SeaWorld lays final segment for Manta track
Here's another photo, e-mailed from the folks at SeaWorld Orlando, to keep roller coaster fans warm this winter:
(Photo courtesy SeaWorld)
It's the final segment of track being put into place on Manta, SeaWorld's new B&M Flying coaster, debuting in Spring 2009.
Well... trains, ride system installation (on-track sensors, computers), the queue, the station, testing, training. Plus, show effects and setting, of course.
I see things like this, and I can't help but think of how many millions of dollars were poured into it (and have yet to be poured, for the electronics and other things that Robert mentioned).
I am excited for the new coaster at SWO. Their existing coaster, the
Wow, that was quick. I can't believe the circuit is complete. I wonder what the hold up is on RRR at USO.
I was there in Nov. It looks great. I can't wait to ride it.
Waaaay back when I was in school, I worked as a checker in a grocery store, where the manager introduced me to the concept of a "loss leader." Every few weeks, he'd mark the milk at a ridiculously low price -- so low that he lost money on every gallon.
I agree, Robert. I think the more a park can offer a family, particularly with what it costs to get in, the better the attendance will be and the more people will spend inside their parks.
This will be a great new addition to the park and lets not forget that yes SeaWorld may have spent millions to build this coaster, a good portion of those millions goes into the aquarium/animal exhibit that was built as well.
I see where your concern is coming from, however, sure some people they draw in aren't going to care anything about animal conservation but at the same time there will always be people that are drawn in that are or can be persuaded to care.
Cold hard fact.
Well... I seem to have touched a few nerves. I'll make this my final statement on this thread.
I'll agree with you on one thing, Bruce: I don't want to see any Midway-type attractions at SeaWorld (heck, I don't want to see Midway attractions anywhere, to be honest). If they put up a Ferris Wheel or Roundup, man, I will be the first to join you on your soap box.
There is some more info on Manta from the Orlando Sentinel at this
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