May 27, 2015
Orlando, Fla. – The tallest, fastest, longest roller coaster in Orlando will debut summer 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando. Named for one of the ocean's fastest known sharks, Mako, will be a 200-foot tall, nearly mile long hypercoaster, with a top speed of 73-miles per hour.
"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 is classified as a "hypercoaster", a coaster type that is known for high speeds, steep drops, and hills that create the feeling of weightlessness or "air time". As the trains on Mako crest the hills, riders will experience the sensation of weightlessness or "air-time".
SeaWorld has hired renowned Swiss roller coaster design firm, Bolliger & Mabillard, to design and build Mako. B&M has built many of the world's top roller coasters, including SeaWorld's Manta and Kraken, and SheiKra, Montu and Kumba at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay.
SeaWorld is planning to make this new roller coaster the centerpiece of a newly themed area. The two-acre plaza will be designed to make guests feel like they're underwater, part of the group of sharks and toothy animals that have taken over a shipwrecked reef. The plaza will encompass the new Mako roller coaster, plus the Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grills, and nearby shops.
In the plaza, SeaWorld plans to educate guests about the impact humans are having on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment.
"It's this blend of education and thrills, immersing guests in an underwater world, that sets a SeaWorld ride apart from others," said Morrow.
Mako will use a unique on-board 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.
After dark specialty lights will accent the coaster trains, realm and track, flickering and shimmering, simulating fish being scattered by a mako on the hunt.
"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 artwork courtesy of SeaWorld Orlando. All rights reserved.
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