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P. 628: Ice Breaker launched coaster for 2020!
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Postby Bolliger&Mabillard » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:02 am

Looks great. B&M and Busch exceeded my expectations with this project. Then again I never really was on the skeptical side with this. Now all that's left is to find out how she rides.
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Postby rawrtotheargh » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:06 am

I think the trains looked awesome without the graphic. But whats done is done. But maybe when the ride is done it will fit in with some part of the theming in the queue or the station. The zero car makes the train look super long though. But I like it; especially when the train is flying through the course. B&M's are definitely elegant rides. :)

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:35 pm

Today I made my way back to Seaworld to see if I could catch Manta during its test runs. Sadly enough, the ride wasn't running during my visit, but I was able to grab some new photos along a new area that just opened up, so I've got alot to show!

Just as a reference, this new path I am mentioning was previously covered in construction work (it is very close to the bottom of the pretzel loop); in fact, the last time I was so close to it was during the original Manta construction tour.
Rockwork and general landscape construction continues as Manta's main area is is prepared.
Notice the "brickwork" used to help show a varying age in the area...
The splashdown is still being worked on.
Work is ongoing closer to the station and "action portion" of the ride.
There is plenty more rockwork around Manta's station.
See what I mean?
Some odd new cables have been added to the supports of the ride's initial drop.
Could these be for protective nets to be held over the paths?
This is a new view...
It is definitely nice to see this path open again!
I love big, open pathways under big, tightly woven coasters!
This will be an oft-pictured portion of the ride, no doubt.
I am proud of how well this photo lined up, considering I had no idea or intention of doing so.
For some reason, I really like the look of this turn...
Such a nice day to be Manta-spotting!
I really like this photo...
And this one.
Here is a new look at the entry point into the brake run.
The lift doesn't get enough attention.
Here is the money shot!
Turnaround through the trees!
"Its a steel jungle out there..."
Goodbye to Manta for now... I have a good feeling I'll be seeing you soon!
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Postby Sir Clinksalot » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:40 pm

Awesome stuff. The ride is looking AMAZING!!!!

I actually like the zero car.

I would probably say yes, those cables are for coverings on the path.

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Postby rawrtotheargh » Sat Apr 11, 2009 7:48 pm

This ride is looking more and more gorgeous as time goes on. And it looks like its going to be an awesome experience.

On a side note. Does anyone know what the purpose of the red sensor thing is on the front of the trains? I noticed that they installed them on Tatsu around .. i want to say like the later part of 08. But I haven't been able to figure out their function. I know there is a receiver on the catwalk on the turn to the lift. Just curious as to its purpose.
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Postby justint87 » Sat Apr 11, 2009 10:31 pm

Awesome video of Manta. This video provides and up close look on a private tour that was given. The two guys in the video were kind of entertaining and funny too in a corny way. Video includes shots of inside the aquarium (views not seen before), the queue line, from the construction site, on the final brake run, inside the train storage building (up close look at the trains), and many more.

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Postby TheHulk » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:38 am

^ VERY nice video, thanks for sharing it. :b

The interior/ride que is looking aweseome as well, can't wait to get over there when it opens.

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Postby jessy_1992 » Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:40 am

I'm a bit iffy about the graphic, the colours are a bit unusual but it does stand out which I think might be the whole point really but some great pics. :)

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Postby rawrtotheargh » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:49 am

I thought that their video was quite funny. And gave some nice views. Can't wait to actually be traveling through the final brake in person. =)

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Postby DiSab » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:59 am

One thing I'm curious about - is the pond-ish thing at the bottom of the pretzel loop going to have water in it when the ride is finished, or is it going to be just as it is now?


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