7 Reasons You Have to Love Manta at SeaWorld Orlando

Are you ready to conquer one of the nation’s top flying roller coaster rides? Then the Manta SeaWorld Orlando experience is one that you must do!

Here you’ll get to glide through what it will feel like to be a giant ray in the ultimate SeaWorld thrill ride.

So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear how much roller coaster enthusiasts love the twists, scares, drops, and speeds of Manta.

Let’s go through everything that makes this Florida flying coaster amazing!

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7 Manta SeaWorld Orlando Things to Remember

Manta at #SeaWorld blue aqua marine roller coaster.
Manta at SeaWorld Orlando

1 – Learning the Manta SeaWorld Orlando History

The aquatically themed ride was designed and manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard. A Swiss company known for producing some the world’s greatest attractions.

Bolliger & Mabillard brought the flying coaster system to SeaWorld, which was first used at Alton Towers for the ride, Air.

You can now experience multiple flying roller coasters around the world.

Flying Roller Coasters Around the World

  • Acrobat-Nagashima Spa Land
  • Batwing-Six Flags America
  • Crystal Wing-Happy Valley Beijing
  • L.Y.- Phantasialand
  • Galactica Formerly Air-Alton Towers
  • Harpy-Xishuangbanna Theme Park
  • Hero-Flamingo Land Resort
  • Hexenbesen-Erlebniswelt Seilbahnen Thale
  • Inertia Airplane Car-Kaeson Youth Park
  • Manta-Sea World Orlando
  • Nighthawk Formerly Stealth-Carowinds (California’s Great America)
  • Sky Scrapper-World Joyland
  • Soarin’ Eagle Formerly Flying Coaster-Luna Park, Coney Island (Elitch Gardens)
  • Stingray-Suzhou Giant Wheel Park
  • Super Flight-Playland
  • Super Glider Formerly Flying Coaster-Skytropolis Funland (Genting Theme Park)
  • Superman: Ultimate Flight-Six Flags Great America
  • The Superman: Ultimate Flight-Six Flags Great Adventure
  • Superman: Ultimate Flight-Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Tatsu-Six Flags Magic Mountain
  • The Flying Dinosaur-Universal Studios Japan
  • Time Warp-Canada’s Wonderland
  • Trombi-Särkänniemi
  • Volare-Wiener Prater
  • Volare-Wonderland Eurasia

Hipster Power Tip: A flying roller coasters allows riders to experience the attraction by lying face-down on their stomachs at the beginning of the ride. This gives the sense of flying.

Before Manta opened, SeaWorld would go on the record to say that it would be their largest single investment in an attraction at that time.

When designing the theming of Manta, the goal was to give guests a simulated experience of how this type of stingray would glide majestically through the sea.

SeaWorld Orlando Entrance with Tall Christmas Tree and Manta Roller Coaster in the Background

The highly anticipated attraction opened to the public on May 22, 2009 with the slogan, “Dive deep, fly high.”

SeaWorld also wanted to put as much emphasis on the animals as on the ride. This led to the floor-to-ceiling windows with views of over 300 rays and thousands of sea creatures from around the world.

Read: How to Celebrate Christmas at SeaWorld Orlando

2 – Exploring the Queue

While waiting for Manta, be sure to explore the elaborate queue line which starts outside in a seaside-inspired village decorated with mosaics.

You’ll be welcomed to view a one-of-a-kind aquarium exhibit complete with an extravagant ambiance of lights and majestic aquatic sounds.

SeaWorld Orlando Manta blue roller coaster
Manta Roller Coaster at SeaWorld

The 360-degree floor-to-ceiling display allows you to see all of the fish and other sea creatures swimming above you.

Hipster Power Tip: If roller coasters are not your thing, don’t worry. You’ll be able to view portions of the Manta aquarium if you go to the left of the ride entrance.

Since Manta’s main queue is inside, it’s a perfect place to take a break from the Florida heat. Just being able to escape the hot sun is one of the perks of this aquatic queue.

Plus, you get to see real stingrays up close as they glide past you. It’s such a cool feature of this SeaWorld attraction.

Hipster Power Tip: The wait time for Manta is the highest in the morning since it’s by the main gate. Try to ride it around mid-to-late afternoon when the crowd level goes down.

3 – Uncovering the Manta SeaWorld Orlando Layout

If you’re like me, then you want to know what you’ll be getting yourself into when experiencing this unique Florida roller coaster.

SeaWorld tours are a great way to see another side of the park.

Let’s go through the ride layout of Manta:

  • Train goes up the 140-foot lift hill chain giving you a nice face-down view of SeaWorld Orlando as if you’re flying
  • Once you’re at the top you go through a nosedive down towards the right and a swoop upward as you feel the power of a Manta
  • You then go back up to the top in a slight U-turn to the left through a pretzel loop and into a counter-clockwise inline twist
  • After the twist, you soar into a 270-degree downward helix to the right
  • Then you go through another pretzel loop into the first corkscrew
  • The coaster train climbs the return track and dives towards the lagoon with a cool water affect
  • After exiting the turn, your train goes by a waterfall
  • You end Manta with a second inline twist
  • Once you go through the second twist, you enter the final turn into Manta’s ride station

Watch the Complete Manta SeaWorld Orlando Video here on YouTube.

There you have it.

You have officially experienced SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta!

You can tackle it on your next solo SeaWorld trip here.

4 – The One-of-a-kind Manta SeaWorld Orlando Train

This SeaWorld Orlando train was made more Manta-like, by shaping each car like a real ray. It even has, a wingspan of 12 feet!

Valravn Cedar Point Roller Coaster
Valravn at Cedar Point in Ohio

Hipster Fun Fact: Bolliger & Mabillard also designed other roller coaster rides such as Valravn at Cedar Point.

When boarding the Manta train, you walk into the restraints with a combination of a shoulder harness, locking lap bar, and foot clasps.

Once the coaster is ready to go, you tilt from upright to a face-down position.

The ride is meant for you to glide looking downward like a ray, but if you’re like me, you’ll spend most of your time trying to look forward to see what’s ahead.

…a very difficult task to do on a flying coaster.

Read: Best SeaWorld Orlando Annual Pass Benefits You Must Know

5 – The Amazing Manta SeaWorld Orlando Stats

Before you embark on this aquatic-inspired coaster, you should know a few little details about Manta.

Happy Holidays from SeaWorld Orlando with Cheery Snowman in the Florida Sun with Manta roller coaster in the background.
Manta during the Holiday Season in Orlando.

How fast does Manta at SeaWorld go?

SeaWorld’s Manta stretches 3,359 feet with a max speed of 56 mph (miles per hour).

I don’t want to scare you with all the intense facts since Manta is still one of the smoothest roller coasters in Florida.

  • Drop– 113 ft
  • Duration– 2:36
  • Manta Height– 140 ft
  • Number of Inversions– 4
  • Length– 3,359 ft
  • Manta SeaWorld Orlando Speed – 56 mph
  • Type– Steel-flying coaster

Manta Features:

  • Pretzel Loop
  • Inline Twist
  • Chain Lift Hill
  • Spray water affect
  • Large aquarium

How tall do you have to be to ride Manta at SeaWorld?

Remember that Manta SeaWorld Orlando height requirement is 54″ (inches).

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6 – The Manta vs. Kraken Battle

Manta vs. Kraken #SeaWorld Orlando

As with many roller coaster and SeaWorld Orlando enthusiasts, there are quite a few debates as to whether a flying coaster is a good attribute to a theme park.

Personally, I enjoy Manta because it is such a unique attraction.

Whether you’re a Manta flying coaster fan or a Kraken floorless coaster diehard, I thought it would be great to give you a comparison chart of the two roller coasters.

Manta vs. Kraken

Manta SeaWorld Orlando
Kraken SeaWorld Orlando
Flying Coaster TrainFloorless Coaster Train
Opened 2009Opened 2000
Deep Purple, Marine Blue and CobaltTeal Color Scheme
Height   141 ftHeight   153 ft
Drop 113 ft (42 m)Drop 144 ft (42 m)
Speed 56 mphSpeed 65 mph
G-Force 3.7G-Force 3.9
Inline Twists 2Vertical Loops 2
Inversions 4Inversion 7
Ride Length 3359 ftRide Length 4177 ft
Number of Trains 3Number of trains 3
Rows per Train 8Cars per train 8
Seats per Car 4Seats per Car 4
Ride Time 2 minutes and 36 secondsRide Time 2 minutes and 2 seconds

Watch the Complete Kraken SeaWorld Orlando Video here on YouTube.

What to Know Before You Go to SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration Sea of Trees with Mako Purple Roller Coasters in background

If you are wearing loose-fitting shoes, you should leave them at the loading platform. Any other loose articles can be placed inside a locker located at the entrance of the ride to the left side.

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7 – My Honest Manta SeaWorld Orlando Review

Although Manta is not the fastest roller coaster in Orlando, the additional ambiance and the power of the roller coaster immerses you as you dive through this incredible attraction.

You may love the sensation of facing the ground with all of your body pressing against the harnesses or you may hate it.

Manta at #SeaWorld blue aqua marine roller coaster.
Manta at SeaWorld

It’s not too bad to me.

It mostly depends on the area of the train you experience the ride in.

Something to note about Manta is that while on the ride, you will not be able to see what’s coming ahead because of how you’re positioned on the coaster.

It’s good for total immersion of the ride, especially if you sit on the front row. Riding in the front row is also helpful if you are prone to motion sickness.

The front row is also the smoothest row of the train with the back row giving the most intense ride experience of Manta.

The ride was smooth to me, but there were a couple of moments where I could see getting lightheaded can be a concern. Something most riders may not enjoy.

I personally like Manta and I believe that it is the perfect attraction for SeaWorld and your next Orlando vacation.

Read: 15 Sensational SeaWorld Spooktacular Tips

Questions Frequently Asked About SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando Entrance with water and rock oasis.

What roller coasters are at SeaWorld?

How tall do you have to be for SeaWorld rides?

  • Mako™ – Minimum 54″
  • Manta® – Minimum 54″
  • Kraken Unleashed – Minimum 54″
  • Journey to Atlantis® – Minimum 42″ (42″ – 48″ with a supervising companion)
  • Wild Arctic® – Minimum 42″

What is SeaWorld address?

SeaWorld Orlando is located at 7007 Sea World Dr, Orlando, FL 32821. Right in heart of the Orlando tourist scene.

How much are SeaWorld Orlando tickets?

A One-day admission ticket to SeaWorld starts at $79.99.

Final Thoughts on Manta at SeaWorld Orlando

Having a steel-flying coaster is a welcomed ride to SeaWorld and the Orlando theme park environment. I highly recommend riding it on your next visit to SeaWorld Orlando, but I wouldn’t wait any longer than 40 minutes for it.

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As you approach the attraction, be sure check out the stunning ambiance and spectacular aquatic oasis surrounding Manta.

When you get to the top of the ride, embrace the suspense and take in all the fabulous views surrounding SeaWorld Orlando.

Overall, if you love roller coasters, then you’ll fall in love with Manta at SeaWorld Orlando. It’s a world-class attraction that will continue to thrill theme park enthusiasts for many years to come.

Have you ever ridden SeaWorld’s Manta? If so, what was your favorite part of the ride? Let me know in the comments section below.

Manta SeaWorld Orlando blue roller coaster.
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Until next time, Happy Park Hopping Hipsters!


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(Original Article Date: April 21, 2019/Updated June 1, 2020)

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