Sixteen days ago, two heavyweight fighters climbed into the ring to battle for Magic Kingdom supremacy. After a late-round flurry of “punches”, The Mountain raised its fist in victory. Meanwhile, The Mansion screamed fluke and demanded an immediate rematch. Well, just two short weeks later, the Victorian Gothic manor …
My personal favorites … Illuminations, Spaceship Earth, Rock ‘n’ Roller, and Kilimanjaro Safaris. Gone. My favorite park … Epcot. Out. Oof.
I’m compelled to start today’s post by showing just a little bit of love to those four attractions. And, where I had some company – about 36% of you across the two groups voted for one of the four, to be exact – I feel a bit lonely. I mean, I have to be in the vast minority of people who have no favorite left in the finale. Hah, I feel like my NCAA bracket got completely busted after the first round of games!
Please bear with me for one minute … Illuminations is my ultimate favorite attraction because I find the majesty of the soundtrack in combination with the power of the fireworks display to be very uplifting. And, the rumors that Disney is considering a “refurbishment” of the show causes me considerable sadness and distress.
I often tell Mrs. All in WDW that you don’t know you’re in Disney until you can smell Rome burning. Yes, Spaceship Earth is a bit plodding and slow – and, it is the same every time – and, I certainly prefer the earlier versions – but, it is Spaceship Earth! How can you not love Spaceship Earth? How can you not love Epcot? Oh, Epcot. I miss you already!
The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the only ride I can (and have) gone on again and again and again. In fact, one morning, my max was six times straight. I wasn’t “quite right” for a few hours, but it was a blast! There’s nothing like the rush of being launched into that tunnel and through that initial double-loop. The only ride that comes close for me in thrills is Everest.
And, Kilimanjaro … I just love the zebras, giraffes, lions, and all their friends. Sure, you get bumped and bruised along as you bounce through the safari, but it is a unique experience for any “zoo lover” out there. I’m so sad.
OK, enough whining and complaining. If the loss of Epcot in this competition is the biggest news from yesterday’s results, then the next biggest is that it only took two weeks for Haunted Mansion to get its much-needed, well-deserved, rematch with Splash Mountain. Overwhelming winners of their respective 1st Round groups, those two behemoths have to battle each other one more time while also taking on the very best of Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom. Who will climb to the top of the heap?
This is the culmination of “Championship Week”, fans! What will our story be? Will Splash do it one more time? Was its upset victory over Mansion indeed a fluke? Will Everest or Tower take the Magic Kingdom down? I’m dying to find out … aren’t you? Vote! Vote! Vote! Bring your friends! Get them to vote too!
The hoopla is about to begin. In more ways than one!
Mrs. All in WDW and I have seen two bus caravans arrive in the last few days and know that the Syracuse Orange and the Louisville Cardinals are staying at local hotels mere walking distance from our home. Yes, the NCAA festivities are about to start, and Atlanta is already alight with excitement.
To get a jump on the action, we, the All in WDW community, have finally arrived at THE day. We have been building up to it all week. It is time to elevate one of eight of the finest attractions in Walt Disney World to the All in WDW “pedestal” entitled Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction. Which attraction – of the eight – will rule “The World”?
But, before we move on, how’d we do on yesterday’s trivia questions? Well, Splash ended up being a tougher ‘nut’ than I expected. The overwhelming response was “Laughing Place Landing”. In truth, I’ll refer to the WDW web site … “During your log-flume adventure, visit such whimsical watering holes amid Chick-A-Pin Hill as:
the Fishing Place
the Old Swimming Hole
Br’er Fox’s Lair
Br’er Rabbit’s home in the briar patch”
“Splash Mountain invites you to clap and sing to several classic Disney songs, including: Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place“. Wikipedia helps out with, “Br’er Rabbit continues on his journey to find his ‘laughing place’.” All this to say that I made up the phrase “Laughing Place Landing”. Critter Cave was the correct choice.
When it comes to the infamous bride that ‘haunts the Magic Kingdom’s mansion’, the Bride has been altered several times over the years. However, she now appears at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World as Constance Hatchaway – the “Black Widow Bride”.
Enough of trivia! It’s time to get to business!
One thing I know about this poll before it even starts is that there is no combination of four attractions that won’t produce a 1st Round grouping full of controversy. I can hear it already, ‘Why’d Splash Mountain have to be put with Spaceship Earth?’ Or, something like that. Well, I think I have a fair and objective solution, my friends.
We spent the entire week taking on eight trivia questions – one for each contending attraction. The voter response total for each individual poll is how I seeded this impending competition. For example, the “champions” of each park were seeded as follows (trivia poll vote totals in parenthesis):
Illuminations – 81
Splash – 64
Tower – 47
Everest – 45
The second-place finishers for each park were, likewise, seeded:
Spaceship – 72
Mansion – 57
Roller – 41
Safaris – 38
Each of the groups below are filled by two champions and two runners-up. Of the “champions”, seeds #1 and #4 are matched with seeds #2 and #3 of the second-place attractions. Meanwhile, seeds #2 and #3 of the “champions” meet #1 and #4 of the runners-up to fill a group. It was the fairest way for me to present this competition, in my opinion, and here it is!
Vote, vote, vote, my friends! Spread the word! This is your chance to determine just what is the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction! Who will rule “The World”!
Make sure to stop back tomorrow. Tell your friends! Tomorrow, we begin the poll of all polls. It is almost time to elect the All in WDW Readers’ Favorite WDW Attraction. Which attraction will rule The World!
Until then, you guys have me stumped. I was sure yesterday’s questions would be a challenge. Nope. You knocked ’em down … again!
According to Disney, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is “The Story of Earth”. Having said that, this was the toughest of the two questions with 91.36% of you splitting your responses between three different options. In the end 32.10% of you knew that Reflections of Earth is part of the attraction’s title but not a ‘part’ of the show.
In truth, Part I, is “The Earth Is Born”. “Earth’s fiery birth begins with flames and fireworks erupting from the lagoon.” In Part II, “The illuminated surface of the globe reveals the history of humanity and the achievements of our time,” as we celebrate “The Triumph of Life”. Finally, in Part III, “Hope for the Future”, ” … the globe blossoms like a lotus flower, revealing a torch ablaze with our dreams. A chorus of voices rises as the entire lagoon dances with bursts of joyous white light.”
I thought I was gonna get ya’ with Question #2. Ah, no such luck! A whopping 63.89% of you knew that the author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and the The Illustrated Man – Ray Bradbury – helped to design the structure of Spaceship Earth as well as to write the original storyline for the attraction. You guys have bested me again!