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SeaWorld unveils Mako, new 200-foot coaster opening 2016

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

SeaWorld Orlando has unveiled its next thrill ride, Mako, which the theme park said will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster when it opens in 2016.

SeaWorld’s Brian Morrow revealed Wednesday that Mako will be 4,760 feet long — over 9/10 of a mile — and feature a 200-foot drop at a top speed of 73 mph.Seaworld Orlando Mako

Quick Facts

  • Opening summer 2016, Mako will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando.
  • Mako will be a hypercoaster, designed for speed and relentless “air time.”
  • SeaWorld Orlando will now have a portfolio of 5 thrill rides: 3 distinctly different coasters, plus 2 family coasters.
  • The 2-acre realm of the park will now be fully themed around sharks: including Mako, Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, themed gift shops, shark and shipwreck theming and educational experiences.

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 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 weightless.

SeaWorld Orlando Embarks on Epic Voyage

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

SeaWorld Orlando kicks off its “Epic Voyage” campaign to launch Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, the park’s all-new, largest-ever attraction opening this spring. The campaign starts in New York City and includes stops in six other cities and a new mobile app, both designed to give families a sneak peek into the new attraction’s thrilling and chilling adventure in ways as amazing as the continent itself.

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin

The new attraction, Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin will transport families into a rarely seen, icy world. You’ll feel the majestic grandeur of the South Pole and see it through the penguins’ eyes on an exhilarating, first-of-its-kind family ride. You’ll explore a massive penguin colony in an expanse that envelops you in cool extremes, both above and below the penguins’ icy world. It’s a must-see, one-of-a-kind theme park experience only at SeaWorld in Orlando.

SeaWorld’s “Epic Voyage” takes over malls and consumer travel shows with a unique family experience filled with a massive ice dome, interactive virtual reality, shareable photo opportunities, chances to win incredible prizes, and, of course, live penguins! Who doesn’t want to meet a penguin up close? Plus, Coca-Cola Freestyle machines will also be part of the experience on site to quench the thirst of attendees with complimentary, refreshing drinks.   We’ll have street teams roaming the cities in wrapped, Antarctic-themed Hyundai Santa Fes and Sonata Hybrids as they mingle with the locals at various hot spots, commuter stations and key landmarks. The street team will test the locals with trivia, hand out prizes and allow them to escape to Antarctica through the augmented reality videos that can be shared with family and friends.   Everyone can follow the freeze with our all-new mobileapp to put you in the action … plus interactive elements to share with friends. From behind-the-scenes teaser videos and tour details to penguin fun facts and trivia, consumers can immerse themselves virtually into Antarctica through augmented reality and also enter the Family Voyage Sweepstakes. The app — SeaWorld’s Antarctica — is available for download today on iPhone/iPad and is coming soon for Android devices.   “Since Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin was announced in November 2011, we’ve been planning and looking forward to bringing a glimpse of the attraction to these key markets to connect with our fans and let them feel the chill,” said Vice President of Marketing & Sales for SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando Toni Caracciolo.

Antarctic-themed Hyundai Santa Fes

Antarctic-themed Hyundai Santa Fes

Anyone can enter to win the trip of a lifetime with the Family Voyage Sweepstakes.Two lucky families will receive a 4-day, 3-night journey to SeaWorld Orlando to be one of the first to experience Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin. All of the details are found online so go check it out for your chance to win!   For more information about the Epic Voyage, visit, where you’re able to watch videos, sign up for emails, learn about penguins and Antarctica, enter the Family Voyage sweepstakes, and find the best vacation values to start planning your next voyage to SeaWorld Orlando.   We hope to see you along our voyage in one of these cities.

The Epic Voyage schedule:

NEW YORK  The New York Times Travel Show  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center  January 19-20

CHICAGO  Gurnee Mills Mall  Thursday, January 24   Chicago Travel & Adventure Show  Donald E. Stephens Convention Center  Rosemont  January 26-27

BOSTON  Boston Globe Travel Show  Seaport World Trade Center  February 8-10

PHILADELPHIA  King of Prussia Mall February 23-24

WASHINGTON D.C.  Washington, D.C. Travel & Adventure Show  Walter E. Washington Convention Center  March 9-10

JACKSONVILLE  The Avenues Mall  March 23-24

ATLANTA  April dates TBD

MIAMI  Miami Dolphins Fin Fest 2023  Saturday, April 27   Aventura Mall  May 4-5

Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin at SeaWorld Orlando

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Through the years, SeaWorld Orlando has taken guests to far-flung corners of the globe, immersing them in the character and feel of exotic places and introducing them to unique worlds of adventure.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin

Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin

But no journey is bigger — or as incredible — as the one to come in 2013. It’s a voyage to the bottom-of-the-world, to the coldest and windiest continent, to a place of ice more than 9,000-feet thick. It’s a journey to Antarctica and to the empire of the penguin.

You’ll be surrounded by the sights, sounds and awesome encounters found in this frozen place, embarking on a one-of-a-kind ride and an incredible, first-of-its-kind family adventure.

Antarctica - Empire of the Penguin

Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin

You’ll experience the mystery and wonder of life on the ice through the eyes of a penguin, sensing the beauty and drama of their often-dangerous habitat. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin combines closer-then-ever animal connections with state-of-the-art interactive ride technologies for adventures that are different each time.

It’s an all-family experience that could only come from SeaWorld and can only be found at SeaWorld Orlando. Antarctica – Empire of the Penguin. Coming spring 2013.

Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Nights will get warmer this summer at SeaWorld Orlando! Summer Nights at SeaWorld is a nighttime spectacular that will run from June 23rd through August 12th. SeaWorld will remain open until 10 p.m. for Summer Nights, which means more time therefore more play. SeaWorld is just 20 minutes from Hampton Lakes and our villa.

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Baby dolphin born at SeaWorld

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

A baby dolphin was born at SeaWorld Orlando on Saturday, June 30. The mother is named Starkey and this newborn, its sex has not been determined yet , is her sixth offspring. SeaWorld officials say mom and baby have been bonding and nursing. Guests can spot them at the theme park’s Dolphin Nursery, which houses pregnant dolphins, new moms and calves plus experienced mothers.