Manta vs Manta

The second interpretation of the Manta coaster concept just opened at SeaWorld San Diego, and seeing as they are so different, I think it’s just about appropriate to compare them on PureCoaster. Now, I’m going to compare them in three subtopics before the poll, just so we can learn a little about these coaster cousins.

Type of Coaster:

The original Manta at SeaWorld Orlando is a flying coaster by B&M, meanwhile the new Manta at SeaWorld San Diego is a MACK launch coaster. These coasters couldn’t be more different when it comes to classification, and layout. In Orlando, you see four inversions, one of which is a gargantuan pretzel loop. On the other hand, in San Diego it’s very low to the ground with lots of tight high speed curves.

Splashdown

What is to me the most iconic thing about these coasters is the splashdown. The one in Orlando is very grand, and very showy, meanwhile the new one in San Diego is more subtle, and likewise more realistic. Both are very unique effects that have become a sort of trade mark for SeaWorld.

Trains

Seeing as they are different makes of coaster by different manufacturers, the trains for these coasters are quite different. The stylized B&M flying coaster trains in Orlando have a grand manta ray at the front of each train, plus cute smaller mantas at the front of each car, and on the MACK mega coaster trains in San Diego, they have a beautiful, gigantic manta at the front.

Personally, I think the original Manta in Orlando better mimics the sensation of being a manta, but due to height restrictions in San Diego they were forced to modify the concept, and in my opinion, they got a less than spectacular result. My vote is to the flying coaster at SeaWorld Orlando.

Photos by SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

May 2012 Recap

We’re almost half-way through 2012 and the theme park news shows no signs of slowing down. Over the course of the last month, we’ve seen openings, testing, announcements, and even new construction for next season!!! Let’s take a look at what happened in theme parks this month;

X-Flight Opening

The third B&M wing coaster for 2012 finally opened, in the form of the highly appraised X-Flight, at Six Flags Great America. Also, the park surprised us with a few water and fog effects to complement this cool coaster.

T0 see more photos from media day, check out http://sfgamworld.com/

Aquatica San Antonio Opening

SeaWorld’s second Aquatica waterpark opened in San Antonio this month. This one features the same tropical theme, with some new slides. I really think SeaWorld has a winner with this concept!

A full report can be found at http://behindthethrills.com/

Mr Freeze Reverse Blast Opening

Both Mr Freeze launch coasters have completed their train reversal and are now running backwards trains under the name of Mr Freeze Reverse Blast.

Read more about this chilling relaunch at http://newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca/

Shambhala Opening

What might just be Leviathan’s biggest competitor this year is Port Adventura’s Shambhala, which features a mid-course splash-down, and the new staggered seating trains from B&M. Can B&M make a BAD hyper?

The guys from http://www.themeparkreview.com/

Verbolten Opening

Busch Gardens’ themed launch coaster Verbolten made it’s debut recently, and I’ve really got to applaud the park for the amazing theming and backstory to this ride. The whole “Gunther and Gerta” characters, and the pitch black indoor section with the vertical drop section, makes this ride VERY unique.

A good review and gallery can both be found at http://www.adventuresbydaddy.com\

Transformers Opening

The highly anticipated Transformers: The Ride 3D is finally open, and based on what everyone else is saying, this ride doesn’t disappoint.

Read a full review at http://www.insidethemagic.net/

Manta Opening

SeaWorld’s second interpretation on the Manta concept opened in San Diego as a MACK launch coaster.

Skyrush Opening

What is this, the year of the mega coaster? The third new mega coaster to open for 2012 is Skyrush at HersheyPark. As the park’s 12th coaster, it joins amazing rides like Great Bear, Stormrunner, and the classic Comet.

http://allamericanthrills.com/

Goliath Opening

Deja Vu reopend in it’s new home as Goliath this month, and despite the normal technical difficulties, I think it’s better suited at Six Flags New England than it was in California. Now if only they’d remove Flashback………

http://sfneonline.org/

Harry Potter @ USJ Announced

The third Wizarding World of Harry Potter has been announced, and it is destined for Japan. Universal Studios Japan will be building another incarnation of the highly appraised land, the famed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and presumably more for a 2014 opening date.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/has the full scoop.

Divertical Testing

Intamin’s new half aquatrax-half hyper splash has begun testing, and we should see Divertical open sometime soon.

Apocalypse Testing

The reworked and relocated Iron Wolf has begun testing at Six Flags America.

http://www.washingtonpost.com

Wildcat Closing

Cedar Point’s announced that WildCat would be removed this season, hopefully this means we’ll see some extra awesome rides next year!

Read all about is in my post here: https://purecoaster.wordpress.com/

The Storm Construction

Etnaland has already started construction of their new for 2013 coaster the Storm, the park must be aiming for a really early opening!

Roller Coaster Revolution



March 2012 Recap

As we get further into 2012, all of the highly anticipated attractions open, and those that aren’t quite there check more things off of their construction lists. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few surprises. Lets take a look at what’s happened at theme parks this month:

The Swarm Opening

One of the first “New for 2012” roller coasters to open was Thorpe Park’s The Swarm. This heavily themed wingrider opened mid-month and is a fantastic addition to Thorpe Park.

Check out the full scoop at www.coasterforce.com

Wild Eagle Opening

Right on schedule, Dollywood opened Wild Eagle, the third wingrider by B&M. Not only is this a great coaster, but it has been accompanied by a metal eagle sculpture. Between this, Thunderhead and Mystery Mine, Dollywood is now a must-visit park.

Read a full update at www.themeparkreview.com

Storybook Circus Opening

The Magic Kingdom got a little more magical this month as the first phase in the Fantasyland expansion opened to guests. Storybook Circus, taking the place of the old Toontown Fair, features the classic Dumbo attraction, and a re-themed Barnstormer roller coaster.

A great update can be found at www.insidethemagic.net

Wodan  Timbur Coaster Opening

In recent news, Europa Park’s Wodan had its media event. This GCI Woody interacts with rides like Atlantica Supersplash and Blue Fire. Additionally, the park kept with tradition and added a fair amount of theming in the queue as well as around the attraction.

The folks from www.themeparkreview.com were there, and have lots of photos to prove it.

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Mr. Freeze Reverse Blast Announcement

Six Flags always seems to have something up their sleeve, and a little while back, they announced that their Mr. Freeze launch coasters, would be re-worked to launch trains backwards starting this summer.

Check out my post here: www.purecoaster.wordpress.com

Leviathan Testing

Another milestone was reached at Canada’s Wonderland as the much anticipated Leviathan began testing with water dummies.

I posted about it here: www.purecoaster.wordpress.com

X-Flight Track Completion

The final wingrider to open this season is not to be left out, as X-Flight’s track was completed at Six Flags Great America.

A bunch of pictures of the completed track are at www.newsplusnotes.blogspot.ca

Manta Track Completion

Seaworld San Diego’s Manta launch coaster also completed its track this month, and work has shifted to the aquarium and theming.

A massive gallery can be found at www.darkbeer.smugmug.com

Skyrush Track Completion

Additionally, the last piece of Hershey Park’s Skyrush was put in place, as the park nears its 2012 season opening.

www.keystonethrills.wordpress.com has a great photo update.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing it, and in the next few months, as the rest of the attractions for this year open, I’ll post a few more of these to cover everything at a glance.

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