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.
Heightening the sensory experience, a 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system plays an original soundtrack which can be heard by riders as they come out of the station and climb all the way up the lift hill.
The coaster anchors a two-acre realm, called Shark Wreck Reef, that includes SeaWorld’s existing Shark Encounter attraction, and dining and shopping options. There are also plenty of opportunities to learn more about sharks.
Through several interactive stations, guests discover how different species are classified, what sharks like to eat, dispel myths about sharks, and how human behaviors are threatening some sharks to the point of extinction.
“It’s really eye opening to learn how sharks are struggling in the wild,” said Mills. “We believe the more people exposed to this message means more people making informed decisions, and sharks’ odds of survival improve.”
Mako joins Kraken, Manta, Journey to Atlantis, and the tamer Shamu Express in offering coaster thrills to guests at SeaWorld Orlando. For more information, or to purchase tickets and passes, visit seaworldorlando.com.
[Photos courtesy SeaWorld Orlando]
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