who hasn’t been to SeaWorld San Diego in a few years will be in for a treat
with the arrival of its new mega-attraction Manta, a double-launch coaster that
opened in May 2012.
over sea and sky, Manta not only inspires riders with a 100,000-gallon
aquarium, but also takes riders on an exhilarating ride on a coaster shaped like
a giant manta ray, with dozens of twists and turns and a thrilling 54-foot
Park President John Reilly said the ride delivered exactly what guests wanted:
a fun, family coaster complemented by a hands-on animal experience.
want our guests to feel immersed in the world of rays, like they themselves are
a giant manta ray, twisting, soaring, and diving through the ocean,” Reilly
said. “Then, they’ll even get the opportunity to reach in the water and touch
and feed real California bat rays.”
sits on five acres just north of SeaWorld’s Dolphin Point.
are first introduced to the attraction as 20-seat trains zip around a 30-foot
rock formation with bamboo, ferns, and a prominent Manta sign.
feel as if they’ve landed on an exotic Southeast Asian island, sprinkled with
flowers and featuring a variety of palm trees, Japanese black pines, a palm,
and cycad canyon and a succulent garden.
trees line the perimeter of Manta, while small shrines, Japanese rockwork,
potted bonsai trees, and a stone pagoda and bell tower (two structures dating
back to 1964 when the park opened) blend into the landscape.
those 48 inches and taller, the roller coaster at Manta is the highlight of the
as a linear synchronous motor (LSM) launch coaster, Manta features half a mile
of track, with four trains (20 seats each) that take riders around banks and
turns and a 54-foot drop where the cars skim a lake (without getting riders
maximum height of the ride is 30 feet, but the drop is a total of 54 feet,
achieved through a 24-foot excavation.
one minute and 40 seconds, Manta features two separate launches and reaches
maximum speed in just two seconds.
first launch takes place in a tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays
projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen.
stunning introduction to the world of the rays also visually enhances the
physical acceleration as the ride launches down the track. This
state-of-the-art projection system is the first of its kind in the United
developing and constructing Manta, SeaWorld worked with German ride design
company MACK, which also engineered SeaWorld San Diego’s popular ride, Journey
100,000-gallon aquarium is filled with three species of rays (California bat
rays, diamond stingrays, and shovelnose guitarfish). The reef-themed aquarium
includes eight acrylic viewing windows where guests can see marine life above
and in front of them, and a shallow aboveground pool where guests can touch and
feed California bat rays.
hands-on experience allows guests to make a connection with rays, which may
inspire them to protect this amazing species by cherishing its ocean home, and
the environment in general.
lanterns” with messages and imagery hand-drawn by SeaWorld employees can be
seen in the lake area of the ride, where the coaster makes its 54-foot drop
(and can be seen while in the queue for the ride).
learn more about Manta, visit www.seaworld.com/manta.
San Diego is open year-round, including holidays. Park admission is $79 for
ages 10 and older; $71 for ages 3–9. Hours vary by season.
more information, visit
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