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.
Between the speed and the height, Mako promises many thrills and relentless airtime on each hill as you ride it.
The ride will be enhanced by a unique sound system that will pump out custom musical scores and special sound effects, changing as the coaster climbs and dives.
At night, lights will also set the mood, flickering to simulate fish being scattered by the Mako chasing after them.
SeaWorld Orlando picked the Mako shark as the coaster’s namesake because they are known for their fast speed and agility that enables them to change course quickly to chase down prey.
In addition to the new coaster, the 2-acre area it sits on will now be fully themed around sharks. It will include Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, themed gift shops, and much more.
There will also be educational opportunities for guests to learn more about the impact humans are having on sharks and why several species are on the verge of extinction.
Once it opens, it Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster. If you’re wondering, currently the tallest and fastest coasters in Orlando are both at Universal Orlando. Tallest is is Rip Ride Rockit at 167 feet tall, and the Hulk gets up to 67 mph. The longest is over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, where Expedition Everest spans 4,427 feet in total, with SeaWorld’s own Kraken right behind at 4,177 feet.
Of course the 500-food Skyscraper polarcoaster is scheduled to open on International Drive in 2017, but until then, Mako will be be the tallest.
Mako will be SeaWorld Orlando’s fourth coaster, joining Manta, Kraken, and Shamu Express (a kid sized coaster).
Follow along at hashtag #NothingFaster for updates on the coaster (we’ll be posting them, also). You can also visit SeaWorldOrlando.com for more information.
Are you excited to ride Mako? Let us know in comments.
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