Named after one of fastest species of shark, Mako will feature "a 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system envelops the realm. Sounds follow the coaster trains as they dive through and around the area … and just over guests’ heads." The coaster will also include nine airtime moments and multiple over-water elements on its 4,760 feet of track. The specs will make the ride the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster in the Orlando area.
Mako is scheduled to open next summer. Let's take a look at the computer-animated POV, with comments from SeaWorld's Creative Director Brian Morrow:Tweet
If I make it back to Orlando next year, SeaWorld is definitely on my list.
And a whole bunch of idiots that constantly post stuff about Blackfish.
I'm sure it will make for a fun ride, just doesn't branch out of the out and back design enough.
-1 SeaWorld isn't owned and operated by a big-name film studio like Disney or Universal, and I doubt that Sesame Street is gonna draw the same amount of people as Frozen or Harry Potter. So they can't heavily rely on IPs. Cedar Fair and Six Flags have been able to make up for this shortcoming with roller coasters, so why can't SeaWorld?
-2 Now iron park fans have a park in Orlando that really appeals to them. Disney and Universal do have outstanding coasters, but the coasters that SeaWorld builds are definitely more up their ally.
However, I also have two problems with this coaster
-1 the name. I guess a real mako would make for a terrifying encounter. But from a marketing standpoint, it sounds kinda dumb. "Coming summer of 2016. Something deadly is lurking in the ocean depths...it's big...it's fast...and it's only at SeaWorld Orlando! Are you brave enough to challenge....MAKO?!" Maybe they should've gone with something like Hunt of the Mako. I'll admit that name's kinda cliche, but at least it's more marketable. And to the ride's credit, Manta isn't exactly a super-cool name either, but a manta is at least a sea creature that most people know.
2- the same problem that Court E has. It's a shark-themed ride, located right next to a huge body of water, and yet it's not really used that much? Talk about a missed opportunity.
Regardless, with it's great height, astounding speed, and ejector airtime, this is still sure to be a really good coaster and definitely unlike anything seen in an Orlando park before
I tried posting that on the Discussion Board side of things, just to see how that worked.
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