The Manta is a steel flying roller roller coaster based at Sea World, Orlando Florida, USA, which mimics the sensation of flight. In this case, it is meant to resemble how rays and mantas, in particular appear to “fly” through the oceans and seas they inhabit. Riders are seated upright on the trains, in one of eight rows that each holds four passengers, for a total of 32 riders.Before departure, devices in the station raise the cars up to the track. Riders are then secured in their seats using a locking lap bar and a vest like harness, as well as flaps at the riders’ ankles to hold their feet in place. It was designed by the great Bolliger & Mabillard and the ride made its debut on May 22nd, 2009 with its cool blue design, which makes it stand out in the park.
The ride is planned to be much more than a roller coaster! When entering the attraction’s queue, you walk into an amazing theme designed to resemble a seaside village. The village is decorated with mosaic tiles and other decoration that resembles the ride. The attraction’s four acre site has ten huge aquariums containing 184,000 gallons of water. It also has 3,000 different creatures, representing over sixty species. They even have 300 different types of sting rays inside the tanks! Floor-to-ceiling flexi-glass windows, and even including a 220 square-foot above section, allow guests to observe the creatures as if they were underwater themselves. Portions of the aquarium exhibit can also be viewed by guests who do not wish to ride the roller coaster.They need to man up and start trying roller coasters! Non-riding visitors can use a second entry to the attraction area, one that will be separated from those waiting for the roller coaster.
The roller coaster has 3,359 feet of track, and reaches a whopping height of 140 feet It includes four inversions and reaches speeds in excess of 56 mph. Statistically, this makes Manta the second-longest, tallest and fastest flying roller coaster in the world, behind Tatsu at Six Flags Magic Mountain In order to control the noisy racket, some sections of the track are filled with sand.
The train departs the station and climbs the 140-foot tall lift hill. At the peak, the train dives down towards the right and then swoops upward, passing the attractions on ride photo cameras previous to entering the 98-foot tall pretzel loop. The train dives head-first to the ground and then climbs back to the top of the element. It next takes a U-turn to the left through the pretzel loop, after which it encounters a counter-clockwise inline-twist. As Manta exits the twist, it enters a 270 degree downward helix to the right, passing close to the ground below and crossing through the pretzel loop a second time as it enters its first corkscrew. After the corkscrew, the train climbs up above the station’s return track and reaches the mid-course brake run.
It thenenters the additional part of the course by diving down towards a lagoon near the theme park entrance. The wings of the lead car appear to skim the surface, kicking up a splash of water. The train rises, still banked to the right, before diving again, this time towards a waterfall as it continues turning to the right. After missing the waterfall by inches, Manta then enters its final inversion, a second corkscrew, prior to a final U-turn leading to the final brake run and the return to the station.
Even if you don’t go to Sea World to ride some coasters, believe me, It’s still a good experience.
Current Coaster Name: Manta Current Park Name: Sea World Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Sea World Orlando Status: Operating Links: Cost: N/A
Type: Steel Flying Opened: may 22nd, 2009 Designer: Bolliger and Mabillard Features: None Height: 140 feet Max Drop: 113 feet Max Speed: 56 mph Length: 3359 feet Acceleration: N/A Inversions: 4 Duration: 2:35 Trains: 3 Capacity: N/A