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    Looks like SeaWorld San Diego is about to build a new Manta coaster. While that sounds great, the last time the cloned an Orlando ride (Journey to Atlantis) it didn't turn out so great. let's hope that the city lets them do it right this time!

    Here's the story from our pal Brady at the LA Times:


    SeaWorld San Diego plans to unveil a $10 million manta-themed ride and animal exhibit for 2012, according to construction documents.
    More here: SeaWorld San Diego To Announce New Ride For 2012
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    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

    I am excited about this!

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      best news i have heard all day, this something Sea world needs.. is 10 million really enough?

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      • #4
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        In thinking about this some more , I really hope Sea world doesn't cheapen out on the westcoast version of Manta... We saw what happened with Journey to Atlantis... Its nothing compared to the Florida version

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        • #5
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          About time...2012 is the year to be at theme Parks
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          • #6
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            It'll be interesting to see where they build the coaster, considering how dense the park is already on that little island. They are doing a lot of construction towards the entrance of the park though.... hmmm
            ...

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              Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

              Originally posted by lighttragic View Post
              best news i have heard all day, this something Sea world needs.. is 10 million really enough?
              I was excited... until I saw $10 million. That number feels so small.

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              • #8
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                ^not everything has to come with a 100 million dollar price to be good especially a coaster.
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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by JerrodDRagon View Post
                  ^not everything has to come with a 100 million dollar price to be good especially a coaster.
                  What sounds discouraging is that it will probably have no indoor/outdoor theming, making it suck. I guess San Diego gave them a lot of crap about it, forcing them to compromise.

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                    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

                    Originally posted by Dustysage View Post
                    Looks like SeaWorld San Diego is about to build a new Manta coaster. While that sounds great, the last time the cloned an Orlando ride (Journey to Atlantis) it didn't turn out so great. let's hope that the city lets them do it right this time!
                    It's not going to be a clone. It's a completely different ride system, more similar to Revenge of the Mummy. It was have multiple launches which allows it not to effect the skyline as much as the ill-fated Journey To Atlantis. $10m, is more than enough to for this type of ride system and queue.

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                      Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

                      Originally posted by k_peek_2000 View Post
                      It's not going to be a clone. It's a completely different ride system, more similar to Revenge of the Mummy. It was have multiple launches which allows it not to effect the skyline as much as the ill-fated Journey To Atlantis. $10m, is more than enough to for this type of ride system and queue.
                      Bummer. I was looking forward to another flying coaster like Tatsu on the west coast.

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                        I was gonna say, there's no way that the San Diego City Council would let them build Manta as it stands in Orlando. It will have to be very low to the ground as to not be intruding in the SD skyline.

                        It'll be interesting to see how it plays out, hopefully not as bad as Atlantis.
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                          Originally posted by caesarboxfan View Post
                          I was gonna say, there's no way that the San Diego City Council would let them build Manta as it stands in Orlando. It will have to be very low to the ground as to not be intruding in the SD skyline.

                          It'll be interesting to see how it plays out, hopefully not as bad as Atlantis.
                          The city council in san diego is kind of a joke you think they would be pro business and allow the theme park to develop properly... create jobs and bring in additional tax revenue...

                          Blackstone needs to play Hardball like disney and get a more friendly city council in SD Stat

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                          • #14
                            Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

                            This is going to be an awesome addition to the park. To my knowledge it is not even the city council that usually has the issues but it is the California Coastal Commission.

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                              California Coastal Commission is expected to approve Sea Worlds application next month.

                              Proposed SeaWorld ride gets OK from coastal board staff - SignOnSanDiego.com

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                                This is good news for Sea World San Diego. Even though yeah our JTA isnt anything like Orlando's, ours IMO is better than San Antonio's
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                                • #17
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                                  A new article regarding Manta courtesy of the LA Times

                                  http://micechat.com/forums/news/1500...er-2012-a.html

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                                  • #18
                                    Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

                                    Some more info on the new ride:

                                    SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO ANNOUNCES NEW ‘MANTA’ COASTER





                                    Blending the exhilarating thrill of G forces with the graceful beauty of marine life, Manta is scheduled to open in 2012

                                    SAN DIEGO (Feb. 9, 2011) -- SeaWorld San Diego is excited to announce that in 2012, the park will unveil its new launch coaster, Manta — a new mega-attraction that will seamlessly transition guests from the awe of watching rays in underwater flight … into the sensation of actually being one. SeaWorld is scheduled to break ground for Manta within a month and the ride is slated to open to the public in 2012.
                                    Swooping over sea and sky, Manta will not only inspire riders with amazing underwater animal habitats, but take them on an exhilarating ride on a coaster shaped like a giant manta ray.

                                    “We are delighted to bring energizing new attractions to our guests year after year,” said SeaWorld park president, John Reilly, “and Manta does just that, combining the thrill and excitement of a coaster, with the educational and entertaining value of an incredible marine-life exhibit.”
                                    Gliding, flying and diving through more than a dozen twists and turns, riders will feel as if they are a ray, taking flight from sky to sea — so close at times that the Manta’s wings skim the waves.

                                    Manta also will feature a unique “launch station” where the passengers will start the ride enclosed in a launch tunnel with larger-than-life images of rays projected on a 270-degree enveloping screen. This stunning introduction to the world of the rays also will visually enhance the physical acceleration as the ride launches down the track. This state-of-the-art projection system will be the first of its kind in the United States.

                                    Riders and non-riders alike will enjoy the graceful beauty of bat rays and fishes. Forbidden Reef, an existing SeaWorld attraction where guests can feed and touch bat rays, will be incorporated and enhanced as part of Manta.

                                    “With Manta, our guests will be able to see and interact with 65 bat rays, 10 guitar fish, and hundreds of fishes,” said SeaWorld San Diego curator of fishes, Thad Dirksen. “The below-water viewing area will include eight acrylic windows and a reef design. The above-water interaction area will allow our guests more opportunities to touch and feed the rays.”

                                    Manta will be located just north of Rocky Point Preserve. SeaWorld is working with German ride design company MACK, which also engineered the marine-life park’s popular ride, Journey To Atlantis. Guests at SeaWorld’s sister park in Orlando have been enjoying a similar version of Manta since it opened in 2009.

                                    Manta Fact Sheet

                                    TYPE OF RIDE:
                                    Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) Launch Coaster

                                    MAXIMUM LAUNCH ACCELERATION: .
                                    7 to .8 G

                                    MAXIMUM SPEED:
                                    43 mph

                                    MAXIMUM VERTICAL G FORCE:
                                    3 to 4 G

                                    MAXIMUM HEIGHT:
                                    30 feet

                                    MAXIMUM DROP:
                                    54 feet

                                    TRACK LENGTH:
                                    2,835 feet

                                    RIDE DURATION:
                                    One minute, 56 seconds

                                    SEATS/TRAIN:
                                    20 seats per train/four trains

                                    GUEST CAPACITY:
                                    1,400 passengers per hour

                                    LOCATION:
                                    Just north of Rocky Point Preserve,
                                    SeaWorld San Diego

                                    MANUFACTURER:
                                    German ride engineer, MACK

                                    RIDER HEIGHT RESTRICTION:
                                    48 inches

                                    OTHER ELEMENTS:
                                    Exhibit water volume:
                                    100,000 gallons
                                    Marine life exhibit:
                                    65 California bat rays, 10 guitar fish and more than 400 fishes
                                    Video of the ride.

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: SeaWorld San Diego Preparing to Build Manta Coaster in 2012

                                      When I first heard about this coaster I wasn't expecting much given their relationship with san diego. But I have to give it to them, they're working with what they got and it seems entertaining enough.
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                                      • #20
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                                        I wish I could show the other artwork that was shown to me but sadly I cannot but trust it is going to be a very nice addition to the park! I think the coolest part is going to be the first launch with the screen projecting the mantas swimming around you, very exciting!

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