When you’re zipping, twisting, turning and screaming on Manta, SeaWorld Orlando’s ray-inspired roller coaster, you’re probably not wondering if the theme park has spare parts for that thrill ride. The answer is, of course, yes — tons of them. That technical question and others are part of a behind-the-scenes Tech Talk the park is incorporating into Friday’s Thrill Fest Ride Night event.
Visitors who sign up will get a tour of the Manta coaster house hosted by by the operations and maintenance teams. Here’s what I saw in an abbreviated version, just in time for National Roller Coaster Day.
On the ground floor is a big room with loads of parts, everything from Manta’s familiar blue seating to motors, wheels (nylon and urethane), gear boxes, brake cylinders, chassis and the couplings that connect the rows of cars of the trains. We also saw a segment of lift chain, which looks filthy but is, in reality, just well-lubricated to prevent rust.