Take a first look at what you’ll be strapped into for Orlando’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster…
It looks as if the long wait for a white knuckle rollercoaster is going to have been well worth it!
It’s fair to say that here at ATD we love a good rollercoaster. It’s a perk of the job that we get to think, talk, write and dream of theme parks all day, so when a new rollercoaster comes along our excitement levels reach fever pitch. So when news of SeaWorld opening not only the tallest, but the fastest coaster in Orlando broke last year we were positively giddy and yesterday the amazing ride vehicles were unveiled.
Now, before we get into the specifics of the vehicles, we should probably refresh our minds on what Mako (pronounced Make-O, not Mack-O as our colleagues at SeaWorld are keen to stress) is all about and what is set to make it so special…
It’s the tallest rollercoaster in town
Yep, standing at over 200 foot high, this is the first ‘hypercoaster’ to hit Orlando and promises to offer riders plenty of air time as it flies through almost a mile of track. There may not be any loops on it, but the drops will more than make up for that!
It’s also the fastest
As you would expect for something dropping 200ft, Mako is going to be quick. Very quick. With top speeds reaching an incredible 73mph, it will be faster than any other rollercoaster in Orlando, and the theming explains that…
It’s based on a shark
Not just any old shark, but the Mako shark from which it takes its name. Measuring around 10ft in length, these are the fastest breed of shark in the ocean, hitting speeds of up to 18.8 metres per second (42mph), so more than deserves to lend its name here.
IT’S A ROLLERCOASTER!
We love the amazing new attractions coming to Orlando and the last few years have seen some amazing attractions land, but you have to go back to Cheetah Hunt at SeaWorld’s sister park, Busch Gardens in 2011 to find the last instance of a big, thrilling coaster opening. Busch Gardens have their own coaster coming this year in the shape of Cobra’s Curse, but whilst we love the likes of Falcon’s Fury, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, for our money, you can’t beat a huge, heart pounding rollercoaster.
It makes SeaWorld THE go to park in Orlando for rollercoasters
Mako joins the already incredible Manta and Kraken to form a trilogy of incredible rollercoasters in the park. No other park can match the variety, with the floorless Kraken boasting no less than seven inversions, whilst Manta is a flying coaster with four inversions and some incredible g-forces, making the park an absolute must if you love rollercoasters.
Now, back to those new ride vehicles…
The new vehicles were unveiled yesterday (February 16th) by SeaWorld executives and are set to help riders get the best possible experience on the ride, including maximising the feeling of weightlessness at the top of each hill. Guests will sit four abreast, with three trains of seven cars operating.
Here are a few of the facts that SeaWorld have given us about the design.
The cars are inspired by the Mako shark
In a collaboration between SeaWorld’s animal experts and ride engineers, the car is inspired by the physiology of an actual Mako shark, including five gills on each side, eye placement and sleek, hydro-dynamic look.
The wheels are built for speed
Comprised of a special compound that reduces friction, Mako’s wheels will provide a smooth, relentlessly fast ride from beginning to end.
Airtime is maximised
With only a lap guard on their lower body, riders’ upper bodies are free for added mobility and “airtime”.
Mako is set to open this summer at SeaWorld Orlando and you can join the conversation using the hashtag #nothingfaster and enjoy 3 SeaWorld Parks for the price of 2 with Attraction Tickets Direct.
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