Thanks for being the guinea pig Gareth! I really really (10x) can't wait now to get my butt to SeaWorld.
Fun fact for you, although the ride is called "Manta", there are actually no Manta rays in the aquariums!
And back row, WOW, some major G's. If you get the chance to get on and get on the back row, you'll know exactly what I mean.
Thanks For the opp Robert :)
But that's quite possibly the only negative thing I can say. The ride is phenomenal and the entire environment surrounding the coaster is stunning (do NOT miss the "underwater viewing" area for the aquariums). Gareth is absolutely right about that back row ride. The force on that pretzel loop is downright obscene.
My biggest concern before riding was that the whole affair seemed awfully short. As we were waiting in the station, it seemed like the ride was less than a minute from the initial drop to the final brake run. It probably will end up being too short for some folks, but I think there's a helluva lot of punch packed in there. Each element seems precisely placed for maximum impact - certainly more than you'll see from one of the Superman clones (and anyone daring to compare this to a flying dutchman deserves whatever pain I can inflict on them).
My biggest concern after riding was that maybe this thing is a bit too intense for the more lackadaisical guests at Sea World. Once the ride opened to the general public (they got one train, media got the other), they were quickly showing wait times of 90 minutes. So at least for now it looks like that concern was unnecessary as well.
Great add for Sea World, and Florida in general. The pressure is now on Universal to deliver an equally thrilling coaster. I guess we'll see how that goes in a month or two.
Can't wait to ride Manta in about 28 days! Thanks for the video!
The other 2 trains were for the "General public". Around midday they removed one of the trains, and the queue went from 45 to 70 then 90 in a matter of an hour!
The Media train was never full except toward about 12.30 when the coaster enthusiast club we riding non stop. (They were invited and I'm guessing the group was about 50 strong).
One thing that did impress me was that when its up and running fully, they can fill 1500 seats per hour. Pretty impressive for a Busch (Cough, sorry InBev) coaster.
I think at some point there will be a warning posted about the back 3 rows being very intense and not suitable for younger, or older riders.