Today I had the chance to stop by Seaworld Orlando, not only to pay my last respects to the Hospitality Center (those photos can be seen here. It had been a while since I had revisited the attraction, having not seen it since the trackwork was still being done, so seeing the completed ride was definitely a treat. Now, much of the work is being focused on the landscaping of Manta's features and the theming of the station and queue areas. Work on several smaller stands or buildings has begun as well. Even the base/frame for Manta's wing dip splash effect has been formed. There is much to be seen!
Much work has been done since my last visit...
The train storage facility is complete and ready for use as the trains for Manta begin assembly for testing over the next month and a half (according to several managers with whom I spoke today).
Manta is a great addition to the park's skyline which can be seen from all angles. It is quite different to see the ride from the second loop and airtime hill on Kraken as well.
The second half of the ride is complete and awaiting landscaping.
The concrete frame for the wing dip effect has been installed, likely to be revisited once the rest of the area's "ocean" is ready.
A new building has been framed and is awaiting roof-tiling. I would assume that this will be a place for fluffy, fluffy bunny filled with medicine and goo rentals.
Not much else has been done to the "action" part of the ride--at least not that we can see. Please note that the on-ride photo is at the bottom interior of the pretzel loop.
The train storage facility and transfer track from overhead.
Another new building frame has gone up, as seen here.
An overview of the entire coaster from the Sky Tower.
The station continues to receive plenty of attention as construction of the area's theming and landscaping continues.
The new quick service location aptly titled "Pizza" (the former Smokehouse BBQ) will offer diners an up close view of the ride's "action section."
Manta gracefully weaves in, out and around itself during the course of its run...
Manta is also very close to Mama's Kitchen which features "Healthy Alternatives" for meals.
The ride's station receives some additional framework (presumably for new theming), which will likely offer an extra "fly-by" moment for the riders.
Interior work on the station continues as well...
This ride truly is massive!
This shot makes the flat spin look extremely long.
I love "sun shots!"
I'm sure that Seaworld's creative team is just dying to get testing started so they can see the beauty of their creation in real life.
B&M-quality inversions--I'm looking forward to experiencing this!
Something about this twisted mass of steel is just visually appealing.
Rockwork has begun on the Key West side of the ride's station.
This ride's location at the center of the park makes it a prime icon for the entryway and a visually highlighted attraction from any side of the park itself.
Some of the station's architectural styles are becoming more visible as construction continues.
Approaching the wing dip...
Manta is sure to be an excellent addition to the already stellar thrill lineup at Seaworld Orlando... Summer 2009, here we come!
Whether just entering or leaving the parking lot, Manta makes guests aware of its presence.
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
Wow, I'm glad we can really see the whole layout now. These are great pictures.
Manta really has an awesome layout. I love how right when you come out of the pretzel loop you go right into a turn and a twist. That'll be pretty intense. The colors look a lot better than I thought they would too.
Does anyone have a picture of how the wing dip slash splash down area will work? I dont get the splash part and why there is a trench dug out. THe only thing I can think of is that the entire "occean" will we filled with rays and then the little area where it splashes down will be ray-free. Is that right?
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