Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Manta, a roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. (The minimum height to ride is 54 inches.)
Written by Robert Niles
Themed as a "flying ray," Manta is a 140-foot-tall Bolliger & Mabillard Flying Coaster that runs on 3,359 feet of track, reaching a top speed of 56 mph while going through four inversions, including an 98-foot-tall pretzel loop. But the roller coaster isn't the only element to Manta, which won the 2009 Theme Park Insider Award as the Best New Attraction of the year. While you are waiting to board, you'll walk through an aquarium with floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing, filled with stingrays, tropical fishes, an octopus, live coral, and much more. Here's a tip: You ride in a "chair" that's actually more of a harness. When your seat tilts forward into the flying position (think like you're Superman here), scoot forward a bit so that your shoulders come to the top of the harness. It'll make the ride much more comfortable and you'll feel more secure.
Loved it !! 10/10 - Owen Scott
One of the very best coasters I've been on. - Will Sullivan
I absolutely LOVE Manta. It is one of the absolute smoothest coasters I have ever been on (which is a lot). It's absolutely thrilling, and the best part? I've never waited more than 20 minutes to go on it! Kudos Sea World! - Angela White
Make sure that your ride in the first row! Row 6 is a good second choice, although if you sit on the far right, you may get wet. :) - Mickey Black
Absolutely my favorite roller coaster in the state of Florida. The ride itself is a huge adrenaline rush, however what makes this ride even more amazing is the theming to go along with it. SeaWorld beautifully compliments the rides structure with just the right amount of foliage and water to really make the highlights of the ride shine both to the riders on the train and the people looking from the ground. The water effect when the train comes swooping by near the end of the ride is awesome to see. The aquarium you get to view while waiting in line is a nice touch which works well during busy times to keep people intrigued rather than annoyed with the long lines. Very nice job SeaWorld, now if they could spruce up Kraken to match Manta's beauty, that would be superb. - Justin Kermgard
Manta is a very epic coaster to go on. Seeing as how your facing the ground most of the time this one may not be for the faint of heart, but for those who arent afraid of heights this one is not to be missed. - Justin Knight
It's a tossup between Manta and Tatsu for best flyer in the world. - Russell Meyer
Feel the G's - vernon griffin
I guess I'm in the minority. If you like intense roller coasters, then this ride will disappoint you. The queue is great, as well as the theme. The first loop is also great. But the rest of the ride is just okay. 7/10 - Tim Taylor
An outstanding roller coaster. It's beyond visually stunning and it's an extremely unique roller coaster with the way it interacts with the landscaping and the area surrounding it. A perfect roller coaster for the park. And did I mention how awesome the queue is? - Bryce McGibeny
Absolutely brilliant ! Not only is it a beautiful coaster to watch (especially the lagoon portion), but it's amazing to ride. Even though the reknowned que line features a great aquarium, there is a separate entrance to the aquarium for non-riders which features additional displays. My 8 year old niece loved the Manta aquarium (she was too short for the ride). If you want to reduce the intensity of the 1st loop, ride in the front 4 rows. Also, kudos to Sea World for employing the double-sided loading platform 10/10. - Ed Newman
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