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Manta begins testing at SeaWorld Orlando

Manta image. Image © SeaWorld Orlando

Highly-anticipated flying rollercoaster Manta has been caught on camera undergoing a test run at SeaWorld Orlando.

The video, embedded below, will raise hopes of the ride making its May 22 opening date, and perhaps undergoing a "soft launch" even earlier.

The coaster will see guests lying face down in a horizontal position, riding underneath cars shaped like giant manta rays. As well as reaching speeds of 60mph, and including four inversions, Manta distinguishes itself from other flying coasters (such as Air at Alton Towers) through its use of water - with riders almost skimming the surface at times.

Manta is the third major ride at Seaworld Orlando following Kraken and Journey to Atlantis, and is likely to be mobbed by crowds throughout its first season. TPT suggests arriving early to avoid a long wait.

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