Take a ride on SeaWorld's Manta: POV video
I stayed behind in Los Angeles today, to ride Magic Mountain's Terminator Salvation roller coaster (review coming later tonight), so I asked Theme Park Insider reader Gareth H to step up and take a ride on SeaWorld Orlando's Manta
for us on the ride's official media day.
Would you like to ride along - virtually, at least? Well, check out the video:
GARRRRGH stop rubbing Manta in my face!!!!! I watched the video and kicked myself over and over again. You have no idea how many times in the past few weeks I would just look at my boyfriend and say "Manta?" and he's reply, "Uhhh... don't you have work in the next hour?"
The wing dip water effect is probably the most amazing coaster water effect I have seen.
Ha ha, it was fun, and completely new to me, but a great morning
Great job, Gareth! Thanks for the POV and the intense feeling of jealousy I am now experiencing!
So ... did you edit out your screaming, or were you just very unenthusiastic about the ride?
If it were recorded with me sitting in the back row, I would have had to have edited out something, its just so great. The front row isn't so intense, and I'm not a screamer (That's what she said!!), but it does still throw some G's at you. I just tend to close my eyes at anything intense and scream on the inside. Check my eyes carefully and you'll see, lol..
M Ryan, the wing dip effect really only visually works from the angle that the camera was at. From most other angles, it's terribly obvious that there's no actual contact with the train and it's just water jets. Cool effect, but not nearly as impressive as I was lead to believe.
This looks incredibly smooth and it also reminds me of Tatsu at Magic Mountain. Loved that one, too.
They have 3 trains, and 3 were running earlier today when the Media were out. One train was solely reserved for us no the Media Side, as the front row was solely reserved for the forward and rear facing camera.
Great video. I was really impressed with how quiet the coaster was. That had to add to the effect of flying.
Yeah, Manta is intense. A ride in the back row is a must. Nicely themed queue area too though. Very peaceful watching the graceful rays swimming about. That Guitarfish is something extraordinary as well. Excellent new attraction for Seaworld. Grand Slam!
Cool. Can't wait. Good report, Gareth.
does manta have larger seats for bigger people?
I don't think it does ahave any larger seats, due to the flying aspect of it, although I will say that the seats are very generous, and there is a test seat out the front if you are concerned.
I didn't see anything posted about larger sizes, but Gareth is absolutely correct. The seats are extraordinarily generous. I'm not exactly svelte and I had no issues whatsoever. I saw guys bigger than me riding it and they seemed to manage okay as well.
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