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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    This is good news for Sea World San Diego. Even though yeah our JTA isnt anything like Orlando's, ours IMO is better than San Antonio's

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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    A new article regarding Manta courtesy of the LA Times

    http://micechat.com/forums/news/1500...er-2012-a.html


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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    Some more info on the new ride:

    SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES NEW ‘MANTA’ COASTER





    Blending the exhilarating thrill of G forces with the graceful beauty of marine life, Manta is scheduled to open in 2012

    SAN DIEGO (Feb. 9, 2011) -- SeaWorld San Diego is excited to announce that in 2012, the park will unveil its new launch coaster, Manta — a new mega-attraction that will seamlessly transition guests from the awe of watching rays in underwater flight … into the sensation of actually being one. SeaWorld is scheduled to break ground for Manta within a month and the ride is slated to open to the public in 2012.
    Swooping over sea and sky, Manta will not only inspire riders with amazing underwater animal habitats, but take them on an exhilarating ride on a coaster shaped like a giant manta ray.

    “We are delighted to bring energizing new attractions to our guests year after year,” said SeaWorld park president, John Reilly, “and Manta does just that, combining the thrill and excitement of a coaster, with the educational and entertaining value of an incredible marine-life exhibit.”
    Gliding, flying and diving through more than a dozen twists and turns, riders will feel as if they are a ray, taking flight from sky to sea — so close at times that the Manta’s wings skim the waves.

    Manta also will feature a unique “launch station” where the passengers will start the ride enclosed in a launch tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen. This stunning introduction to the world of the rays also will visually enhance the physical acceleration as the ride launches down the track. This state-of-the-art projection system will be the first of its kind in the United States.

    Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the graceful beauty of bat rays and fishes. Forbidden Reef, an existing SeaWorld attraction where guests can feed and touch bat rays, will be incorporated and enhanced as part of Manta.

    “With Manta, our guests will be able to see and interact with 65 bat rays, 10 guitar fish, and hundreds of fishes,” said SeaWorld San Diego curator of fishes, Thad Dirksen. “The below-water viewing area will include eight acrylic windows and a reef design. The above-water interaction area will allow our guests more opportunities to touch and feed the rays.”

    Manta will be located just north of Rocky Point Preserve. SeaWorld is working with German ride design company MACK, which also engineered the marine-life park’s popular ride, Journey To Atlantis. Guests at SeaWorld’s sister park in Orlando have been enjoying a similar version of Manta since it opened in 2009.

    Manta Fact Sheet

    TYPE OF RIDE:
    Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster

    MAXIMUM LAUNCH ACCELERATION: .
    7 to .8 G

    MAXIMUM SPEED:
    43 mph

    MAXIMUM VERTICAL G FORCE:
    3 to 4 G

    MAXIMUM HEIGHT:
    30 feet

    MAXIMUM DROP:
    54 feet

    TRACK LENGTH:
    2,835 feet

    RIDE DURATION:
    One minute, 56 seconds

    SEATS/TRAIN:
    20 seats per train/four trains

    GUEST CAPACITY:
    1,400 passengers per hour

    LOCATION:
    Just north of Rocky Point Preserve,
    SeaWorld San Diego

    MANUFACTURER:
    German ride engineer, MACK

    RIDER HEIGHT RESTRICTION:
    48 inches

    OTHER ELEMENTS:
    Exhibit water volume:
    100,000 gallons
    Marine life exhibit:
    65 California bat rays, 10 guitar fish and more than 400 fishes
    Video of the ride.


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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    When I first heard about this coaster I wasn't expecting much given their relationship with san diego. But I have to give it to them, they're working with what they got and it seems entertaining enough.
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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    I wish I could show the other artwork that was shown to me but sadly I cannot but trust it is going to be a very nice addition to the park! I think the coolest part is going to be the first launch with the screen projecting the mantas swimming around you, very exciting!

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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    ^ This isn't replacing the rapids ride is it? I certainly hope not, it's one of the better Rapids rides around.


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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    No, this ride will not replace Shipwreck Rapids. It will not pass over any part of its route either, although it will come close to the curve of the rapids that circles the large outdoor dining terrace.

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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    I can't wait for this! Once again it proves that in 2011/2012, so-cal is the place to be for theme park fans.


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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by drphibes View Post
    When I first heard about this coaster I wasn't expecting much given their relationship with san diego. But I have to give it to them, they're working with what they got and it seems entertaining enough.
    I'd say the coastal commission is a bigger hindrance to anything Sea World does more then the city is.

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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by jsmith11618 View Post
    I'd say the coastal commission is a bigger hindrance to anything Sea World does more then the city is.
    The Coastal Commission approved the project last week.
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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by Exprmnt626 View Post
    The Coastal Commission approved the project last week.

    I am fully aware of that, I was merely pointing out that its the Coastal Commission that stands in the way of much of what Sea World can do and not the city.

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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    I personally can't see the Coastal Commission being that much of a problem. Do what Walt did, build into the ground like for Pirates and HM. Of coarse that would mean more dark-rides for seaward. But I am A-OK with that.


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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    Quote Originally Posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
    I personally can't see the Coastal Commission being that much of a problem. Do what Walt did, build into the ground like for Pirates and HM. Of coarse that would mean more dark-rides for seaward. But I am A-OK with that.
    The water table is pretty high in that part of Mission Bay. If they went any deeper than the exhibit is now any structure there might try to bob to the surface like a cork.
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