SeaWorld Orlando announces Mako, Orlando’s tallest and fastest roller coaster

SeaWorld Orlando announces Mako, Orlando's tallest and fastest roller coaster 1


SeaWorld just announced made the huge announcement that everyone was waiting for.

The new hypercoaster will be called Mako and will be the tallest and fastest coaster in Orlando standing 200 feet tall and reaching speeds of 73 MPH with a length of 4,760 feet.



The roller coaster is being designed for airtime and speed and will be the centerpiece of an all-new area dedicated to sharks at SeaWorld Orlando.

Stay tuned after the break for videos and the complete press release from SeaWorld Orlando!

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SeaWorld Orlando’s Mako ™ quick facts:

• Opening summer 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in


• Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time”

• SeaWorld Orlando will now have a portfolio of five thrill rides: three distinctly

different coasters, plus two family coasters.

• The 2-acre realm of the park will now be fully themed around sharks: including

Mako, Shark Encounter®, Sharks Underwater Grill®, themed gift shops, shark and

shipwreck theming and educational experiences.

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 27, 2015) – 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.

“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

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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.

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.”

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.

Follow the Mako frenzy using the hashtag #NothingFaster. Visit for more information and updates on the new ride.



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