Mako Coaster Update – Soft Opening, Review, and Shark’s Reef Area Complete

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Mako is currently in soft opening at SeaWorld Orlando and I got to ride it yesterday! It was incredible. The first drop and first turn are exhilarating and I won’t lie, I was somewhat terrified for a few seconds. It’s funny to me that a ride where you come up out of your seat so many times doesn’t have shoulder restraints. I guess they want to really allow you to feel the air time. I rode a second time in the front row and it was even more incredible. After the first drop and turn it’s a somewhat relaxing of a ride, even though I know we were traveling super fast because my ponytail was sticking straight out behind me the entire time! There’s no loops or upside-down moments, so it’s all about speed and air time. It’s a fun ride and one I’ll be riding every time I visit for sure. See the video for footage of the soft opening, my thoughts on the new coaster right after I rode it, check out some cool stuff in the gift shop and see all of the Shark’s Reef area theming that is now complete. You can also see lots of images of the beautiful area theming below! And stay tuned for more theme park updates coming soon.


Soft Opening Pictures

The Mako ride entrance, surrounded by staff handing out Soft Open tickets

The Mako ride entrance, surrounded by staff handing out Soft Open tickets

After a long wait, it's finally here!

After a long wait, it’s finally here!

Soft Opening in Progress...

Soft Opening in Progress…

I got my ticket! The day before they were limiting to 1000, but today they seemed to have no limit

I got my ticket! The day before they were limiting to 1000, but today they seemed to have no limit

Better put my bag in the locker before riding. It's a dollar for single time use

Better put my bag in the locker before riding. It’s a dollar for single time use

Time to ride!

Time to ride!

First part of the queue is simple path with fencing

First part of the queue is simple path with fencing

Second part of queue transitions to look like you're under a dock in the ocean

Second part of queue transitions to look like you’re under a dock in the ocean

Finally, you enter a shipwreck underwater. There are facts about Mako sharks to read while you wait

Finally, you enter a shipwreck underwater. There are facts about Mako sharks to read while you wait

Yay, people riding Mako!

Yay, people riding Mako!

Woohoo!

Woohoo!

Ride ends passing through the rusted hull of a sunken ship

Ride ends passing through the rusted hull of a sunken ship

Gift Shop Pictures

Reef's Treasures is the name of the exit gift shop

Reef’s Treasures is the name of the exit gift shop

Sunken ship theme continues through the gift shop

Sunken ship theme continues through the gift shop

Inside the shop is beautifully decorated

Inside the shop is beautifully decorated

New Mako merch! Shirt

New Mako merch! Shirt

Love this Mako frame!

Love this Mako frame!

Shot glasses and tiny snowglobes

Shot glasses and tiny snowglobes

New shirts featuring all 4 thrill rides, including Mako!

New shirts featuring all 4 thrill rides, including Mako!

And in a girly version too

And in a girly version too

Time to pick up a ride photo

Time to pick up a ride photo

Will go perfect in your new Mako frame!

Will go perfect in your new Mako frame!

Shark’s Reef Pictures

Mako shipwreck and coral now full painted

Mako shipwreck and coral now full painted

Lights sparkle as the coaster passes by, like sunlight twinkling through the water

Lights sparkle as the coaster passes by, like sunlight twinkling through the water

Shimmering lights on the shipwreck

Shimmering lights on the shipwreck

Entering the now fully themed area from the other side

Entering the now fully themed area from the other side

Welcome to Shark Wreck Reef

Welcome to Shark Wreck Reef

Learn all about Sharks: Fear & Fascination

Learn all about Sharks: Fear & Fascination

Lots of hands-on learning stations have been added to the area

Lots of hands-on learning stations have been added to the area

They teach you about sharks, and why humans shouldn't be afraid of them as much as they should be afraid of us

They teach you about sharks, and why humans shouldn’t be afraid of them as much as they should be afraid of us

One sign teaches us about sharks...

One sign teaches us about sharks…

And one reminds us about humans

And one reminds us about humans

That's a lot of soup

That’s a lot of soup

Teaches us in Florida how rare shark attacks is gonna be a hard sell

Teaches us in Florida how rare shark attacks is gonna be a hard sell

Seeing a hidden message: SHARKS. RARELY. HURT. PEOPLE.

Seeing a hidden message: SHARKS. RARELY. HURT. PEOPLE.

Photo cutout

Photo cutout

Be afraid FOR sharks!

Be afraid FOR sharks!

Shark Encounter got a big new sign (sorry for poor camera angle)

Shark Encounter got a big new sign (sorry for poor camera angle)

Size chart - for the coolest fish in the ocean!

Size chart – for the coolest fish in the ocean!

Fun interactive steering wheel

Fun interactive steering wheel

Learn with maps and charts!

Learn with maps and charts!

Walls down around all of the new beautiful signage

Walls down around all of the new beautiful signage

All bases have been painted to look like coral and sand

All bases have been painted to look like coral and sand

Area gift shop back open with some new merchandise inside

Area gift shop back open with some new merchandise inside

Caricatures, face paint, and Henna tattoos area open

Caricatures, face paint, and Henna tattoos area open

This is a much nicer setup rather than the small caricature setup they used to have under an umbrella down the road

This is a much nicer setup rather than the small caricature setup they used to have under an umbrella down the road

New Guy Harvey original mural on the wall near Mako

New Guy Harvey original mural on the wall near Mako

Mural fits in the area nicely

Mural fits in the area nicely

Panini shop gets new name

Panini shop gets new name

New carnival game added near Mako entrance

New carnival game added near Mako entrance

Game is racing game and requires multiple players to start

Game is racing game and requires multiple players to start

Seemed pretty popular throughout the day

Seemed pretty popular throughout the day

New tables with umbrellas and refreshment stand added near Nautilus Theater

New tables with umbrellas and refreshment stand added near Nautilus Theater

Perfect way to beat the heat

Perfect way to beat the heat

This is a good location for a small snack stand

This is a good location for a small snack stand

Excellent cup choice for the area

Excellent cup choice for the area

Mako Rising presentation in the theater has ended

Mako Rising presentation in the theater has ended

Look what made it onto the park map! That's all for this update. Check back soon for more!

Look what made it onto the park map! That’s all for this update. Check back soon for more!

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