Amusement park thrills and chills don't always come in the form of a roller coaster. Sometimes the most memorable and immersive ride experiences take the form of dark rides, 3D simulators, log flumes or drop towers. We asked USA TODAY 10Best readers to help us name the best non-roller coaster ride in the nation, and after four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, an old classic at Disney's Hollywood Studios, took top honors, proving that newer isn't always better. This accelerated drop ride opened in 1994 and has been thrilling Orlando visitors ever since.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride are as follows:
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - Disney's Hollywood Studios
- Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey - Universal's Islands of Adventure
- Soarin' - Disney California Adventure & Epcot
- Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts - Universal Studios Florida
- Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man - Universal's Islands of Adventure
- Haunted Mansion - Disneyland & Magic Kingdom
- Jurassic Park: The Ride & River Adventure - Universal Studios Hollywood & Islands of Adventure
- Timber Mountain Log Ride - Knott's Berry Farm
- Splash Mountain - Disneyland & Magic Kingdom
- Pirates of the Caribbean - Disneyland & Magic Kingdom
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Joel Bullock (The Coaster Critic), Lance Hart (Screamscape), Steve Kalkofen (RollerCoasterPro), Arthur Levine (About.com Theme Park Expert) and Robert Niles (Theme Park Insider) were chosen based on their extensive knowledge of American amusement parks.
Additional nominees for Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride included Revenge of the Mummy at Universal Studios Hollywood & Florida, Mission: SPACE at Epcot, Radiator Springs Racers at Disney California Adventure, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, Transformers: The Ride 3D at Universal Studios Hollywood & Florida, Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls at Universal's Islands of Adventure, Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando Resort, The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood & Florida and MEN IN BLACK Alien Attack at Universal Studios Florida.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo