Manta Swoops Closer

The latest on Manta, SeaWorld’s new “flying” roller coaster, courtesy of Theme Park Ranger Dewayne Bevil.

Manta, the upcoming “flying” coaster at SeaWorld Orlando, remains on schedule for its summer debut. The rails already in place have changed the look of the park, and all of them are expected to be in place by the end of December, park officials say.

The impact should be great near the front entrance as the coaster’s cars sweep down toward water for a dramatic splash. Riders — in a facedown, headfirst position — will glide over other guests during the 21/2-minute trip.

Passengers will be harnessed into the seats with legs dangling, and then will be shifted into a flying position in the loading station. From there, off to the biggest hill and a swoop over the Whale & Dolphin Stadium walkway before encountering an elaborate pretzel loop.

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