Sea World San Diego invited ACE to join a media hardhat tour of Manta on Thursday. The site is looking great. It's big - five acres that redefine the heart of the park.
Here's the new info: The first test runs are about a month out. One train is already in the maintenance bay. All four trains can operate at one time. Capacity is expected to be 1,400 riders an hour. Opening day is just over two months away, on May 26.
Although Sea World doesn’t release attraction cost info, Reilly said “it is up there” in terms of the park’s most expensive capital improvement.
One extra note. The park’s dolphin habitat is scheduled to reopen in a couple of days following a lengthy refurbishment. Guests will now have the opportunity to interact with the dolphins without paying an upcharge. Reilly said San Diego is the first park to try this approach.
Let's look at some photos:
What's that I spy? A train! A train!
They weren't kidding about the hard hats. Duck, it'll be worth it.
Yes! Smooth, smooth wheels. I must caress them.
We begged, but Reilly said there'll be no opening of presents until May 26.
Here's the whole, plastic wrapped beauty.
Must. Push. The. Button.
A twisty coming out of the second LSM launch.
Splash zone? The word I heard here was "skim."
Sea World park President John Reilly doing his media thing.
Last one - the signature swoop. Manta is deliciously curvaceous.
PAL wrote:One extra note. The park’s dolphin habitat is scheduled to reopen in a couple of days following a lengthy refurbishment. Guests will now have the opportunity to interact with the dolphins without paying an upcharge. Reilly said San Diego is the first park to try this approach.
What sort of 'interaction' as SeaWorld Orlando has had a dolphin "fondle pond" where you can pet the dolphins for years. You can also feed them for just the cost of the food (a few dollars, not much), so unless this is a full interaction, like Discovery Cove caliber, SeaWorld Orlando has been doing this as long as I can remember.
^You could do that at San Diego too, although your odds were much better if you queued up and dropped, what, $5 for a tray of fish? It remains to be seen how this will be different. It's no DIP, but should be something more than what they offered for decades. We'll see if food trays are a thing of the past.
Hey PAL, did they mention if the splashdown will be fountain effects or is the train going to actually hit the water? Also, did they mention if there's going to be any other water effects added to the ride?
empires wrote:Hey PAL, did they mention if the splashdown will be fountain effects or is the train going to actually hit the water? Also, did they mention if there's going to be any other water effects added to the ride?
I wish I could say. The park preserved an aura of mystery over a number of elements. For instance, we didn't get near the show building and its 60 foot long screen. Reilly repeatedly described the water element in near-miss terms. Visually, I'm sure there will be some kind of splash. I'm also looking forward to the near misses with the lagoon walls and the rock spire.
That's a sexy wheel shot Paul!
I took that extra special for you Chad. I know how you love a good up-skirt.
Great aerial view of Manta’s fully installed track! The loading station and launch building are coming along too!
Hey Fans, here’s the first sneak peek on construction inside the Launch Building where Manta riders will literally be catapulted onto the course!!
Hey Fans, check out the inside of the Launch “Show” Building. Our contractor is currently building the super cool 270-degree video screen that will surround riders at the start of Manta displaying larger-than-life images of rays that will make you feel like you’re underwater with these magnificent animals before being catapulted up the track!!!
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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