ORLANDO, Fla. (May 27, 2015) – Surfacing summer 2016 at SeaWorld Orlando will be
Mako, a 200-foot-tall hypercoaster that will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track
— nearly a mile long—and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless. Named
for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako 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 attraction creative director. “It will be a wild mix of fear, thrills and fun.”
Mako’s tight turns and speed are inspired by reality. Mako sharks — also called “blue
pointers” — are known for their top speed, making extreme jumps and the ability to
quickly change course as they pursue their prey.
The new coaster will become one of the world’s few true hypercoasters, a group of
roller coasters known for high speeds and steep drops and hills that create a feeling of
weightlessness or “air time.” As the sleek coaster cars crest each hill, riders float, nearly