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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby kylexy2298 » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:16 pm

Does anyone know if there will be a water splashdown effect like on Fanta (haha, gotta keep it going ;) ) , because if there is, then this ride will be one of the better rides in So. Cal, in my opinion.

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Postby omgitsmatt93 » Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:14 am

anyone know ifthe trains are onsite yet?
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Postby PAL » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:28 am

^One train is on the track!

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:
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What's that I spy? A train! A train!
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They weren't kidding about the hard hats. Duck, it'll be worth it.
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Yes! Smooth, smooth wheels. I must caress them.
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We begged, but Reilly said there'll be no opening of presents until May 26.
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Here's the whole, plastic wrapped beauty.
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Must. Push. The. Button.
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A twisty coming out of the second LSM launch.
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Splash zone? The word I heard here was "skim."
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Sea World park President John Reilly doing his media thing.
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Last one - the signature swoop. Manta is deliciously curvaceous.
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Postby robbalvey » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:34 am

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.

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Postby PAL » Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:40 am

^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.

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Postby empires » Fri Mar 23, 2012 4:57 pm

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?

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Postby chadster » Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:05 pm

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Postby PAL » Fri Mar 23, 2012 6:13 pm

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.

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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:31 pm

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Great aerial view of Manta’s fully installed track! The loading station and launch building are coming along too!
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Hey Fans, here’s the first sneak peek on construction inside the Launch Building where Manta riders will literally be catapulted onto the course!!
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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!!!
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Re: SeaWorld San Diego (SWSD) Discussion Thread

Postby darklingscribe » Tue Mar 27, 2012 2:06 pm

It's shaping up to be quite the ride, I just hope they take better care of these video screens than the ones in Journey to Atlantis's elevator.

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