Yesterday I began describing my top 5 roller coasters in Florida, my first choice was Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit located in Universal Studios Florida.
Today’s choice is Manta located within SeaWorld, Orlando. I almost didn’t get to ride this one as my visit coincided with torrential rain and lightening. As with all parks in Florida, all the rides shut when lightening’s about!
Manta at SeaWorld
The unique thing about Manta is your riding position, unlike traditional roller coasters instead of riding as if sitting down, the ride takes you round the 3,359 feet of track face down, giving the illusion of flying.
Manta includes four inversions and reaches speeds in excess of 56 mph. Statistically, this makes Manta the second-longest (3,359 ft), tallest (140 ft) and fastest (56 mph) flying roller coaster in the world.
Officially Manta lasts 2 mins 35 seconds, in reality it seems much quicker, at its peak it serves 1500 rides per hour and boasts a G-Force rating of 3.7, what’s not to like
Manta starts of with a climb of 140-foot. At the top, you take your first dive down towards the right and then swoops upward, don’t forget to smile as you pass the on-ride photo camera located to before you begin the 98-foot pretzel loop.
You then dive head first to the ground and then climb back to the top of the element. Next up you take a U-turn to the left through the pretzel loop, after which it encounters a counter-clockwise inline twist. As Manta exits the twist, it enters a 270-degree downward helix to the right, passing close to the ground below and crossing through the pretzel loop a second time as it enters its first corkscrew. After the corkscrew, the train climbs up above the station’s return track and reaches the mid-course brake run.
Manta enters the second part of the course by diving down towards a lagoon near the theme park entrance, banking to the right as it approaches. The wings of the lead car appear to skim the surface, kicking up a splash of water (created instead by timed water jets).
The train rises, still banked to the right, before diving again, this time towards a waterfall as it continues turning to the right. After missing the waterfall by inches, Manta then enters its final inversion, a second corkscrew, prior to a final U-turn leading to the final brake run and the return to the station.
Manta’s riding position gives you a truly unique experience, trying to stop the urge not to put your hands out to protect yourself on a few of the drops is impossible.
The talking point for this ride is definitely how close to the ground you think you are… in reality you’re nowhere near it.
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What’s your favourite Theme Park Ride?