Sea World announces Manta

August 12, 2008

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Coaster to fly riders face down!

ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new high-tech roller coaster officially announced at SeaWorld Orlando will fly riders in a face down, horizontal position to give the feeling of soaring like an underwater manta ray.

"The sensation of Manta will be like none other in the world," Busch Entertainment's chief marketing officer Joseph Couceiro said.

The attraction, which was inspired by the underwater flight of manta rays, will have coaster trains shaped like giant manta rays that skim lagoon water during the ride.

Officials said the ride envelops riders in a sensation of oneness with the ocean's most powerful and graceful creature as they soar, dive and plummet through the air.

"The ride is uniquely SeaWorld, vice president and general manager of SeaWorld Orlando Dan Brown said. The manta trains will glide and swoop at 60 mph on more than 3,300 feet of track.

The theme park has been working with Swiss coaster design company, Bolliger and Mabillard for the design of Manta.

About 300 manta rays and other sea life will be featured at the attraction as well, according to the news release.

The 40-acre attraction will be located inside the main entrance to SeaWorld Orlando. Manta will open in the summer of 2009.