The California Coastal Commission has given its approval to SeaWorld San Diego's plans to build a Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster, clearing the way for the 143-foot-tall thrill ride to open next year.
San Diego's Mako will be the first Bolliger & Mabillard coaster installed in California since Six Flags Magic Mountain's Tatsu opened in 2006 and will follow B&M dive coasters Griffon and SheiKra at San Diego's sister parks Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Busch Gardens Tampa, respectively.
Mako also will be the fifth (or fourth, or third, depending upon how you count these things) coaster at SeaWorld San Diego, following this year's Skywarp Horizon Tidal Twister, last year's Premier Sky Rocket II Electric Eel, 2012's Mack Rides launch coaster Manta, and 2004's Mack Water Coaster Journey to Atlantis. (I just realized that SeaWorld San Diego might be the only theme park with multiple coasters where I've been to the media day for every one of them. Follow the links above for my reviews.)
The new coaster in San Diego also represents parent company SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment's commitment to go all in on coasters in 2020, with new installations planned for each of the chain's top five theme parks.
In addition to Mako at SeaWorld San Diego, SeaWorld has announced:
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