Theme Parks in Orlando beware! These waters are infested with Mako Sharks at SeaWorld Orlando!
Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest coaster is now officially open at SeaWorld Orlando. The coaster, which is labeled as a hyper coaster, opened on Friday for a mass of fans from around the world. I had the chance to spend a few days before the opening to really get a good feel for the coaster and to experience what this new re-themed area has in store for the guests!
Over the course of two days I got to experience Mako 21 times from various seats and I wanted to share my experience. I will have to be honest up front and tell you that I was critical of this coaster before it was even open. Now that I have rode Mako it has become my new favorite coaster in Orlando!
Not only is there a 200 foot first drop, but there are 9 times where you feel weightless on this amazing coaster! There is also a hammerhead turn built into the rollercoaster which gives it even more punch and feeling like you are a Mako shark attacking your prey!
I had the chance to speak with Bryan Morrow about the concept of the ride. Morrow stated that the coaster from concept to completion was at 2 years, with 18 months of that being construction. We also talked about the theming of this ride.
“We are all about the animals here at SeaWorld and love to tell stories thru our attractions. This is no different! We are showcasing the Mako shark from where it goes and how it hunts.”
We also talked about the partnership with Dr. Guy Harvey and how they incorporated their research into the ride. Morrow stated that “you can see the migration of some of the Mako sharks from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation in real time in the ride load area and lines! This is one of the most technological rides we have ever done here at SeaWorld Orlando!”
One thing is for sure, Mako is something that will bring a positive change to SeaWorld Orlando in both an entertainment and conservation standpoint.
To learn more about the coaster, visit SeaWorld’s website here!