Orlando's Fastest Coaster, Mako, Opens June 10

April 4, 2016, 10:00 AM · Orlando's tallest, fastest roller coaster will open on June 10, SeaWorld Orlando announced today.

Mako will be the area's first Bolliger & Mabillard hypercoaster, which has become the single favorite coaster model of Theme Park Insider readers, based upon our reader ratings of attractions around the world. Themed to one of the world's faster shark species, Mako starts with a 200-foot climb and drop, reaching a top speed of 73 miles per hour on its 4,760 feet of track.

SeaWorld visitors can get a preview of the coaster in a twice-daily presentation at the park's Nautilus Theater, which includes free snacks for visitors. "Mako Rising" will recap of the ride's construction while showing fans what they can expect to experience once the ride opens. The show also includes a presentation about sharks in the wild. In addition, "all audience guests also will receive special in-park offers and the opportunity to win a prize during the presentation," according to SeaWorld's press release.

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April 4, 2016 at 12:14 PM · Yay!!!!!!
April 4, 2016 at 2:25 PM · I sort of think Jaiden pretty well summed this one up. Well done sir.
April 4, 2016 at 2:38 PM · Mako looks stinking amazing.. Next time I'm at Sea World, I'll take a ride.
April 4, 2016 at 3:26 PM · OMGGGGG!!!!!!! WHOOOOOOO HOOOOO!!!! This is gonna be a-freaking-mazing!!!!
April 4, 2016 at 10:53 PM · Meh. Doesn't even look like an extraordinary hyper coaster layout. It does not seem overly impressive when you take away the selling point that it is the first hyper in Orlando. I'm not a thrill seeker, so this does nothing for me. If I were though, I would think after seeing Fury 325 come out, and knowing they already had Intimidator, that if this type of coaster was my thing I'd be more impressed with what Carowinds did last year rather than Sea World's new Mako which seems to be a lesser impressive version of both Intimidator and Fury 325.
April 5, 2016 at 5:51 AM · And Sea Worlds decent to cheap 'six flag attraction' type level continues. Just another cheap coaster, another nail in the coffin. They have such a glorious IP of marine life to play with, and rather than addressing the issues or using marine life concept to develop attraction they give another roller coaster. Pathetic, truly pathetic. Remove Sea World from the doors, and just call the place 'SIX FLAGS' and be done with. Whatever next, a haunted house ?
April 5, 2016 at 9:44 AM · Mako doesn't quite reach the 250 foot height of Portaventura's Shambhala, but it is basically the same ride system. If Mako is anywhere near as good it will be an amazing coaster, the air time you get on this type of caster is unbelievable, not to mention the views you will get over Orlando from the top of the lift hill. Can't wait to ride this when we visit next year.
April 5, 2016 at 2:47 PM · - I have to disagree. I've always been amazed at how well SeaWorld themes the queues/exits for their thrill rides. Not only do the pre and post ride experiences set a mood, they are also educational and beautiful. Parks have to create a balance with what they offer. Now that Killer Whales are leaving the party something else has to fill the void. Building a really fast coaster based on the fastest shark in the ocean seems to be perfectly in line with what SeaWorld is evolving into these days.
April 6, 2016 at 6:23 AM · I really can't wait. I feel that having a lineup of really great coasters will make SeaWorld more appealing for young people and thrill seekers, and thus help
the park win back some of it's popularity. I know a lot of us would prefer that they build some brilliantly-themed dark rides, but in SeaWorld's case, that's easier said than done. The reason why Disney and Universal are able to have such a deep level of immersive theming is because they're backed by the two largest studios in the film industry. Not only does this mean that they already have the rights to a wide variety of fictional worlds and characters to work with, but it also means that they have a much larger financial backing and can afford a lot of audio-animatronics and 3D visuals etc. Since SeaWorld doesn't have that, they can only go so far in terms of theming and immersion. Tbh, the theming they already have is actually pretty impressive for a park that's not under the Disney or Universal umbrellas. And if you honestly think that roller coasters are cheap, I have a whole bunch of statistics ready to prove you wrong.
April 6, 2016 at 12:11 PM · What has a roller coaster got to do with Marine life? You may be excited, but as you said as the Whale attraction will be leaving soon, wouldn't it make more sense to buffer up the actual essence of the park?

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