Glad you enjoyed it, I myself have been looking forward to it for a long time. I'll hopefully get the chance to ride it this summer, assuming I'm going anyway.
'SeaWorld's offered to have Brian Morrow, Manta's design director, answer questions from TPI readers. Post 'em in the comments or e-mail 'em to me ASAP.'
Oh goodie! Here are mine:
1). I thought Manta was a great name for coaster at Sea World. Whose idea was it? Did you go through a list of names?
3). Did anything about Kraken inspire you while you were designing Manta?
2). This is going to sound ambitous but are you planning to put a Manta Ray in the aquraium? Any other standout creatures I should look forward to seeing?
3). Have you ridden Manta yourself? :)
Thanks in advance!
Manta is not so much a coaster as it is a work of art. Just beautiful. I can't wait to experience it next year.
Here's my question from the "what have you done for me lately" bin: Now that Manta is finished, what's next for SeaWorld Orlando?
Thanks, Rob WarrenRockford, IL
How does the lie-down dynamic change the safety tests performed? Does it affect the maximum allowable G-forces on the body?
Also, what is the standard Safety Factor for a roller coaster like Manta? This one's a bit of a nerdy engineer question, but I'm curious.
Seeing how it flips you and straps you in, and the lift reminds me a bit of Tatsu at Magic Mountain.
Manta is a awesome B&M. I had the chance to ride in the front row with no wait really (15 minutes) Monday and then in the back as well. It really is a completely different beast, and as I've heard others state, you really have to be a coaster junkie to handle the back with the G's you feel back there and "whipped" effect.
Question, hmmmm... The locking harness, is that the first of it's kind? I've been on Superman at SFGA, but don't remember it being that unusual.
Looks similar to Superman, but I am betting is is MILLION times better!
My questions:- Was Manta created already with the thought of incorporating SOME type of water creature to entertain guests during the line wait? I mean... what if the ride was called "Man O War?"
- Were there any difficulties to designing a coaster where its queue would would be an attraction itself?
What was the thought process of the creative team that led to the idea of a Manta Ray-themed coaster? Does the ride itself have an actual story (like Kraken and Journey to Atlantis do)?
On a side note, Brian Morrow was in the station during my ride. I walked right next to him after getting off.
Manta is incredible. A "work of art" like James says. Off the top of my head, only Expedition Everest, The Beast, and maybe Boulderdash could give this a legitimate fight over which would is truly the greatest themed coaster ever made.
With Sheikra, you get the sense that the water is just there because it's supposed to make a splash. With Manta, this is the first coaster I have rode that truly incorporates the water effects and the gorgeous scenery within the ride, as if the ride could not possibly be complete without them.
B&M has now created an almost perfect roller coaster, and Seaworld of all places now has two of the three best roller coasters in all of Florida. Kudos to SeaWorld.
I definitely like Superman Ultimate Flight at SFOG a lot better, especially the pretzel loop. The restraints are the same on both rides that make these rides very comfortable - unlike Borg Asimilator which hurts to ride.
Anyway, Manta is a wonderful addition to Sea World, but not in my top 10 list. It will be a great first flying coaster for the younger kids. I know my grandson will enjoy this ride when he attends the media event on the 20th with me. I didn't take him on Saturday as I wanted to preview the ride first.
See you on the ride,