SeaWorld Orlando announced a new Shark Realm anchored by a new hypercoaster named Mako that will open Summer 2016.
The Shark Realm will be two acre realm fully themed around sharks, and designed to to make guests feel they’re underwater as part of the group of sharks and toothy animals that have taken over a shipwrecked reef.
Once completed, the Shark Realm will include both existing favorites, Shark Encounter and Sharks Underwater Grill, as well as newly themed gift shops, shark and shipwreck theming elements, additional educational experiences, and the centerpiece attraction Mako hypercoaster.
Mako is a B&M manufactured coaster, like SeaWorld’s Manta and Kraken, that promises relentless air-time, speed, a sound system that wraps around the realm, and special nighttime lighting package in a highly themed environment.
A look at the new Mako hypercoaster by the numbers:
Mako’s tallest lift hill will take riders up 200 ft facing International Drive.
The top speed that Mako will reach will be 73 mph as it reaches the bottom of it’s tallest lift hill.
With 4,760 ft of track, almost a mile, Mako will be the longest roller coaster in Orlando.
As a bonus, 1,864 ft of the attraction’s track will run over water.
Mako features 9 air-time hills.
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.
Mako’s 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system envelops the realm. Sounds follow the coaster trains as they dive through and around the area … and just over guests’ heads.
Even though Mako will not feature any inversions, guests will still need to be 54 inches tall to experience this attraction.
Mako will be SeaWorld Orlando’s fifth coaster in the park’s thrill ride portfolio.
- Mako – a hypercoaster with high speeds, twists and turns.
- Kraken – a twisting, floorless coaster; inversions and loops.
- Manta – a flying roller coaster with loops and inversions.
- Shamu Express – the perfect first coaster ride for the kids.
- Journey to Atlantis – a family water coaster that transports guests to the mythical city of Atlantis
“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,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s attraction creative director.
I’m really excited for the Shark Realm and Mako to take shape in the upcoming year!
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