Attraction Madness 2021

What is Attraction Madness?

Attraction Madness is a tournament made up of 68 competing attractions from theme parks around the world.

2021 Selection Process

Every attraction is selected due to various accomplishments in the industry. If an attraction is the winner of a category in a well-recognized awards show (i.e. The Golden Ticket Awards) then that attraction will most likely appear in the Attraction Madness tournament. Also, rides featured on Top (Number) lists of notable persons in the theme park community may find their way into the tournament. Finally, the last nine spots are filled via our Top 50 Best Theme Park Attractions list, in order to bring the total to 68.

The organizations we are taking into consideration for the 2021 tournament are:

  1. The Golden Ticket Awards
  2. USA Today 10 Best
  3. Theme Park Insider Awards
  4. Theme Park Worldwide ranking videos
  5. Coaster Studios ranking videos
  6. Limitless Park Top 50 Best Theme Park Attractions

If an attraction has been selected to join the tournament, it will be bolded. 

Seeds are chosen at the discretion of Limitless Park. Higher and lower seeding is not randomized, but instead awarded based on the merit of a particular award. For instance, it is our opinion that the Golden Ticket Awards for best steel and wooden roller coaster, the top roller coaster of USA Today and the best attraction of the Theme Park Insider Awards are the greatest honor an attraction can receive, so they hold the four “1 seed” spots in the tournament.

If the recognized category awards an attraction that already has a spot in the tournament, the attraction will be listed again but will not be bolded. 

If the recognized category awards a theme park rather than an attraction, the newest major attraction (i.e. extreme roller coaster, large-scale dark ride) will receive a spot in the tournament to represent the park. If that attraction has already claimed a spot in the tournament, the spot will go to the next eligible newest ride. For instance, if Six Flags Great America were to win a category for “best theme park” but Maxx Force (2019) already has a spot in the tournament, the spot would go to Joker (2017). 

If the “new” attraction is more than five years old, a different, more popular attraction may be chosen at the discretion of the tournament selector.

If the award is given to a person, the tournament spot will be given to an attraction at the theme park the person is most closely associated to. If the award is given to a manufacturer, the tournament spot will be given to the newest major ride built by the manufacturer. 

Finally, if an attraction opened in 2021 it is not eligible for the tournament.

2021 Tournament Selections

2020 Golden Ticket Awards

1. Industry Leader Winner – Knott’s Berry Farm – Hangtime (5)

2. Person of the Year Award – Gene Staples, for rescuing Indiana Beach from permanent closure – Hoosier Hurricane (13)

3. Supplier of the Year – Great Coasters International – Texas Stingray (12)

4. Rennaicance Award – Europa Park, for restoring Pirates in Batavia after it burnt down in a fire – Pirates in Batavia (16) 

2019 Golden Ticket Awards

5. Best Amusement Park – Europa Park – Eurosat – Can Can Coaster (8)

6. Best Family Park – Dutch Wonderland – Merlin’s Mayhem (16)

7. Best Wildlife/Marine Life Park – SeaWorld Orlando – Infinity Falls (14)

8. Best Steel Coaster – Carowinds – Fury 325 (1)

9. Best Wooden Coaster – Knoebels – Phoenix (1)

10. Best Guest Experience – Dollywood – Dragonflier (16)

11. Most Beautiful Park – Busch Gardens Williamsburg – Finnegan’s Flyer (16)

12. Best Water Ride – Blackpool Pleasure Beach – Valhalla (9)

13. Best Dark Ride – Shanghai Disneyland – Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure (2)

14. Best New Attraction Installation of 2019 – Universal Islands of Adventuer – Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (2)

15. Best New Roller Coaster of 2019 – Kennywood – Steel Curtain (7)

16. Best New Family Attraction of 2019 – Disneyland – Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (3) 

17. Best Innovation of 2019 – Canada’s Wonderland, for the lose item storage system on Yukon Striker – Yukon Striker (12)

USA Today 10 Best – 2021

18. Amusement Park Number 1 – Silver Dollar City – Mystic River Falls (2)

19. Amusement Park Number 2 – Cedar Point – Steel Vengeance (4)

20. Amusement Park Number 3 – Busch Gardens Williamsburg – InvadR (8)

21. Amusement Park Number 4 – Kings Island – Orion (9)

22. Amusement Park Number 5 – Busch Gardens Tampa – Tigris (13) 

23. Roller Coaster Number 2 – SeaWorld Orlando – Mako (1)

24. Roller Coaster Number 4 – Holiday World – The Voyage (5)

25. Roller Coaster Number 6 – Kings Dominion – Intimidator 305 (8)

26. Roller Coaster Number 7 – Dollywood – Lightning Rod (9)

27. Roller Coaster Number 8 – Kennywood – Phantom’s Revenge (13)

28. Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride 1 – Busch Gardens Tampa – Falcon’s Fury (2)

29. Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride 2 – Magic Kingdom – Splash Mountain (5)

30. Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride 3 – Universal Studios Florida – Men in Black Alien Attack (8)

31. Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride 4 – Disney’s Animal Kingdom – Avatar Flight of Passage (9)

32. Best Non-Roller Coaster Ride 5 – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (13)

2021 Theme Park Insider Awards

33. Best Theme Park – Universal Orlando’s Island of Adventure – Skull Island: Reign of Kong (10)

34. Best New Attraction – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway (5)

35. Best Attraction – Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (1)

2020-2021 Theme Park Worldwide Top 10’s

36. Dark Ride Number 2 – Efteling – Symbolica (3)

37. Dark Ride Number 3 – Tokyo DisneySea – Journey to the Center of the Earth (7)

38. Dark Ride Number 4 – Hong Kong Disneyland – Mystic Manor (10)

39. Roller Coaster Number 3 – Port Aventura World – Shambala (3) 

40. Roller Coaster Number 4 – Energylandia – Zadra (7)

41. Roller Coaster Number 6 – Walibi Holland – Untamed (10)

42. Bucket List Coaster Number 2 – Fuji-Q Highland – Do-Dodonpa (3)

43. Bucket List Coaster Number 3 – Nagashima Spa Land – Steel Dragon 2000 (7)

44. Bucket List Coaster Number 6 – Nagashima Spa Land – Hakugei (10)

2020 Coaster Studios Top Videos

45. Roller Coaster Number 2 – Six Flags Great Adventure – El Toro (4)

46. Roller Coaster Number 5 – Fuji-Q Highland – Eejanaika (6)

47. Roller Coaster Number 7 – Kolmardan – Wildfire (11)

48. Roller Coaster Number 9 – Silver Dollar City – Outlaw Run (14)

49. Roller Coaster Number 10 – Hersheypark – Skyrush (15)

50. Dark Rides Number 2 – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (4)

51. Dark Rides Number 4 – Universal’s Islands of Adventure – The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman (6)

52. Dark Rides Number 5 – Tokyo Disneyland – Pooh’s Honey Hunt (11)

53. Dark Ride Number 6 – Six Flags Over Georgia – Monster Mansion (14)

54. Dark Ride Number 7 – Disneyland – Indiana Jones (15)

55. Motion Simulators Number 1 – Thorpe Park – Darren Browns Ghost Train (4)

56. Motion Simulators Number 3 – Fuji-Q Highland – Fuji Airways (6)

57. Motion Simulators Number 4 – Europa Park – The Voletarium (11)

58. Motion Simulators Number 6 – Disney’s California Adventure – Soarin’ (14)

59. Motion Simulators Number 7 – Universal Studios Florida – Race Thru New York (15) 

2021 Limitless Park Top 50 Best Theme Park Attractions

60. Best Attraction Number 9 – Cedar Point – Maverick (6)

61. Best Attraction Number 14 – Cedar Point – Millennium Force (11)

62. Best Attraction Number 15 – Six Flags Magic Mountain – Twisted Colossus (11)

63. Best Attraction Number 16 – Busch Gardens Tampa – Montu (11)

64. Best Attraction Number 17 – Kings Island – Mystic Timbers (12)

65. Best Attraction Number 18 – Lagoon – Cannibal (12)

66. Best Attraction Number 20 – Disney’s California Adventure – Radiator Springs Racers (15)

67. Best Attraction Number 21 – Magic Kingdom – Haunted Mansion (16)

68. Best Attraction Number 22 – Busch Gardens – Kumba (16) 

2021 Tournament Bracket

Winners written in bold.

FIRST FOUR

1. Kumba (16) v. Haunted Mansion [WDW] (16)

2. Dragonflier (16) v. Finnegan’s Flyer (16)

3. Twisted Colossus (11) v. Montu (11)

4. Pooh’s Honey Hunt (11) v. The Voletarium (11)

FIRST ROUND

BRACKET 1

Fury 325 (1) v. Kumba (16)

Eurosat: Can Can Coaster (8) v. Valhalla (9)

Hangtime (5) v. Texas Stingray (12)

Steel Vengeance (4) v. Hoosier Hurricane (13)

Eejainika (6) v. Wildfire (11)

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (3) v. Infinity Falls (14)

Steel Curtain (7) v. Skull Island: Reign of Kong (10)

Pirates of the Carribean: Battle for Sunken Treasure (2) v. Skyrush (15)

BRACKET 2

Phoenix (1) v. Dragonflier (16)

Intimidator 305 (8) v. Orion (9)

The Voyage (5) v. Yukon Striker (12)

El Toro (4) v. Tigris (13)

The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman (6) v. Millennium Force (11)

Symbolica (3) v. Outlaw Run (14)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (7) v. Mystic Manor (10)

Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (2) v. Indiana Jones (15)

BRACKET 3

Mako (1) v. Pirates in Batavia (16)

Men in Black Alien Attack (8) v. Lightning Rod (9)

Splash Mountain (5) v. Mystic Timbers (12)

Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (4) v. Phantom’s Revenge (13)

Fuji Airways (6) v. Montu (11)

Shambhala (3) v. Monster Mansion (14)

Zadra (7) v. Untamed (10)

Falcon’s Fury (2) v. Race Thru New York (15)

BRACKET 4

Rise of the Resistance (1) v. Merlin’s Mayhem (16)

InvadR (8) v. Avatar: Flight of Passage (9)

Mickey and Minnie Runaway Railway (5) v. Cannibal (12)

Darren Brown’s Ghost Train (4) v. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (13)

Maverick (6) v. The Voletarium (11)

Do-Dodonpa (3) v. Soarin’ (14)

Steel Dragon 2000 (7) v. Hakugei (10)

Mystic River Falls (2) v. Radiator Springs Racers (15)

SECOND ROUND

BRACKET 1

Fury 325 (1) v. Eurosat: Can Can Coaster (8)

Hangtime (5) v. Steel Vengeance (4)

Wildfire (11) v. Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run (3)

Steel Curtain (7) v. Skyrush (15)

BRACKET 2

Phoenix (1) v. Intimidator 305 (8)

The Voyage (5) v. El Toro (4)

Millennium Force (11) v. Outlaw Run (14)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (7) v. Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure (2)

BRACKET 3

Mako (1) v. Lightning Rod (9)

Mystic Timbers (12) v. Phantom’s Revenge (13)

Montu (11) v. Shambhala (3)

Zadra (7) v. Falcon’s Fury (2)

BRACKET 4

Rise of the Resistance (1) v. Avatar: Flight of Passage (9)

Cannibal (12) v. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (13)

Maverick (6) v. Do-Dodonpa (3)

Hakugei (10) v. Radiator Springs Racers (15)

SWEET 16

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