As of today, here are the Top 10 highest-rated themed rides (with a minimum number of votes) on Theme Park Insider. Barring any last-minute surge by another ride, one of these will be your winner. Here they are, in alphabetical order, along with a comment on each from a Theme Park Insider reader. Please help us select our winner by taking a few moments to rate any of the attractions you're experienced in the past year — just click to their listing pages and scrolling down to the rating form.
The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man
Universal's Islands of Adventure
"With the new upgraded 3D projectors the ride is even more immersive! Sometimes I can't truly make a difference between the screen and the reality! One of the best rides ever."
"Undoubtedly the best dark ride in the park. It has been considered the best non-coaster ride in the world."
"When a wizard suddenly appears and opens up a new gateway, this becomes a '1001 Nights'-themed showcase of special effects, including more innovation than most Disney dark rides."
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey
Universal's Islands of Adventure
"A high tech and amazing ride that leaves you Spell-bounded, I couldn't help myself. This ride also has a queue that is better than the ride itself."
Journey to the Center of the Earth
"This ride is emotionally exciting, physically thrilling. And If I've got the chance, I could've ridden it 20 times without getting tired of it."
Hong Kong Disneyland
"Simply stunning with the practice effects and screens. It's really quite magical, while also being really cute. Mystic Manor is unbelievable, through and through."
Pirates of the Caribbean
"A ride on Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean, for those who have not had the pleasure, is quite simply worth the price of admission to the park. It is a masterpiece of animatronics, story, and song, an attraction that transcends age, gender, nationality, theme park bias, and time."
Pooh's Hunny Hunt
"If the US parks wanted to really give us something from Tokyo, this would be the ride! It's amazing!"
Radiator Springs Racers
Disney California Adventure
"This ride is absolutely stunning in every respect! The AAs are amazing, the atmosphere and theming is top notch, and the ride provides a level of thrills that will not scare away young children but will still satisfy the average roller coaster enthusiast."
Transformers: The Ride 3D
Universal Studios Hollywood
"The ride is non-stop action from the moment it starts and it never lets up. The visuals are crisp and the vehicle synchronization is perfect. The queue area is very well done and does an excellent job of setting up the ride."Tweet
The Efteling might be breaking ground in a few months on a new dark ride called Hartenhof (Court of Hearts). Nothing has been confirmed yet, except that it will be coming somewhere before 2020. An opening in 2017 will make sense since the park will celebrate it's 65 birthday. Rumors are it's ride system will be kind of like The Forbidden Journey, but with 24 person platforms. It might show up on lists like these in 5 years.
Wish the craze with 3d projection attractions would die down a little.
A couple notable exceptions that I personally would jettison Transformers, Pooh (yes lovely ride, but it's simply not Mystic Manor) and the Efteling pair for:
-Sinbad's Storybook Voyage
-Tower of Terror DHS
-Indiana Jones Adventure
I guess Gringott's wasn't the "greatest ride ever" since it missed the list and not a single person seems to have noticed or cares.
My vote goes to Mystic Manor.
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today (well, then again, it's no wonder that Forbidden Journey still holds up today, considering the fact that it hasn't even been around for a decade yet.) I guess the big tie-breaker really depends on what you're looking for. If you want a more cohesive story, Disneyland's Pirates is the best way to go. But if you want something more thrilling, than Forbidden Journey is definetely the better choice for you.
And I'm so sorry, but, why is Tramsformers on here?! I like it, it's a fun ride, but I think it's worth at most a 7/10. Putting it's horrible IP aside, it introduces nothing new or groundbreaking whatsoever! Need I remind everyone that this is basically Spider-Man but with a Transformers paint job over it? Universal has so many better attractions that introduced something new, something we hadn't seen before! Mummy, Simpsons, Hulk...any of those would be more worthy of such a list!