Weekly Top 10: What are the Worst Theme Park Attractions?
Over the past week, we've been bringing you links to some of the top-rated attractions on the site, as we prepare for the 14th annual Theme Park Insider Awards on July 4. For a change of pace today, let's head to the other
end of Theme Park Insider's reader ratings and this week's "Top" 10. These are the 10 attractions (with a minimum number of votes) with the lowest
average reader ratings on the site. Consider yourself warned!
10. The Dark Knight Coaster
Six Flags Great America
The successful debut of Six Flags' Justice League rides might help fans forget about the chain's last attempt at a DC Comics-themed indoor thrill ride, a poorly-decorated Wild Mouse-style roller coaster "escape from the city," where you end up right where you started.
9. Mind Eraser
Six Flags New England
A Vekoma SLC that readers say lives up to its name... by scrambling your brain to the point where your mind can't remember why you wanted to ride this.
8. Fear Factor Live
Universal Studios Florida
This live, in-park version of the now-cancelled reality TV show serves only to soak up some overflow crowds from USF during busy months... at least until Universal gets around to building that Ministry of Magic extension for Diagon Alley.
7. Tomorrowland Speedway
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Hot asphalt and scorching Orlando summers don't produce the most comfortable driving experience. The Speedway even has lost its appeal for young drivers since the debut of the much more rewarding Driving School down the road at Legoland Florida.
6. Astro Orbitor
The appeal of Tomorrowland's carousel ride long has been its wonderful views from above the land. But when Disneyland moved this ride to ground level in the late 1990s, its appeal came back down to Earth, too.
5. TriceraTop Spin
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Let's take a ride on a flying... Triceratops? Whaaa? We know the ride's aimed at kids. But young dinosaur fans take their dino-facts seriously. Like a Triceratops, this concept just doesn't fly.
Six Flags Over Georgia
Another Vekoma — this time, a custom MK-1200. But the result is the same, say our readers: Pain.
3. Europe in the Air
Busch Gardens Williamsburg
It's not that we can't enjoy a good European travelogue. But readers simply can't stand this attempt, coupled with its moving seats. Said one: "I could climb into a commercial dryer for two bucks and get the same ride experience."
2. Stitch's Great Escape
Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
It's not happy Stitch from the end of Lilo & Stitch. It's the mean Stitch from the beginning of the film, coupled with intense in-seat effects that leave little ones screaming and big ones trying to talk their kids down for the rest of the afternoon.
1. Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
Disney California Adventure
Imagine a bumper cars ride so slow that you won't feel the other cars bumping into you. That's the over-cautious "Tuck and Roll's," the mildest ride in the "A Bug's Land" wilderness.
Wait.. There are actual plans for a diagon alley extension? :o
I was about to log on to say that Cedar Point's Mantis needs to be on this list...until I did a little digging and discovered it was closed last year and converted to something else for this season. Amen!
I have never had a problem with the Tomorrowland Speedway but Stich's Great Escape needs to just go away.
Europe In the Air also gets such bad marks because it's such an obvious ripoff of Soarin' (right down to the music that's so close to Disney's score) and took away fan favorite Corkscrew Hill. I do have to give BGW credit for at least changing up their simulator attraction (very few parks take advantage of the flexibility that the platform allows), but this most recent incarnation is indeed pretty poor.
I like the Fear Factor Show, much better than Disaster! And Beetlejuice.
All of the complaints I see about Stitch's Great Escape focus on how it's not kid-friendly. I'm not a kid, nor taking any young kids... and I like the mean Stitch from the beginning of the movie. :)
Stitch's Great Escape doesn't deserve to be on this list. It's funny, suspenseful, and features some of the best practical effects I've ever seen, making it one of the best experiences in Magic Kingdom.
Mind Eraser at SFNE is deservedly on this list. It's unquestionably one of the worst coasters I ever had the displeasure to ride. I've ridden some headbangers but this one is equally - and brutally - rough on the head, neck and shoulders. Couldn't wait for the ride to end.
The whole Dino-Land/parking lot fair/fun on hot asphalt concept - terrible. It always feels like 200 degrees in that area - misery.
There are rumors that Shanghai version of Astro Orbitor will have jetpack instead of Rockets. This gives a new hope to Orlando's version.
Anything at Six Flags, Cedar Point, King's Island, or Knott's. Imo
Oh this is easy...Enchanted tales with Belle. Lets have guests wear cardboard cutouts and reenact the story cause we're too cheap to build an actual ride!
Europe in the Air was such a step backward from Corkscrew Hill. Sure, Corkscrew was getting tired, and EITA had potential but the execution was phoned in.
"Let's have guests wear cardboard cut outs and reenact the story because we're too lazy to build new rides!"
I'm so glad it no longer exists, but for me the worst theme park attraction ever was "Sounds Dangerous" starring Drew Carey, at Disney's Hollywood Studios. I was in awe at how lame that was, and mad at the same time, given the price of tickets at Disney.
Is that Mind Eraser the same coaster that was at Geauga Lake before it shut down? Anyone know?
Disagree with intense rides on the list, but I understand their inclusion. I wholeheartedly disagree with the suggestion of Country Bear Jamboree. While one member of our family does not care for it, the rest of us love it. The speedway is good but I understand the point about the heat. It can be tough in the line. Am a little surprised E.T. Did not make the cut. To my real point: Stitch. Should be number one. Why? Yes, it does terrify very young ones and older kids hate it. My personal reason is that it replaced one of the most entertaining theme park attraction ever made, the ExtraTERRORestrial Encounter. I am sure it was axed due to its scary nature and probably ran kids out of the park in tears. I wish it was still there but with tons of warnings and maybe an age limit, but maybe that should have done something other than just put Stitch in it. For me, Stitch marks the downward trend with Disney and the theme parks. Not sure they have put in an innovative E-Ticket other than Toy Story since Stitch came in. I am optimistic for the future, though.
Wow, Blake, aren't you painting with a rather large brush?
Country Bear Jamboree is one of the all time classics.
Country Bears are embarrassingly bad. Pooh should have replaced the bears instead of Toad at MK, what a shame.
I think Twister at Universal studios orlando should possibly be on this list. its very outdated any ideas for a replacement??
All of you commenting about Dinoland USA I hope know the backstory behind the land. Yes it is "cheap" but if you know why Disney designed it that way it may surprise you. The rides may not be that great and I once absolutely hated that part of the park but once I did a little digging, I've learned to appreciate it more. (Notice I said appreciate not love)
The only thing fun about Tomorrowland Speedway is getting high from the gas fumes. Such a prime piece of real estate for a mini land. When will DIsney stop being lazy???
@ Bobbie Butterfield: i also like the dark knight coaster. Before justice league at SFOT, the dark knight coaster used to be my favorite SF ride
Stitch's Great Escape is without a doubt the worst attraction at any Disney park anywhere in the world (its only competition is the Armageddon attraction at Walt Disney Studios Paris).
I'm surprised nobody has said Swiss Family Robinson Tree house.
A great list. Some thoughts:
@JamesKoehl I'm just kidding. I love all of the theme parks I just named and think they have the best rides in the world
Uh, ok. I guess you can see how that would be a little bit confusing. I'm a Cedar Point guy and even I admit that they have some lame ones. They do have some really great ones also.
Maverick has got to be my favorite roller coaster right now!
The Men in Black ride at Universal Orlando needs to go as well!
MIB is one of the best shooters with a great queue. Arguable one of the best rides at any park much less discussed on this list
Ah Stitch's Great Escape, I really lamented it taking away the incredible thrill that was Alien Encounter, it was one for the grown ups and should have stayed that way, a quick extreme escape :)
Must.... defend....Disney....at any cost. In case you didn't notice, I am a Disney zombie with no brain of my own.
Whoever said "Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse," I think you mean TARZAN'S treehouse, which ruined the attraction's original concept in a cynical update. Not only did it delete the wonders of the ingenious contraptions made by the Swiss family, but the treehouse is largely inconsequential to the Tarzan movie (it's where they find baby Tarzan, that's it).
The Dark Knight coaster shouldn't be here, there are tons of other wild mouse coasters that are worse than it. It's only here because of its expectations.
How are there no sad formerly corporate funded Epcot rides or shows on this list?
E.T and Twister at universal should be on the list.
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