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New roller coaster Manta in test runs at SeaWorld Orlando

March 20, 2009, 12:57 PM · SeaWorld Orlando's released a short video of its new Bolliger & Mabillard flying roller coaster, Manta, making some test runs. (Okay, it's a really short video - only about 12 seconds of ride footage.)

Orlando TPI'ers: What have you seen? How frequently is Manta running? How about Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit at Universal Studios Florida? Park employees, what are you hearing about soft-opening dates, if any?

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March 20, 2009 at 1:23 PM · Thanks, Robert, and I saw it on youtube before you put it up, I think... or maybe I just checked here after I checked youtube.
March 20, 2009 at 1:42 PM · Beautiful. Like poetry in motion.
March 20, 2009 at 1:54 PM · Screamscape has a longer video of the test run.
March 20, 2009 at 2:31 PM · That is one of the most beautiful pieces of dynamic art I've ever seen. The coaster cars themselves are fantastic.

Now, will it live up to the hype?

March 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM · I was there Thursday about 2pm and I was told that test runs have usually been between 4-6pm in the day. Not sure if that is weekdays only or weekends too. Gareth pointed out probably landscaping during the day, then testing in evening which makes sense with the times the employee told me.

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