The Manta Roller Coaster opened to the public in 2009 and is one of SeaWorld Orlando's most popular attractions.
It was based on the movements made by the stingrays, which is why, unlike other roller coasters, you will be lying on your stomach!
I remember the first time I walked in it. What an incredible feeling! It offers an experience unlike any roller coaster I have ever ridden.
Me and Nath love her. SeaWorld has increasingly become a playground for adrenaline lovers, with a series of wonderful and fun roller coasters.
Without a doubt, for those who enjoy roller coasters, Manta is a must stop! Learn more why it attracts so many visitors.
How is the Manta?
As we said, she is at SeaWorld and is at the top of the world list of the best roller coasters in the world, being one of the main attractions of the park.
Of the types of roller coasters that simulate a sensation of flight, the famous flying coasters, it is one of the most outstanding, because the visitors are in a horizontal position and because it has very sharp curves, drops and different loops, which become much more radical.
The course was all inspired by the swimming of the stingrays, which can be seen in the ten aquariums that are included on the way to the entrance of the toy.
You will notice that throughout the line there is a theme about marine life, with many aquariums with different fish and stingrays.
For the most curious, it is possible to know even more about the marine animals that are there, because there are sculptures and paintings on the way to boarding the Manta.
Regardless of whether or not you go on the roller coaster, it is possible to visit the aquariums, even though they are just one attraction.
There is a space entirely made for children, a transparent roof where you can see the stingrays passing by.
So even if you have small children in the group or are not a fan of more radical toys, be sure to visit the stingrays!
The people who will enter the ride will be able to enjoy other marine species that are in the aquarium while they wait in line.
So waiting turns out not to be so bad, because you end up having fun seeing the aquariums.
As you get closer to Manta, you'll need to choose which row you want to be in, and that decision has to be made because the rows are separate.
The lines that are usually the most crowded and radical are the first and the last.
In the front rows, it seems to be more relaxed, in the last rows you will feel more sway and the speed is higher.
What is the differential of Manta?
SeaWorld has invested heavily in the ambiance of its roller coasters, Manta is living proof of that, with a theme from its entrance to the ride's door.
The way in which the visitor walks through the toy is inspired by the peaceful swimming of the stingrays, so we go horizontally and with our belly to the ground.
When you pass near water, you end up feeling like you really are an animal swimming in the ocean.
The carts are made available just like that so that visitors feel like a stingray. There are 3 carts with capacity for 32 visitors.
You board seated, like a normal roller coaster, but just before the game starts, it flips down, making everyone throw their weights down, getting light, with the feeling of being flying.
Manta's carts go up very slowly, which gives visitors an incredible view of the park and for those who don't like heights so much, it can seem a little scary.
At the beginning, there will be the biggest drop, with 35 meters, with that feeling of flight and passing close to the water, the second dive is followed by a loop, the big dive loop. A lot of people in this part believe it's really loose in the air!
The Manta reaches a maximum speed of 90 km/h and lasts for around 2.36 minutes, despite not being so heavy, you go on your stomach, which ends up putting some pressure on you. So avoid eating too much before going to the toy.
There is no age restriction, only height, where the person needs to be at least 1.37m.
The idea for the park came up with four young colleagues from a college in California, who, back in the 60s, had the idea of creating a restaurant submerged.
But this idea ended up with many difficulties to be put into practice, which made them end up giving up.
Despite this, other plans were eventually created, among them the creation of a marine zoo, that's when SeaWorld emerged in 1964.
But here comes that question, wasn't the park built only in 1973? A lot of people think the SeaWorld Orlando it was the first park, but it wasn't, the first of the network is in San Diego, California.
The park had only two large saltwater aquariums, few animals and a few attractions, but even so, it received 400,000 visitors in its first year alone.
The second SeaWorld was installed in Ohio, in the city of Aurora, in 1970. But as the place was very cold, it was difficult to maintain the park, which ended up leading to its closure.
In 1973, SeaWorld's headquarters was opened in Orlando, this was because the Disney complex was already reaping the rewards and representatives of the SeaWorld Group saw the city as an opportunity.
In 1988, it was the turn of San Antonio, Texas, with the largest unit in the park.
SeaWorld Orlando is known for being one of the largest marine parks in the world and the second oldest park in Orlando.
In the SeaWorld group we also find three more parks: Discovery Cove, Busch Gardens and Aquatica Orlando.
The park carries the proposal to promote interaction between visitors and marine animals.
In addition to shows with animals such as dolphins, whales and sea lions and marine-themed toys for all audiences, such as Manta.
As it is a park with animals, it ends up having a reduced opening hours, as well as others with the same theme in Orlando.
In the periods between September and April, it usually closes at 6 pm, and between May and August, between 9 pm and 10 pm.
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