Swooping over sea and sky Manta combines amazing underwater animal habitats with an exhilarating launched family coaster. The ride experience begins in a show building with a 270-degree projection show featuring animated scenes. From here riders are launched out of the building to ascend to coaster's maximum height – 30 feet – followed by the largest drop of 54-feet into a below-grade trench and tunnel. The 2,800-foot custom layout meanders around a section of the park and features a second, mid-course booster launch. SeaWorld, unfortunately, faced burdensome restrictions on the from the overly strict California Coastal Commission which capped the ride's height at 30-feet. Despite the restrictions, Manta ended up being a surprise hit and is ultimately a fantastic family roller coaster.
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Opening date: May 26, 2012
Train has five cars with one row each, seating two abreast per row.
Ride capacity: 1,400 passengers per hour
Height requirement: Riders must be at least 48 inches tall
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