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SeaWorld San Diego puts first Manta track in place

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Published: October 31, 2011 at 1:02 PM

SeaWorld San Diego announced today that it has laid the first track section for its Manta roller coaster that will debut next year. (Photos courtesy SeaWorld)

Preparing the first track section

Putting the track in place

The SeaWorld Manta will be a Mack launch coaster into a video effects tunnel before skimming the surface of the Forbidden Reef section of park. (The original Manta coaster, at SeaWorld Orlando, is a Bolliger & Mabillard flying coaster.) San Diego's more family-friendly Manta will cover 2,835 feet of track in 1 minute and 56 seconds, with a top speed of 43 miles per hour.

Readers' Opinions

From Andy Milito on October 31, 2011 at 2:07 PM
I didn't know they were adding "Manta" in San Diego!
From Anon Mouse on October 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM
43 miles per hour is very fast for a family coaster. They should slow it down to 35 mph so the ride will last longer.
From Brandon Mendoza on October 31, 2011 at 3:48 PM
I'm excited that an actual high quality ride will be showing up in Sea World SD considering the weak motion simulators of the past as well as Atlantis being pretty mediocre. I'm just hoping that this doesn't become another Magic Mountain of the 1990's because of the new coaster. I doubt it though.

I would disagree that 43 mph is fast for a family coaster. It also depends on what you consider a family coaster. Expedition Everest is a family coaster and hits 50 mph. California Screamin hits 55mph at launch, and Rock N Roller Coaster maxes out at 60 mph. Besides, speed is relative... Space Mountain feels super fast due to the tight turns, but California Screamin isn't crazy as it's smoother.

Faster coaster should mean more output barring any delays.

From Dominick D on October 31, 2011 at 4:13 PM
'Does Mr Burns Interesting' WIll it fly like Orlando's?
From Manny Barron on October 31, 2011 at 9:03 PM
Should be a fantastic ride. Along with Transformers and Cars Land, I can't wait to visit SoCal next summer for this 3 major new attractions.
From Anon Mouse on October 31, 2011 at 10:54 PM
"I would disagree that 43 mph is fast for a family coaster. It also depends on what you consider a family coaster."

Obviously, I would consider them to not be a family coaster. 43 mph is fast for a family coaster, which I would also say 50 mph and 60 mph would be even faster. Since you added Rock N Roller Coaster in the mix, I would hesitate to call it a family coaster. By definition, most everything would be family coaster with Rock N Roller Coaster as the upper limit. Clearly, rides at 60 mph are generally not family coasters.

Despite Space Mountain's slow speed, most people will agree this isn't a family coaster; however, people will agree Big Thunder Mountain is one at 30 mph. Perception is something one can dispute.

From Brian Emery on November 1, 2011 at 11:44 AM
SeaWorld is adding a new coaster and you folks want to dispute if it is a family coaster or not…Hahahaha..

I have been on Manta several times in Orlando and it is a smooth coaster. Yes there are some G-forces and yes that is what a coaster is supposed to do…. Give you a thrill and a rush of excitement… It’s not a Carousel - it’s a coaster…And it does have height requirements..

Any new ride is a good ride…!

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