2012 - Manta - Confirmed - (4/21/11) A Screamscape reader went by SeaWorld the other day to check on the status of Manta and sent in a great shot taken from the Skytower showing off what a huge construction site they’ve cleared out for this project. For the most part, it looks like they have already demolished the majority of the oldest surviving structures that were still in the park from the old days… back when there was nothing but a parking lot where the current Shamu Stadium is and the old entrance used to cross over a turtle pond about where the bottom of the Shipwreck Rapids lift hill now sits. (Ok… I’m showing my age I guess.)
Construction began on March 16, 2011 (according to SWSD Facebook).
And also from SoCalCoasters at ThemeParkReview:
Ok, I got some interesting info on Manta today, from some park spokespersons at the Scout Fair in San Diego.
-Forbidden Reef is gone for good, it will not be returning. Manta will be taking up it's area now.
-The Mantas have been moved to the Aquarium in the Journey To Atlantis gift shop for the time being.
-A large section of the back of the park will be closed for the next year, so watch out for bottlenecking over by Shipwreck, especially when One Ocean gets out...
-Construction has already started.
-It is unknown whether or not the Bat Ray feeding will return in this new area. Odds are not in its favor sadly :(
- The queue and gift shops will have aquariums.