Manta, by ‘Kid Expert’ natalie, Age 11

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster, at Sea World, Orlando, Florida

This ride is fantastic! It is located in SeaWorld Orlando, not too far from the Walt Disney World Resort. Personally I think it was extremely well-done, the whole scenario is great. The cue line has many aquariums so you can watch the fish and other creatures. Boarding the ride, you pull the harness down and then an employee comes and secures your feet so they don’t dangle. The car suddenly tilts back until you are hanging “superman” position. That way it feels as if you are gliding like a manta. The ride takes off and you go up an incline. Looking down, you see the park way below. If you are afraid of heights, I do not recommend it! Looking down you see the trees and it gives you a weird feeling inside. Then you go, flying down the hill and going into a complete flip. It feels odd doing a flip because you are hanging, so at one point you are on your back. You then do lots of turns and go into a few corkscrews and flips. The ride is intense, and if you thought Expedition Everest or Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster were intense, watch this one “fly” through the air.         

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

Manta roller coaster water splash at Sea World. Orlando, Florida

On most rides, they take a picture of you screaming your head off so you can see it after the ride. On Rockin’ Rollercoaster it is right when you take off and on Everest it is when you go down the side of the mountain. Manta has one too…but I had a tough time trying to figure out where it was.

Near the end, the ride dips down very close to the water. It goes on its side and the manta’s fin almost touches the water as a spray squirts. This is a really fun ride, but I think only thrill-seekers should ride it! 

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