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The Manta/SeaWorld photo contest opens

By Robert Niles
Published: October 6, 2008 at 8:43 AM
Today's the day for the free SeaWorld ticket give-away that we are running here on Theme Park Insider.

Just to remind you, here's the deal: Post a photograph of Manta's main track being shipped from Ohio to SeaWorld Orlando this week. You must be a registered Theme Park Insider member, posting under your real name, and post your photo(s) to TPI's Manta page.

I will select a winning photo at random from eligible entries. (You can post multiple photos, if you'd like, but I'll count only one photo per person as an entry.) To be eligible, a photo must clearly show the track. And, of course, employees and contractors of Busch Entertainment Corporation or Niles Online, and their families, are not eligible. The contest will close at midnight the day the track arrives at SeaWorld Orlando.

The winner gets...

  • Two one-day admission tickets to SeaWorld Orlando (valid for one year).
  • Front-of the-the-line access for two people for a ride on Manta (opens summer 2009). If the winner visits SeaWorld Orlando before Manta opens, s/he can choose front-of-the-line access on either Kraken or Journey to Atlantis.

    The Manta track starts trucking to Orlando today. The route being taken is:

    From Clermont in Batavia, OH to Sea World in Orlando, FL -- Rte 32 West out of Batavia to Interstate 275 South … I-275 south to I-75 South to Florida … I-75 south to the Florida Turnpike … Florida Turnpike to Interstate 4 … Interstate 4 to the Beachline (SR 528) … Beachline to SeaWorld Orlando.

    Update: SeaWorld's video of the track, now on site:

    Readers' Opinions

    From Andy Guinigundo on October 6, 2008 at 9:12 AM
    Geez, had I known, I could have driven out to Batavia on the far east side of Cincinnati and taken some pics - about 30 min from me. Perhaps that wouldn't have the same effect as driving down the highway next to a flatbed 18-wheeler with you camera sticking out the window.
    From Robert Niles on October 7, 2008 at 9:56 AM
    SeaWorld writes that the trucks left Ohio at noon yesterday.
    From Gareth H on October 7, 2008 at 1:35 PM
    Anyone know the time it takes to get there? I'm actually going to SeaWorld tomorrow, so could take the camera I suppose :)

    As an FYI, they've already laid some track at Seaworld, if I do take the camera I'll stick my camera over the wall and take some pics, or even go on the sky thingy and take some from up there!!

    From Derek Potter on October 7, 2008 at 3:49 PM
    Its about a 12 to 15ish hour drive down 75 from Cincy.
    From Tracy Bates on October 8, 2008 at 7:10 AM
    I'm going to Seaworld either tomorrow or Friday, so I'll try to get some shots of the tracks under construction to share. It'll probably be next week before I get back to a computer, though.
    From Robert Niles on October 10, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    I'll extend a week for people to post photos of the track en route or at its arrival, since a few people had trouble posting. You can send photos via e-mail, to to make it easier. Click my name to get to the message link, then I'll send you the address to send the pics.

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