SeaWorld's Manta to start testing next week

Posted Thursday, March 5, 2009 9:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff

By midweek, the Manta safety tests would get under way after 3 p.m. Construction of Manta, an inverted flying roller coaster that incorporates an enormous aquarium in its queue at SeaWorld, is on track for its official opening May 22.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:01 AM

Wow, those are nice looking trains.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 11:14 AM

I agree. This coaster hasn't had a lot of enthusiast interest but it looks and sounds like it will be one of the better flyers.

Did the original announcement mention this attraction also showcasing animals? Has there been any more talk about that?

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 4:04 PM

If they're testing mid March I would think that a soft opening could happen well before May 22nd.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 5:51 PM

Wow! that is a really cool looking coaster! As an employee of Busch Gardens, I'll definitely have to make a trip over to Sea World to ride that! Awesome!

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Friday, March 6, 2009 10:52 AM

^^Seems reasonable enough. But the A-B parks have a history of putting in the extra effort in theming and landscapgin prior to grand opening, as opposed to those parks that might run the RIDE when it's ready, and then worry about the "attraction" as time permits. I'd like to ride before May 22, but I sure wouldn't start holding my breath...

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