Mr. Rao offers up: "Further, it (Toy Story Mania) is the only ride in the bunch that can easily be updated to keep it fresh as the years go by."
He shoots! He scores! TH Creative nails it with his analysis of MIB, Buzz Lightyear, and Toy Story Midway Mania!
Toy Story blows away Men in the Back… hahaha – MIB is kinda boring. TS has 3D graphics.. “Count Um” 3D Folks….
If you think TSMM blows MIB out of the water...you lack the ability to discern and realize thematics and quality.
I'm sorry, but there's a HUGE difference between the Astro Blaster rides and the solitary Space Ranger Spin in Florida, I think it's kind of unfair to lump them together into one vote.
Voters are showing some love to the black suit.
What Theme? It’s the same every time…
Mr. Emery writes: "What I do not like is the video of Will Smith telling me how great I just did even though I did hit a damn thing…"
Let's see, Brian, 3-D movie screen targets are better than actual 3-dimensional targets? I must be missing something.
Although I haven't been there personally, the coolest looking dark ride arcade footage/concept I've seen recently is the Labyrinth of the Minotaur Dark Ride in Spain. The Sally Corporation seems to have really outdone themselves for this one, or maybe they were just given a better budget than usual to design this ride. Incredible gigantic animatronic monsters fill the ride, and the video game aspect actually forces you to do well enough to survive the entire experience without "getting killed" early and sent to the exit, so there are three or four different points at which you can be ejected and have a different ending.
I LOVE Buzz but ended up voting for MIB. It has a better theme and story. I have a big issue with TSMM. All the action takes place while you're sitting in front of a screen.
Picking up on a thread here:
First time poster, long time lurker. Promise I will register soon, but I had to chime in on this one since no one has really followed up on Robert's requests for scoring tips :-)
Really, I'm not a fan of these type of rides in general. I don't really care to play video games and I guess the majority of the "fun" on these rides seems to revolve around that. I enjoy rides that are made to do the entertaining for me.... call me lazy, but I don't like the idea of waiting in a line to play a video game.
I will say after watching on you tube, Men in Black may have the more entertaining que..... if the question was what is the best que out of these then I might ask to change my vote to MIB..... but since it is what is the Best Dark Ride..... I guess I'd still give it to TS3 mainly based on the spinning carts and 3-D (along with the que).
TS3..... I meant TSM.
People voting OFF YOUTUBE CLIPS? Without having ridden the rides? Sheesh.
This race is CLOSE!
Poor Gobbler Getaway is getting shut out. Guess this makes sense since everyone is out of the holiday spirit.
I went with MIB because I'm not really a fan of Arcade Dark Rides. While I'm a huge Disney fan, I can't vote for TSMM. Why? Because I don't like 3D attractions. I prefer AA's. Plus with MIB you feel more like you're part of the MIB world instead of just going through sectioned off screens that display Toy Story characters. To me, TSMM's a glorified Wii game... heck, I even bought the game when it was cheap!
Still clinging to the lead with 13 votes ... I feel like Romney.
How is it that mania is considered a "fully-immersive dark ride, with an engaging ride experience"? I understand that it is a fun attraction, but the ride is more aptly described as a transporter to video game stations than a themed ride.
What happens if there's a tie?
There won't be ... MIB leads by approximately 16 votes.
As of this writing the vote total is 841 ... Which is the largest total number of votes in the tournament to date.
The title held by me,
Honestly, TSM isn't an arcade dark ride. It's an Arcade Simulator. TSM is a tricky one to put in. Now that I'm over TSM losing, Star Tours 2 better beat BTTF!!!
To the person who takes issue with those of us who utilize Youtube clips to help educate ourselves on some of the rides that we have not been on..... do you really think everyone who votes has personally ridden every ride in the running?
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