May 29

Mako coming to SeaWorld Orlando in 2016

On Wednesday, SeaWorld Orlando announced Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel! Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.

Here are the quick facts:

• Opening summer 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando

Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”

SeaWorld Orlando will now have a portfolio of five thrill rides: three distinctly different coasters, plus two family coasters.

The 2-acre realm of the park will now be fully themed around sharks: including Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, themed gift shops, shark and shipwreck theming and educational experiences.

Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by reality. Mako sharks are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and having the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey.

The new coaster will become 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 float, nearly weightless.

Mako is being manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, a company renowned among coaster enthusiasts. B&M has built many of the world’s top roller coasters, including our very own Manta and Kraken, and SheiKra over at Busch Gardens Tampa.

The new coaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed surrounding realm. The two-acre plaza now will be fully shark themed including Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, shops, shark and shipwreck theming and educational experiences featuring sharks.

The entire realm is created to make guests feel they’re underwater, part of the group of sharks and toothy animals that have taken over a shipwrecked reef.

In the plaza, guests will learn about the impact humans are having on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment. Sharks are hunted for their fins and thousands are caught accidentally in nets. Several species of sharks are on the verge of extinction.

Mako uses a unique sound system to enhance the experience, and not just for those on the ride. The full score of Mako can be heard and follows riders out of the station and up the lift hill. Custom surround effects and musical scores fill the realm, changing as the coaster dives through the area.

At night, specialty lights will accent the coaster trains, realm and track, flickering and shimmering, simulating fish being scattered by a mako on the hunt.

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