Manta (SeaWorld San Diego)

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Manta
SeaWorld San Diego
Coordinates 32°46′01″N 117°13′41″W / 32.767063°N 117.227998°W / 32.767063; -117.227998Coordinates: 32°46′01″N 117°13′41″W / 32.767063°N 117.227998°W / 32.767063; -117.227998
Status Operating
Soft opening date May 23, 2012 (2012-05-23)
Opening date May 26, 2012 (2012-05-26)
General statistics
Type Steel – Launched – Family
Manufacturer Mack Rides
Lift/launch system LSM
Height 30 ft (9.1 m)
Drop 54 ft (16 m)
Length 2,835 ft (864 m)
Speed 43 mph (69 km/h)
Inversions 0
Duration 1:56
Capacity 1400 riders per hour
G-force Between 3 and 4 Gs
Height restriction 48 in (122 cm)
Trains 4 trains with 5 cars. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.
Quick Queue available
Manta at RCDB
Pictures of Manta at RCDB

Manta is a steel family launched roller coaster at SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California, USA. The ride was manufactured by MACK Rides and opened to the public on May 26, 2012.[1] It utilizes the same ride system that was used in Blue Fire which opened in 2009 at Europa Park.[2]

History[edit]

Rumors about a new roller coaster for SeaWorld San Diego date back to October 2007 when details of a possible 2010 project were leaked.[3] This plan was cancelled in mid-2008.[4] In early January 2011, construction documents were discovered which detailed the plans for a $10 million manta ray-themed ride and animal exhibit due to open in 2012.[5] On February 9, 2011, SeaWorld San Diego announced that they would be opening a Mack launched roller coaster called Manta in 2012.[6][7]

Ride[edit]

The Manta features two launches.[8] Riders reach speeds of up to 43 miles per hour (69 km/h) on the two-minute, 2,800-foot (850 m) long ride. The ride stands at a height of 30 feet (9.1 m) and features a drop including an underground portion of 54 feet (16 m).[9] The limited height was required due to height restrictions in place by the California Coastal Commission.[10]

Trains[edit]

Manta's four trains each feature manta ray shaped fronts. The 5-car trains each seat riders 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.[1] There is also elevated seating for the second row of each car.

Media[edit]

Manta begins with 270 degree projected media experience at the first launch. The train rocks forward and backward in synchronization with the projected film of a coral reef and school of rays. The media tunnel and film was produced by Falcon's Treehouse.

Animal exhibit[edit]

The previously existing Forbidden Reef exhibit was incorporated into the attraction, featuring a touch pool above and an aquarium below The 100,000-US-gallon (380,000 L) exhibit features 65 Bat rays, 10 Shovelnose guitarfish, 2 White sturgeons and more than 400 other fish.[9][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Marden, Duane. "Manta  (SeaWorld San Diego)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Marden, Duane. "blue fire Megacoaster  (Europa Park)". Roller Coaster DataBase. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hart, Lance (October 25, 2007). "SeaWorld California". Screamscape. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hart, Lance (June 3, 2008). "SeaWorld California". Screamscape. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ MacDonald, Brady (January 11, 2011). "SeaWorld San Diego to announce new ride for 2012". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Sea World San Diego To Open New Roller Coaster Next Year". Beverly Hills Courier. February 9, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ MacDonald, Brady (February 9, 2011). "SeaWorld San Diego to add Manta coaster in 2012". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ MacDonald, Brady (28 May 2012). "Review: Manta joins new class of themed coasters at SeaWorld". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Manta Fact Sheet". SeaWorld. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/oct/31/roller-coaster-update-seaworld-ride-moving-along/
  11. ^ "SeaWorld San Diego Announces New ‘Manta’ Coaster". SeaWorld. February 9, 2011. Retrieved February 10, 2011. 

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