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Postby Homer » Sat May 02, 2009 3:54 pm

WHY does everything awesome happen when I'm recovering from hip surgery? :angry:

If I had one wish, I need to get to Sea World ASAP. Ive been putting it off for... 10 years. I'm glad to hear the ride is awesome and that it doesn't have a hydraulic floors. It makes everything that much faster.
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Postby nicksvideo » Sat May 02, 2009 4:31 pm

Here are some shots from today:

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I thoroughly enjoyed this attraction. Definitely a welcome addition to SeaWorld!

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Postby delirium_guy » Sat May 02, 2009 4:33 pm

Now that the ride has opened, I have no problem posting my opinion as I was able to ride quite a few times the past week or so. The ride flat out rocks. I've been on all 3 Superman clones plus the 2 Vekoma models. I had an idea of what to expect from Manta, much to my surprise the ride absolutely exceeded my expectations. The backseat is most certainly more intense than the front seat. I gotta admit though, being in the front and watching the Manta Lead Car spiraling ahead of you is pretty awesome.

The backseat is fantastic. It starts with a nice pull over the lift and a quick whip around to the right.....the drop honestly has some bite to it and much more than what one would expect. As any of us could have anticipated, the Pretzel Loop is fantastic....it is WAY more intense than Superman's.....but I have yet to ride Tatsu but can't compare. i will tell you that a few employees that I was talking to one night HAVE been on Tatsu and they actually preferred Manta.

The rest of the ride is just fun. The first inline twist is relatively slow in the back seat, but very graceful as you watch the sky spin around. The downward spiral picks up the speed VERY quick and you pull some nice g's going through it. I do want to note that before entering this element, you do appear to glide over the tree tops below. The flat spin is a lot of fun as well! Its taken pretty fast and I love the dip upon exiting it as you are facedown over the crowd on the walkway below.

The block brake trims VERY little speed off the ride and the drop whips the backseat over it. I will say that the second half of the ride doesn't have so much intensity, but stands out and is INCREDIBLY effective with all the visuals in play. While riding, as the train banks out of the block brake drop, you see the wall of water that sprays in front of you for the splashdown. The climb up and turn into the waterfall turn is quick and fun. Backseat, left side is the money seat.....the waterfall is VERY VERY close and you do get wet from it on the ride. The next inversion is smooth and taken pretty fast, but the last turn on the ride is where it seems like you are just inches from the water surface on the left side of the train.

Overall, the ride is AWESOME and it most certainly exceeded my expectations for it.....which doesn't happen to often to me. I know some may think I'm biased because I work there, but I am a seasoned rider and have been on plenty of coasters to make fair judgement. Definitely a backseat ride.

The non-rider side of the aquarium is not open as of yet. The queue for the ride is absolutely beautiful inside, even has hidden rays engraved into the rockwork. As of now, there are rays in the main tank however it isn't anywhere near what will ultimately be in there. Even with this not being complete, the experience is wonderful. For guests not knowing anything about the attraction, it really is immersive in how they have it set up. There are multiple smaller aquariums along the way as well, some of which have yet to have their occupants move in. Once you reach the end of the aquarium building there is a greeter where the line splits to go to each of the two stations. At this point, everything is heavily lit in deep blues, given the impression of being under the sea.....and I gotta say much more effectively than the queue for Nemo at Epcot.

There is a wonderful soundtrack that not only accompanies the queue line and station, but also the entire area. The Park did a wonderful job at bringing everything together, its all very cohesive. One of the coolest "little touches" that I like is the sound effect that accompanies each train as they are dispatch. A very loud thunderous type roar sounds, followed by a mix of the music from the promo video that was released back in March.

The ride opend around 230 today as others have stated. The queue was filled, but not quite to the entrance. After I got off work, I walked over and decided to wait just to get the rest of the experience with the queue. Wait time was only 30 minutes. KUDOS to the crew! Fantastic job running all three trains, very impressive dispatching given its the first day of operation with guests. As you are waiting on the bridge that leads from the waterfall to the showbuilding, you will get splashed. As the last car of the train passes the waterfall, water is flung all the way over to the bridge which was unexpected, but cool :-)

This attraction has elevated the standards for BEC Parks and I feel has set the bar even higher for the SeaWorld.. Comparing the final product (well, not quite final, yet) to the artist renderings.....you won't find all that much difference. The aquarium is almost completely hidden behind the foilage that the Park has planted. The entire area is absolutely gorgeous and the ride fits in seamlessly. Its very interactive with guests and people were absolutely loving every second of it today.
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Postby themeparkman25 » Sat May 02, 2009 4:59 pm

^I second that! THe picture looks great though, its awesome to see the ride "complete" and running with the GP. I think the splashdown looks awesome as does the entry.

^^Thanks for your review, sounds like a must ride!

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Postby Westcot » Sat May 02, 2009 5:05 pm

Thank you for the photo update, nicksvideos! The splashdown looks absolutely fantastic. Is there any way that I could get a larger version of each of those photos? I'd like to use any of them for a desktop wallpaper, if it's alright with you. :)

delirium_guy wrote:There is a wonderful soundtrack that not only accompanies the queue line and station, but also the entire area. The Park did a wonderful job at bringing everything together, its all very cohesive. One of the coolest "little touches" that I like is the sound effect that accompanies each train as they are dispatch. A very loud thunderous type roar sounds, followed by a mix of the music from the promo video that was released back in March.


Thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear about the soundtrack. It almost sounds like they've made it sort of like the old Epcot Living Seas soundtrack with the different background sounds.

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Postby jkwan » Sat May 02, 2009 5:15 pm

I was expecting the splash down to be bigger, you know like Sheikra's splash down. But very cool none-the-less.
And also, the letters that make up the word Manta on the sign entrance looks photo-shopped every time I see it. But the ray the letters are on looks very cool.
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Postby delirium_guy » Sat May 02, 2009 5:28 pm

Westcot wrote:Thank you for your review! I'm glad to hear about the soundtrack. It almost sounds like they've made it sort of like the old Epcot Living Seas soundtrack with the different background sounds.


The soundtrack was a surprise to me. I sort of expected music in the aquarium, but not in the entire area plus the station. Like I said, they really thought it all out. Everything goes together very well, the Park has every right to be proud of this baby....definitely an excellent addition to SeaWorld.

As for the splash down, it is small....but I do like how it operates. It begins at the end near the bottom of the drop, the water shoots up rapidly (one jet at a time) and follows the lead car around the curve. Of course the jets remain on until the entiretrain has passed through the element. Its still entertaining for those viewing, but from a rider standpoint this absolutely beats Sheikra's splash. I was in the far left seat this afternoon and still saw the water in front of my face. I know the right side is the best for that turn, however during my earlier rides, the splash wasnt functioning yet....I'm definitely thinking you see a lot of water on the right :-)

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Postby Sticky Nicky » Sat May 02, 2009 5:29 pm

They timed that block out perfectly. I t got me wondering on where towards the top of the lift is the spot where the blocks change as the train in the splashdown had just passed the block and the other train was almost completely off the lift.

I'm referring to this picture:

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Postby roller91 » Sat May 02, 2009 5:35 pm

I'm definitely thinking you see a lot of water on the right


I rode on the right side and you are right you do see the water and I got a little wet to so they did the splashdown prefect.

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Postby justint87 » Sat May 02, 2009 6:12 pm

Great pictures, however, let me tell you, pictures don't do justice. The place looks MUCH better in person. I was there today and there was already a huge line before it even opened. Later in the day, the line got much shorter. The atmosphere around the entire attraction is so great. It just looks so beautiful there, it can be enjoyed even if you don't get on it. SeaWorld did a great job.

All day I watch guests stared and was in awe over this new attraction. The water splash was not big but it really looks cool in person watching the train go by and the splash come up.

Trains were dispatched fast, with a train leaving the station going up the lift immediately after a train hit the MCBR, sometimes even faster.

I probably won't get my first ride until later this week and I'm really already so excited about this ride and I only just walked around it.

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