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(2/11/16) This Weekend's Bands, Brew & BBQ Concerts Are...
(2/5/16) Mako Construction Update (MORE...)
(2/3/16) Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival (MORE...)
(2/2/16) Aquatica's Commerson's Dolphins Will Be The Last (MORE...)
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Park News - (2/11/16) The concerts scheduled for SeaWorld Orlando’s first Bands, Brew and BBQ weekend event will be Smash Mouth performing on Saturday, Feb. 13th and Gladys Knight on Sunday, Feb. 14th.
(2/3/16) SeaWorld Orlando is bringing back the Bands, Brew & BBQ festival for 2016, running every weekend from Feb. 13 through to March 6, which will feature great food, specialty beers and free concerts each weekend day. They are even offering a special BBQ Tasting & Craft Brew Sampler package for $35 that will get you five menu items and five craft brew samples along the pathway.
Like the last couple of years, the park is keeping their concert schedule a closely guarded secret until just before each weekend, so look for future announcements to come for each weekend's artists.
(2/2/16) Aquatica reports that the four Commerson's Dolphins in the park will likely be the last of their kind seen in America, as SeaWorld has no further plans to breed them, or acquire any new ones to replace them as they age. The rare species has been on display in various SeaWorld parks over the years, though mostly in the San Diego park, before all the remaining numbers were sent to Aquatica. The dolphins have a rather short lifespan, estimated to be just 20 years, so when these are gone, that will be it.
(1/7/16) SeaWorld Orlando has launched a new pricing plan for the park that will offer deep discounts to those who purchase online ($79) that are good any day of the week. Previously SeaWorld's online discount tickets were more expensive on weekends, and cheaper on weekdays, so the new one-price discount simplifies things greatly as guests were not font of the multi-tier pricing levels. For those who wait until they arrive at the park to purchase tickets however, the current $99 ticket price remains in effect.
Further discounts are offered to those buying multi-day and multi-park ticket options, as well as a "Length-Of-Stay" ticket good for 14-consecutive day access to SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa, Aquatica and Adventure Island for just $139.
(12/22/15) A few guests got a longer then expected ride on the SeaWorld Skytower in Orlando on Monday afternoon when the observation tower came to a halt for about two hours before park staff were able to get the capsule to slowly go back down to the bottom. According to one report the ride's emergency safety brake system kicked on for an unknown reason.
Well, if you are going to get stuck on a ride, this is probably one of the best ones to have it happen on, so you can sit in confort and even stand and move about a bit to stretch your legs, rather than being locked down in an uncomfortable restraint system of some kind.
2016 - MAKO / New Roller Coaster - (2/5/16) A new Mako construction update with some really great still photos has been posted to WildGravityTravels this week. Check it out.
(2/1/16) February is here and Mako's construction is moving right along at a rapid pace now. You can see the latest in the video from Mako Madness below.
(1/25/16) The latest Mako construction video footage can be found this week from our friends at Mako Madness who report that a lot of new track has been installed and with a new focus on the turn before the now finished speed hill.
(1/21/16) An amazing new construction report for Mako has been posted by Mako Madness who actually rented a Helicopter for a quick flight around the construction site to give us a new look that we haven't seen before. Check it out below.
(1/14/16) Screamscape was sent a couple of new Mako construction shots taken Tuesday afternoon, as the crews are now installing the first drop.
(1/11/16) A new video from the Mako construction site has been posted by Mako Madness as the first drop is starting to be installed. Check out the below, and you can also find a new photo update posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(1/6/16) BREAKING - Mako’s Lift Hill was topped off around 12:30pm according to our photographer who sent in the latest pic.
(1/6/16) What is believed to be the last flat section of lift hill track on Mako was spotted being hoisted up by cranes this morning (see picture). The crown of the lift is expected to go up later today as well, weather permitting, and we hope to have another photo of this later.
(1/5/16) Work crews were preparing their equipment to put the crown of Mako's lift hill on top on Monday, which means that it will likely go up sometime on Tuesday. A few new photos of the site can be seen on Facebook.
(12/24/15) The latest Mako construction video has come in showing off the installation taking place for the bottom of Mako’s first drop, as well as the pouring of new footers for the backend and turn-around for Mako’s layout.
(12/22/15) I've got another Mako construction shot to add today from "Hello Kitty" showing off the next piece of the lift hill now in place.
(12/21/15) A pair of new pictures were sent in to Screamscape over the weekend showing the work crews hoisting a tall lift-hill support piece into place as Mako gets taller by the day. Special thanks to "Hello Kitty" for the photos.
(12/16/15) A new Mako construction update showing off the quickly rising lift hill structure has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(12/9/15) I'm told construction on Mako is about to kick into high gear as several sections of the lift hill have been brought onto the site to be lifted into place over the next couple of days. Check out the latest pictures over at JohnnyUpsidedown, who also has some good pictures of the maintenance / train storage building structure that has been the focus of attention lately.
(11/11/15) PixelsAtTheParks reports that the new Pass Member Lounge at SeaWorld Orlando has soft opened and has posted a bunch of pictures showing off the inside. When you are done with that, you can also see the latest Mako construction shots as well.
(11/6/15) Looks like Mako has finally started vertical construction with the first sections of the ride supports now in place, and a track section nearby ready to be lifted into place according to a photo update posted to PixelsAtTheParks.
(11/4/15) SeaWorld has also released their new official logo for the 2016 Mako roller coaster.
(10/29/15) A new Mako construction update for SeaWorld Orlando has been posted to Pixels at the Parks. Unfortunately the project is still in the ground phase and has yet to go vertical.
(10/26/15) One of our readers who happens to be a truck driver, got caught up in a traffic jam on I-75 passing through Kentucky and happed to be right alongside a load of Mako coaster track heading south to SeaWorld Orlando over the weekend and send in a couple of new fantastic pictures of the precious cargo for everyone to enjoy!
(10/15/15) A new video construction update from SeaWorld Orlando for the Mako coaster has been posted by In The Loop.
(10/8/15) A new MAKO construction update from SeaWorld Orlando can be found at PixelsAtTheParks this week.
(9/30/15) A new MAKO construction update from SeaWorld Orlando has been posted to PixelsAtTheParks this week. Unfortunately, it looks like they are still in the site prep and dirt pushing phase throughout most of the construction site.
(9/1/15) I missed this before but SeaWorld Orlando finally released the full official POV animation of their new Mako roller coaster. Check it out below.
(8/31/15) JohnnyUpsidedown is back with a new MAKO construction progress page and some great new pictures showing off the new coaster construction site and progress made so far.
(8/25/15) A fun new MAKO construction update has been posted to Pixels At The Parks as load after load of MAKO track arrived at the SeaWorld Orlando complex, or perhaps more specifically, in a grassy field near Aquatica if I'm not mistaken.
(8/13/15) A new MAKO construction update has been posted by In The Loop this week. A crane is now on site and they've cleared out a lot of land. Check it out below.
(7/31/15) The latest construction video from SeaWorld Orlando showing off progress on MAKO has been posted by our friends at In The Loop.
(7/23/15) PixelsAtTheParks is back at SeaWorld Orlando again to check in on the MAKO construction progress.
(7/14/15) A new video construction update for Mako has been posted by our friends at In The Loop.
(7/10/15) Construction on the MAKO coaster at SeaWorld Orlando is progressing behind the scenes with more clearings and site prep-work. You can catch a few pictures over at PixelsAtTheParks this week, meanwhile some ground markings also appeared inside the park as well near the Shark exhibit, as shown in pictures on Twitter.
(7/3/15) A MAKO construction report from our friends at In The Loop has been posted to YouTube. Check it out below.
(6/8/15) The ground work has begun at SeaWorld Orlando to clear the land needed for Mako. Check it out in the latest video from our friends at In The Loop.
(5/28/15) A few more details (and pieces of artwork) on MAKO were sent my way. For starters the coaster will be the centerpiece of a new 2-acre shark themed area that will include Mako,
Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, new shops, shark and shipwreck theming and new educational experiences. The entire "realm" will be themed to look as if you are underwater and near a shipwreck taken over by group of sharks. After dark, special lighting will be used to accent the new land, including the coaster's track and trains. Mako will also use a unique sound system to enhance the experience, and not just for those on the coaster itself. The full "score" created for Mako will be heard as it follows the riders out of the station and up the lift hill, and custom "surround effects" for the musical score will "fill the realm, changing as the coaster dives through the area."
The coaster itself will feature a total of 9 airtime hills along the route, full of the negative g-forces that coaster lovers crave. The ride will also feature custom themed Mako trains.
(5/27/15) SeaWorld Orlando just confirmed that their new 2016 Hypercoaster will be named Mako. It will stand 200 feet tall, hit speeds up to 73mph and have a 4,760 run length, designed by B&M for airtime and speed as the centerpiece of a new shark themed area of the park.
This addition of MAKO will make this the third B&M coaster at the park.
Check out the great video below to see the layout in action!
(5/22/15) MAKO… remember this name, as SeaWorld has filed for a new trademark to use this name for a new future attraction. While there is no way to know for sure which park or planned attraction, this name is a perfect fit for SeaWorld Orlando’s upcoming plans for a 200 foot tall coaster. To be fair, SeaWorld also files paperwork for a second name, “Reef Hunter” as well, but that just doesn’t sound like a coaster to me. And if that wasn't enough, a third name was also just filed for on May 15th called “Strikewinder”. Again...sounds kind of like a waterslide to me, but you never know...
Mako fits in perfectly with the kind of names used for coasters previously at the various SeaWorld brand parks, falling right in line with the likes of: The Great White, Steel Eel, Kraken and Manta. As for Reef Hunter… it almost sounds more like some interactive shoot-em up dark ride like Knott’s new Voyage of the Iron Reef. Or I could see Reef Hunter being used as the name for a new waterslide too perhaps at one of the waterparks like Aquatica. More as we find out.
(5/13/15) SeaWorld has let it be known that they will release the details about the park’s upcoming 200 foot tall roller coaster project on May 27th, which they are using the hashtag #nothingfaster for on Social Media. Two weeks to go… now lets see what kind of details surface from the rumor mill between now and then.
(4/24/15 - UPDATED) I’ve been hearing rumors for weeks now that a large new roller coaster was being planned for SeaWorld Orlando. While the exact location isn’t entirely known, it seems that it will run along the backside of the park’s South-East side, possibly running out and along I-Drive for the outer leg of the journey. This matches up with the rumors I posted months ago about survey crews doing work alongside and behind the Nautilus show theater, and rumors that the behind the scenes work trailers between the theater and Shark exhibit would be removed in the near future and relocated to the other side of the theater. It is also work mentioning that the old games area next to Shamu Stadium has also been demolished, which could also be related to this project.
As for the coaster itself, I’m told it will be from Mack Rides who made all the Journey To Atlantis rides, the Manta coaster in San Diego and is rumored to be making the coaster for Busch Gardens Tampa in 2016. While I’m not 100% sure on this bit, rumor has it that the coaster will be lauched, like Manta in San Diego, but with a much larger layout. In fact, while I don’t know exactly how aggressive the layout will be, or how many inversions, it may be a good idea to look up videos of Blue Fire at Europa Park or Helix at Lisberg to get an idea of what you may be able to expect.
UPDATED: SeaWorld Orlando has confirmed the new coaster for 2016, and it will be a big one, standing 200 feet tall. Check out the official teaser announcement from SeaWorld below:
Something is stirring beneath the surface at SeaWorld Orlando, preparing to rise from the ocean depths and soar to thrilling new heights. Get ready for the frenzy of SeaWorld’s new 200-foot-tall coaster. In 2016, this thriller will take its place atop the food chain as Orlando’s tallest, fastest and longest coaster. More details on the new addition will surface in late-May. SeaWorld is a one-of-a-kind theme park with a variety of attractions including awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling rides and spectacular shows. Follow #nothingfaster as the frenzy starts.
Late 2016 / 2017 - Sea Rescue Dark Ride - Planning - (11/10/15) The latest updates from the SeaWorld presentation go into more detail about what they have planned to happen at SeaWorld Orlando. For starters they have teamed with the Evans hotel company to both look into ideas to build hotels as well as buy existing properties and have Evans manage it for them at their various parks. In Orlando, I would say both ideas could be possible given the number of existing hotels nearby as well as space available to build upon on property they already own.
Panasonic has also signed on to be a major corporate sponsor with the parks going forward. Another deal was also signed to bring the Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer characters to the parks starting by Christmas 2016. With this in mind, I would assume that 2015 will be your last year to ride The Polar Express version of Wild Arctic.
Not a lot of hard detail was given about the future beyond here, though there was something mentioned about swapping the order of their existing plans around for major and minor new attractions for the park. One idea mentioned was a Sea Rescue themed dark ride experience. A similar concept was also mentioned for the San Diego park in 2017.
???? – Blue World Project / Killer Whale Habitat Expansion – (8/19/14) While the San Diego park will work on their version of this first (from 2015 to 2018) similar habitat expansions were promised to come to both the Orlando and San Antonio parks soon afterward. It’s too early to say what they will get here, but take a look at what they are building in San Diego, it will give you a good idea of what you can expect.