SeaWorld’s Manta roller coaster still flying strong after a year

in SeaWorld, Theme Parks

Amidst the excitement of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening and Disney’s return of the Main Street Electrical Parade and other Summer Nightastic fun, it’s easy to forget it was only a little more than a year ago that SeaWorld Orlando opened its world-class roller coaster and aquarium experience, Manta.

Before Manta, I found SeaWorld to be a solid theme park, worth a vacation day if there’s time after having already visited Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. But with the addition of Manta, SeaWorld instantly became a hit for thrill seekers visiting the area and I now recommend it as a must-visit for vacationers to Orlando.

Manta, as a whole, is more than just a roller coaster. While the “flying” coaster is the only of its kind of Florida, pushing major G-forces at the beginning and relaxing views at the end, the indoor aquarium queue is an attraction unto itself.

To celebrate Manta’s one-year anniversary (which was around 3 weeks ago on May 22), SeaWorld has released a video featuring “fun facts” about the attraction, delivered by one of its designers, Brian Morrow:

Back at the attraction’s opening, I spoke with several of Manta’s designers, including Morrow, to find out what was really behind the whole experience:

(I originally shot this video for Orlando Attractions Magazine.)

So while your mind may be on riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey for the first time, or checking out Disney’s new Summer Nightastic Fireworks Spectacular, I encourage all visitors to Orlando to also include a trip to SeaWorld to give Manta a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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