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Postby Montupoopc » Mon May 18, 2009 10:26 pm

God, Manta is so good.

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.

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Postby jjune4991 » Wed May 20, 2009 4:40 am

everyone is making me soo giddy about riding this! i'll be there june!

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Postby BeemerBoy » Wed May 20, 2009 7:32 am

Montupoopc wrote: This ride is owning my life.

Um, what?
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Postby cfc » Wed May 20, 2009 7:34 am

^Why? Did it give you a mortgage on your soul or something?
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Postby gatorchomp83 » Thu May 21, 2009 6:43 pm

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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Manta Media Day

Postby Erik Johnson » Fri May 22, 2009 1:49 am

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:


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Here we are, and we are ready to check out Manta.
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We first has to check in for the event.
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Manta Sign!
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Over by the wing dip there was a rather large camera to help make our Manta Cam video.
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Just to the left of Manta is the new Flamingo area.
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Several radio stations were around to cover the event.
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The entire area has been transformed into something really special.
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Through this door is the non-rider section of the attraction.
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There were a lot to see in here.
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This includes rays.
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Scary Stuff.
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Be careful of the Colinfish.
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Hey there Adam.
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You really can spend a lot of time in here.
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The floor has a lot of fancy tile.
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Sign!
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Just a few more finishing touches to the attraction.
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I think its my favorite coaster area that I have seen so far.
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The attention to theming is really top notch.
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It is open now, go ride it!
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Are you ready to ride?
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There are first a few rules to follow.
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And even a few more.
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Yes, you can use Quick Queue for Manta.
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Via Manta Cam, you get to see us ride. Make sure you watch the video.
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And we are off.
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The pretzel loop is very intense.
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Wheee.
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Its fun and very smooth.
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Wing Dip!
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Waterfall!
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You can pick up your onride photo here.
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Photo Station.
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And photo prices.
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The wing dip is my favorite element.
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Another train.
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The pretzel is just as intense as Tatsu's.
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And the cycle begins yet again with a new construction wall.
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In better weather, Manta really shines off its beauty.
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Right before the big drop.
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The forces are VERY strong on the bottom of the Pretzel Loop.
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Simply a stunning coaster.
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Weeeee!
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Through the Trees!
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And we leave you with this shot. I can't wait to go back and ride it again.
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Postby RCFreak » Fri May 22, 2009 4:06 am

Awesome pictures, I especially liked Manta cam lol, looks like a great ride.

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Postby Janster » Fri May 22, 2009 4:29 am

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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Postby alpengeist04 » Fri May 22, 2009 5:03 am

Great job covering the event, guys. The pictures, video, POV commentary, and interview were all top notch. As usual, TPR was well represented.

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Postby gatorchomp83 » Fri May 22, 2009 6:48 am

So you're saying you wish the ride was just like the B&M flyer that gets the most hate? One that has been generally referred to as uninspired, boring, and slow? Doesn't really make sense.

Sit in the front of the train if you want the graceful, gliding experience without all the insane forces.
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