Brad Schuster

Published: January 18, 2012 at 4:01 PM

When I first heard about this, I was really excited as I had the chance to go to Sea World Florida last summer and ride that version. It was a really great ride with a fantastic design where you swoop past waterfalls and experience really clever inversions that make you feel like you are flying. It was right up there with magic mountian's Tatsu as one of the best flying coasters I have been on. From the pictures I have seen, this is just a sit down borderline kiddy coaster that wont even include an inversion. I know its tough to make anything that thrilling when you have such a hieght restriction and it is cool that this park is finally getting a real coaster, but I wish they wouldnt have called this 'Manta' because, outside of the theme, it really has nothing to do with its name sake.
I think a better idea would have been to make a west coast 'Kraken' but with a twist. Keep it as a floorless coaster but instead of a big first drop, have it launch out of the station into a series of inversions and small drops. That way you would keep the thrill despite the hieght restriction. A foorless launch coaster would be unique and, I think, a big draw.
Manny Barron

Published: January 18, 2012 at 10:48 PM

This Manta ride is going to be awesome. I was thinking that this ride was going to open sometime in June for some reason, but a May opening sounds great. So we know Transformers for late May and now Manta as well. When will Disney announce their Carsland opening date?

Anyway this Manta ride will not only be a fun ride experience but it's also going to be one of the best looking area in the park.