Rising above the park is SeaWorld’s thrill-ride pride, a “flying coaster” ridden face-down and head-first, in a horizontal position. You board sitting upright, and after your shoulders and ankles are secured, you’re tipped forward and the train is dispatched over curious pedestrians for the 2 1/2-minute ride. The queue meaders through 10 aquaria containing cownose rays, spotted eaglerays, and octopi behind floor-to-ceiling windows, so you get a dose of sea life while you wait. Even nonriders can see rays through a separate entrance to the right of the ride’s line. Speeds approach 60mph, with four inversions, in a fanciful approximation of what it feels like for a manta ray to swim. Manta is a pretty unique coaster experience, and it’s solid fun. Lockers are $1 to $1.50 in quarters; there’s a change machine. Tip: Because you’re in “flying” position, no seat has an obstructed view.
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