Pop open the champagne! It’s time to welcome 2014 to the “party”!
My friends, All in WDW wishes you a very healthy, happy, safe, and magical New Year! Enjoy! But, be safe in whatever you do to celebrate tonight!
There was a point yesterday where I thought we were headed towards the upset of the century. Well, at least the surprise of December of 2013, that is.
You see, early on in our finale poll, Fantasmic! ran off to a healthy lead. I was so shocked that it prompted me to Tweet, “Early voting takes a surprising direction.” Why was it a surprise, you ask? At the time, it had already received 19 votes. By comparison, Fantasmic! only got 18 votes in the entire 3rd Round!
Soon enough, all three of the thrill rides kicked it into gear. Then, finally, our defending champion streaked past Hollywood’s fireworks extravaganza on its way to a repeat title. Yes, The Tower lives to Terrorize once again.
Do you know what the best part of this finale was? Unlike in December of 2012, where it came down to a three-attraction thrill-ride battle, yesterday all four finalists staked a really strong claim to glory. What a war!
And, when it comes to Fantasmic!, despite this year’s finish, fans should really be pleased. Why? Last year, it mustered only 6 finale votes. In 2013, after gaining 22 votes of support, it proved that it, too, belongs on top of the mountain.
So, what does 3rd or 4th place mean? If you remember last year’s “tournaments”, the top finishers in our park-specific polls returned later to fight it out in a resort-wide poll to crown our overall favorite WDW attraction! And, this year, that competition has been expanded to include the “Final Four” from each park. In other words, Fantasmic! will live to fight another day! As will Rock ‘n’ Roller and Toy Story!
At the end of this day, however, we have witnessed a truly hard-fought battle. We agonized through days of very tough decisions. But, we’ve handed “the gold” to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™. It has, once again, been “elected” the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attraction!
Keep on delivering the terror to us, Tower! We love ya’!
They’re h-e-r-e!! The cream of Disney’s Hollywood Studios has risen to the top of the Earful Tower … again! Again?!
I shot a late-night Facebook and Twitter blast out there yesterday. Did you catch it? It said, “Stop in tomorrow for the ‘Favorite Hollywood Studios Attraction’ finale! Meanwhile, remember 2012’s finale?” Before you cast your final ballot in this “tourney”, take a quick stop by this link. You’ll be surprised. Surprised by our consistency, that is!
Oh, and who would’ve guessed I made 2012’s finale a “Final Five”? Not even I remembered that! But, the message is, the cream does rise to the top, doesn’t it?
Anyway, let’s get on with it. To this point, you’ve labored over making as many as 14 very difficult choices. And, in reference to our just-completed semi-final, as one Twitter fan said yesterday, “This was the hardest of all!” Well, the agony level gets jumped up one more notch today, let me tell you.
You’ve worked the original 32 attractions down to your favorite 4. But, which is your ultimate favorite! You go to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and you can enjoy only one of its absolutely fantastic attractions. Which one is it? VOTE! And, pass the word, my friends! Get them to vote too!
“Again. Like picking a favorite child.” Hah! Just one of the comments I received yesterday aimed at expressing anguish born out of choosing one favorite attraction over another.
My friends, did you think you faced agonizing choices in the first two rounds? Well, you haven’t seen anything yet! Now, we get down to real business.
Keep up the good work, everyone! Just two more rounds (this one and the finale) and we’ll have not only our 2013 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Disney’s Hollywood Studios Attraction but also our Disney’s Hollywood Studios Top 10 Favorite Attractions! Yahoo!
Without further delay, here’s your extraordinary eight! Two groups … vote once in each. The Top 2 from each group make it to the big finale! Which attractions will make the semi-final cut? Get voting so we can find out!
First of all, thanks very much for your spirited Round 1 voting! As always, I really appreciate the support!
Your feedback is priceless to me too. Special thanks to those of you who complimented All in WDW’s polls on Twitter and Facebook yesterday. To me, hearing things like, “Thanks for the fun polls! We really enjoyed them!”, or “Thanks for the fun WDW attraction polls!”, and, most of all, “I love those polls!” is like winning the lottery. Thanks for all the appreciation!
In yesterday’s post, do you remember me saying, “It appears that I was thinking really small when we tackled Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2012. I only included 16 attractions in our 1st Round of voting!” I thought it would be interesting to compare last year’s “Sweet Sixteen” (chosen solely by me) to the one you created yesterday with all of your diligent voting. Here’s 2012:
The attractions in ‘Green’ made your 2nd Round. Those that appear in ‘Red’ we’re replaced by:
Not bad! Pretty close, eh? True, I did make you sort through a whopping 32 attractions in order to get us this far, but, now, we have YOUR sixteen favorites. My poor American Idol Experience. It is so un-loved. Next stop? The All in WDW Readers’ “Elite Eight”!
You know the drill, folks. Four (4) groups. One (1) vote per group. Let’s rack up a massive vote count, folks! Vote, vote, vote! The Top 2 in each group move on to Round 3! REMEMBER! The choices were already hard. It only gets more difficult from here!