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.
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, Fun Spot America announced a new partnership between its Kissimmee location and Old Town USA.
As part of the partnership, Fun Spot America will move and operate four family rides to Old Town USA’s new south entertainment district, along with operating the new Ferris Wheel that Old Town USA will install in September of 2016.
It’s only a matter of months until The Incredible Hulk Coaster reopens after a major revamp, and this week Universal Orlando has revealed some relaunch details.
The first big change is the entrance to the coaster. As you enter the ride, you’ll pass underneath a towering figure of The Hulk, using his colossal strength to hold up pieces of the coaster’s track. These pieces are actually salvaged from the ride’s original track.
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.
We’re getting closer to the opening date of Mako, the newest coaster to thrill guests at SeaWorld Orlando, and the theme park has revealed the official logo:
When it opens in 2016, Mako will be the tallest, longest, and fastest coaster in Orlando. 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).
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.
This past weekend, Busch Gardens Tampa soft opened its new Falcon’s Fury attraction to guests in the park, after a few days of employee testing.
Among the first riders were the band The All American Rejects, who were playing the park as part of its summer concert series. Then the ride opened for guests to experience.
Falcon’s Fury was supposed to open in May, but delays in construction and testing delayed that. This all-new drop tower is a first of its kind as it not only takes riders up 335, but it tilts them facedown to the ground before they drop.
No word on when there will be a grand opening for the ride, but since they’re doing soft openings, I would guess it’ll be in the next month or so, barring any complications. We’ll let you know as soon as we hear a date.
Thrill ride fans, get ready, because Aquatica Orlando has announced their new vertical drop water ride, Ihu’s Breakaway Falls, will open May 9, 2014.
This free-fall style ride is the tallest, steepest and only multi-drop tower slide of its kind in the southern United States.
It is nearly 80 feet tall, and features three clear “breakaway boxes” side-by-side that will open at random, so the riders have no idea who will drop first. There is also a fourth open slide, for those that want to know when they’ll drop.
Ihu’s Breakaway Falls will be included with admission to Aquatica Orlando. From high-speed water slides and exhilarating wave pools, to tranquil beaches and the remarkable animal habitats that are the hallmark of sister park SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando delights all ages and interests.