2012 Best Attraction Tournament: Best Indoor Ride?
Today in the 2012 Theme Park Insider Tournament
we're honoring the dark ride - indoor track rides that take us to fantastical places or ancient times, telling us engaging stories along the way. Here we've listed the top five dark rides in your Theme Park Insider reader ratings. Note that these are only the "dry" dark rides - We voted earlier on best boat rides (winner: Pirates of the Caribbean), as well as for shoot-'em-up dark rides (winner: Men in Black).
Campaign in the comments, and on Facebook and Twitter, to rally the troops to vote for your favorite.
Haunted Mansion - top-rated version at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Also at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and as Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris.
The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Undersea Adventure - at Disney California Adventure and coming later this year to Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.
Pooh's Hunny Hunt - at Tokyo Disneyland
Spaceship Earth - at Epcot
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - at Tokyo DisneySea
Tomorrow: We close the week with a vote for the best theme park live musical show.
Haunted Mansion, bar none. The pinnacale of WED designs.
I'm finally giving in and commenting on one of these.
Obvious vote is obvious. Haunted Mansion all the way.
I think that if Tokyo's version of Pooh were in Florida, this would be close.
As I've stated on here many times, I don't get to Disney very often. That said, I've always loved the Magic Kingdom's Haunted Mansion. I almost voted for 20K Leagues, but that would be based on my love for the now-closed Florida version, which wouldn't be a fair vote. Having been on none of the others, I voted Haunted Mansion, but I wouldn't say it was by default..I truly enjoy the ride when I get there.
Tim said, "I mean, how many large, metalic balls like that are there out there?
Mike, the first match up was "Best Themed Roller Coaster", and three of the nominees (Mummy, Aerosmith and Space Mountain) were inside.
Thanks, James. I forgot. Hey, I'm old.
Epic in scope and grandeur, Spaceship Earth is quite simply one of the best Disney dark rides ever built. The ending as you travel back down to the base of the sphere could use a bit more scenery, but otherwise this attraction is top notch.
I voted Haunted Mansion as it may be my favorite ride in all of WDW. I like spaceship earth too but miss the model city towards the end of the ride, it makes no sense to me why they took this out. Would Dinosaur be considered a indoor ride???
HM is king of dark rides. No questions asked.
None; I don't like Disney.
Jorge, WDW has more thrill rides than any Orlando park, so shut up.
Had to go with the Mansion. Not surprised Mermaid scored so low, I took a ride with my 5 yo niece and she promptly asked, "Is that it?" when we exited.
Spaceship Earth is quintessential WDW for me. It may not be the most exciting, or the most technologically advanced, it may be a bit outdated and it certainly has some flaws....but, it's the single attraction that brings me that indescribable feeling of WDW magic.
My vote goes to Haunted Mansion although I fondly remember 20k leagues (WDW version).
Woops, I guess I wasn't signed in- this was me:
Unfortunately most readers here have never been on Pooh's Hunny Hunt. It's the most amazing indoor dark ride. I love Haunted Mansion but it can't hold a candle to this version of the bear.
I voted Haunted Mansion - only because Spiderman wasn't included (??)
Epic in scope and grandeur, James Rao is simply one of the greatest posters in TPI history.
I'm glad no one really likes the Little Mermaid ride...it was a huge letdown. But here's hoping the changes for the WDW make it for the better.
"Epic in scope and grandeur" might also be used in reference to a certain sorcerer's hat at DHS... =)
Rao "Rao-ites": "'Epic in scope and grandeur'" might also be used in reference to a certain sorcerer's hat at DHS... =).
James..... Spaceship earth got my vote too..... maybe somewhat to it being epic in scope and grandeur..... It just is so cool to look at from the outside..... but I also enjoyed the unusualness of the ride..... and the surprise at the end when you go down backwards and it puts your face on the images on screen. I also thought the image at the top where your in the middle of all the star like lights or whatever is pretty neat.
The Haunted Mansion in a landslide victory. It is a classic, and has been a favorite since the day it opened. None of the others even come close. I'd love to try the Tokyo Disneyland version of Winnie the Pooh, but I doubt there is any way that it could come close to knocking the Haunted Mansion from its top perch.
The problem with a vote like this is that most TPI readers have only been to stateside parks. Just rename the contests "2012 Best ___ in the U.S."
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