SeaWorld San Diego to announce new ride for 2012
Manta flying coaster at SeaWorld Orlando (SeaWorld)
The marine park had been keeping the project under wraps until Web snoops discovered an online bid invitation for a "McGraw-Hill Construction" href="http://dodgeprojects.construction.com/Sea-World-Manta-Exhibit---Ride-Attraction-2012_stcVVproductId110042886VVviewprod.htm">Sea World Manta Exhibit & Ride Attraction 2012" posted to the McGraw-Hill Construction website. The bid request seeks a general contractor for a "recreational" construction project built from "structural steel" in San Diego. McGraw-Hill's "recreational" category includes casinos, theaters, athletic facilities and -- wait for it -- roller coasters.
SeaWorld San Diego officials declined to comment except to say that they plan to make an announcement in early February about a new attraction for 2012.
The news comes a few days after the Screamscape theme park news website published blueprints and drawings showing a track layout and "Manta-style sting ray" train design for a roller coaster reportedly coming to SeaWorld San Diego in 2012. The plans bear a striking resemblance to a Mack launched megacoaster called BlueFire at Europa Park in Germany, according to Screamscape.
SeaWorld's sister park in Orlando, Fla., opened a similarly themed Manta flying coaster in 2009 that features a wing dip splashdown across a shallow lake. (View a Manta photo gallery by the Orlando Sentinel).
The SeaWorld San Diego ride will likely be located in a relatively unused back corner of the marine park near the Skyride and Flamingo Cove, according to Screamscape.
For 2011, SeaWorld San Diego will install a sea turtle exhibit, add the Riptide Rescue spinning boat ride and update the Shamu show in 2011 " href="http://www.latimes.com/travel/deals/themeparks/la-trb-seaworld-shamu-20101207,0,17385.story">Shamu killer whale show.