SeaWorld has delivered on its marketing promise with the fastest, tallest, longest coaster in the Orlando market. The ride, manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, is designed as a “hypercoaster,” which experts define as having a height of 200 feet, high speed, no inversions and a bundle of air time — the lift out of seats that enthusiasts covet.
Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako, surfacing this summer, will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster.
“On Mako you’ll experience what it’s like to be this apex predator, surging through the water at top speed and chasing prey throughout a massive reef,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld’s Senior Director, Development & Design. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”
This class of roller coasters is known for multiple, tall hills and high speeds, providing near weightless “air time.” Some coaster enthusiasts say that hypercoasters are the essence of the extreme coaster experience.
This January, SeaWorld topped off the highest point of the coaster, with a crest that reaches 200 feet in the air.
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. Guests are not just riding another coaster, they’re about to understand the thrill of the hunt.
Coaster Train Specs
Mako will have 3 coaster trains with 7 cars per train and each train will carry 28 riders. Each coaster train weighs 21,418 lbs.
|Custom Fiberglass Lead Car – Inspired by the physiology of an actual mako shark.||Magnetic Brakes – Activated by interaction between metal plates under the car’s frame and stationary magnets on the ride track.|
|Central Beam – Provides a smooth surface for the pneumatic brakes and houses the mechanisms that attach the coaster car to the lift chain on the ride’s initial climb.||Rider Lap Guard – Keeps riders secure while providing complete upper-body mobility for a thrilling ride.|
|Wheels – Comprised of a special polyurethane compound that reduces friction, providing a smooth, relentlessly fast ride from beginning to end.||Rider Seat – Designed with padded bucket seats for rider’s comfort and safety.|
Following a tradition, the 12,500-pound, final piece of track was topped with a waving American flag as it was lifted high in the air by a giant crane, and then bolted into place by workers. This final piece completes a track that is 4,760 feet of pure thrill.