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SeaWorld Orlando's Manta roller coaster

Where: SeaWorld Orlando. When: Summer 2009. Specifications: Steel, 56 mph, 140-feet high, four inversions. Distinguishing characteristics: Queue meets aquarium, displaying 300 rays while you wait. After boarding, riders will shift into a face-down, horizontal position. They say: "This queue line will look like nothing you've seen before on the planet," enthuses Brian Morrow, director of design engineering at SeaWorld. We say: Strong theme and aquatic connection set the bar high. We don't like to be disappointed, but we like the fresh-to-Orlando riding position -- it's a bird, it's a plane, it's super-manta! Web site: seaworldorlando.com Joe Burbank, Orlando Sentinel
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