With your selection today, we'll have filled out the quarterfinalists in two brackets - Best Ride and Best Show - and the semifinalists in the Best Roller Coaster contest. Please vote for your favorite of these two Orlando attractions below:
Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges - at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Maharajah Jungle Trek - at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Voting is open for 24 hours.
Monday: The third round begins. I'll announce the brackets going forward over the weekend.
But yes bring extra clothes
I love Bluto's Barges although the degree of wetness is an issue on anything other than a hot summer's day. The Maharajah Trek however is simply one of the most immersive, scenic and stunning animal exhibits in the world. A lot of people complain that Animal Kingdom is a half day park but it's precisely attractions such as this that make the park so unique and so utterly compelling. The Maharajah Trek is an attraction to spend time in - to meander through. It feeds the soul in ways that no thrill ride or animatronic ever can. Disney took a brave risk with this attraction but they created something beautiful and truly world class. However good Bluto's Barges is it doesn't stir me like the Maharajah Trek does and so for that reason I'm voting Maharajah.
But I hate having to make the choice.
You will dry off after a water ride. We rode Popeye & Bluto three times in a row after riding Dudley DoRight twice. We figured that we were already wet- why not just stay wet for awhile, and spend a few times looking around at the "theming" which is the Holy Grail word in here.
Perhaps this is an idea for a different thread that should be started in Discussion. Maybe I'll do that. But Dominick, I really am curious, and not just trying to "Dom-bait"...this time.
That being said, Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is the best water ride I have ever been on and probably the best on the planet.
I would REALLY like to see somebody try to top this ride. The only comparison in Orlando is Disney's Kali River Rapids. I say comparison as they are both water rides, but that's where it ends.
While Kali is themed very well, the water features are weak to lame and overall the theme is a bit too heavy for vacation time.
When we ride Popeye, we usually make plans for a wet part of the day at IOA and just ride the three water rides during the hottest part of the day and then change clothes.
BTW, I also enjoy Popeye, my favorite water ride besides Splash Mountain!
I think we can all agree Posiedon's Fury is by far the weakest of the quarterfinalist left (kinda of gift via Soarin being included in show category altered the seedings)
This wasn't, uh, my favorite match-up of the second round, but, as Robert Morris explained, that's how the numbers and the seedings worked out.
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