Cobra’s Curse Opens at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Cobra’s Curse at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay - entrance

Today is the day that Busch Gardens Tampa Bay opens their newest coaster, Cobra’s Curse, to the public.

The steel roller coaster, which is located in the Egypt area of the theme park, reaches a maximum speed of 40 mph and features an 80-foot snake statue. A 70-foot vertical lift takes riders within inches of its 3 foot-wide eyes and 4-foot-long fangs.

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Mako is Now Open at SeaWorld Orlando

Mako is Now Open at SeaWorld Orlando

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.

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SeaWorld Orlando Announces Opening Date for Mako Coaster #NothingFaster

This week, SeaWorld Orlando announced the opening date for the Mako hypercoaster will be Friday, June 10, 2016, a little over two months away.

Mako track at SeaWorld Orlando

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.

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SeaWorld Orlando Installs Final Piece of Mako Track #NothingFaster

This week, SeaWorld Orlando installed the final piece of steel track for the Mako coaster, due to open this summer.

SeaWorld Orlando Installs Final Piece of Mako Track

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.

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SeaWorld Orlando Tops Off Mako Coaster to Start 2016 #NothingFaster

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.

SeaWorld Orlando Tops Off Mako Coaster

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.

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SeaWorld Orlando Posts POV Video For New Mako Roller Coaster

On Wednesday (May 27) SeaWorld Orlando announced the first details of their new roller coaster Mako, and we showed you all the artist renderings.

Mako at SeaWorld Orlando - artist rendering

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:

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Mako Roller Coaster to Surface at SeaWorld Orlando in 2016 #NothingFaster

Last month, SeaWorld Orlando teased about a new coaster coming to the park, and today (May 27), they revealed the details.

Mako at SeaWorld Orlando - artist rendering

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.

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