Ride Review: Tallest, Fastest, Longest! Record Breaking SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

SeaWorld’s newest roller coaster is the shark themed Mako, which opens on Friday, June 10th 2016. We got a sneak preview of Mako, which has the honor of being Orlando’s biggest, tallest and fastest coaster.  Continue reading for our full SeaWorld Mako roller coaster ride review.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

Located in the park’s Shark Wreck Reef, between Nautilus Stadium and Shark’s Underwater Grill and Bar, Mako winds it’s way through the area, much like a shark looking for prey. Through a partnership with marine conservationist and artist Guy Harvey, the area is themed with his detailed marine art. Shipwreck pieces soar overhead as well, making the area seem like a ship graveyard and creating an overall immersive experience.

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However, what truly shines about the area are the opportunities for education, something that SeaWorld does so well. There are chances to learn about how sharks eat, what makes them cool and how to protect them. This area could easily entertain your junior shark lover for a while!

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

What also shines about SeaWorld is their ongoing partnership with Give Kids the World Village. Pamela Landwirth, President and CEO of Give Kids the World shared that SeaWorld has been supporting them from the very beginning. In addition to this ongoing support, they had the ability to auction off the first ride on Mako to benefit Give Kids the World!

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Of course, the real showpiece of the area is Mako, whose 200-foot drop is visible throughout the area. The echoes of screams and cheers also ring through the area as the ride and its passengers zip by the line.  As a true hypercoaster, Mako hits speeds of 73 mph as it zooms and twists, spanning two acres of the track. After boarding the coaster, you race out and up the drop hill, tilting back as you climb up into the sky. The anticipation building as you begin to tilt over the top, finally flying down the steep drop and immediately into a loop. Much like the shark it is named after, Mako glides smoothly over the tracks, for a ride free of jarring and shaking. Following one of the hallmarks of the hypercoaster, Mako features several camel backs, creating endless opportunities for airtime. When the coaster finally slows and pulls into the station, your knees tremble with the adrenaline build up from the ride.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

It’s worth noting that in recent times, body size and type has become an area of concern for riding a roller coaster. If you are plus-sized, riding Mako is still doable. They feature a sample ride car at the front of the line, which you should try out if you have any concerns. As someone who carries much of their weight in their belly area, the ride mechanism did not close completely on the first try due to that. The ride attendant instructed me to sit up as straight as possible and the ride mechanism easily closed.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

One downside to Mako is that the queue, which will be long all summer, is a bit dull. Simply a long, winding line landscaped with foliage; it leaves a bit to be desired. Kids could easily become antsy, waiting in this line. Also, make sure to bring your own water as there is only one water fountain in the queue. Several people around us had to work their way out of the queue to get water.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

SeaWorld will be hosting a variety of activities for their Summer Of Mako, which includes the opening of the Shark Touch Pool on June 10th and Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up the Night, which begins on June 18th.

SeaWorld Mako Roller Coaster

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