When it opens to the public today at SeaWorld Orlando, Mako, a 200-foot-tall coaster reaching speeds up to 73mph, will become the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster among Orlando’s theme parks.
Mako is one of the world’s few true hypercoasters, a group of roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.” As the sleek coaster cars crest each hill, riders — secured only at their laps — float out of their seats, nearly weightless.
This week, SeaWorld Orlando announced the opening date for the Mako hypercoaster will be Friday, June 10, 2016, a little over two months away.
Once open, Mako will be the tallest, fastest, and longest coaster in Orlando, and it’s designed for speed and constant airtime. Riders will soar up to 200 feet high and reach speeds up to 73 mph.
This week, SeaWorld Orlando installed the final piece of steel track for the Mako coaster, due to open this summer.
Following tradition, the 12,500-pound, final piece of track was topped with a waving American flag as it was lifted high in the air by a giant crane, and then bolted into place by workers.
We’re getting closer the Mako coaster opening at SeaWorld Orlando, and yesterday the theme park revealed the custom-built lead car for the ride.
In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look.
Construction is well under way at SeaWorld Orlando on the Mako hypercoaster, and the theme park started out the new year by topping off the ride.
This occurs when the tallest part of the ride is installed, and on Mako, that’s the top of its signature 200-foot tall hill.
On Wednesday (May 27) SeaWorld Orlando announced the first details of their new roller coaster Mako, and we showed you all the artist renderings.
Now, SeaWorld Orlando has released a promo video to announce Mako that includes a POV simulation of what it will be like to ride the hypercoaster:
Last month, SeaWorld Orlando teased about a new coaster coming to the park, and today (May 27), they revealed the details.
It will be called Mako, and it is a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph as it traverses 4,760 feet of steel track (almost a mile long). Hypercoaster refers to any roller coaster with a height or drop measuring greater than 200 feet.