2016 has got off to a flyer here at Orlando Attraction Tickets, we literally can’t get the tickets out the door fast enough 🙂 The appetite for Florida from the UK market seems stronger than ever and we’re obviously delighted.
Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are all currently innovating like there’s no tomorrow. The introduction of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter seems to have not only helped Universal but also galvanised the Orlando theme park industry as a whole. Setting new standards of excellence seems to have inspired every park to up their game, which can only benefit us all.
What’s still to come
This week SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment gave us sneak peaks at the ride cars for their Summer coasters, Mako (at SeaWorld) and Cobra’s Curse (at Busch Gardens). These two new attractions are a breath of fresh air for us coaster nuts especially Mako which claims to be the fastest, tallest and longest coaster in Orlando
Over at Universal Orlando Resort we got confirmation of the dates Halloween Horror Nights will operate this year plus pricing for their Frequent Fear Pass and 2 Park Bonus plus Halloween Horror Nights tickets both of which are now available on Orlando Attraction Tickets.
This summer we’re also expecting to see the rebirth of the Incredible Hulk Coaster which has been down for a few months as Universal complete a total revamp of this iconic coaster.
Also set for an official opening this summer at Universal’s Islands of Adventures is the highly anticipated Skull Islands: Reign of Kong. Still not much is known about the attraction but the attention to detail we’ve spotted around the build site leads us to think we may have another Potter Land on our hands…. Eeeeekk!
Disney’s major projects wont be launched for a few years yet, however they do have a little thing called Frozen up their sleave…. set to be called “Frozen Ever After.” The Maelstrom ride, located in the Norway pavilion of the World Showcase, will be renovated into this new attraction based on Disney’s popular animated film. The ride will take guests to Arendelle during the kingdom’s Winter Festival, featuring favourite characters and music from the film, all with cutting-edge technology.
So all the parks have something new and interesting to offer guests visiting in 2016… We’ll keep you all updated as soon as we can give definitive opening dates but one things for sure… its going to be awesome!
With all the 3D motion rides becoming the vogue its sooooo refreshing to see someone investing in a proper Roller Coaster…. and by all accounts MAKO is a proper Coaster! When you tell me that it will be the longest, tallest and faster coaster in Orlando then you can pretty much just take my money… I’m not only in, I’m super excited…
So SeaWorld must be aware of this because they sent us some images last night, firstly some concept art (which I shared on facebook) which depicts the mighty Mako Shark rampaging through SeaWorld.
Plus some images of the construction, which show that the Coaster is definitely on course for a Summer launch.
Mako will be the centrepiece of the newly themed surrounding realm. The plaza will be fully shark themed and include Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, shops and educational experiences.
Here’s what SeaWorld say about MAKO
Sink your teeth into SeaWorld’s unrivaled new coaster, Mako™. Named for one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks, Mako will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster. Surfacing summer 2016, this 200-foot-tall hyper coaster will reach 73 mph along 4,760 feet of steel track — nearly a mile long — and leave riders feeling both breathless and weightless. 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. You’re not just riding another coaster, you’re about to understand the thrill of the hunt.
This ride isn’t for the feint hearted as the minimum ride height is 4 foot 5 Inches (54″), featuring a 2oo foot drop with only a lap bar to hold you in….
Today SeaWorld Orlando told us all a little bit more about the new coaster they’re looking to open in 2016 and they did it from the top of a crane 200 feet in the air!
SeaWorld have been promoting the new coaster using the hashtag #NothingFaster but they’ve also claimed, that at the time of opening, it will not only be the fastest but also the tallest and longest in Orlando.
At present the fastest Coaster in Orlando is The Incredible Hulk Ride at Universals Islands of Adventure which hits a top speed of 67 mph, the tallest is Rip Ride Rockit at Universal Studios which stands at an impressive 167 feet and the longest is Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom which stretches across 4424 feet and lasts an impressive 4 minutes.
As predicted by us, SeaWorld Orlando have confirmed the name of their new ride will be Mako, the Mako is the fastest species of Shark known to man and is often photographed leaping from the Sea.
Mako will be built by B&M who have made such coasters as Swarm at Thorpe Park and of course SeaWorld’s own Manta. The introduction of Mako means that Shark Encounter will get a complete makeover.
Mako will take us underwater to the realm of sharks (Shark Realm, may change). New retail experiences. Mako will be the apex ride at SeaWorld.
Mako is truly a Hyper Coaster, guest will take the point of view of the Mako Shark, to recreate this Mako needs a lots of space and at 4763 feet of track almost a mile long, the ride will last aprox. 3 minutes 13 seconds.
SeaWorld mentioned the term “Relentless airtime” quite a few times, the first drop will be 200 feet tall and hit speeds of up to 73 miles per hour. The ride will also be educational and SeaWorld hope to alter the way Sharks are perceived. It will also have in ride music, a 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system which will follow the coaster trains!
A few weeks ago SeaWorld sent out a media email hinting at a new coaster they had planned for 2016. Apart from the hint that it will be long, fast and tall SeaWorld are playing their cards very close to their chest however…
That hasn’t stopped the internet from popping on its deerstalker, lighting up its pipe and getting its Sherlock Holmes on… and what have we found. Well if this Trademark application is anything to go by we might have found the name!?
Well a Mako is a type of Shark, it’s also sometimes called a Blue Pointer which works well as SeaWorld’s corporate colour is blue.
Why I like it
The Mako is the fastest of its species, reaching speeds of up to 60 mph, which fits very well with SeaWorld’s hashtag #NothingFaster which seems to feature heavily in its marketing. Also the Mako is a leaping Shark, when you see pictures of Sharks leaping out of the water it’s usually a Mako, which again fits in with SeaWorld’s claim that it will be tall (over 200 feet tall) and obviously it’s a Shark… is there a more terrifying animal in the sea’s?
The name Mako, isn’t set in stone though, theme parks often buy up trademarks and never actually use them. A great example of this was when Busch Gardens launched Cheetah Hunt, for months people expected the name to Cheetaka due to a very similar trademark application, so take it all with a pinch of salt.
EDIT: One more thing that might hint towards the new Coaster being called Mako… try typing in www.makocoaster.com
However as names go, I like it. What do you think?