I have not been to very many parks, but @ my home park (SFGAm) I would have to say that Batman: The Ride has the best theming. When you first walk in, you're in "Gotham City Park", consisting of bushes, trees, flowers, a fountain, etc... Then, you make your way into the "alley" where there is a crashed police car, graffiti, and all kinds of "junk" (bikes, toilets, sinks, fridges, etc...) then you enter all the dark tunnels leading up to the well themed "Batcave".
Seems like the people who said Six Flags or Cedar Point (Disaster Transport?) Have never been to a Disney or Universal Park. DD really has the best themeing by far of any ride. I also thinks Splash Mountain, Spiderman(just to name a few)also have great themeing. Personally i think you can't beat the outside of Dudley Do-Right, that is so cool.
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1) Tower Of Terror 2) Spiderman 3) Journey to Atlantis 4) Exterminator
A drop tower, a dark/simulator ride, a dark/water/roller coaster ride, and a wild mouse. All have great interiors. are good rides, and have a story. All start the story long before you get on the ride itself. Tower Of Terror gets number one because the operators are not just crowd managers, they are also actors in the story.
B&MAaron said: "Seems like the people who said Six Flags or Cedar Point (Disaster Transport?) Have never been to a Disney or Universal Park. DD really has the best themeing by far of any ride. I also thinks Splash Mountain, Spiderman(just to name a few)also have great themeing. Personally i think you can't beat the outside of Dudley Do-Right, that is so cool.
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Here we go: 1. Dueling Dragons 2. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 3. Nemesis 4. Volcano-The Blast Coaster 5. The Exterminator 6. The Incedible Hulk 7. Kraken 8. Alpengeist 9. Big Bad Wolf 10. California Screamin
I think Windjammer's theming was better than the ride, by a lot. The reason why people actually went in line for it because it looked so good. But of course, after the ride, they thought wrong. I like how they lined the ride's perimeter with canary island palms and they made an artificial 'dock' and 'mini-boardwalk' built into the queue, entrance, and spectating area of the ride. They actually did have some of the ride over water in a 'mini-lagoon'. There was also beach sand under certain parts of the ride with also beach chairs, beach umbrellas and toys kids use at the beach like shovels, small buckets, etc scattered all over. The senior ride operator also had a really cool place to do the dispatching and signaling. She or he sat in a booth above the station between both tracks that was themed like a 'watch tower' at the beaches. It was pretty fun. The trains also has 'surf boards' placed on the sides. Another thing people missed out on was the 'spiral cone'. The 'spiral cone' was a unique mechanical device placed directly in the center of the ride's helix finale and it emitted artificial fog while creating a spiraling wind current that would make a real life miniature tornado. So riders entered the helix and felt like they were being spun in circles through a tornado!
Seriously, when you're halfway down into the pit looking up at the monster, feeling the rumbles of the B&M track, and seeing the train blast through the inversions at a heck of a speed, you'll know why it's the best themed coaster.
Half the reason I like it is cos of how close you can get to it. And the other - it looks plain awesome off & on the ride.
I love Alpengeist's, too, the attention to the details is fantastic.
How does Dueling Dragons have the best theming? The ride itself has no theming at all except for the dragon designed trains, which look sweet. The only theming for Dueling Dragons is the castle. Although IMO the castle is the best themed line every created. To put it simply the coasters has no more theming than a normal B&M, but walking the long way through the castle really makes the experience worth while.
As for best themed ride I have no idea. For me I would say MIB or Spidey, but they are both so perfect, and if you want to talk about immersion how about T2, but it could just be considered a show. Even after doing it more than 50 times I always forget I'm at Universal.
"As far as natural theming, you cant beat the natural setting of the Beast."
Actually, you can if you consider back before the devil (I mean Paramount) owned Kings Island, the Beast had bluegrass playing in line (no dumb stand up comedy that you can see but not hear on Qtv), they had an actual pond under the bridge to the station with the mill actually working, and they had hardly any lights back in the woods to make those night rides so much more frightening. Now if I want the best natural setting, I ride the Legend or Raven at Holiday World. ------------- Spoon!