Manta dangerously nears the fine line between a fun ride and a ride that could kill you

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  1. BachataMan

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    Today I went to Sea World for the first time in 14 years now that I have the Platinum Pass. I was amazed how upscale the park was especially compared to Busch Gardens. I got to ride on all the coasters, but one I want to mention is Manta.

    This is an interesting ride in that the seats move up 90 degrees like the Superman roller coaster at Six Flags so it’s like you really are flying, hence why it’s highly recommended to get front row. I really like the ambient music they play on the lift hill as well.

    Where this ride comes near to killing you however is with the first inversion. Because of the way you’re positioned and because it’s such a sharp loop downward making an inverse inversion, you feel like your head is going to implode or fall off or whatever , so Rider beware.

    Rest of the ride is pretty awesome because it is like you’re flying.

    I think if it wasn’t for the inversions this would definitely be the best ride at Sea World, but instead it kind of gave me a migraine especially with the big sharp loop.
     
  2. FLOIR

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    The first loop makes the ride, especially if you are in the back. You can feel like you are slowing down and then all of a sudden the mass of the rest of the cars whips you through the loop. It is an extreme feel.
     
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  4. jaceraden

    jaceraden Ringleader to 3 kids in a Disney loving family

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    I love that ride and think maybe just maybe your title is a little dramatic. To each their own!
     
  5. CAPSLOCK

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    I thought Manta was awesome! I loved the drop and the feeling of soaring the whole ride.
     
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  6. Shanti

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    Rides like that are why I stick with Disney World. Yikes!
     
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  7. BachataMan

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    Not so dramatic when I felt like I was going to die on the ride and had a splitting headache after.
     
  8. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    I'm not certain what you are envisioning, but SeaWorld is anything but an extreme rides park. I wouldn't let one person's assessment of one roller coaster turn you off of an entire park family. You'll find MANY people who think Manta is one of the best coasters in Orlando....my husband is one of them. Trust me, he's rode it often enough that if it were a killer coaster (literally), he would have been dead many trips ago.

    To be fair, your personal tolerance for roller coasters does not constitute it being a near-death experience. I thought I was going to die and had a splitting headache after riding The Simpsons at Universal, and it is just a simulator (where you are literally in no physical danger at all, save for the nasty "feeling" that it can induce in us less hearty folks). I'm not arguing about how you FELT, but it's a big stretch (and as another poster very aptly put it, dramatic) to insinuate it could kill you. That implies a level of danger that I just don't believe is accurate.
     
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  9. Jennasis

    Jennasis DIS life goes on

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    Umm...I felt like death was imminent on both Manta and Mako. I do not like rides where all my weight is pressed against the restraint like that. The lift hill on Manta was terrifying. All I could think of was falling to my death if the restraint failed. I actually felt safer when the ride was moving after that first drop. I couldn't ride it a second time, but i was glas i gave it a shot.

    On Mako...which i believe may be the best coaster ever...I also felt like there was a big danger factor as the lap restraint wouldn't click in that ONE notch tighter so every drop cause me some significant airtime LOL. Which was both awesome and terrifying.

    What I learned after our visit to SW and BG is that I am OLD now. Back in the day I could ride pretty much anything. The faster and spinnier the better. Now I need an hour of mild Small World-esque type rides in between any coasters. Ugh...aging blows.
     
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  10. jaceraden

    jaceraden Ringleader to 3 kids in a Disney loving family

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    I know what you mean about that extra click... and the age thing. I had my legs wrapped around that bar on Mako like my life literally depended on it. When we were going uphill, I could not believe that little game controller of a lap restraint was all there was to keep me from doom. I'm glad I did it but all further rides were done by my then 8 and 10 year olds, while I watched from the ground.

    To be fair though - the ride that scares me THE MOST in all of Florida is Soarin'. I still have nightmares about it. I have gone on it several times, thinking I was just being silly or maybe I've gotten over it. NOPE. Nopity nope. I'm clammy just thinking about it now.
     
  11. Gina-Gina-Bo-Bina

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    You're both doing far better than this old girl. Anything crazier than the mild side of Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin and I'm out :laughing: . I still haven't even been able to summon the courage to ride Journey to Atlantis. Plummet straight down to my death? :scared1: I think not! :eek:

    I did, however, ride the Sea Carousel like a boss :cool2:.
     
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  12. Penguinempress

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    I love Mako, it's one of my all-time favorite coasters. I will, however, get my husband to press down on my lap bar with all his strength just so I can get that extra click. My thighs may be mashed to the seat (and I still get air time on the hills!) but at least I don't feel like I'm going to fly to my death. :rotfl2:
     

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