#NothingFaster Than SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako Roller Coaster Opening June 10, 2016

Competition between Orlando’s theme parks continues as SeaWorld revealed plans to build the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in the area.  Named Mako, for the shark, the 200 foot tall hypercoaster will reach speeds of 73 mph and feature plenty of hills for air-time.  Similar to SeaWorld’s Antarctica (and now common for the theme park industry), a whole land will be built around Mako all themed around sharks and tying together previous attractions and gift shops.  The Mako hypercoaster is created by Bolliger & Mabillard, arguably the premiere roller coaster designers in the world.  Mako is scheduled to open in summer 2016 (June 10).  Continue reading for more details on Mako, and we’ll continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

Update April 15, 2016

Mako made its debut run along its 4,760-foot steel track at SeaWorld Orlando this week. During its inaugural test ride, Mako plunged 200-feet down from its initial lift hill, surged through nine air-time hills and reached topped speeds of 73 mph.

Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by reality. Mako sharks are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey. Riders will become submerged into the world of the mako shark and feel the power of the predator as they experience the thrill of the hunt starting June 10.

Update April 5, 2016

SeaWorld Orlando announced the opening date for Mako is set for June 10, 2016.

SeaWorld has also developed live presentation in the park for guests who want a sneak peek of Mako starting now.  The new presentation gives guests a preview of the ride design, construction and experience, and also shares interesting educational facts about sharks in the wild that need our help.

SeaWorld Mako Rising

The preview presentation, called Mako Rising, is shown daily at the Nautilus Theater at 11:45 am and 2:45 pm. Audience members enjoy complimentary snacks as they relax in the cool indoor theater and participate in the informative, interactive experience.  All audience guests also will receive special in-park offers and the opportunity to win a prize during the presentation.

Update March 16, 2016

SeaWorld Orlando has installed the final piece of Mako’s nearly mile-long steel track – completing the footprint of what will be Orlando’s longest coaster (as well as fastest and tallest).

Mako roller coaster

SeaWorld Orlando Mako roller coaster © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Following tradition, the 12,500-pound, final piece of track was topped with a waving American flag as it was lifted high in the air by a giant crane, and then bolted into place by workers. The moment finished off a track that is 4,760 feet of pure thrill.

Mako roller coaster

SeaWorld Orlando Mako roller coaster © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

Mako Roller Coaster

SeaWorld Orlando Mako roller coaster © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

 

Update February 17, 2016

SeaWorld Orlando unveiled the custom-built Mako lead car for the new roller coaster opening this summer.

Coaster Train Design Facts Include:

  • Mako-Inspired Custom Car – In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look.
SeaWorld Orlando Mako

SeaWorld Orlando Mako roller coaster, image by Chad Baumer © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

 

  • Fast Wheels– Comprised of a special compound that reduces friction — providing a smooth, relentlessly fast ride from beginning to end.
SeaWorld Orlando Mako

SeaWorld Orlando Mako roller coaster, image by Chad Baumer © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

 

  • Upper Body Mobility – With only a lap guard on their lower body, riders’ upper bodies are free for added mobility and “airtime”
SeaWorld Orlando Mako

SeaWorld Orlando Mako roller coaster, image by Chad Baumer © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

 

  • The coaster will boast a total of 21 cars – including 3 trains of 7 cars per train.

Update January 11, 2016

Construction is well underway way at SeaWorld Orlando as MAKO – an all-new hypercoaster opening this summer – begins to take shape along the Orlando skyline. The coaster was “topped off” on January 6 as cranes put into place the tallest point of the structure – the tracks of its signature 200-foot tall hill. When it opens, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster – reaching speeds of 73 mph along 4,760 feet of track. The thrilling ride will be the centerpiece of a two-acre, shark-themed realm in the park.

SeaWorld Orlando Mako

Mako roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando receives its highest piece, photo by Chad Baumer © SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment

 

Guests visiting SeaWorld Orlando can continue to witness the rise of the massive steel track over the next few months as construction continues to build one of the world’s few true hypercoasters – a type of coaster known for high speeds and steep drops, and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.”

Update August 22, 2015

The first piece of steel track for SeaWorld Orlando’s new 200-foot-tall hypercoaster – Mako – has arrived after traveling nearly 1,000 miles on an open flatbed semi-truck from the production facility in Ohio. Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster when it opens in summer 2016. It will reach speeds of 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track.

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First piece of track arrives at SeaWorld Orlando for their Mako roller coaster, image courtesy SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando - Mako

First piece of track arrives at SeaWorld Orlando for their Mako roller coaster, image courtesy SeaWorld Orlando

Guests to SeaWorld Orlando can now witness the rise of this immense track over the park as designers build one of the world’s few true hypercoasters – a type of coaster known for high speeds and steep drops, and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.”

Mako is slated to open summer 2016 and will be the centerpiece of a two-acre, shark-themed realm at SeaWorld Orlando.

Original post follows below…

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

Mako © 2015 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

From SeaWorld Orlando’s Press Release

Surfacing summer 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless.  Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

Mako © 2015 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

“On Mako, you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s attraction creative director. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”

Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by reality.  Mako sharks — also called “blue pointers” — are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to quickly change course as they pursue their prey.

The new coaster will become one of the world’s few true hypercoasters, a group of roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops and hills that create a feeling of weightlessness or “air time.” As the sleek coaster cars crest each hill, riders float, nearly weightless.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

Mako © 2015 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Mako is manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, a company renowned among coaster enthusiasts. B&M has built many of the world’s top roller coasters, including SeaWorld’s Manta and Kraken, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s SheiKra.

SeaWorld’s new hypercoaster will be the centerpiece of the newly themed surrounding realm.  The two-acre plaza now will be fully shark themed including Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, shops,  shark and shipwreck theming and educational experiences featuring sharks.

The entire realm is created to make guests feel they’re underwater, part of the group of sharks and toothy animals that have taken over a shipwrecked reef.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

Mako © 2015 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

In the plaza, guests will learn about the impact humans are having on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment. Sharks are hunted for their fins — considered a delicacy in certain countries — and thousands are caught accidentally in nets. Several species of sharks are on the verge of extinction.

“It’s this blend of education and thrills, immersing guests in an underwater world, that sets a SeaWorld ride apart from others,” said Morrow.

“Our fans will love how Mako complements our other rides. Kraken is big, monstrous and twisty. Manta is massive and glides smoothly, taking you on a flight like a huge ray. Mako is entirely different. It’s streamlined and fast, just like a mako shark. There’s no wasted motion, it’s all speed and dives.”

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

Mako © 2015 SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

 

Mako uses a unique sound system to enhance the experience, and not just for those on the ride. The full score of Mako can be heard and follows riders out of the station and up the lift hill. Custom surround effects and musical scores fill the realm, changing as the coaster dives through the area.

At night, specialty lights will accent the coaster trains, realm and track, flickering and shimmering, simulating fish being scattered by a mako on the hunt.

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