SeaWorld San Diego plans to add a new Manta-themed rollercoaster in 2012, although the ride is set to be very different to the one at sister park SeaWorld Orlando.

An invitation to bid for construction work on the rollercoaster project has been posted online, under the title "Sea World Manta Exhibit & Ride Attraction 2012". This suggests that, as in Orlando, the Manta rollercoaster will be accompanied by a new aquarium featuring rays and other sea-dwellers.

Whereas SeaWorld Orlando's Manta is a B&M Flying Coaster that aims to mimic the gliding of Manta rays, the San Diego park's version looks likely to be a dramatically different experience. Design artwork posted to Screamscape suggests that the ride will be a Mack Launch Coaster, similar in design to the dark ride-coaster hybrid Blue Fire at Germany's Europa Park.

The Manta coaster is set to feature two separate launch sections, with one at the start of the circuit and another midway through the ride. It is not clear from the blueprints whether it will feature any inversions, or whether it will be built over water as with the SeaWorld Orlando coaster.

SeaWorld San Diego had previously planned to open a new rollercoaster in 2010, but the project was subsequently put on hold while the park was sold to new owners. The cancelled attraction was set to be similar in design to the Revenge of the Mummy rollercoasters at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Studios Florida.

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