SeaWorld Orlando has announced that it will debut a shark-inspired roller coaster named Mako next summer. The coaster will have a top speed of 73mph and a drop from 200ft - making it the fastest, tallest and longest coaster in Central Florida, with a length of 4,760ft. The ride vehicles will hold 28 people in rows of four.
Mako will go around the parks central lake and form a loop in front of the Shark Encounter attraction. SeaWorld will also be creating a new shipwreck-themed area within the park that will be called Sharks Realm.
The ride covers 7 acres, but only 2 acres will be within the current parameters of the park. Riders will travel backstage, and the turnabout point will be near the exit of neighboring Aquatica. SeaWorld is experimenting with lighting treatments for that stretch along International Drive.
Senior Director of Attraction Development, Brian Morrow said, "There are specifically designed nine moments of air time on the ride" adding, "Something Ive been wanting to do for years is to have a coaster activate the land underneath it so that the land and coaster are talking to each other". He also said, "The sound and the lighting is the scattering of the fish as the predator comes through the space".
Sounds very exciting!
Credit: Orlando Sentinel