I am not a roller coaster person. My first memory of riding a roller coaster is my brother, Karl dragging me through Cedar Point to go on the Corkscrew. It was the “newest” roller coaster back then (yes, I am old, get over it) it went in loops and made you go UPSIDE DOWN! Why the hell would I want to go upside down on purpose?
Wait, actually I have an earlier memory of a roller coaster ride from hell (sheesh memories are flooding in, I may need some therapy for this). 1977 Disneyland, Space Mountain, I had no desire to ride this ride, but my mom did (she was a big roller coaster fan) and she couldn’t leave me standing out by myself so I was riding, no choice. Fine, but you have to hold my hand the WHOLE time and not laugh when I scream. She agreed. No one told the idiots running the ride about our agreement, since I was the smallest in the group I got placed in the very front of the rocket ship ALL ALONE! I was NOT happy! I was a bit pissy the rest of that day if I do remember correctly, and I think I got a sweet pair of Mickey Ears afterwards.
Roller Coasters have come a long way since 1977 and even since the 80’s at Cedar Point. Sea World in Orlando has a new coaster opening this month called the Manta. “The only flying roller coaster of its kind in the world. A seamless blend of up close animal encounters with a head-first, face-down thrill ride.” Holy cow! First of all in the line you are walking through an aquarium exhibit, so it is not as boring as other ride lines. Then when you are on the ride, you start out sitting like normal, but wait, why are you putting leg braces on? Because you are going to ride most of the way ON YOUR BELLY! As if you are the Manta sailing through the ocean world. There is even a part called the Pretzel Loop. That kinda makes Cedar Points Corkscrew seem a little lame.
This new ride open on May 22 (yes, Ris, that is Bobby daddy’s birthday) in Orlando. Too bad it won't be at the San Diego Sea World where we will be in June. If you are going to be lucky enough to be in Orlando anytime soon, you can check out the Manta website and enter to win a front of the line pass. I imagine the lines for this are going to be HUGE! It is very easy to do, simply fill out the entry form, surf the site and answer 6 easy questions. That’s it. You can even check out a behind the scenes video from Ted Murphy during construction. Go enter now, and if you ever ride the Manta, come back and let us know how you liked it.
Thank you great grandpa!!
7 years ago