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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 8:25 am

I've been looking forward to tomorrow for a very long time! Are there any other TPR members heading out to the event who want to meet up?

Manta is looking absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait to ride it tomorrow! 24 hours and counting! :b

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 10:35 am

Lucscs100a wrote:Well, I liked the coaster, and it looks really fun! But... Isn't it kinda boring in the end??? Well, guess i'm gonna have to ride it to know...


I actually really like the 2nd helix at the end ;)

Also, someone mentioned the screens being washed with light. I noticed that too, even with the room closed off before the launch, it seems like the projections weren't 100%. Maybe that's something they're still working on though. (did anybody notice that you hardly get to see any of the movie when you're in the front row? still, worth it)

I really want to go back.... like right now... but I'm going to wait until the long weekend is over. Crowd forecasts are off the charts!

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 10:46 am

This actually looks WAY better than I thought it would be. I honestly thought, from looking at previous videos/construction photo's that the track would be a little longer than a roller skater. I'm glad I was wrong.

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 11:07 am

^Same--it wasn't until I saw an overhead shot that I had an idea how big this "little" ride actually was.

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 11:44 am

That certainly turned out to be a lot bigger than I thought. Looks pretty good.

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 11:50 am

I agree with the consensus that this coaster looks great. I can't wait to get down there and ride it in a few weeks.

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 12:03 pm

Sir Clinksalot wrote:This actually looks WAY better than I thought it would be. I honestly thought, from looking at previous videos/construction photo's that the track would be a little longer than a roller skater. I'm glad I was wrong.


I have to agree. Even after seeing the aerial shots, the ride appeared to be longer in the POV than I expected. The landscaping looks great, too!

Manta Media Day!

Fri May 25, 2012 1:45 pm

Yesterday Theme Park Review went to the Manta Media Day!

The new ride at Sea World San Diego opens officially this Saturday to the public.

Though the ride was operating, the site was still under heavy construction to get it ready for its grand opening this Saturday, so there wasn't a lot of fanfair but it was still an amazing day!

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Lets head to Manta!
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The ride Sign, isn't it pretty!!
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Once you cross the bridge into the area you have a few choices! Either get in line for the coaster or go look at the Rays.
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Make sure you're tall enough to ride.
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Heading down the queue.
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And look at the fancy view you have!
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You get a pretty good view of the beginning of the ride from the queue.
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First airtime hill!
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Heading into the aquarium portion of the queue. There are 4 large windows for you to see the rays as they swim by.
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The normal aquarium view parallels the ride queue, but has an additional viewing windows on the ceiling.
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And then we head outside.
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The ride queue takes the left path, and the aquarium takes the right.
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Then up to the station! There will be a lot of plants and such going in. As I said earlier, the area was still under construction and the foliage was not yet put in.
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And finally the station!
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Look at those sexy trains!!
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This ride goes all over the place!
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RULES! FOLLOW!
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They did a great job on the station as well.
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Manta will eat those who disobey! (That's what the sign says)
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And a quick ride description.
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Here we go!
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The train leaves the station and enters this, the launch tunnel. This is a 207 degree screen with some really cool animation of rays, and some ocean motion ;) Then the door opens and you LAUNCH!
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 1:47 pm

Part 2
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It uses LSMs to launch the train at 43 MPH! In 2 seconds!!
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Thought the ride is only 30 feet high, it goes down 54 ft.
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It travels the 2,800 feet of track in a minute and 40 seconds. Helped by its second launch!
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The second half of the ride is awesome!
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Its actually pretty wild for a family coaster!
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The ride packs a bigger punch then you'd expect.
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Once you exit, you head to the gift shop. The aquarium also exits through the gift shop.
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You'll be able to view your on ride photo.
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And you're back on top again where you can pet the rays!
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And the coaster is still close by!
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And there is a pathway that goes under the coaster in the back area.
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Hello Mr. Ray!
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ITS SO CUTE!
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Also, they are adding Quick Queue? I didn't get any info on this but its great!
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Turtle Reef opened recently as well.
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There be turtles in her.
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Its kind of hidden behind the Shark Encounter.
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Turtle turtle.
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There is also this thing called Turtlelink
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Thanks for a great day Sea World!!

Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Fri May 25, 2012 2:28 pm

This is a prefect ride for Sea World! I am so happy they added it and keeping it under 30Ft made the ride more exciting I think. Big thanks to Sea World for letting TPR come and preview the ride and get some awesome shots.
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