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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

SeaWorld announces details on Orlando's 'tallest, fastest and longest coaster'

Posted By on Wed, May 27, 2015 at 1:33 PM

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It's called the Mako, and SeaWorld Orlando is billing this new "hypercoaster" as the "tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando."  

The new ride is set to debut in the summer of 2016 and according to SeaWorld, the Mako is designed for speed and "relentless air time." Named after the extremely speedy shark, the 200-foot-tall coaster will apparently reach speeds of 73 mph along, while traveling a long a 4,760 feet of steel track. 

“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 in a press release. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”

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With the arrival of Mako, SeaWorld Orlando will now have total of five thrill rides. “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.”

SeaWorld plans on positioning the hypercoaster as the centerpiece of the new shark-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 new ride is manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, a company that has also built SeaWorld’s Kraken, and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s SheiKra.

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