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B&M Flying Coaster Coming to SeaWorld Orlando

Busch Entertainment Corporation announced they will be installing a B&M flying coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. The coaster, dubbed Manta (as in Manta Ray), is scheduled to open in the summer of 2009. The attraction begins when visitors enter a mythical village filled with artisan-created engravings and artwork that celebrate ray legend and lore. In the queue line, visitors will wind through caverns adorned with ray-inspired art in marble, jewels, and mosaics, all hand-created. Floor-to-ceiling windows will provide encounters with 300 rays, as well as thousands of fish and other creatures native to oceans all over the world. Those not choosing to ride the coaster will still be able to participate in the attraction.

Those who do ride will board coaster vehicles designed to give riders the sensation of gliding, with vehicles resembling rays with a wingspan of 12 feet. From a lift height of 140 feet, riders will swoop through 3,359 feet of track at nearly 60 mph, moving from sky to water, actually skimming the waves at one point, and encounter four inversions along the way. The coaster is already under construction on a seven-acre parcel of land near the front of the park.

Sea World Orlando is currently home to two coasters: Kracken a B&M floorless coaster that opened in 2000, and Shamu Express, a Zierer junior coaster that opened in 2006.

 

Artist's conception of Manta. View full-sized image.
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