SeaWorld Orlando’s new shark-themed roller coaster will have its grand opening on June 10, the park announced Monday.
Just last month, crews finished the last section of track for the hypercoaster, Mako, which will be the tallest (200 feet), longest (4,760 feet of track) and fastest (up to 73 mph) coaster in Orlando.
Mako will hit speeds up to 73 mph, making it the fastest roller coaster in Orlando.
The coaster will run along the edge of the park property, its start point near the far end of the Kraken coaster. Combined with the existing Shark Encounter — an underwater tunnel through shark habitat — and shark-themed restaurant, the ride will be the centerpiece of a shark-themed plaza. A pathway reminiscent of a giant shipwreck with shops and other amenities is being added.
Mako, named for a fast shark that changes course abruptly, won’t turn riders upside down but it will have nine tall hills designed to give riders lots of air time — the feeling of weightlessness you get when your coaster car tops a hill and you rise from your seat.
SeaWorld is hoping to build anticipation of the coaster with a new live presentation that gives guests a preview of the ride design, construction and experience and provides facts about sharks in the wild. The presentation, called Mako Rising, is now being shown at Nautilus Theater daily at 11:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m.