Favorite Dark Ride

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Postby Movieguy » Sun May 22, 2005 7:27 am

Haunted Mansion will always be my favorite darkride.

It's strange. I've had a fascination with darkrides, even though I've mostly been too scared to go on many of them.

I also really enjoyed the darkrides from the old days of EPCOT, Horizons, World of Motion, and the original Journey into Imagination. I'm happy that Spaceship Earth's still around...for now.

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Sun May 22, 2005 9:40 am

I will go with Spidey. It may not be the best one to ride over and over, but I will never forget the first time.

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Postby PKDFreak » Sun May 22, 2005 10:20 am

I really like Blazing Fury at Dollywood...but Darkastle is Badass too!

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Postby shepp » Sun May 22, 2005 10:30 am

Another (maybe unimaginative) vote for Spidey. Unlike CoasterFanatic, I find its amazing level of detail makes for real rerideability...

Runners-up would be ROTM (USF), which is great but lacks Spidey's scale and amazement, and - well, maybe it's not strictly a "dark ride," but even if you took away the shooting, MIB would be one of the most impressive, wittiest indoor rides ever...

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Postby CoasterFanatic » Sun May 22, 2005 9:09 pm

Another ride I really enjoy, and it may seem really silly, is the "Wacky Shack" at Waldameer. It has to be the greatest of the "Tracy" era.

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Postby J man » Sun May 22, 2005 9:14 pm

The Haunted Mansion and Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin both at Disneyland.

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Dark Rides..

Postby jarmor » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:31 pm

I dont know about you guys but im really into dark rides. They are soo much fun and they offerquite a different experience from any other type of ride in a theme/amusement park. But what gets me is why not too many parks still install them? I have been fortunate enough to have gone on some pretty good dark rides like The brand new Treasure Hunt down at myrtle Beach Pavilion (must not moving the park since they just added a new ride! :lol: ) which was totally awesome and fun, another one at myrtle beach which is the haunted hotel which I thought was gonna be a tad bit more gruesome but it was still fun none the least, Monster Plantation down at Six Flags over Georgia which is, in my opinion, one of the BEST and original dark rides out there, Blazin' Fury over at Dollywood which has some very funny (and ugly) animatronics and cool effects, Scooby Doo's Haunted Mansion at Paramount's Carowinds is pretty good but it seem a tad bit "generic", Spidey down at IOA is what I would consider the second generation of dark rides and very well done, and of course all the dark rides down at Disney World that basically made disney what it is today!

I know im not the only one out there who has that **Special** love for the dark rides out there!

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P.S. If anyone is interested I have footage of the Treasure Hunt at Myrtle Beach and Monster Plantation over at SFoG (also have footage of the haunted hotel at myrtle beach but it was a tad but too dark in there!)
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Postby Damien666 » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:53 pm

I agree, I love dark rides! Spiderman is just great,it has one of the most powerful endings of any ride. The Cat In The Hat is another one that I really like. The spinning couches add a unique twist to the ride. Shooting dark rides can be really fun too. Sally Corp can make some good and cardboard-cutouts-shooting-darkrides-that-are-copied-as-much-as-Vekoma SLC's, darkrides. The really good ones they have made are Labyrinth of the Minotaur and Challenge of Tutankhamon. Vekoma as we all know can make some painful coasters(except Roller Skaters!) But they can make a darkride that I want to go on and have more of these in the US. It is called a Madhouse,it tricks you into thinking you are going upsidown! For info on many of the madhouse's,how they work and some very good videos of them(Check out Villa Volta's mainshow video,Villa Volta has one of the best soundtracks of any ride! :D ) Go to www.madhouseguide.com

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Postby BarryH » Tue Jul 26, 2005 3:57 pm

I like darkrides, but the companies that do it the best are Universal and Disney. Other dark rides at other parks tend to be very cheesy, terrible, or just look really cheap. The Haunted House at Knoebel's is one of the best dark rides outside the major theme parks that I've ridden.

Besides, there are other things to do at parks besides coasters. Yes, it's true! Don't faint! :D

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Postby coasterdude5 » Tue Jul 26, 2005 4:17 pm

I love dark rides. My favorite is Definately Monster Plantation. It was hilarious. But I heard a rumor they might retheme it to something stupid. :( My favorite indoor darkride/coaster is Blazing Fury.That small thing packs some forces! It's themeing is awesome, too. How many drops does it have? Anybody have any drawings? Track Layout? That'd be cool.


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