In another fortunate coincidence, today also happens to be the day that one of our contestants, Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure at Universal Studios Singapore, reopens after a lengthy refurbishment.
If you are unfamiliar with any of the candidates, take a look at their profile pages - linked below - for descriptions, photos and reader reviews. Or check out the campaigning in the comments. As always, we're looking not just for a fun ride, but an immersive themed experience as well. And if there's any chance of exiting a particular ride without being soaked to the bone, I think that's a big minus in this category, too. :^)
Grizzly River Run - at Disney California Adventure
Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure - at Universal Studios Singapore
Kali River Rapids - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges - at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Smoky Mountain River Rampage - at Dollywood
On Monday: We start in on the live shows, voting for the Best Animal Show.
If Kali was longer (and wetter-I've heard people say they've come off this dry) it would win because its theming is the best of the bunch. Jurassic Park seems cool but I've read the drop is too short.
On a side note, the Tasmanian River raft ride at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, GA, has an excellent whirlpool element that should be duplicated in more rides of this type...
GRR is nice, but there's nothing to see. It has a good theme, but largely devoid of any character.
FWIW, I agree with that assessment. GRR is the best of class in SoCal, IMHO, though I'd vote Popeye above GRR. I really wish I'd been able to get on Jurassic Park, though. That looked like a potential winner to me, too.
We don't need no stinkin' ponchos!!!
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Kali getting no votes so far does surprise me. The theming is very good on this one.