It looks like SeaWorld San Diego will be adding a $10 million “Manta”-themed attraction of its own in 2012, however the remainder of the details will remain mum until February, when the park plans to release a full announcement. The park has been keeping the project under wraps thus far, but amusement park enthusiasts, unable to resist searching for clues ahead of town, found bids for a “Sea World Manta Exhibit & Ride Attraction 2012” on McGraw-Hill Constructions website and “recreational” construction (which includes the category of roller coasters). Officials for the park declined to comment but said they plan to make an announcement in February. This information was reported by the LA Times and Theme Park Tourist websites.
From a series of alleged blueprints for the ride found and posted by Screamscape, the information seems to point to SeaWorld San Diego’s version of Manta being a Mack Launch Coaster, similar to the Blue Fire coaster that opened at Europa Park in 2009. From the blueprints and rumors, it looks like the coaster will have two separate launches, but other layout details, such as inversions and terrain, are unclear from the images. The images also show a sit-down train (from Mack) with a Stingray-themed design on them.
The park originally planned to open a new roller coaster for the 2010 season, but the project was put on hold when the SeaWorld and Busch parks were bought by the Blackstone Group, following InBev’s takeover in 2009. That coaster was apparently supposed to be a roller coaster similar in design to the pair of Revenge of the Mummy roller coasters seen at the Universal parks in Hollywood and Florida.
Please note, the park has not yet confirmed ANY of these details yet, and they are based purely on speculation from the “leaks” on the internet combined with a little hard evidence (construction bids). The park will be making an official announcement for their 2012 attraction in February, so stay tuned for the release.