SeaWorld Orlando Announces New Coaster, Mako
SeaWorld Orlando this morning unveiled plans for
, a 200-foot-tall, 73-mph Bolliger & Mabillard hyper coaster.
Concept art courtesy SeaWorld
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.
Here's a view that shows the coaster's placement relative to Sharks Underwater Grill, center, and the entrance to the Shark Encounter, left.
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:
I saw a picture and the ride looked really good. Guess I'll have to put SeaWorld on my list for the next visit if they are getting great attractions as well.
This is tremendous news. Adding a proper hyper coaster to the Orlando mix provides a unique attraction of a coaster-type that has broad appeal (no inversions) so will mop up hard-core coaster fans as well as generic visitors. With Kraken, Manta and Atlantis as well SeaWorld will have a strong line-up. It's always been one of my favourite parks - the environment is gorgeous, the pace more relaxed than Disney and less 'in-your-face- than Universal, and the animal and bird attractions were always something unique. We are planning a trip in late 2017 and it's looking as if there'll be major new attractions almost everywhere.
Great news! SeaWorld is aggressively attacking the thrill market with this move, and injecting some much needed testosterone into the Orlando coaster scene. I am all for good, narrative family rides, but sometimes you just want to cut loose and ride a real "coaster boy" coaster, and SeaWorld seems to be filling that niche.
As a native born Floridian and long time Orlando resident I'm glad we're finally getting a decent non-inverting airtime machine. This is something we in the coaster community have been asking for, for a number of years now.
Hmmmm, may have to go to SeaWorld next year... :-)
Is this going to bring Sea World back in the black?
Admittedly this doesn't look as good as most of B&M's other hyper coasters to me, but as its older sibling (Apollo's Chariot) is my second favorite I have faith that SeaWorld is not going to disappoint. Regardless it is sure to be a really good ride and is different from anything else in the area. If it wasn't before, SeaWorld Orlando is now the coaster capital of Orlando and a must-visit destination for coaster enthusiasts visiting the region.
Reminds me of Steel Eel in Sea World San Antonio. This looks like a fun ride and a mjor win for Sea World, plus it looks beautiful to boot!
Doesn't appear to be unique in any sort. Think they would have utilized the big lake to have more low level skims past the water as opposed to large hills.
I can't wait to ride this bad boy next year! I think it's really smart that SeaWorld is appealing to the iron park demographic and for 2 reasons
Looks great! Finally, a decent hyper coaster in Florida. Although it looks great, it's relatively short for a hyper, and its design leaves a lot to be desired. They really should modify the layout so it's not just out and back. All things considered, I am thrilled that a monster air time machine is coming to Orlando, and this seems to be a really great addition to the park.
This was a nice post from Robert. But where's the post on TPI about Busch Gardens Tampa's new Cobra's Curse roller coaster, also opening in 2016?
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