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Journey to the Center of the Earth - at Tokyo DisneySea
Mission: Space - at Epcot
Test Track - at Epcot
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Tomorrow: We're voting on the best "mega" wooden hybrid coaster.
I'm also curious why Indiana Jones at Disneyland and TDS isn't in this category? Or is my mind deceiving me and we voted on that ride already?
This was kind of the "left over" category for themed indoor thrill rides, minus the motion base rides, flumes, boat rides and Tower of Terror, which went into those other categories.
And that brings me back to an old rant - why isn't DisneySea a third gate in California or a fifth gate in Florida or even the centerpiece of a third resort somewhere in flyover country? It just doesn't make sense why we haven't seen this park in some form in the states.
For me is just a nice ride, nothing more than that. You may don't like to ride MS, but has to admit that it is a very advanced ride!
And journey to the center of Earth seems to be an amazing ride as well!!!
First you have Mission: Space, which is one of the most immersive theme park experiences ever designed, and then there's 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' which is a friggin' MASTERPIECE!!!!!!
Give me a friggin' BREAK!
And I must say, JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE EARTH is the clear winner here.
Voting for Test Track as the winner in this category would be another strong proof of how unfortunate the Americans are to not get this ground-breaking attraction.
The exterior of the ride is majestic. The symbol of the park, Mount Prometheus covered the whole ride. Inside, it's visually enchanting. And the climax is just... I'm speechless. Probably the best animatronic has ever been created in this entire planet (take that, Yeti).
Without doubt, Journey to the Centre of the Earth is a clear winner. But as the poll shows, looks like Test Track is winning this competition. Well, too bad the attraction can only be enjoyed in Tokyo.
As for Mission: Space (Orange), well, it is one of the few attractions I have rated a 10-Perfect. From the detailed queuing area, to the engaging intro movie, to the awesome experience itself, this attraction is simply one of the best thrill rides I have ever ridden. I think Mission: Space is the kind of attraction that sets Disney apart: take a basic spinner premise then dress it up in story and theme to make it an immersive masterpiece. Under normal circumstances, Mission: Space would get my vote....
...but based on Mr. Niles' impassioned plea, I will go with the Tokyo DisneySea attraction, despite the fact that I will NEVER have the opportunity to experience it.
(Cue dramatic music) TH delivered for Jungle Cruise and Men in Black. His archrival, James, did the same for World of Fun's Prowler. Can Robert Niles do the same for his beloved Journey to the Center of the Earth? Find out tomorrow (whoosh!) on Theme Park Insider! (Roll credits)
I may love Disneyland over WDW, but even I know that Tomorrowland in WDW is superior to Disneyland's. The Tower of Terror is leaps and bounds better at DHS than it is at DCA. And Tokyo's Monster's Inc. & Pooh Bear are phenomenal compared to the "West's" versions. Or how DLR's Fantasmic! is better than WDW's. I include the last one because the choreography of DLR's is much better than WDW's. If Journey is just another version of Test Track, it's better by far.
Nemo's Crush Coaster in Disneyland Paris needs some love too.
This site is really Orlando biased.
But if you really want to call someone out on being biased, I think Robert may be overstepping a bit. "Test Track, a ride that's so good... Disney's closing it for months to redesign and rebuild more than half the ride." That's harsh, Robert. How much of the closing and redesigning is because of the ride sponsor? That said, I agree that it's a dreadful ride. Like Tomorrowland Speedway, it seems to be really exciting for people who don't have the ability to drive.
Based on videos and people's comments of Journey, it would be ridiculous for it not to win this round.
Space Fantasy and Crush are essentially indoor coasters, and we already has a category for them. Those two rides didn't come close to making that cut, unfortunately. While I like to advocate for international rides (see Journey to the Center of the Earth), I didn't feel like I could bring a couple of roller coasters into this category without blurring it up even more than it already is. (As has been noted, Test Track's high-speed part is outside.)
That said, I do want to use this site to draw people's attention to Orlando-caliber-and-better themed attractions throughout the world. That's why I plopped down a big chunk of change to fly to Singapore and Tokyo last month. And why I go on cross-country roadtrips each year, too. But I can't do it all myself. I need help from readers who've been to Tokyo Disney, Universal Japan, Disneyland Paris, Europa Park and other places around the world with attractions that rival and surpass those in Orlando.
So if you've been on a great ride in one of those popular parks outside the U.S., please rate and review them on the site. Jump in on the discussion board and in the blog comments.
It's not just about encouraging people to take trips abroad (which many readers won't be able to afford). It's also about exposing U.S. readers to excellence around the world so that they can demand the same for parks in this country.
Trust me, if Disney sees that a half-baked Test Track consistently can beat Journey to the Center of the Earth in popularity among U.S. visitors, we ain't ever going to see a ride of Journey's quality built in the United States.
I went on Mission: Space once and did not find it (the orange version) very thrilling, and it made me naseaous. For what it's worth, previous editions of the Birnbaum's Official WDW Guide panned the orange version for making them queasy: keep in mind Birnbaum's is basically a big brochure for Disney World. The green version seems like a nice alternative but nothing special.
Having said all that I am really torn between Journey to the Center of the Earth and Test Track. I think I will vote Journey because of how much work and detail is in the mountain...... and the que line area. If we were basing it just on what the ride does I might go with Test Track because it seems to have more spots of high speed fun (Journey has a fast part, but that seems to be the main fast part and then it's over.... the rest of the ride seemed a little slow).... but I am voting for Journey (a ride I have yet to ride) based on the aesthetics of the mountain, and how that not only effects the ride, but the park.
God, I despise that band....
But Test Track? Really?
Come on, now! I've never seen a smiling face in that section of Epcot.
I am quite surprised that Mission is in third. That's a great ride with a great theme and it's exciting! Journey is brilliantly designed on the inside and outside, and it is also quite thrilling. Test Track is a slow ride through mediocre sets with a burst of speed at the end. Yeah, it's fun but it certainly isn't better than Mission or Journey.
Sometimes, I feel like a lot of people just vote for the first ride that comes to mind and not the ride that deserves to win.
I also think that this site is Orlando-biased, but I guess that's because of the majority of its readership. Robert certainly isn't on the right-coast (as opposed to left, OK?) - at least his mailing address isn't.
2) Much of the repeat traffic on this site is US-based (but I think Mr. Niles is doing a lot to try and shake up that dynamic).
3) Getting to Japan and visiting Tokyo DisneySea is pretty much out of the realm of possibility for most US families, making JTTCOTE an unknown commodity among US voters.
4) Mission: Space - Orange (the ONLY version of the attraction that matters) is too intense for the casual visitor (because they are sissies).
5) Test Track is the second most popular attraction at one of the world's most popular theme parks.
I am not surprised at the outcome. Disappointed, but not surprised.
Otherworldly scenery with exotic animals and plants; mmmmmm.... I wonder if Disney will make a similar ride in Avatar Land.
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Take a moment and look at one of the YouTube videos of this ride, but keep in mind that no video of Journey to the Center of the Earth does this ride justice. From the steampunk heaven of the Mysterious Island land to the richly detailed queue, to the elevator ride into the belly of the mountain, Journey to the Center of the Earth - like its main rival, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - creates a unique world for you even before you board the attraction itself.
And that ride is a joy, with wonderful scenes, sensory effects and an encounter with one of the most impressive animatronics anywhere. Then there's the speed - the exhilarating blast out of the mountain and around the island.
Trust me, if you'd ridden Journey to the Center of the Earth, there's no way you would consider voting for anything else. This ride needs to be up against Harry Potter in the tournament final. I feel that strongly about it. Please consider giving it your vote today. Thanks.