SeaWorld San Diego announces Mako Roller Coaster for 2020
We got a big surprise announcement today out of SeaWorld San Diego as announced their massive 2020 addition as part of their 55th anniversary, a floorless dive coaster.
The coaster will be themed similarly to Mako over here on the east coast, it will even dawn the same name. And although on the smaller end of the dive machine spectrum with a maximum height of 153 feet with a drop of 143 feet, which is over 50 feet shorter than Sheikra at Busch Gardens Tampa. This will give SeaWorld San Diego some coaster bragging rights, with Mako not only being the tallest coaster in the park, but also the tallest dive coaster in California.
And also similar to when SeaWorld Orlando opened their Mako roller coaster, San Diego also announced a complete overhaul of their current Shark Encounter exhibit.
SeaWorld San Diego also announced a huge makeover of their front entrance, which will include security enhancements and improved checkpoints, allowing for quicker entrance for guests.
There were also special events and more announced for their 55th anniversary as well, including their rescue division of the park, which will see some attention in 2020 as well with an update to the Rescue Plaza area of the park.
The other announcement that was teased due to few details currently available was an overhaul of their current Penguin exhibit for 2021, which is in much need of a makeover.
Credit goes to @SeaWorld_News for allowing us to share their photos. Stay tuned after the break for the official press release.
SeaWorld San Diego announces a dive coaster called Mako as its new attraction for 2020. This new roller coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.
Climbing to 153 feet with their feet dangling in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.
Riders will also experience inversions, barrel roll, Immelmann loop, hammerhead turn, and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.
The animal-conservation element of the new attraction will focus on shark awareness and conservation and will include a partnership with a shark conservation organization.
The coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park in an area that is currently a parking lot.
The coaster will be built by Bolliger & Mabillard, based in Switzerland.