By David Sibila
The newest roller coaster to join the roster of thrilling rides in Orlando is SeaWorld's amazing coaster experience, Mako. Infamous among the seas for being big, fast and fearless, the Mako shark has taken on a new form as the tallest, fastest roller coaster in Orlando, which is sure to give thrill seekers everywhere another reason to #LoveOrlando.
Staying true to the qualities of this mysterious ruler of the seas, the coaster stands at a staggering 200 feet with a nearly mile-long track and reaches speeds of up to 73 mph (117.5 kph) promises thrill your senses and take your breath away.
Quick Tip: If you ride the front seats are for thrill seekers for a feeling of faster speeds and a better view of where the ride takes you. The middle to back seats is great if you love that feeling of floating on air!
This record-breaking new coaster isn't the only thing the theme park has cooked up for the summer. Mako's surrounding realm is fully themed to sharks, inspiring guests to learn more about this mysterious species which needs our help to survive.
This two-acre area built around the park's classic attraction, Shark Encounter, interactive games and learning centers along with the Sharks Underwater Grill where guests can dine while observing sharks in their habitat.
Internationally acclaimed marine wildlife artist Guy Harvey brought Mako to life in his majestic 16-feet by 24-feet mural in Shark Wreck Reef. This mural is the newest and largest addition to SeaWorld Orlando's growing collection of Harvey's murals, some of which are for sale on site with a portion of the profits being donated to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation to support ocean health and shark research efforts.
Also added in the Wild Arctic area of the park is a brand new Shark Touch Pool, giving guests the chance to learn about and interact with brown-banded bamboo sharks, white-spotted bamboo sharks, and epaulette sharks.
With the opening of this new attraction, SeaWorld is kicking off a Summer of Mako from June 10 - August 7. The all-new event includes interactive games, new animal experiences and limited edition summertime treats.
Guests up for the Mako Challenge can make a difference by participating in a park wide text message-based scavenger hunt. Those who complete the Mako Challenge will have $1 donated to the SeaWorld Busch Gardens Conservation Fund on their behalf, benefiting a variety of conservation projects all over the world.
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Written by David Sibila, Senior Manager of Content and Social Media for Visit Orlando. He's a TV producer turned content and social media strategist, hands-on dad and a casualty of four rescued pets.