Orlando is all abuzz with news of SeaWorld Orlando’s new hypercoaster, Mako, a shark-themed thrill attraction that debuts in 2016. Mako is designed for maximum airtime, even though it’s got an underwater theme. Like Manta, its older sibling at the park, it’s a ride that integrates the park’s aquatic theme into its queue line and ride experience, as well as the surrounding area.
If you’d like to see the full announcement, including a virtual ride on Mako, and here from park representatives about its design and theming, as well as the surrounding Sharks Realm area, check out the videos accompanying this article. You’ll get the full scoop on what to expect when it opens in summer of 2016.
To read more about Mako after you watch the videos in this article, use these links to go to some slideshows:
- More about the new Mako hypercoaster
- Sharks will take center stage
- Climbing 200 feet for a bird’s eye view
Click video for Mako announcement and POV virtual ride
See the full announcement of the Mako hypercoaster debuting at SeaWorld Orlando in 2016, then hop on board for a full virtual POV ride. The ride is designed for maximum airtime, and roller coaster enthusiastic are rejoicing that Orlando will soon have a pop-you-out-of-your-seat masterpiece.
Click video to hear from Brian Morrow
Brian Morrow was on hand at the big SeaWorld Orlando announcement to give the scoop on Mako. While many details are still secret, he shared some of the thrills that await riders who are willing to brave the 200 foot drop. He also shared that the experience begins in the queue line, with immersive theming throughout and even some thrills for non-riding spectators.
Click video for a bird’s eye Mako interview.
Mike Denninger of SeaWorld Orlando gave interviews about the new Mako hypercoaster from a unique perspective…in a crane car 200 feet up in the sky! Members of the media got a chance to ride to the top while talking to Denninger so they could see firsthand just what it will look like from the top of the lift hill.
Click video to hear from a SeaWorld Orlando shark expert
Corey Oxman, a shark expert at SeaWorld Orlando, was on hand at the Mako roller coaster announcement to talk about the park’s resident sharks. While there are no makos, SeaWorld has a dozen species on display. You can see them in the Shark Encounter and also by dining in Sharks Underwater Grill.
Click video to see the view of SeaWorld Orlando from 200 feet
Take a ride 200 feet up over the SeaWorld Orlando skyline in a crane basket to see what the view will be like from the Mako hypercoaster lift hill. Mako’s construction starts soon, and it opens in summer of 2016, but the media got a sneak preview via the crane ride.