The first sections of SeaWorld Orlando's new roller coaster, Mako, have left the factory in Ohio and are making their way by truck to the park.
Mako, a Bolliger & Mabillard Hyper Coaster, will be Orlando's tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster, with a top speed of 73 mph, when it opens next summer. For now, the 4,760 feet of track are making their way via truck down Interstate 75 from Ohio to Orlando. SeaWorld is encouraging fans to post photos of the track on the road and to tag them on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #MakoSighting.
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Now....Antarctica was a huge disappointment, and I don't know if there's any easy fix for it. It was a big let down for me, and the exterior paint job was awful. A lot of blue, and the white looked dirty. I remember seeing all the articles and concept art about Antarctica prior to it opening, and being excited for it, and that was probably the main cause of my negativity.
I honestly just don't know how good of a combination sea life and roller coasters is. One is for thrill seekers, and one is for education. I think it's a bit of a no-win situation they've found themselves in, and unlike Busch Gardens two parks, even after Mako, they'll have only three roller coasters.
Admittedly, their biggest obstacle is their location and size. It's quite a pain to get in and out of the parking lot and back onto I-4, and there are no themed on-site hotels. Sea World will never be an all-day or weekend destination that families will plan a trip around, but if you love roller coasters, this will be one heck of a nice park to spend a few hours at to get your fix.
I like it. This seems to be a top-down directive from SEAS as part of their image rehabilitation. Very different from the Disney and Universal secrecy during early construction phases.
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