Sea World San Diego opens new rollercoaster “MANTA” May 26, 2012, city and park officials, teen celebrities and students from Elemantary Institute of Science join in for the opening ceremony.

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Austin Anderson, Julianna Rose, Jennessa Rose Misi Stomber, Taylor Calhoun, Zac Mann, Nic Mann and Matthew Dayte ride Manta after opening ceremony

Sea World San Diego opened its new rollercoaster on May 26, 2012.
The opening ceremony hosted by SeaWorld Park President John Reilly and attended by San Diego City Council President Tony Young and San Diego City Council Member Lori Zapf  along with students from the Elemantary Institute of Science, and 2012 Miss Greater San Diego USA Pageant Teen and Miss Teen Cassidy Wolf and Mabelynn Capeluj.

Opening ceremony at Sea World San Diego for MANTA, A festive grand opening ceremony hosted by SeaWorld Park President John Reilly and attended by San Diego City Council President Tony Young and San Diego City Council Member Lori Zapf

There were some teen celebrities that also took part:  Austin Anderson, Actor and singer, Actress Julianna Rose, Actress Jennessa Rose and Recording Artist Misi Stomber,  all joined in for the “KELP” ribbon cutting ceremony and took off for the first official ride on the MANTA coaster.

Julianna Rose, Misi Stomber, Jennessa Rose, Cassidy Wolf, Mabelynn Capeluj, Austin Anderson and students from the Elementary Institute of Science at Sea World San Diego for opening ceremony of Manta

Creator, Christian Freiherr Von Elverfeldt from Mack Rides in Germany was there to see everyone enjoy his creation as well as the ensemble group TAIKOPROJECT, who put on an amazing dramatic performance and drum roll.
This awesome coaster, has speed, twists, and turns and stretches 2,835 feet in length and starts with a trip under the sea in a tunnel with a 270 degree projection screen. as well as being educational with a natural ray habitat and other theming elements.
As the train slowly moves forward and backward guests are treated to a glimpse of rays swimming underwater, when suddenly the launch doors open and the train takes off, reaching a top speed of 43 miles per hour.
The trip includes a dive under the bridge that guests use to enter the Manta ride plaza and ray exhibit. As the train dives down toward a water feature fountains shoot as if the ray-themed trains had skimmed the water.The ride’s entrance features a beautiful rock structure that holds the ride’s marquee, and guests descend down under it as they enter the ride’s queue. The winding queue takes guests past the 100,000 gallon marine life exhibit, including 400 fishes and 65 California bat rays.
A long line began to form after the ceremony, as many came to experience the new rollercoaster, MANTA, as well as all the rides and shows that Sea World San Diego offers.
Some of the first to ride, Taylor Calhoun, Zac Mann, Nic Mann, and Matthew Dayte all enjoyed the coaster and the smoothness of the ride with all the twists and turns.
Check out Manta
                  Sea World San Diego  http://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-sandiego/
                  San Diego Tourism     http://www.sandiego.org/nav/Visitors

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