Went to Sea World San Diego on July 27. Rode Manta 5 times. Longest wait was 30 minutes, even though they were advertising 60 minutes at the start of the line. The employees were making sure all seats were getting filled and sending out most trains full with 20 passengers. They were running all 4 trains and dispatching them in less than a minute averaging about 1200 riders an hour. GREAT JOB!!!!
Interesting is the 'q'. It appears from looking at opening day pictures to now, they are already replacing the wood hand rails with what looks like plastic coated wood. Unfortunately, people of today seem to feel that it is OK to carve your name or other marks into the railing. They have laid down 2 different types. Appears they are see which is the better option.
Even more disturbing is the amount of graffiti etched into the glass of the aquarium in line. I am sure a railing will soon be going here to prevent those waiting in line to get close up. Someone even took it upon themselves to draw a happy face on each of the lights in the line with a black sharpie. There are several words I would use to describe these people, but it would get me kicked off of here.
Another flaw I see changing soon is the portion of the line after the viewing area. Kids, and even some adults, find it is OK to walk around on the landscaping or use this as a shortcut to get to their "friends or family" further up in line. I see some type of netting or fencing material being attached to prevent this. Which is unfortunate because the landscaping is growing in beautifully around the entire ride.
I think also about 1/3 of the lights have been knocked off their bases as well in line. Hopefully Sea World takes care of all this and doesn't leave it looking like a SFMM ride line. The rapid ride line still looks good after all these years so I know they have it in them to fix these mistakes.