Sea World Rides
Kraken and Manta are Top SeaWorld Rides!
Sea World rides not to miss! There are two amazing roller coasters here
- The Kraken and Manta. The
Manta is a brand new ride that opened in May 2009. More Sea World rides
include Journey to Atlantis which is a log flume
ride and Wild Arctic which is a flight simulator
Manta Ride - The Flying Roller Coaster
Manta Flying Coaster
New for 2009!
This awesome new roller coaster is designed on a giant Manta Ray.
Riders are strapped to the belly of the Manta and ride around the track
face down in a horizontal position - almost like being in flight!
Swiss coaster design company, Bolliger & Mabillard designed the
Manta. This ride is unique in that riders will be head first down the
inversions, drops and loops.
Rides: Manta Ride Facts
Riders face down, 4 people across
140ft starting lift,
114ft drop at 56mph
98ft dive loop face down at 3Gs,
Ride time 2 mins 35 seconds
Riders come within 4 inches of the water, triggering a wave
of water to gush out on to passers by.
Minimum height to ride is 4ft 4ins.
SeaWorld Manta in Action!
Want to know what the Manta roller coaster is like? Watch this video of
the whole ride. Not a computer simulated verison - the real thing!
Sea World Rides: Kraken
Kraken is named after a mythical sea monster, feared by sailors. It is
shaped just like a serpent, with a green and turquoise track that
twists, loops and spirals to heights of 149ft (that's 15 storeys high!)
***This is the highest, longest and fastest roller coaster
in Orlando! It's here at Sea World Florida!!***
Kraken's design is truley unique amongst the 'extreme' roller coasters
of the world.
Riders sit four across on seats like pedestals, there is no floor
beneath your feet and no structure above your head, just the sky.
There's just a seat to sit on and a shoulder rest to cling to!
The ride begins with a painfully slow 'chug, chug, chug' up the steep
track to a top height of 149ft as shown in the photograph right. (Hey,
while you're up there, get a good view of the park while you can!)
From here the carriages gently teaters over the brim, making you more
nervous with every second. Then the ride begins!
You coaster down from the top of the track at 65mph. During the ride
you'll do 7 upside down loops and plunge
underground three times! One unexpected plunge will take you into
Kraken's lair, through a tunnel and will send water splashing out all
over passers by! A good portion of this 4,000ft long ride takes you
This Sea World ride is awesome! Its a roller coaster that goes really
fast at several G's of force, yet the ride experience is smooth. You
dont get jolted and jarred around like on some of the older roller
coasters. The other great thing about it is the ride time. At a full
two minutes running time it doesn't feel like its all over too quickly.
Duration: 2:02 mins
Height restrictions: Must be 54"+ tall to ride
Opened: 6th June 2000
Sea World Rides: Journey
This is the tamer of the two Sea World rides. Well, compared to Kraken
most rides are! Journey to Atlantis is modelled after the mythical lost
city of ancient Greece. The structure alone is 10 storeys high and is
beautifully decorated with intricate moziacs, pillars and art work.
Journey to Atlantis is probably the best water log-flume ride of its
kind. It has the steepest and highest drop at 55 degress and 60 feet
high! This is part log flume ride, part roller coaster and part
adventure ride. And as you can see from the outside, your going to get
very very wet!
The story behind this ride is that the mysterious lost city of Atlantis
has risen from the sea and you are going to explore it. The journey
begins in a fishing village where a fisherman gives you a golden sea
horse to protect you from the evil Siren, Allura who wants to lure you
to your doom! The golden sea horse it actually Hermes, the messenger
God in disguise.
Then the ride begins as you make your way through the inside of the
city. Most of the ride is in near total darkness. You'll see some great
holographic illusions and light displays as the story plays out. Some
young children may find this frightenning. There's plenty of twists,
turns and dips during the ride but nothing all too intense! There are
two drops in total, so these are the only 'scary' bits you'll
Journey to Atlantis Facts:
Duration: 6 mins
Height restrictions: Must be 42"+ tall to ride
Sea World Rides: Wild
In this ride you are aboard a flight simulator as you make your way to
the Wild Arctic research station. The ride begins with lift off in a
helicopter that lauches you high in the air and flies over the frozen
wilderness. Far below you'll see a herd of caribou, a polar bear family
and some huskies pulling a sled.
Then the helicopter stops on the edge of a glacier, and, uh, oh no! It
can't hold the helipcopter's weight! You end up falling off the edge of
the glacier and then swooping through a ravene filled with jagged
rocks. You nearly collide with falling blocks of ice. Now you're in the
middle of an avalanche, the helicopter gets shaken and smashed, but you
make it out in one piece!
It's a great introduction to the Wild
Arctic exhibit where you'll see beluga whales, polar bears
and walruses up close.
If you suffer from neck or back problems you might want to skip this
ride, because it can get quite jolty in places.