Find one of these rides, and you know you're visiting a world-class theme park. Honestly, it's hard for me to choose from among these winners, but that's your task. Voting will be open for 24 hours, and full-on campaigning in the comments, on Facebook and on Twitter, is encouraged.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - at Universal's Islands of Adventure *and Universal Studios Japan
Curse of DarKastle - at Busch Gardens Williamsburg
Dinosaur - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Indiana Jones Adventure - at Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea (as Indiana Jones - Temple of the Crystal Skull)
Transformers: The Ride - at Universal Studios Singapore
Tomorrow: Round one concludes with, what else? Nighttime spectaculars.
Seriously, doesn't Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey qualify as a "motion base" ride? Sure, it uses a different ride mechanism.
But it certainly delivers an experience much like the other attractions listed in this round of the tournament.
We explained at the start of the tournament that Harry Potter - being the top-rated attraction on the site - has a first-round bye.
You really want to be able to say you've ridden all five of these. ;^)
Then I voted for Transformers. If you're a US fan of these rides, you're gonna love Transformers when it opens in LA this May.
I will say that they have done a good job with upkeep of the physical property, whereas the last time I rode Spiderman ([sic] the whole superhero section of IOA) was feeling a bit run down.
That said, Darkastle isn't the greatest ride on this list, but I wouldn't go so far as to say its the poor man's Spiderman. At least BG is pushing to have highly themed technologically advanced rides. Unfortunately, they don't have the expertise in story telling that movie based companies like Universal and Disney do. And, I would go so far as to say that Busch Gardens does a better job keeping their parks in top shape compared to USF/IOA. Not that this has anything to do with the tournament, just wanted to stick up for my home park.
So, today I will vote for Spider-Man without reservation. It is my favorite theme park attraction, bar none. And despite it being over a decade old, it is still immersive, amazingly well themed, fun, repeatable, and one of the few rides that receives across-the-board praise from coaster boys, dark ride enthusiasts, and casual visitors. I also love the fact that because Disney owns Marvel, they get free advertising at a Universal park!! =)
I ended up voting for Spidy. It´s more intance then a rollercoaster and is the best ride I´ve ever done.
Can´t wait to see the update.
For some people, projections will never seem in any way "real", not even with 3D glasses. There's nothing actually there except for a flat screen. Even when there is some real scenery, like in the Spiderman attraction, the screens keep reminding you that everything is fake. So for those people, rides that rely exclusively on physical scenery and animatronics will always seem more "real" and much more fun.
For some people, projections seem more "real" because they allow for faster, more natural movements than animatronics will ever be capable of.
So in my mind, these are totally different categories of rides. You have projector rides like Toy Story Midway Mania, Star Tours and Spiderman, and you have physical rides like Indiana Jones, Men in Black and the Haunted Mansion. Every theme park should have a mix of both, since people are very split as to what seems most "real" to them.
And, no, I did not "snort" when I laughed!
I would estimate to say that less than 1 percent of the people who voted has been to Singapore and experienced Transformers.
I strongly suspected that the Wizarding World was going to take the prize here, due to its use of the Kuka arm and the whiz-bang effects, so I was very surprised to see that Spider-Man is currently the front-runner. I've never been that big a fan of Spidey himself, and have never visited the Islands of Adventure, so it was never even a consideration for me.
Dinosaur, well, the less said the better. While it shares much with Indy, it just fails to thrill or build up a convincing story like its predecessor. I just don't care for it, probably my least favorite ride in Animal Kingdom, and it doesn't really have that much competition now, does it?
Forbidden Journey would have run away with this category if it hadn't gotten a first round bye.
Occupy TPI! Occupy TPI!
And then we are gonna protest people who post on threads without actually reading the content of those threads.
(By the way, could some of you Sketch-Up artists invest the time to create a concept design about what Theme Park Insider World Headquarters would look like. I suggest placing Mr. Niles' office at the top of a HUGE ivory tower, allowing him to survey all of the TPI kingdom).
Occupy TPI! Occupy TPI!
chuckle + snort = chortle
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