Mako, Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest coaster is scheduled to open on June 10th at Sea World Orlando. Mako will be the centerpiece of the all-new Shark Wreck Reef-a newly designed realm that blends education and thrills, while immersing guests in an underwater world.
The two-acre realm will be fully shark themed and includes Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, and shops. Educational experiences, such as the ability to track mako sharks that are being followed by the Guy Harvey Institute, will be part of the interactive offerings.
Shark Wreck Reef is designed to make guests feel as though they have traveled underwater and joined a group of sharks that have taken over a shipwrecked reef. Inside the realm, guests will learn about the impact humans are having on sharks and why these animals are critical to the environment. Sharks are hunted for their fins-considered a delicacy in certain countries-and in addition, tens of thousands are caught accidentally in nets. Several species of sharks are on the verge of extinction.
As guests venture further into the realm and into the queue line they’ll discover a unique sound system that will enhance their experience. An original Mako score can be heard and follows guests as they enter the loading bay and emerge from the station aboard the coaster and up the lift hill.
At night, specialty lights will accent the coaster trains, realm and track, flickering and shimmering, simulating fish being scattered by a mako on the hunt. The purple and teal paint colors were specifically chosen to enhance this effect.
The mako shark is considered the fastest shark in the ocean. It’s lightning quick tail allows for sharp turns, high energy, and speed. These characteristics formed the inspiration for the Mako Coaster as designers and engineers wondered what it might actually feel like to be a Mako shark.
Mako will be a hyper-coaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time” and lures guests to brave it’s tight turns, steep drops and predator power speeds. Riders will climb up to 200 feet high-offering tremendous views of the surrounding area-before plunging to reach speeds up to 73 mph.
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