Post “Game” Analysis: Epcot

There’s no question about it … the contest we just completed was a “top shelf” effort on your part.  Thank you, all, for your votes and support!  Thank you, all!

We, of course, “crowned” Soarin’ as the 2015 All in WDW Readers’ Favorite Epcot Attraction!  Congratulations, Soarin’, for a battle well won!  The finale was nothing short of classic.  And, it was a real “nail-biter”!

Epcot Logo

But, what’s the story behind the numbers?  Let’s see …

As voted by you this past Tuesday, the FINAL Top 4 were:

  1. Soarin’
  2. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  3. Spaceship Earth
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

29%, 27%, and 26%.  These were the percentages of your votes that the Top 3 “competitors”, listed above, scored in the finale.  Can you say “incredibly evenly matched”?

And, even though Soarin’ slipped past the competition by two tiny votes in this four-way match up, here’s the Final Four if we were to list them by overall vote totals received for the entire competition:

  1. Soarin’
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Almost the same result, except for Illuminations dropping a spot.  But, if we reveal the numbers, this competition wasn’t as close as Tuesday’s finale made it look!  See?

  1. Soarin’  –  173 total votes
  2. Spaceship Earth  –  161
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth  –  156
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival  –  105

Big win for the aerial tour of California!  My poor Food & Wine, however?  Not only did it finish 4th in the official final balloting, but, seeing these totals, we could say it never really was “in the game”!

This is quite surprising, actually.  The food-fest was not just the defending Epcot “champion”.  It is also the reigning All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction!  Wow, what a fall!

Here’s another surprise … if we were to use the overall vote totals going into the final round, as opposed to the results of the Round 2 head-to-head match ups, this is what the finale would have looked like:

  1. Soarin’
  2. Spaceship Earth
  3. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  4. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet

What?!  Where’s Food & Wine?  See what I mean?  Epcot’s fall “food frenzy” never had a chance to retain its “crown”.

So, what does our 2014 All in WDW Readers’ Top 15 Favorite Epcot Attractions look like?  Here ya’ go …

  1. Soarin’
  2. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  3. Spaceship Earth
  4. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
  5. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
  6. Living with the Land
  7. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  8. Mission: SPACE
  9. Candlelight Processional
  10. Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  11. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  12. Turtle Talk With Crush
  13. The American Adventure
  14. Voices of Liberty
  15. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

I think we’ll all agree … there’s a lot to like in Epcot.  Or, love!  And, for my part, I’ll say that I enjoy most of our Top 15.

Having said that, what would my personal Top 15 look like?

  1. Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
  2. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  3. Spaceship Earth
  4. Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival
  5. Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
  6. Living with the Land
  7. Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros
  8. The American Adventure
  9. Soarin’
  10. Mission: SPACE
  11. Candlelight Processional
  12. Voices of Liberty
  13. The Seas with Nemo & Friends
  14. Journey Into Imagination With Figment
  15. Turtle Talk With Crush

What?!  Soarin’ at # 9!  Yes, folks, in its current form, I can “take it or leave it”!  Time for a major refurb, maybe?  Hmm.

Thanks, again, for your support this week!  Great job!

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