Look Back: Manta

This weeks look back is all about Manta at SeaWorld Orlando. Manta opened in May of 2009 and aimed to seamlessly blend an animal exhibit with a roller coaster. We’ve got some great concept art showing off the attraction’s features, queue, and non-rider aquarium, as well as some descriptions of the attraction’s intent and theme.


Attraction Concept:

A feeling of Oneness

The Attraction is an experiential journey whose path is chosen by the individual. Both journeys enable guests to enter the realm of the ray and experience its underwater world for themselves. The aquarium experience allows guests to be one with the ray’s environment. As guests immerse themselves further into the ray’s realm, all senses are directed toward the energy of the ray. The ride experience allows guests to feel at one with the ray itself, as they experience the sensations of the ray’s graceful yet powerful movements: diving, swooping, and gliding with agility and ease.

Thematic Backstory

THE ARTISANS of Ray Lagoon
For hundreds of years, the beachside village at Ray Lagoon has been known throughout the Caribbean for its lush tropical beauty and the schools of graceful rays that swim in its lagoon.

For centuries, Ray Island has been a Caribbean home to a people who have revered rays, the graceful sea creatures who inhabit the old harbors and lagoons of the island. The islanders regard the rays as wonderful visitors to their home who have chosen to stay.

The islanders’ delight in the magnificent rays can be seen in their carefree artwork, from the curving handrails and metal work to the colorful mosaics, reflecting the flowing shape of the rays and the people’s appreciation of their constant presence.

Time and progress have changed much on Ray Island, but the spirit and power of the ray are everywhere.

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