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Manta "soft opening" begins at SeaWorld Orlando

The wait is over for Manta. Image © SeaWorld Orlando e © SeaWorld Orlando

The first riders have been experiencing SeaWorld Orlando's flying coaster Manta, following its "soft opening" on May 5.

Those looking to be among the first to try out the new coaster should aim to go this week if they can. Manta will open every day at noon until "at least" May 10, according to a SeaWorld spokesman. Initial reports suggest that the ride area is not completely finished - with the underwater viewing area and aquarium yet to be opened. With the ride operational, though, the planned May 22 official opening date looks certain to be met.

Manta sees 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.

The embedded YouTube video below shows a full point-of-view ride on the new rollercoaster, as captured by a brave SeaWorld guest.

Manta is the third major ride at Seaworld Orlando following Kraken and Journey to Atlantis. More details are available at the coaster's official website.

You can keep up to date with the latest confirmed and rumored opening dates for new attractions over at Theme Park Tourist's "New Attraction Watch" section.


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Wow I am so excited about riding Manta will be the best thing ever!!!
I can't wait to get wet!!!!

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