Big news on the horizon for fans of SeaWorld and roller coasters out there! The theme park is working on building a 200-foot-tall coaster that will be presented in the summer of 2016. Reaching incredible speeds of 73 mph, along a steel track that is close to a mile long (4,760 feet), the coaster is a must ride for any theme park enthusiast. SeaWord is touting that after construction, the ride will be the longest, tallest, and fastest coaster that will be found in Orlando.
SeaWorld has named the attraction ‘Mako’, inspired by Mako sharks, known as the fastest sharks in the ocean; and famous for their incredible speeds, abilities to quickly change course when hunting, and making extreme jumps. As such, Mako (the attraction) will join a select group of rides known as true hyper-coasters; roller coaster rides with steep drops, high speeds, and crazy hills that help make riders feel weightless when enjoying the coaster.
The fun does not stop there. Mako is just one attraction, which will act as a centerpiece to a brand new themed area for SeaWorld. Breaking Travel News released the details on the two-acre plaza surrounding Mako will also have a shark-theme, and showcase other attractions (along with the hypercoaster), including: Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, as well as educational attractions around sharks, and of course, some gift shops will also be on site. The concept of the plaza is to create a feeling of being underwater for guests; like they are one of a group of sharks, and other under-water creatures that have taken over a shipwrecked reef.
This newly-themed area will also provide an educational spotlight on sharks so that SeaWorld can help increase awareness and help visitors learn more about this extraordinary animal. They will dive into why Makos are an important element in nature and our environment, as well as the impact people have on sharks in general. Some areas that will be covered include: how sharks are hunted for their fins, as some countries view this as a delicacy and how sharks can accidently be caught in nets.