SeaWorld San Diego is set to make an official announcement in early February on its plans to install a new Manta-themed rollercoaster in 2012.
The park has yet to confirm the theme or type of the new attraction, but construction documents posted online under the title "Sea World Manta Exhibit & Ride Attraction 2012" have already given a strong hint. A spokesman has now informed the LA Times of the planned announcement next month, at which further details are expected to be given.
As reported earlier this week, SeaWorld San Diego's version of Manta is set to be very different to the one at its sister park in Florida. 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 an all-new 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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