10 Reasons Why Manta Is The Best Roller Coaster In The WorldSea World Orlando: Want self-explanatory articles? Mark’s got you covered!
From Mark WalkerHey all! Yeah, I know, it’s been a while since I’ve showed my mug on this site – basically student life got in the way and I haven’t been able to do much. But hey, I’ve finally got a few spare hours so I’d thought I’d do a feature – 10 Reasons Why Manta Is The Best Roller Coaster In The World.
Posted October 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Now for those who don’t know me, I probably should state that I’ve been to a few theme parks, but I’ve been to some good ones! The best ones that Florida and England have to offer including Islands Of Adventure, Alton Towers, Busch Gardens Tampa, Thorpe Park, and many more that I can’t be asked to name! And throughout my many visits, I have ridden some truly awesome roller coasters (Nemesis, Hulk, Sheikra etc.) and a couple of truly terrible ones (X:/ No Way Out). In doing so, I have recently come to the conclusion that Manta is best of the bunch – and in this feature I shall state 10 reasons why. I rarely rate attractions 10/10, but Manta deserves every point!
Of course at the end of the day, this feature is just my opinion. Those of you who use this site often – you know the drill!
1). It does what it’s supposed to do
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From Manny BarronThis was great to read. Now I really want to go on this ride again. Everything you said was spot on. The queue is one of my favorites in the world. The ride itself is crazy and innovative. Well said and hopefully they can replicate some of this awesomeness over to its San Diego cousin opening next year.
Posted October 2, 2011 at 1:23 PM
From Andy MilitoIs it a good ride? Probably (I'm not gonna ride it anytime soon)
Posted October 2, 2011 at 3:50 PM
Is it the BEST coaster IN THE WORLD? I doubt it.
From Mike GallagherDoesn't matter whether it is or isn't. To Mark, at this time, it is.
Posted October 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM
From N BI know Manta is a clone of Superman: Ultimate flight with different elements, and the flying coaster is very unique and a completely different experience with it's slower speed.
Posted October 3, 2011 at 12:59 AM
I would have to agree that Superman is easily one of my favorites to ride.
You see a lot of the Disney and Universal die hards arguing all the time about whick parks are better. Universal is simply the best.. for us. Disney is better suited for younger families IMO and Universal is a better fit for families with kids that are 9-16 ish who are tall enough to ride everything. Universal does suck you in with the free Express Pass for on-site hotels. You can't go back....
Luckily for us, the child swap days are over. My youngest daughter just hit 54" this summer and was thrilled to go on everything she has missed over the years. She is now a coaster freak like her father and older sister.
I really wish Manta was running on our last trip, it was down all day and so was Kraken.... and no clouds or lighting in the area.... just not working. I would have loved to see the queue and experience the ride.
From Mike GallagherI haven't been on Manta, but..although I've come to like flyers...I prefer Vekoma (Batwing, Firehawk) over the Superman B&M clones.
Posted October 3, 2011 at 3:55 AM
From Kelly MuggletonGreat post Mark - I'm a big fan of Manta.
Posted October 3, 2011 at 4:09 AM
But had to let out an audible groan at the mention of X(dots & dashes) No Way Out.... Awful awful ride! I mean...what is it about??
But Manta...excellent. :-))
From Randy StellarI like Manta. It is not a Superman clone. But Tatsu is more thrilling and higher as it sits on a mountaintop (although less pretty than Manta.)
Posted October 3, 2011 at 8:06 AM
From N BRandy,
Posted October 3, 2011 at 5:26 PM
Perhaps Manta is not a Superman clone, but a derivitave.... They are both B&M and have similar elements. Manta is a tweaked version of Superman and Tatsu.
From Tracy BatesPersonally, I like Manta as a coaster more than Tatsu, but there is one component to Tatsu that is just wonderful and that is the height. The park it's in is hilly, and it's at the top of the hill, so even when you're not diving or flipping, it flies you out over part of the park that is lower, so you feel like you are just soaring (pun intended) through the sky.
Posted October 4, 2011 at 9:16 AM
That being said, Manta is a smoother coaster and the queue line is better, so my nod overall is towards manta.
From Ashleigh NoadI agree with a lot of the OP, some good points. I especially prefer Manta to Air. Manta appears to do this type of ride the best (my coaster terminology is not up to scratch I'm afraid).
Posted October 4, 2011 at 3:16 PM
I would disagree about the queue though. Yes, the initial queue with the rays is pretty awesome, but when you get close to the loading dock (SeaWorld queues in my experience have never been that long, so this is where I spend the majority of the time) the theme stops and then you're surrounded by blue walls. Unfortunately for me, this doesn't qualify as the best queue in the world.
For me, the best queue in the world is now undoubtedly FJ at WWOHP. Walking into Dragon Challenge breaks my heart...
From N BI have to agree with you on the FJ queue.... simply amazing. Everywhere you turn, there is something familiar from the movies in exacting detail.
Posted October 4, 2011 at 3:26 PM
There are some hidden ways to get around the castle, (presumably for the cast to get around) we got to cut through almost the entire queue and ended up at a door that leads directly into the single riders line with no one in front of us.
The girl at the main entrance pulled us aside and guided us to a very quick way through (even those hallways were made to look like the castle), then called someone at the loading platform to tell him we were coming and to let us ride together.
From HANNAH CALLERMark and Kelly I'm glad I'm not the only one to have suffered X:/ No Way out, they should rename it X:/ please give me a way out, worst ride I've ever been on, total waste of Thorpe Park space.
Posted October 5, 2011 at 7:04 AM
I love Manta, its not my favourite though, it scares me slightly that all my weight is on the very thing keeping me in the Coaster, not the most relaxing of rides, I agree that is absolutely beautiful though, Expedition Everest is probably my favourite Florida attraction, whilst Stealth is my favourite UK attraction, The Swarm looks epic though, cant wait for that!
From Derek PotterNice ride...you might change your mind though if you decide to venture outside of Florida.
Posted October 5, 2011 at 2:29 PM
From Mark WalkerThanks for all the comments! Keep ‘em coming :)
Posted October 8, 2011 at 3:45 AM
I should’ve stated earlier that although I stand by what I said (even though Ashleigh raises a good point that I forgot about regarding the queue), by no means am I putting down other rides. Just because I think Manta’s the best doesn’t mean that all the other coasters are rubbish.
Kelly and Hannah
Regarding X:/ No Way Out... erm... I’m not really sure where to start! The concept behind it (as far as I understand anyway) was to make you feel lost in the darkness – hence the title ‘No Way Out’. At the time it opened it fulfilled that concept pretty well but now I’m not sure what Thorpe Park is trying to do with it. Over the years at random times they use to have robots, lasers and sound effects going on during the ride but there all gone. Even worse, they turned up the lighting which practically destroyed the original concept! The ride just isn’t that good anymore – maybe not the worst ride in Thorpe Park – but a good contender!
From Kelly MuggletonI vaguely recall going to TP soon after X thingy opened.... Underwhelmed wasnt the word! They had lots of screens but half were off and so we never fully understood the 'plot'... I think it turns out that there wasnt one and they just wanted a rough idea for a ride.... :-) At least the park isnt full of 'attractions' like that though!
Posted October 10, 2011 at 7:12 AM
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