Published: May 29, 2008 at 12:43 PMMaybe it's just me, but I hope the noise from this ride is minimal. Even though the Atlantis ride at Sea World San Diego isn't that great, I'm glad it's off in a corner where the sound doesn't get channeled into the rest of the park.
I've always seen Sea World as a place to relax and enjoy the lazy pace of the park. And of course the animals too!
Rides at Sea World have always been an afterthought for me, but I understand why they're built in these parks.
Published: May 29, 2008 at 10:20 AMI can't wait for this to open. Sheikra and Kraken are 2 of my favorites B & M, but don't get to visit to many other parts around the country yet to see what is out there. Will count down the days, 2009 is going to be a great year in Orlando with Universal and Sea World. Disney???
Published: May 29, 2008 at 11:08 AMB&M definitely makes some of the best coasters and I can't wait to ride this next year. Patriot, Silver Bullet, and Montu are some of my favorite coasters and I assume their flying coasters are just as awesome. After reading the official release earlier I couldn't help but to think that Everest might have met its match with the best themed coaster queue.
Brandon: To reduce the noise they could do what they did with Talon at Dorney Park and fill the track with sand
Published: May 29, 2008 at 12:42 PMI'm trying to decide if we want to go back to Orlando in 2010 so we can hit them all: Disney World, Universal Orlando & Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves last time and it's always been the plan to go back one day. What exciting times down there.
Published: May 29, 2008 at 12:45 PMBradley: The sand thing sounds familiar... if I recall correctly, both RotM's at Universal have the same "technology" using sand to reduce vibration and noise?
I can only hope that San Diego's Sea World gets something similar to this... but I can see them cutting corners just like Atlantis... plus there's not much real estate left in the park!
Published: May 29, 2008 at 1:53 PMThis sounds excellent. I always wondered why SeaWorld didn't have animal exhibits in the queue for Kraken. It's an excellent idea, as long as the noise level is maintained.
Published: May 29, 2008 at 2:17 PMso the water skimming thing is true...
You can't really lose with a B&M.
Published: May 29, 2008 at 3:03 PMBrandon, I think you're confusing ROTM with Dueling Dragons, which have sand in them to reduce the amount of noise involved.
I'm dying to know if there will be a pretzel loop element! Tatsu's looks awesome from afar, and I'm hoping Manta will introduce that element to Florida.
Published: May 29, 2008 at 5:26 PMThe Land they are using for Manta is HUGE. I've been to SeaWorld quite a bit lately, backing off on the old Universal visits after Mardi Gras, and I've seen the amount of Land they are using. It actuallt seems to stretch out across the car park at one point. This would be an awesome eye catcher, very similar to Universals new coaster. I'll keep you updated as more goes up, but I am looking forward to it.
Published: May 29, 2008 at 7:44 PMUniversal has Rockit, Sea World has Manta. What's the response Disney?
Published: May 29, 2008 at 9:54 PMDaniel - Actually, I just Googled "Revenge of the Mummy Sand" and it does look like the ride has sand in some of its track. I haven't been on that ride since the first two years it opened, so I don't remember much. All I remember was reading stuff about it.
But back to Manta, I've never been on a flying coaster that "skims" over water! Sounds super fun!
Published: May 30, 2008 at 11:44 AMOh really? SeaWorld's building a new roller coaster? I had no idea!
Really, I think this might have been the worst-kept secret in the theme park industry. It's about time they make it official. That concept art has been floating around for a long time.