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SEAWORLD'S MANTA IS WHAT'S NEW IN ORLANDO THIS SUMMER

No getaway to Orlando complete without diving deep and flying high on Manta

Orlando, Fla. (May 19, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — SeaWorld's Manta – a seamless blend of up-close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride – is the top new attraction in Orlando this summer.

The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world, Manta already is topping the list of don't-miss 2009 theme park attractions.

SeaWorld's 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, home to 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.

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