SeaWorld Orlando announces Mako, the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2015 10:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff

From the park's description: "Sink your teeth into SeaWorld’s unrivaled new coaster, Mako. Arriving summer 2016, this 200-foot hypercoaster soars to the top of the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, longest and fastest coaster. Scream through the deep dives with unmatched speed and predator power. Fly through the air with the grace and agility of the ocean’s apex predator."

For more information, visit the official SeaWorld site.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:26 PM

FL is going to be *flooded* with new coasters in 2016. Mako, Son of Starliner, and the new Mack spinner at BGT.

Can't wait.... (H/T Bart Scott).

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 1:39 PM

Looks awesome! Interesting that B&M has gone back to the old trains for this height of ride.

I thought Sea World would have been all over a splashdown!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:22 PM

Oh, this looks great. And I guess 200 feet will have to do for Orlando, well, until that other monstrosity gets built. This ride will be a nice billboard for the park, visible from 1-4, enticing potential visitors to check out the park. As we've discussed, SWO could really use another E-ticket and this fits the bill.

And in true Sea World/Busch style, it's setting is beautiful and it will be immersive. Makes me wonder what they were thinking over there in Williamsburg...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:35 PM

Yeah, that International Drive sure is beautiful. :) Seriously though, I assume they're going to stick the entrance next to the Shark Encounter, and then run it east out to I-Drive and plant it in the retention basin.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 2:38 PM

Ha!
Well, you know, I meant the plaza area, the themeing, decor, and what-not.

And I love me some I-Drive. I'd live there if I could just get my car up the street...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:44 PM

It looks like a nice enough B&M, but something seems missing. Is it shorter than other rides of its kind? Does it have less hills than other coasters like it? It doesn't look like it will be as amazing as Diamondback or Apollo's Chariot. It looks like a roller coaster for the sake of having a roller coaster. "Just so we can say we have a new coaster..."

But I bet it will be fun nonetheless.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:25 PM

I think it looks a little Nitro-ish. Which isn't a bad thing.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 5:37 PM

Is that first turnaround a...<wait for it>....hammerhead?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 5:41 PM

RCDB lists it at 4,760' which is the second shortest B&M hyper and the shortest with an MCBR (Goliath oG is 4,480'). This is, of course, not counting Goliath LaRonde.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 5:59 PM

Uh oh! Better get MAAAAAco!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:04 PM

LostKause said:

It looks like a nice enough B&M, but something seems missing. Is it shorter than other rides of its kind? Does it have less hills than other coasters like it? It doesn't look like it will be as amazing as Diamondback or Apollo's Chariot. It looks like a roller coaster for the sake of having a roller coaster. "Just so we can say we have a new coaster..."

But I bet it will be fun nonetheless.

Being that Diamondback and Apollo are around 1,000 miles away, I don't think it matters. I think it fills a void in the area. Orlando doesn't have anything tall and fast.

I agree that it will be fun nonetheless, though.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:34 PM

Any good images of the layout in its entirety? Clearly they've got the 3d model made in order to produce that video...

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:02 PM

Or, seeing the video in real time/real speed would be nice, too.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:40 PM

I'm loving this announcement. A B&M hypercoaster right in my backyard? Sold!

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 7:41 PM
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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:02 PM

When I went in early April, I thought if only Sea World had a Hyper coaster, and now they have it. Size wise, it looks like Goliath at SFOG. This seems to also have some decent banked curves. I'm not sure it'll keep up with some bigger ones like Diamondback, Nitro, or Intimidator, but it is excactly what Florida needs.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:19 PM

Obviously I make the disclaimer that I haven't ridden it, etc. etc. but just to speculate because otherwise we wouldn't have anything to talk about:
Why have an MCBR at all? If my memory of Sea World serves me, their operations are not that great and with a relatively short track, wouldn't it make more sense to go with 2 trains and no MCBR? I also happen to think that B&M MCBR's tend to kill the pacing of their respective rides but even just in terms of maintenance, running 2 trains is better than running 3. What's the upside to having an MCBR?

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:26 PM

B&M probably doesn't assume that their operations suck. And yes, they're pretty terrible at that park. I'm hoping the Manby influence changes that.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:27 PM

CarolinaNick15 said:
I'm not sure it'll keep up with some bigger ones like Diamondback, Nitro, or Intimidator,

You won't be able to fill a train with the people who will know that and anyone who steps off of Mako claiming they missed the extra 20 or 30 seconds those other rides offer deserves to be thrown off of the lift hill without a parachute.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:44 PM

I've had hernia checks during physicals that were more thrilling than Diamondback. ;)

It seems like B&M's speed coasters have gone through phases in terms of the way they're designed. Considering this ride is being built in the era of Leviathan and Fury 325, I'd say momentum is on their side, even if this ride tops out a hundred feet closer to the ground. B&M seems like they're feeling more adventurous in terms of the aggressiveness of their designs these days, so here's hoping this ride keeps the streak alive.

Last edited by sirloindude, Wednesday, May 27, 2015 9:45 PM
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