Photos: Manta Soars Over SeaWorld Orlando This Summer
Parks also offer unique vacation experiences and unbeatable prices
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A seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride, Manta is an adventure only SeaWorld could create. Manta opens
Right from the start, Manta provides a glimpse into the incredible underwater worlds of tropical fish and rays. Floor-to-ceiling aquariums showcase rare leafy sea dragons and thousands of schooling fish. Kids get a unique 360-degree underwater view by climbing into a pop-up aquarium and coming face-to-face with nearly 300 colorful clownfish and mysterious sea anemones. A massive Pacific octopus slinks back and forth between habitats through an underwater tube. Three hundred rays – their group known as a “fever” – swim/fly past guests and even over their heads. There’s a sense of being immersed and surrounded by thousands of mysterious creatures.
And that’s just the queue line.
Turning a corner, guests peer through a waterfall then feel the punch of air as something huge zooms by, just inches away. It’s a giant manta ray. On steel rails. A manta ray roller coaster, ride flying, soaring, gliding and spinning at highway speeds. And secured to the manta’s belly are 32 riders, each one lying prone, going for a ride on the biggest and grandest ray of all.
“Manta takes what SeaWorld does best – animal encounters and thrill rides – and blends them to create something you can’t find anywhere else in the world,” says
Manta’s excitement is for everyone
SeaWorld ride and animal experts designed Manta to have thrills for the whole family, at every age level. For guests too young to ride roller coasters – or those who like their adventures a little less extreme – the Manta experience includes incredible views into 10 stunning and all-new aquariums, which are home to 100 species of fish, hundreds of rays and other sea life, more than 3,000 creatures in all. Never before has SeaWorld had such a diverse display of ocean animals. And never before have non-riders been so much a part of a thrill ride’s experience.
Those who take their excitement flying head first at 56 mph will crown Manta as one of the world’s top coasters. A track-twisting pretzel loop, in-line spins, a waterfall close call and a wing dip just inches from the water add up to a flying roller coaster ride never before seen, let alone experienced.
There are only a handful of “flying coasters” in the world. Climbing into what look like traditional seats and harnesses, riders soon notice what makes this kind of coaster so special: The entire seating assembly rotates forward, positioning riders horizontally, or face down in a prone position. It’s like flying. Or even better, it’s like riding on the belly of a massive 12-foot-wide manta ray as it glides and twists and soars above the ocean.
For thrill ride fans, Manta is sure to be the final notch on their coaster belt. For lovers of up-close encounters with the mysteries of the sea, it’s what they love about SeaWorld.
Families looking to have the most summer fun while keeping an eye on their budget will find all-new hotel packages and theme park ticket deals make a trip to
They’ll think it’s a dream vacation: Aquatica, SeaWorld’s waterpark in
“Families are hungry to spend meaningful time together while looking for ways to stretch their family travel dollar,” says
Hotel packages include free nights and theme park tickets
Nearly two dozen choice hotels in
That means more nights in
Hotel not needed? Park tickets offer unlimited admission & flexibility
For those who already have a hotel or might be staying with friends or relatives in
A second visit to SeaWorld is free with the purchase of a single-day SeaWorld ticket and for fast entry, all tickets for the parks can be pre-printed at home.
Skip the lines and save time — add-ons make the most of a visit
Families can upgrade their visit to SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens with add-ons and experiences that make the most of an
So much more to explore
SeaWorld immerses guests in the mysteries of the sea through up-close animal discoveries, amazing attractions and rides and unforgettable performances. Whether riding a flying manta ray, getting drenched by Shamu, meeting dolphins, braving astounding thrill rides, counting the teeth on a shark or feeding seals and sea lions, vacation adventures become lifelong memories at SeaWorld.
And each summer evening, SeaWorld’s AfterDark sparks the night with all-new shows and fireworks filling the sky.
Aquatica is a one-of-a-kind waterpark that could only come from SeaWorld. Inspired by a whimsical take on the South Seas, Aquatica immerses guests in the playfulness of the sea, taking them in, over and under the water with the world’s most unique water rides and animal encounters. Aquatica mixes animal experiences, waters from serene to extreme, high speed waterslide thrills and wide, sandy beaches to create a day of non-stop fun.
At Discovery Cove, dolphin dreams come true. A day at this secluded getaway is an all-inclusive tropical adventure with one-of-a-kind opportunities to swim one-on-one with dolphins, kick back on pristine white sand beaches, snorkel in crystal waters teeming with rays and tropical fish, and hand-feed exotic birds – the most exciting animal encounters the world has to offer. Discovery Cove is a hideaway of adventure, where guests can choose between adventure and relaxation at every turn.
Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is where the unexpected comes together with an unparalleled combination of thrilling rides, world-class live shows and one of the country’s premier zoos with more than 2,500 animals. New is Jungala, a lush jungle village where guests have the chance to connect with the natural world. They’ll come nose-to-nose with orangutans, test their strength against a Bengal tiger, explore a three-story play land of climbing nets, mazes and tunnels, and soar above the treetops on a zip line adventure.
All summer long, guests celebrate 50 years of fun at Busch Gardens. The adventure park is throwing a party every night during Summer Nights. Stay late to explore Jungala, ride thrilling coasters in the dark and enjoy the street-party atmosphere with special entertainment, music and festive food and drink.
Everyone can explore WorldsOfDiscovery.com to find out more.
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