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SCREAMSCAPE Presents - The 2003 Ultimate Awards

 

July 17th, 2004

Welcome to the 7th Annual Screamscape Ultimate Awards. The Ultimate Awards have really grown over the years, with over 2500 votes being cast in just a few days. As in past years, the Ultimate Awards were designed to have fun topics to vote upon as well as more serious topics. This isn’t just another “Top 10” list, we have taken a long serious look at the industry around the world and then begun to poke holes at the flaws and sing praises to our favorite parks and attractions. We’re not giving out Oscars, but you’re sure to enjoy the show.

The 2003 Ultimate Awards were presented on Screamscape.com for open public voting for in Late June 2004. One vote was allowed for each Award Topic as well as a write in vote if needed. Certain Special Awards as well as the Overall categories were only voted upon by the write in method. The dates for valid park/attraction nominees was from January 1st, 2003 until December 31st, 2003.

The Screamscape Ultimate Awards are the largest and one of the most accurate awards poll on the Internet.
So without further delay, lets take a moment to introduce the top players in our quick year in review...

Disney Theme Parks - “These guys are about as fun as a tax audit”
Disney had an interesting year to say the least. As the first full year under new leadership after the departure of Paul Pressler, it seems there was a lot of damage control to be dealt with. Space Mountain was closed earlier than expected at Disneyland in the spring to rebuild it all again in time for the 50th Anniversary in 2005. Meanwhile Big Thunder Mt. had a fatal accident on September 5th when a train derailed. Meanwhile things started looking a little brighter in Florida with the announcement of several major new attractions at each of the Walt Disney World parks (Stitch’s Great Escape, Soarin’, Motor Action Stunt Show). Two major new attractions opened as well, Mission Space in the summer and Philharmagic in the fall. Overall, I while this was still a rough year, I think Disney is hitting the turning point at last.

Six Flags Theme Parks - “It’s time for something different”
Six Flags tried to cut back on expenses this year and installed only a few smaller new attractions in general to their parks grabbing up new style rides like the Whitewater West Spinning Rapids slides (Diablo, Blizzard River) as well as the all new S&S Sky Swatter (Swat) and revamped S&S Sky Slings (Eruption). The old Six Flags Ride Rotation program seemed to kick back to life this year as several coasters and several flat rides were moved around from one park to another this year (Zonga & Greezed Lightnin’ and New Orleans’ Batman & Jester) and others removed in preparation for a possible future move (SFGAm’s Shockwave). A course they still spend money on a few high class rides like the Superman towes at SFOT and Scream.

Busch Theme Parks - “Behold the magic of 3D!”
After laying low for a few years, they decide to roll out a new 3D/4D Theater attraction at virtually every park all at once: Busch Gardens Tampa & Williamsburg as well as SeaWorld California & Texas. The leaves the Orlando SeaWorld open to renovate their oldest park areas into the new Waterfront area as well as launch a few new shows.

Universal Studios Theme Parks - “That’ll do Donkey...”
Amidst the chaos and confusion from Vivendi, Universal manages to step up to the plate and score big with Shrek 4D at Universal Studios Hollywood, Florida and Japan all at once. Jimmy Neutron landed in Florida as well while the wheels started to spin on twin Revenge of the Mummy rides on both US coasts while Spiderman construction started in Japan.

Cedar Fair - “We’re having difficulty with our technicians!”
For the second year in a row, Cedar Fair opened a major new ride from Intamin (Dragster) and was plagued by serious technical problems. (Last year it was Wicked Twister & Xcelerator). Valleyfair added their own Intamin coaster (Steel Venom) with better results, while minor attractions were added to the other parks in the chain.

Paramount Parks - “Are you ready Kids?!”
Paramount seemed to install a healthy mix of attractions at most parks this season, starting things off with a new Spongebob 3D film for each park’s simulator. PKI added on this by adding the huge Delirium flat ride in conjunction with the family friendly Scooby Doo dark ride. PKD went huge with their own Drop Zone while PCW added more monster flats and kiddie rides. PC and PGA went the kiddie route completely by adding all new or rethemed attractions attached to Nick toons.

Now on to the Awards!

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” PROTOTYPE RIDE AWARD -
For excellence in the design and production of a new prototype ride or attraction.

61.9% - Mission: Space - ETC MAC - Epcot
20.5% - SWAT - S&S Sky Swatter - Six Flags Astroworld
10.0% - Zinga - Proslide Tornado - Holiday World
7.7% - G-Force - S&S Drag Racers - Orlando’s Old Town

Despite a late opening and months of controversy over space-sick riders, it appears that Disney’s Mission: Space is exactly what the thrill riding community was looking for in a unique ride system. There was also a sizable vote of support for the S&S Sky Swatter, the first Flat Ride from S&S. Past winners include: Superman: The Escape (‘97), Oblivion (‘98), Spider-man (‘99), Stealth (2000), Soarin’ Over California (2001), X (2002).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” THRILL RIDE AWARD (NON-COASTER) -
For the design and installation of the most thrilling new ride on the planet.

35.4% - Mission: Space – Epcot – ETC MAC G-Force Simulator
17.4% - X-Scream – Stratosphere Tower – Interactive Rides Sky Skater Extreme
15.1% - Delirium – Paramount’s Kings Island – Huss Giant Frisbee
15.1% - Tower 4 – Disney/MGM Studios –Random Programs on Twilight Zone
5.0% - Drop Zone – Paramount’s Kings Dominion – Intamin Gyro Drop
4.6% - SWAT – Six Flags Astroworld – S&S Sky Swatter
3.74% - Superman: Tower of Power – Six Flags over Texas – S&S Combo Towers
2.4% - Sledge Hammer – Paramounts Canada’s Wonderland – Huss Giant Jump 2
1.5% - ErUPtion – SFGAdv, Frontier City & SFMM – S&S Sky Sling

Following past tradition, this category is usually won by a themed attraction over an unthemed one. Past winners have included Orlando’s 300 foot Skycoaster (‘97), Countdown To Extinction (‘98), Spider-man (‘99), Perilous Plunge (2000), Soarin’ Over California (‘01), Tomb Raider (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” WATER RIDE AWARD -
For the design and installation of the best new water attraction on the planet.

41.6% - Escape from Atlantis – Gardaland – Intamin Super Splash
29.1% - Zinga – Holiday World – ProSlide Tornado
13.0% - Penguin’s Blizzard River – Six Flags America – WhiteWater Spinning Rapids
10.2% - Diablo Falls – Six Flags Astroworld – WhiteWater Spinning Rapids
6.0% - Super Splash – Tusenfyrd – Mack Flume/Coaster

A great year for wild new water rides and we even saw the inclusion of a radical new waterslide concept (Proslide Tornado) enter the field against the hard rides and come in a close second. But the big winner was the highly themed Escape from Atlantis in Italy. Previous winners include Dudley-Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls (1999), Perilous Plunge (2000), Grizzly River Run (2001), Shipwreck Falls (SFDL 2002).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” DARK RIDE ATTRACTION -
For the design and installation of the highest quality new Dark Ride experience.

36.3% - Scooby Doo & the Haunted Castle – Paramount’s Kings Island - Sally Interactive Dark Ride
22.6% - Winnie the Pooh – Disneyland – Dark Ride
22.1% - Challenge of Tutantankhamon – Six Flags Belgium – Sally Interactive Dark Ride
14.0% - Duel – Alton Towers – Interactive Dark Ride
5.0% - TransDemonium – Parc Asterix – Ghost Train Dark Ride

You can’t ignore the eternal power of Scooby Doo as the Mystery Machine gang blew away Disney’s Winnie the Pooh to take the award this year for best dark ride. Even more impressive was the fact that Sally’s other dark ride, Challenge of Tutantankhamon in Belgium was less than a dozen votes away from beating Pooh as well. Previous winning dark rides include Spider-man (1999), Men In Black (2000), Soarin’ Over California (2001), Tomb Raider (2002).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” 3-D THEATER / SIMULATOR -
For the design and installation of best 3-D / 4-D Experience

45.1% - Shrek 4D – Universal Studios – 4D Theater
31.4% - Philharmagic – Magic Kingdom – 4D Theater
12.2% - SpongeBob Squarepants – Paramount Parks – 3D Simulator
11.3% - Haunted Lighthouse – Busch Gardens / SeaWorld – 4D Theater

Just like in the films, the big green ogre stomped all over Disney. In 2002 we split the Dark Rides and 3D Attractions category into two separate awards. Last year’s winner was Hershey’s Really Big 3D Show (2002).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” STEEL COASTER AWARD -
For design and excellence in building the best new steel coaster on the planet.

68.5% - Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point – Intamin Rocket Coaster
12.2% - Superman: Ultimate Flight – SFGAm & SFGAdv – B&M Flyer
9.5% - Scream – Six Flags Magic Mountain – B&M Floorless
8.0% - Nemesis Inferno – Thorpe Park – B&M Inverted
1.8% - Steel Venom – Valleyfair! – Intamin Spiral Impulse

Despite massive amounts of downtime, it seems Top Thrill Dragster was such an impressive creation that it blew away the rest of the competition. Past winners have gone to Alpengeist (‘97), Riddler’s Revenge (‘98), Incredible Hulk (‘99), Millennium Force (2000), Nitro (2001), X (2002). If you break it down by company, this is Intamin’s second win, B&M having won 4 previous awards and Arrow’s taking 1 for their 4th Dimension concept.

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” WOOD COASTER AWARD -
For design and excellence in building the best new wood coaster on the planet.

41.3% - Ozark Wildcat – Celebration City – GCI Wooden Coaster
35.3% - Timberhawk – Enchanted Village – S&S Wooden Coaster
23.3% - Balder – Liseberg – Intamin Wooden Coaster

For the second year, it was a very slow year for wooden coasters, with only three projects built for the year and all three rides well off the beaten paths. Past winners include: Stampeda (‘97), Shivering Timbers (‘98), GhostRider (‘99), Son of Beast (2000), Colossos (Heide Park ‘01), Wild Wild West (‘02)

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” THAT LOOKS FUN! AWARD -
An attraction that may not be the biggest or the best, but was made just for the fun of it.

27.7% - SWAT – Six Flags Astroworld – S&S Sky Swatter
20.0% - Jimmy Neutron – Universal Studios Florida – Simulator
17.3% - Scooby Doo – Paramount’s Kings Island – Sally Interactive Dark Ride
13.1% - Challenge of Tutantankhamon – Six Flags Belgium – Sally Interactive Dark Ride
12.7% - Zinga – Holiday World – ProSlide Tornado
9.0% - The Spider – Lagoon – Maurer-Sohne Spinning Coaster

Past winners have usually been smaller family rides or dark rides, making the S&S Sky Swatter the first Flat Ride to win the award. Previous winners include: the Reverchon Crazy Mouse (‘97), Buzz Lightyear (‘98), Cat In The Hat (‘99), Flying Super Saturator (2000), Scooby Doo’s Haunted Mansion (Carowinds ‘01), and Roller Soaker (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE’ NEW LAND / EXPANSION -
Awarded to the best new Land, Re-themed Area, or Major Expansion Project of the year.

42.7% - Celebration City – Silver Dollar City – Second Theme Park for nighttime fun
25.3% - Hurricane Harbor – Six Flags New England – Rebrand Island Kingdom
19.5% - Wildwater Kingdom Expansion – Dorney Park – Large Waterpark Expansion
7.0% - Splash Island – Wild Adventures – New Waterpark
5.4% - Boulder Beach – Silverwood – New Waterpark

Past winners include Edge of Africa (‘97), Star Trek: The Experience (‘98), Universal’s Islands of Adventure (‘99), Six Flags Ohio (2000) and Tokyo DisneySea (‘01), Dinorama (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” COOL RIDE NAME -
Awarded to the park that came up with the best sounding and memorable name of the year.

34.4% - Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point – Intamin Rocket Coaster
15.3% - Delirium – Paramount’s Kings Island – Huss Giant Frisbee
10.8% - X-Scream – Stratosphere Tower – Interactive Rides Sky Skater Extreme
8.0% - The Claw – Hersheypark – Chance Morgan Revolution
7.3% - SWAT – Six Flags Astroworld – S&S Sky Swatter
6.7% - ErUPtion – SFGAdv & Frontier City – S&S Sky Sling
5.2% - Diablo Falls – Six Flags Astroworld – WhiteWater Spinning Rapids
5.1% - Steel Venom – Valleyfair! – Intamin Spiral Impulse
4.8% - Sledge Hammer – Paramounts Canada’s Wonderland – Huss Giant Jump 2
2.4% - Liberty Launch – Holiday World – S&S DoubleShot

For the second year in a row, a race car themed Rocket Coaster took the award. Past winners include: Alpengeist, Shivering Timbers, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Millennium Force, California Screamin’ and Xcelerator.

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” LAME RIDE NAME -
Awarded to the park that came up with the worst sounding name of the year.

22.3% - Joe Cool GR8 SK8 – Knott’s Berry Farm – Interactive Rides Sky Skater
20.1% - Scream – Six Flags Magic Mountain – B&M Floorless
17.9% - Catwoman’s Whip – Six Flags New Orleans – Flat Ride
10.9% - Superman: Tower of Power – Six Flags over Texas – S&S Combo Towers
10.8% - Thunder Dolphin – Korakuen (Japan) - Intamin Steel Coaster
4.8% - Zonga – Six Flags Marine World – Schwarzkopf Classic Looping Coaster
4.6% - Bionicle Blaster – Legoland California – Teacup style Flat Ride
3.5% - Penguin’s Blizzard River – Six Flags America – WhiteWater Spinning Rapids
3.3% - The Spider – Lagoon – Maurer-Sohne Spinning Coaster
2.0% - Jester – Six Flags New Orleans – Vekoma LoopScrew

Previous Awards were given to Playstation: The Ride (‘97), Boomerang: Coast To Coaster (‘98 & ‘99), the renaming of Dinosaur from “Countdown To Extinction” (2000), Cornball Express (‘01), The Flying Coaster (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” COOL THEME AWARD -
Awarded to the park that designed the best looking themed appearance for a new attraction.

52.1% - Mission: Space – Epcot
17.8% - Top Thrill Dragster – Cedar Point
6.5% - Atlantis Adventure – Lotte World
5.7% - Challenge of Tutantankhamon – Six Flags Belgium – Sally Interactive Dark Ride
5.7% - Escape from Atlantis – Gardaland
5.1% - Scooby Doo & The Haunted Castle – Paramount’s Kings Island
3.7% - Winnie The Pooh – Disneyland
2.0% - Hallowswings – Holiday World
1.4% - TransDemonium – Parc Astrix

While Disney scoring a win in the theme department doesn’t sound like a big surprise, take a look at the past winners and you’ll quickly see Disney has only won this award once before. Past winner include: Alpengeist (‘97), Star Trek: The Experience (‘98), Dueling Dragons (‘99), Men In Black (2000), Grizzly River Run (‘01), Tomb Raider (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” LAME THEME AWARD -
Awarded to the park that designed or budget cut to end up with the worst looking attraction.

28.7% - Superman: Ultimate Flight – Six Flags Great Adventure & Great America
24.3% - Batman: The Ride – Six Flags New Orleans
23.7% - Superman: Tower of Power – Six Flags over Texas
23.3% - Penguin’s Blizzard River – Six Flags America

It was a close race for this award, but no matter how you look at it Six Flags was the winner as all of their Superhero themed attractions were themed in name only. Six Flags is often the winner here, making previous efforts like Mr. Freeze or the origional Batman: The Ride coasters look like they were themed by Disney in comparison to today’s rides. Previous winners include: Superman: The Escape (‘97), Doo Whopper (‘98), Two-Face: The Flip Side (‘99), Superman: Ultimate Escape (2000), Batwing (‘01), Primeval Whirl (‘02).

 

2003 ‘ULTIMATE” ON THE RIGHT TRACK AWARD -
Awarded to the park that, if they continue, will be on the path to greatness.

46.0% - Walt Disney World – Attention to the Thrill Seekers (Space & Tower 4)
16.1% - Paramount’s Kings Island –Family & Thrill Seeker Rides (Delirium & Scooby Doo)
13.5% - Holiday World – Great New Ride Package (Hallowswings, Liberty Launch, Zinga)
8.4% - Stratosphere Tower – X-Scream
7.3% - Six Flags Astroworld – Unique Rides: Diablo Falls & SWAT
4.5% - Six Flags Belgium - Challenge of Tutantankhamon
4.3% - Six Flags over Texas – Superman: Tower of Power

This is the first time that Disney has won this award, and instead of just a single park, this is for their improving efforts all over the Walt Disney World resort. Previous winners include Adventure World/Six Flags America (‘97), Knott’s Berry Farm in (‘98 & ‘99), Six Flags Ohio (2000),Busch Gardens Williamsburg (‘01), and Knott’s Berry Farm again in 2002.

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” YAWN AWARD -
Awarded to the park that installed the most boring attraction of the year.

40.1% - Disney’s California Adventure – Playhouse Disney
25.8% - Disneyland – Winnie The Pooh
11.0% - Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom - Greezed Lightnin’
9.1% - The Great Escape – Canyon Blaster
7.6% - Six Flags New Orleans - The Jester
6.3% - Six Flags St. Louis - Xcalibur

Disney takes the award for the fourth time in a row! Previous winners have been: Light Magic & Bernestein Bear Country (tie ‘97), Rocket Rods (‘98) Bugs Bunny World @ SFMM (‘99), Journey Into Your Imagination (2000), Superstar Limo (‘01), A Bugs Land (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” WE SAT ON OUR ASS & DID NOTHING! AWARD -
Awarded to the park that did the least to promote growth and higher attendance this year.

54.2% - Islands of Adventure
9.6% - Michigan’s Adventure
9.4% - Six Flags Darien Lake
6.0% - Six Flags Fiesta Texas
5.7% - Lake Compounce
5.3% - Six Flags Elitch Gardens
3.5% - Six Flags over Georgia

Theme park fans slam Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure for the third time in a row this year, with a solid 54.2%, up from only 21.9% last year. With nothing new again in 2004 and nothing under construction yet for 2005, things are not looking good for IOA. Previous Awards have been given to Universal Studios Hollywood (‘97), Kennywood (‘98), MGM Grand Adventures (‘99), Walt Disney World (2000), and Islands of Adventure for (2001 & 2002).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” LICENSED PROPERTY AWARD -
Given to the best Entertainment Property transformed into a ride or themed land.

60.5% - Shrek 4D – Universal Studios
20.8% - SpongeBob SquarePants – Paramount Parks
14.3% - Superman: Ultimate Flight & Tower of Power – Six Flags
4.4% - Bionicle Blaster – Legoland California

Universal scores a win with Dreamwork’s big green ogre! Previous winners include Star Trek: The Experience (‘98), IOA - Marvel Super Heros (‘99), USF - Men In Black (2000), Six Flags’ Batman franchise (‘01) and PKI’s Tomb Raider (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” HATED ATTRACTION WE’D LIKE TO SEE REMOVED -
Given to the park ride or attraction that we feel the world would benefit if the plug were pulled.

28.6% - Flashback – Six Flags Magic Mountain – Intamin Space Diver
23.3% - Viper – Six Flags Great Adventure – TOGO Heartline Coaster
14.4% - Superman: The Escape – Six Flags Magic Mountain – Intamin Reverse Freefall
12.9% - Mean Streak – Cedar Point – Wood Coaster
8.6% - Grizzly – Paramount’s Great America – Wood Coaster
7.2% - Raging Wolf Bobs – Six Flags Worlds of Adventure – Wood Coaster
5.0% - Rolling Thunder – Six Flags Great Adventure – Wood Coaster

Dislike for Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Flashback has reached a plateau this year, winning the award for the second year in a row. Ironicly, Flashback has been in the running for the entire history of our Awards but has never won it until 2002. Closing the gap from last year however is the Togo monster Viper from Six Flags Great Adventure. Another interesting thing to watch is the fact that Six Flags Magic Mountain is the first park to have two attractions in this category simultaneously. Previous dishonors have gone to PGA’s Grizzly (‘98), Windjammer (‘99), Journey Into Your Imagination (2000), the Renaming and taming of Dinosaur at Animal Kingdom (‘01) and SFMM’s Flashback (‘02). The history of the awards past nominees is starting to look more like a cystral ball of the future as well as several attractions previously nominated have been closed or remodeled: Mr. Lincoln (Disneyland), Hall of Presidents (Magic Kingdom), Black Widow (Riverside), Vampire (SFKK), Superstar Limo (DCA) and Hercules (Dorney Park).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” BEST REMOVED ATTRACTION -
Given to the attraction that we’re most grateful that it was removed, replaced or remodeled.

22.2% - E.T. Adventure – Universal Studios Hollywood
21.8% - Hercules – Dorney Park
16.6% - Alien Encounter – Magic Kingdom
12.7% - Hammerhead – Knott’s Berry Farm
9.0% - Stealth – Paramount’s Great America
6.7 %- Orient Express – Worlds of Fun
5.9% - Tidal Wave – Paramount’s Great America
5.0% - Diamond Falls – Paramount’s Kings Dominion

It was a very close battle this year but Universal Hollywood’s ET managed to get just a few votes more than Dorney’s painful Hercules coaster. The strange thing is that ET was also voted in 3rd place for the “Worst Attraction Removed” as well. Previous winners were: Days of Thunder (‘98), Bettlejuice’s Graveyard Review USH (‘99), Windjammer (2000), Doug’s Live Show (‘01), Superstar Limo (‘02).

 

2003 “ULTIMATE” WORST ATTRACTION REMOVED -
Given to the attraction that we are most upset that it has been closed or removed.

27.0% - Alien Encounter – Magic Kingdom
23.1% - Space Mountain – Disneyland
12.7% - E.T. Adventure – Universal Studios Hollywood
11.4% - Stealth – Paramount’s Great America
8.8% - Hercules – Dorney Park  8.8%
7.8% - Orient Express – Worlds of Fun
3.4% - Tampico Tumbler – Knott’s Berry Farm
3.3% - Tidal Wave – Paramount’s Great America
1.4% - Hammerhead – Knott’s Berry Farm
1.0% - Gran Slammer – Knott’s Berry Farm

One by one it seems that Disney is killing off attractions that people have loved. The closing of Alien Encounter gives Disney four out of the six awards total given in this category. Previous awards were given to the Magic Kingdom’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride (‘98), Drachen Fire (‘99), the Magic Kingdom’s Skyway (2000), Disneyland’s Country Bear Jamboree (‘01), Universal Orlando’s Kongfrontation (‘02).

 

The Following “OVERALL” Awards include all current parks and attractions, not just the new attractions that opened in 2003.

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” FAVORITE OVERALL THEME/AMUSEMENT PARK
#1 - Cedar Point (Last Year’s #1)
#2 - Islands of Adventure (#2)
#3 - Disneyland (#3)
#4 - Magic Kingdom (#5)
#5 - Epcot (Tied for #6)
#6 - Six Flags Magic Mountain (#4)
#7 - Busch Gardens Williamsburg (#6)
#8 - Disney/MGM Studios (#8)
#9 - Paramount’s Kings Island (#10)
#10 - Knott’s Berry Farm (#11)
Note - The Favorite European Park was Alton Towers, though it’s overall ranking was only #22.

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” FAVORITE OVERALL NON-COASTER THRILL RIDES
#1 - Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror - Disney/MGM Studios (Last Year - #2)
#2 - The Adventures of Spiderman - Islands of Adventure (#1)
#3 - Mission: Space - Epcot (N/A)
#4 - S&S Tower Rides / All Styles Combined (#2)
#5 - Delirium - Paramount’s Kings Island (N/A)
#6 - Indiana Jones Adventure - Disneyland (#7)
#7 - Power Tower - Cedar Point (N/A)
#8 - Intamin Giant Drops / Gyro Drops Combined (#4)
#9 - SWAT - Six Flags Astroworld (N/A)
#10 - Supreme Scream - Knott’s Berry Farm (#4)

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” FAVORITE OVERALL DARK RIDE
#1 - The Adventures of Spiderman - Islands Of Adventure (Last Year - #1)
#2 - Haunted Mansion - Magic Kingdom (#3)
#3 - Haunted Mansion - Disneyland (#5)
#4 - Indiana Jones Adventure - Disneyland (#4)
#5 - Scooby Doo and the Haunted Castle - Paramount’s Kings Island (N/A)
#6 - Pirates of the Caribbean - Disneyland (#9)
#7 - Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror (#6)
#8 - Men In Black - Universal Studios Florida (#7)
#9 - Haunted House - Knoebels (#8)
#10 - Challenge of Tutankhamen - Six Flags Belgium (N/A)

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” FAVORITE OVERALL WATER RIDE
#1 - Splash Mountain - Magic Kingdom (#1)
#2 - Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls - Islands of Adventure (#2)
#3 - Splash Mountain - Disneyland (#3)
#4 - Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges - Islands of Adventure (#5)
#5 - Journey To Atlantis - SeaWorld Florida (#6)
#6 - Zinga - Holiday World / Splashin’ Safari (N/A)
#7 - Jurassic Park - Islands of Adventure (#9)
#8 - Perilous Plunge - Knott’s Berry Farm (#4)
#9 - Grizzly River Run - Disney’s California Adventure (#7)
#10 - Summit Plummet - Disney’s Blizzard Beach (N/A)
Note: Favorite European Ride was Escape From Atlantis - Gardaland with an overall ranking of #15

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” FAVORITE OVERALL WOOD ROLLER COASTER
#1 - GhostRider - Knott’s Berry Farm (Last Year - #1)
#2 - The Beast - Paramount’s Kings Island (#2)
** - Gwazi Lion & Gwazi Tiger Combined would rank #3
#3 - Lightning Racer - Hersheypark (Tied #4)
#4 - Shivering Timbers - Michigan’s Adventure (#6)
#5 - Son of Beast - Paramount’ Kings Island (#3)
#6 - Gwazi Tiger - Busch Gardens Tampa (#7)
#7 - Texas Giant - Six Flags over Texas (#13)
#8 - Phoenix - Knoebels (#14)
#9 - Viper - Six Flags Great America (#16)
Tie #10 - Boulder Dash - Lake Compounce (#8)
Tie #10 - Legend - Holiday World (#9)
Note: Favorite European Ride was Tonerre De Zeus which would Tie for #11 this year, down from #9 last year.

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” FAVORITE OVERALL STEEL ROLLER COASTER
#1 - Millennium Force - Cedar Point (Last Year - #1)
#2 - Incredible Hulk - Islands of Adventure (#3)
#3 - Top Thrill Dragster - Cedar Point (N/A)
#4 - X - Six Flags Magic Mountain (#2)
#5 - Superman: Ride of Steel - Six Flags New England (#4)
#6 - Rock ‘n Roller Coaster - Disney/MGM Studios (#5)
#7 - Nitro - Six Flags Great Adventure (#6)
#8 - Magnum XL-200 - Cedar Point (#11)
#9 - California Screamin’ - Disney’s California Adventure (#13)
Tie #10 - Kraken - SeaWorld Florida (#14)
Tie #10 - Goliath - Six Flags Magic Mountain (#6)
Note: Favorite European Ride was Nemesis which would place #12 this year, up from #16 last year.

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE’ FAVORITE OVERALL WATER PARK
#1 - Blizzard Beach - Walt Disney World (Last Year - #1)
#2 - Schlitterbahn - New Braunfels, TX (#2)
#3 - Typhoon Lagoon - Walt Disney World (#3)
#4 - Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari - Santa Claus, IN (#8)
#5 - Raging Waters - San Dimas, CA (#4)
#6 - Soak City USA - Cedar Point (#5)
#7 - Wet ‘n Wild Orlando (#6)
#8 - Water Country USA - Williamsburg, VA (#7)
#9 - Dorney Park / Whitewater Kingdom (#11)
#10 - Paramount’s Kings Island / WaterWorks (#18)

TOP 10 - 2003 “ULTIMATE” OVERALL ATTRACTION THAT HAS BEEN CLOSED, REMOVED OR DEMOLISHED FROM A PARK THAT YOU WISH COULD BE BROUGHT BACK

Top 10 Missed
Theme Park Attractions

Top 10 Missed
Amusement Park Attractions

#1 - Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride - Magic Kingdom

#1 - Drachen Fire -
Busch Gardens Williamsburg

#2 - Horizons - Epcot

#2 - Shockwave - Six Flags Great America

#3 - Kongfrontation - Universal Studios Florida

#3 - Wacky Soap Box Racers - Knott’s Berry Farm

#4 - Alien Encounter - Magic Kingdom

#4 - Orient Express - Worlds of Fun

#5 - 20,000 Leagues - Magic Kingdom

#5 - Hercules - Dorney Park

#6 - PeopleMover - Disneyland

#6 - The Bat - Paramount’s Kings Island

#7 - Submarine Voyage - Disneyland

#7 - King Combra - Paramount’s Kings Island

#8 - Rocket Rods - Disneyland

#8 - Stealth - Paramount’s Great America

#9 - Journey Into Imagination - Epcot

#9 - Cyclone - Crystal Beach

#10 - Adventure Thru Inner Space - Disneyland
#10 - Country Bear Jamboree - Disneyland
#10 - Space Mountain - Disneyland

#10 - Thunder Looper - Alton Towers

That’s a wrap people! Thanks for visiting and voting in the 7th Annual Screamscape Ultimate Awards. We enjoyed having you and invite everyone to return next year because this thing just keeps getting bigger!

 

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