SeaWorld - Manta

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SeaWorld - Manta
« on: April 07, 2018, 03:08 PM »
Manta Construction at Sea World San Diego


 On May 26, 2012, SeaWorld San Diego opened a new mega-attraction called Manta, a Mack launched roller coaster featuring two launches and speeds of up to 43 miles per hour. The new attraction would also include a bat ray aquarium and touch pool. The following collection of  photos were taken during the last few months of construction.




Fancy rockwork taking shape, surrounded by the bright blue tracks of the soon to be opened, Manta coaster.



 Aerial taken from the Sky Tower in early April of 2012.



 Manta Construction Site



 More Construction



 Far side of the Manta attraction. Landscaping has yet to be added.



 A worker examines one of the supports.



  Aerial shot taken in early May of 2012.



 The flamingos have been taken off exhibit during construction.



 A pair of plastic flamingos are the only inhabitants of Flamingo Lagoon during the Manta's construction.



 Trains are given test runs before opening day. Is this one stuck?



  Progress continues on the rockwork adorning the ride.



 Landscapers are busy planting the hundreds of plants that will decorate the grounds surrounding the Manta.



 Landscaping around the boarding station is underway.



 Potted plants waiting to be planted.



 Landscaping continues as workers are busy painting the station.



 It must be break time.



 A Manta ride vehicle is on display near the entrance to the park.



 Coming soon...Video and photos of the completed attraction.
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Re: SeaWorld - Manta
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2018, 03:03 PM »
And now, fast forward to today.


Manta - 2018



As you enter the queue for Manta, you'll head underground and pass by these tanks filled with various sea life.



Let's have a look, shall we. Ooh, lots of fishies.



A large White Sturgeon.



And of course, this exhibit wouldn't be complete without the ride's namesake. Well, actually this is a Sting Ray, not a Manta, but close enough.



A multitude of ceramic tiles hangs over the queue, each one created by a SeaWorld park guest.



An elevator for those the park's mobile-challanged guests.






Next, we'll wind our way through these pretty Japanese gardens.



The landscaping sure has improved since our first visit.



A train soars past above the queue.



The boarding station is very nicely themed to fit the oriental feel.



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.



The Manta features two launches. 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). The limited height was required due to height restrictions in place by the California Coastal Commission.



Splash down!



A view of Manta from the Sky Tower.


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Re: SeaWorld - Manta (Manta Gift Shop)
« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2018, 02:48 PM »
Manta Gift Shop



The Manta Gift Shop offers a large selection of souvenir, clothing, plush animals, sea-themed collectables, and snacks & refreshments.



The gift shop overlooks the Bat Ray Touch Pool while the Manta coaster looms overhead.

















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Re: SeaWorld - Manta (Flatbreads & Fry Cones)
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2018, 02:43 PM »
Flatbreads & Fry Cones



Adjacent to the Manta coaster is Flatbreads & Fry Cones, a small, counter service eatery. It offers freshly made flatbread sandwiches, with selections such as California Cheese Steak and BBQ Chicken Crunch. Also are the fry cones, comprised of a paper cone filled with french fries, and various selections including pulled pork and chicken. Assorted drinks, snacks and beer fill out the menu.



A small outdoor dining patio offers great views of the Manta roller coaster.



A nearby sign welcomes guests to the area.



The Manta soars over guests at the dining patio.



Flatbread Menu



Fry Cone Menu



Drinks Menu
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Re: SeaWorld - Manta (Sundae Shop)
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2018, 02:24 PM »
Dippin' Dots Sundae Shop



Towards the back of the park, behind the Manta, is the Dippin' Dots Sundae Shop.



The menu consists of a vareity of Dippin' Dots treats, as well as assorted soft drinks, bottled water, coffee, and juice.



This SeaWorld exclusive proves that Shamu is alive and well.



I suppose the conveniently located automated external defibrillator (AED) is in case guests OD on the Dippin' Dots treats. :P
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Re: SeaWorld - Manta (Sundae Shop)
« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2018, 05:44 PM »
I think this version of Manta is cool. I have been on the Orlando version and loved it. What gets me with this one is the different curves and elements that somewhat mimic the movements of a manta ray. I could see this layout working with a plethora of themes. I do like your in-depth look into both the attraction and the surrounding area, I feel like I am there in the photos and it is just a great feeling!  :D