And yes, the Airtime was an amazing surprise. I've only experienced it once though, which was in the back row.
My favorite though it getting splashed. It's so avant-garde, no? This ride is owning my life. I love it too much.
Well, I finally got to ride Manta today! After covering the construction for so long and then missing almost a month of soft opening while being up north for most of May, I got my opportunity to ride today for Media Day.
After processing the 24 rides I got today, I think I'm finally able to describe my thoughts on the ride.
The rear of the train is NOTICEABLY more intense than the front. Today, they had the camera set up on the rear of row one, which disabled that row for riders, and row two was reserved for media and journalists so the closest I got to the front was the third row. The front of the train offers a nice, graceful ride with some surprising pops of air, most abundant at the entrance of the pretzel loop.
The rear of the train, however, is a completely different animal. Off the chain, the first drop gives a quick whip off the lift and the first drop provides an extended period of very strong forces, leading straight into the insane pretzel loop. I don't know if I'd go as far as saying I was graying out every ride, but it sure felt like it.
I don't really need to break down every part of the ride, but I will say all of the inversions are very disorienting. You know you're going the way you're going, but its still a surprise how the seating position influences the feeling you get when traversing each inversion. The second half of the ride is less intense (although the final turn into the brakes are quite strong) but the interaction with the environment (the 'ocean', waterfall, land) more than makes up for it.
I had very, very high expectations for the ride, and it definitely exceeded them. I still haven't made it through the queue yet, but did explore the underwater viewing area and it was very well done. SeaWorld definitely has a winner on their hands.
I will also say that power riding Manta (and 24 rides in under 4 hours is definitely that) is an absolute energy drain. The intensity takes a toll on you, and this is coming from someone whose #1 is Voyage. Get out and ride this coaster!
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Sea World had one final Media Day on 5/21/09 to present to the world its brand new themed attraction, Manta. Adam, Andrew, Colin, and myself were invited to go down to Orlando to check it out. They did give us a special treat in that they hooked up a special onride "Manta Cam" to capture our onride experience. We were also able to hang out with Manta's creative director, Brian Morrow, to answer several of our questions about the new attraction.
Overall I think that the whole Manta concept is a real winner, I simply was very impressed. Sure the coaster is really fun, but I was simply blown away with all the detail that went into the theming. Anyways, onto to good stuff:
I was in Sea World during soft opening of Manta. An awesome ride, good theming. But the hardware of the ride doesn’t match with the theming. A manta is graceful, slow, relaxed. This ride is fast, the pace in which elements follow each other up is quite high and the pretzel loop is way too intense for a Manta. The ride should have been more like Air in Alton Towers in order to be a true Manta. But a cool roller coaster nevertheless.
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