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.
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?"
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...
Change the scheme, Alter the mood! Electrify the boys and girls if you would be so kind!
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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