SeaWorld Orlando has released new details about their most recent addition to the park's arsenal of the over-the-top thrill coasters. Mako will be a shark themed "hypercoaster" reaching heights of 200 feet (61 m) and hit top speeds of 73 mph (117.48 km/h) on a nearly mile long track. The ride opening in Orlando, summer 2016, will accompany an expanded shark themed area surrounding the existing Shark Encounter attraction.
A hypercoaster is any roller coaster with a height or drop measuring greater than 200 feet. The apex drop on Mako will take riders to this height which will tower above the adjacent roller coaster, Kraken which stands at 149 feet (45.4 m) tall.
With a top speed of 73 mph this ride will provide riders with an unprecedented number of weightless moments or as SeaWorld's ride designers call, "air time." At this speed, riders will fly faster than the park's newest thrill ride, Manta which has a top speed of 56 mph (90 km/h).
Built with 4,760 feet of steel track, this coaster will be longest ride in Orlando surpassing the current title holder, Disney's Expedition Everest at 4,424 ft (1,348 m).
As part of the new attraction, SeaWorld will be reimagining the area that includes the park's classic attraction, Shark Encounter. The 2-acre "Shark Realm" will be fully themed around sharks which will include immersive shark and shipwreck theming along with educational experiences that are true to SeaWorld's animal care mission.
Keep checking back for updates about the construction of the ride as the frenzy builds towards its grand opening in summer of 2016.
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