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Manta at Seaworld

A visit to Seaworld in Orlando is always a great day out, but if you will be there during the summer of 2009 then you will have a real treat in store for you, as they are opening a new and exciting roller coaster which will be really unique, because it will actually be a flying coaster!

When were in Orlando recently we could see that construction of Seaworld’s newest theme park attraction, Manta, is well under way. This fantastic new coaster will have an aquatic theme, and the coaster itself will take its inspiration from the beautiful and graceful Manata Ray. Covering around 4 acres, and towering 140 ft above the park, it is believed that this exciting ride will begin as riders enter a mythical village, which will be filled with engravings and artwork celebrating legend and lore surrounding rays.

Although full details are still secret, it is thought that guests will then wind their way through a labyrinth of cave-like structures, depicting images and text about the Manta, one of the most powerful and graceful creatures of the deep. These caverns will be decorated with artwork inspired by manta rays, and this artwork will be executed in marble, mosaics and jewels. There will be huge floor-to-ceiling windows, where you will come face-to-face (or should that really be fin-to-fin) with 300 or more stingrays, as well as thousands of beautiful fish from many oceans all over the world. Here you will see a variety of rays, such as the spotted eagle rays, the leopard rays, cownose rays and shark rays, which will float gracefully past you. By all accounts there will be waterfalls, elaborate lighting and sounds to stir the senses, even before you reach the coaster itself.

By all accounts, this is only the start of an incredible experience, for the real excitement will start when you reach the ride itself, which will propel its riders through countless twists and turns, with exhilarating highs and lows. But the most exciting fact is that riders will travel face down, in a horizontal position. They will be suspended above land and water, underneath the belly of a coaster train shaped like a giant manta, with a wing span of 12 feet. Inspired by the underwater flight of these powerful and amazing creatures, this giant manta coaster will reach speeds of 60 mph, and you will soar, dive and swoop with the grace and speed of a giant manta ray.

It is said that the track will be 3, 359 ft long, with four inversions, so it will undoubtedly be a huge crowd-puller. Riders will really feel as if they are a manta ray, taking flights effortlessly from sky to sea, skimming so close to the water that the Manta’s wings will nearly skim over the waves.

Seaworld certainly look to have designed a state of the art attraction, which will have huge appeal. It sounds absolutely incredible, and I know that my family can’t wait to experience this new coaster.

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