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Postby KrakenKing » Wed Nov 05, 2008 4:06 pm

Ooo, layout :D

I like the two flat spins... for some reason I've always liked the ending one on the Superman:UF coasters.

Though, I thought it was going to be a bit longer... but who cares, Orlando is finally getting a flier :D
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Postby spacemtfan » Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:35 pm

I agree with DiSab. The layout, though fun, is a bit on the short side. On the plus side, it would be a perfect mini B&M flyer for first-timers who have never been on a B&M flyer.
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Postby delirium_guy » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:03 pm

For those who are thinking the ride is on the short side, you do realize that its only about 300 feet shorter than Tatsu, right? That would make it the second longest flyer thats out there? As for the block brake, I'm not entirely sure of its purpose on this particular ride, despite them running 3 trains....unless they really think they can get the trains dispatched quickly enough to justify having the extra block mid ride. As for the water effect, it will be simulated....not the actual train making the splash like Sheikra or Griffon....at least thats the last I heard. If they operate Manta like Kraken, the mid-course brake will be used very lightly and have little to no effect on the ending of the ride.

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Postby Not For Sale » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:33 pm

Construction update for 11/5.
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This is where the pretzel loop will begin.
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They were bolting in the support for 2nd top of the pretzel loop.
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Our attempt to go over to Journey was foiled by a wall.
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And this truck was to blame. It was opened back up in about a minute.
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The pretzel loop is looking to be pretty intense.
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Correction: They did not build the roof of the station the other day.
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A coaster nerd's dream. Time for the money shots.
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Oh yeah. It's blurry because I was trembling in excitement.
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Maintenance shed and future aquarium (I think).
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And here's the other side of that.
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Station framing.
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Thems looks like supports!
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The last of the evac stairs to be added.
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Update 11/5/08

Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:36 pm

This week's construction update brings sight of the entry to Manta's large pretzel loop as well as work being done on the ride's station, maintenance shed and exhibit areas.

These photos were taken on November 5th, 2008.
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Guests entering the park are treated with a preview of what is to come.
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The ride's lift and first drop have been completed, allowing work to begin on the pretzel loop.
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Manta continues to rise from the depths of the construction--a giant within the park.
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Two of the pretzel loops supports have been installed as the track work moves forward.
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Some paths towards Key West may be randomly blocked off for temporary use as an entry/exit point for construction vehicles.
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The ride's maintenance and vehicle storage facility has gone up quickly.
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Growing further...
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From the Skytower we are given an overview of the work being done in preparation for Manta.
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Framework for the station has begun to take shape amongst the rest of the construction.
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The maintenance shed is quite large and appears to be almost complete.
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Another overview of the construction site.
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The pretzel loop will be visible from all sides of the park.
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Manta blends in very well with the Seaworld Orlando atmosphere already set.
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The skyline will continue to grow as Manta comes closer to completion...
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Postby mcjaco » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:51 pm

^ Were you two guys taking pictures next to each other????? :lolr:

Yeah, not impressed with the layout of this at all. And the pretzel loop as the first element.....yawn.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:59 pm

^Yes--actually we were! We both went to the parks today and we had a little bit of overlap in our photos considering we were next to each other for the majority of the time.

I'm somewhat excited with the pretzel loop being the premier element for the coaster, but I'm hoping that the loop itself is not too intense, as this is the only element that has ever pushed my limits of comfort to sickness when riding a coaster. I am definitely looking forward to the completion of the track work and especially after what has been done so far, I look forward to seeing the ride blend in well with all that Seaworld Orlando has to offer already.
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Postby DBru » Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:29 pm

I'm actually a fan of the layout. The pretzel loop is one of my favorite elements, and I think the best flyers are ones that stay close to the ground, and interact with the environment; it looks like Manta will do just that!

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Postby mcjaco » Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:29 pm

It looks like the smaller pretzel loop used in the Superman clones. The rest of the ride just kind looks meh.

Oh well, can't tell until you ride it.

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Postby Kennyweird » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:27 pm

That layout is weak sauce! Boo!
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