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SeaWorld San Diego to announce new ride for 2012

SeaWorld San Diego to announce new ride for 2012
(SeaWorld)

plans to unveil a $10 million-plus manta-themed ride and animal exhibit for 2012, according to construction documents.

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The marine park had been keeping the project under wraps until Web snoops discovered an online bid invitation for a "

" 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

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

at

in Germany, according to Screamscape.

SeaWorld's sister park in Orlando, Fla., opened a similarly themed

in 2009 that features a wing dip splashdown across a shallow lake. (View a

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

.

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