SeaWorld San Diego Announces Manta for 2012

SeaWorld San Diego’s Manta – Mack Launch Roller Coaster SeaWorld San Diego has announced details about their planned 2012 roller coaster. The park has confirmed that it will be opening its own Manta roller coaster. Like SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta, the attraction will combine a marine life exhibit with the roller coaster experience. My first impressions are that San Diego’s Ma...[Read More]

Top 3 States for Roller Coasters

In a potentially controversial edition of Top 3 Thursdays, I’m going to share my Top 3 States for Roller Coasters. Instead of a top three ranking, I’m going to list the the three states and explain why. Here’s the list in no particular order: Pennsylvania – Quantity, Variety, & History Pennsylvania is the roller coaster mecca in my opinion. There’s a lot of histor...[Read More]

MSNBC’s 10 Gut-Churning Attractions

MSNBC.com’s 10 Gut-Churning Attractions – Amusement Park Rides For the Emetically Immune Recently, I was interviewed by MSNBC.com for an article about extreme thrill rides and roller coasters. I came up with a list, but the writer only chose a few of them. He also chose a few rides from Robb Alvey of Theme Park Review and Robert Niles of Theme Park Insider That’s some great compa...[Read More]

Clash of the Titans Coaster Edition: Medusa vs. Kraken

Roller Coasters & Greek Mythology I saw the new Clash of the Titans remake over the weekend. Even a special effects laden action adventure movie couldn’t take me out of my roller coaster geekdom. Throughout the movie I was constantly reminded of the roller coasters that were named after these classical Greek gods and mythical creatures. A struggle between brothers Zeus and Hades was a ce...[Read More]

Theme Park Travel Odyssey 2009 Edition

2009 Theme Park Travel Odyssey Time to recap my 2009 theme park trips. This was a busy year with a number of interviews, media days, and fun theme park trips. I’m even going to include a lost trip that I don’t think I’ve referenced on the blog. From the warm tropic atmosphere of Orlando to the mean streets of Manhattan, my travels took me to 10 theme parks. But, it all started ba...[Read More]

SeaWorld Parks & Google Team Up for Street View Virtual Tours

The Best Theme Park Virtual Tours Ever? The Busch theme parks (now known collectively as SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment) have teamed up with Google to provide virtual walk-through tours using Google Maps Street View. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or still use MapQuest :), Street View allows you to get an on-the-ground view of streets in Google Maps. Until now, these views have...[Read More]

Blackstone Buys Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Parks for $2.3 Billion

Blackstone Buys Busch Gardens & SeaWorld Parks for $2.3 Billion The proverbial writing has been on the wall ever since InBev purchased Anheuser-Busch last year. The Belgian brewer planned to sell A-B’s theme parks as they were not the companies core business; brewing beer. After months of speculation, U.S. equity firm Blackstone has stepped forward to purchase Busch Entertainment Corpora...[Read More]

Manta vs Tatsu | Roller Coaster Showdown

As soon as SeaWorld Orlando announced Manta last winter coaster enthusiasts began comparing it to Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Tatsu. The two B&M flying roller coasters have interesting custom layouts and their the largest flying roller coasters in the World. So, let’s pit the flying dragon against the flying manta ray and see who comes out on top. Theming Manta’s theming is on...[Read More]

Manta @ SeaWorld Orlando | Roller Coaster Review

After the eight hour drive down to Orlando for the Manta Grand Opening and Media Day, I was hoping to not be disappointed and thankfully I wasn’t. It was my first time to SeaWorld...

Back from Orlando

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ll have a Manta review and my exclusive interview with the Creative Director of Hollywood: Rip Ride Rockit up soon. On my way back from Florida, I also stopped at Wild Adventures in Valdosta, Georgia. It was a great trip and I’ve got some really cool content to put up. For now, here’s a picture of Manta’s dive to...[Read More]

SeaWorld & Universal Orlando Trip

Next week I’m headed down to Orlando for SeaWorld’s grand opening of Manta. It’s been open for over a week, but the Media Day will include the ‘Manta Cam’. It will basically be a personal camera pointed at me while I ride. It’s also supposed to include other point of view shots and angles. Now that I think of it, it sounds a lot like the on-board video feature o...[Read More]

Manta Set to Take Flight at SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando’s Manta is about a month from opening and it looks great. As Florida’s only flying roller coaster Manta could take that genre of rides to a new level. At one point during the ride, the winged manta-themed trains will fly riders face down right over water. I’m not sure, but that huge stingray shaped piece at the front may actually dip into the water and cause the ...[Read More]

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