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P. 628: Ice Breaker launched coaster for 2020!
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Postby WFChris » Fri Mar 06, 2009 10:46 pm

^ Maybe it wont look so weird once the seats are raised up to the flying position? Just a thought...


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Postby alpengeist04 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:41 am

Lenaapple1974 wrote:The only thing I will wonder is - how on earth will they keep that white, well - white!?

I'm sure BEC has enough experience with Alpengeist that it won't be a problem. ;)

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Postby BuschSchoe » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:34 am

The thing I think is really unique about this coaster is how it seems very calming.
Usually, coasters (espeically with an animal icon such as Manta) try to make it seem as menacing and frightful as possible.

But Seaworld Orlando is making this coaster seem like a calming fly over the ocean with stingray friends. :)
Pretty cool if you ask me.

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Postby themeparkman25 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 1:37 am

You know what the best part about rolling the clocks forward is this year? It is ONE WHOLE HOUR I do not have to wait to see Manta begin testing? Can you say "best daylight savings ever"?

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Postby Six Flags Enthuseast » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:27 am

^Wow! Also means one hour less time for Terminator! YAY!!!! :b :br :lover:

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Postby whakojacko » Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:27 pm

Wasnt manta supposed to test run today?

I assume somebody was recording video for all of us? :P

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Postby bgeguy » Sun Mar 08, 2009 5:48 pm

An update has been posted at Johnny Upsidedown.

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:22 pm

Today I visited the park in hopes that the rumors about a 3:00 pm test run would be true. While it seems that the Manta team was trying to get things running today (and that is based on observation alone), work was still being done on the pre-lift hydraulics as well, among other things.
I don't think I've posted a shot like this yet...
Memorial Day, here we come!
Much like Balder on the UK Tour 2006, Manta is sponsored by hammers and nails!
The construction site for the Manta area is still highly active.
For some reason, I really liked this photo.
Is that water I see?
The entrance continues to have its rockwork built up as the adjacent pond is built.
Here is one of the two reach envelopes on the track, near the entrance fly-by.
Even more water.
The station's cracked look has started to appear as paint is applied.
Another shot of the rising entrance.
It would have been the perfect day for a test run...
*Imagines people screaming "whee!"*
Another shot I can never get enough of!
Today, technicians were working on the hydraulics responsible for moving the station switchtrack back and forth. I saw the system work twice during my two-hour visit.
I really am getting used to seeing this at my home park.
These two guys were riding around on a cherrypicker checking several parts of the lift and of the surrounding area.
From the "Pizza" quick service location, I was able to see this side of the station. I, along with two workers watched for fifteen minutes as one of the construction managers surveyed the area. They were told that the tests were supposed to happen today as well.
Can anyone tell what is inside of this doorway?
This side of the area has received its main walkway, and once the "ocean" is filled on the entrance side, we will see one there as well.
The cherrypicker men checking the lift...
Another building is receiving its red coat of paint.
A look towards the park entrance from the Manta construction site.
The station was unfortunately empty, giving me enough reason to believe that the test run would not happen during my visit.
This is another one of those photos that I am proud of.
But here is the real "money shot!"
And what would my Manta report be without a "sun shot?"
Or another?
Another entrance to the aquarium is being wrapped by rockwork.
An overview of the "splashdown" area.
I hope to see Manta doing test runs by the time I return...
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Postby themeparkman25 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 6:43 pm

The anticipation is killing me!!!! Maybe it ran during the times you weren't there? There is reason to believe if management was talking about it!

A couple things though...
-The concrete pour towards the pretzel loop and the flat spin is going to be huge!! Thats quite the area they have ready to go.
-At this point, I am very indifferent to the colors they are painting the building. When all said and done I'm sure they will look nice, but at this point, the soft pinks, greens and blues seems a little awkward.
-The "ocean" area seems smaller than I imagined. I mean hopefully they lay more black tarp down but in comparison to the concept art, the current ocean seems rather small.

Anyways, thanks so much for the update!!! It was fantastic.

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Postby Fork » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:13 pm

There weren't any test runs at all today. The reach envelopes are still on the track, that should be a dead giveaway that test runs haven't occurred yet... But I can't wait until they do!


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