New for 2009 – Manta

7 11 2008

Manta's graceful layout

SeaWorld Orlando is building a cool new flying coaster for ’09 – Manta.  At 3395′ long and 140′ tall it is very respectable in size.  The trains will reach up to 56 m.p.h., while swooping less than 10′ from surface of a lake.  This coaster is an evolution of flying coaster design. It incorporates swooping drops, ground flybys, a pretzel loop (see bottom right), and a wing dip (where the coaster touches and sprays water) into its twisted layout.  The color scheme of dark purple, ultramarine blue, and cobalt, as well as theming will enhance the total experience.  The ride will be only a part of a entire world

Construction on Manta

Construction on Manta

themed to rays featuring artwork and floor-to-ceiling ray aquariums.  No one can build a coaster to embody the grace and fluidity of a ray like Bolliger & Mabillard (B&M) of Switzerland.  B&M have constantly been on the forefront of coaster innovation, design, and quality, which they reaffirm in this new coaster.

a pretzel loop

a pretzel loop

I have never ridden on a B&M flying coaster.  I have ridden on a Vekoma Flying Dutchman model, however, the restraints were awkward and the ride was a bit rough.  I will be interested to see how B&M handles flying coasters, because I know them to make the smoothest coasters and most comfortable restraints in the industry.  Hopefully I will get to ride their Tatsu at SFMM this January.

Sources:

http://www.johnnyupsidedown.com/manta0.html

http://rcdb.com/id4190.htm

http://rcdb.com/document292.htm

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New for ’09 at Holiday World – Pilgrim’s Plunge

26 08 2008

O.k.  It’s not a coaster.  But it’s the world’s tallest water ride, and that deserves some recognition.  A cool, dual elevator will take you up the 135′ lift.  You will attain speeds of 50 mph on the 45°, 131′ drop.  The boat will create a splash 90′ wide and 45′ tall.  The park’s website places emphasis on how this ride is an update of the classic Shoot the Chutes ride.  Intamin will build the ride.  They have built many similar rides to this, including Perilous Plunge at Knott’s Berry Farm, which was the previous record holder at 115′.  Overall, Pilgrim’s Plunge looks very impressive.

Pilgrim’s Plunge is not the only new thing coming to Holiday World.  They are also adding the Holiwatch, which was the free service hinted about in the blog.  It is an RFID powered wristband system, which will help family members locate and send messages to each other.  This is a great new service for families because it is often difficult to communicate and locate each other when visiting a park.

Even though many of us were hoping for a new roller coaster (myself included – hey, I write for the coaster blog), I think that these additions are very good for the park.  I will have to try and get out there sometime soon!





Today’s the Day!

26 08 2008

At 11:45, Holiday World will begin announcing their 2009 addition(s) via their Twitter.  I will be out to lunch then, so you will know before me, but I will have a followup posted here as soon as possible.

Stay tuned!

**UPDATE**  Click here for my post on the new additions!