SeaWorld San Diego’s new Manta roller coaster has been open for a while now. Reviews are starting to roll in and it sounds like the park now has a solid roller coaster that they can boast. Even with the height restriction issue, it looks like they succeeded in making a fun family coaster thanks to the launches and the ride’s twisted course. Here are some reviews that I’ve come across:
But the ride itself was very fun. Great? No, not quite… close but not in that great status. The first part when you are in the screen area is cool and the train rocking back and forth makes it seem that much more like you are really underwater. The ride was long – which is great in these days of short 30 second rides. I would make this a must do on any trip to SWSD. – BabaSD on ThemeParkReview
It’s a zippy little ride with some airtime! I felt Manta was like Maverick’s little brother, low to the ground and quick! It’s nice, long, fun, and just overall a good addition to SWSD. The trains were very comfortable, and it rode super smooth. The queue was awesome, the theming was awesome, the whole ride area was awesome! – Chickenbowl on ThemeParkReview
Manta helps round out the San Diego park’s ride line-up, and gives it a delightful coaster that’s both accessible (no inversions!) and thrilling.
– Robert Niles from Theme Park Insider
Low Altitude Fun
I have to say, after watching this video, Manta looks a lot better than I expected. The 270-degree enveloping screen in the tunnel at the beginning of the ride looks cool even though they don’t show it completely. This Manta’s dive to the water adds what looks to be a solid head-chopper moment as the train dives below a bridge (image here).
Here’s a video of SeaWorld San Diego’s Manta. It features Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider and SeaWorld San Diego’s park president John Reilly who explains gives on-ride commentary:
Note – This video was filmed by the park. For safety reasons, please DO NOT take a camera on a roller coaster.
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