If you like extreme attractions, the shark roller coaster called Mako at SeaWorld is one of the must-sees for your trip!
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The roller coaster is Orlando's biggest to date., which has other iron monsters in its various theme parks.
In the image on the side to get a good idea of the height at which it arrives
Besides being the biggest, Mako is also the fastest and one of the newest.
It was only opened in 2016, but that was enough to win the Golden Ticket Awards, America's top roller coaster award.
But what's up, how's this tour?
Mako is radical or are all these attributes just on paper? Is it worth going there?
To find out the answers to these and other questions, read on!
What is Mako's route like?
Mako is a roller coaster that bets on speed and height to create adrenaline in users, instead of looping or inversions.
That's because Mako is inspired by old roller coasters, which were made of wood. At the time, you couldn't create the tight loops and curves that are popular today.
But at the same time, the coaster is proof that you don't have to turn 360 degrees to have an adrenaline-fueled experience.
Mako's journey begins by delivering what you came to receive: the biggest drop on a roller coaster in Orlando.
The train leaves the station and barely makes a slight curve before climbing an incredible 200 feet (61 meters). To give you an idea, this is the equivalent of a 20-story building, more or less.
From up there, the train enters a drop of 61 meters, reaching a maximum speed of 117 kilometers per hour.
From this fall, the train takes advantage of the momentum to go up a curve and go around the lake in the region, before going through another ascent and descent.
Then the train goes through a horseshoe curve, which is quite exciting, and goes through another series of smaller climbs and descents.
Finishing this stretch, the train makes a few more simple curves before going up and down again at speed until reaching the final straight.
Overall, the feeling of riding the Mako is one of speed and adrenaline. There's always something that keeps the ride from getting boring or predictable.
On some roller coasters, we feel a specific pattern of movements or the application of resources that does not make the ride exciting.
It's up, down, turn left, up, turn right, down. It gets monotonous.
In Mako, no. In addition to the diversity of movements, there is also a good assembly of them. We went from a downhill to a curved climb.
Afterwards, a ?mountain? of ascent and descent, which leads to a horseshoe curve.
They are different moves, which add unpredictability and increase the adrenaline because of it.
Mako technical sheet
– Maximum height: 61 meters;
– Greatest drop: 61 meters;
– Route: 1,450 meters;
– Maximum Speed: 117 kilometers per hour;
– minimum height to enter: 1.37m;
– Total users: 28 at a time.
Who is Mako recommended for?
The first question that many people ask about Mako is if she "fears". This already shows, in a way, who is the audience for this roller coaster.
Yes, Mako is aimed at the public that likes adrenaline. Which doesn't mean it's inaccessible to anyone who's afraid of roller coasters.
Typically, people who are afraid of roller coasters are afraid of the more extreme moves like loops, inversions and the like.
That's something Mako doesn't have.
For this reason, it seems like a more accessible roller coaster than Manta or Kraken, for example.
However, Mako offers a lot of adrenaline in the form of speed and takedowns. That means it's not a ?smooth? (on the contrary), but it doesn't look all that threatening.
Therefore, it is possible that people who are afraid of roller coasters can venture into Mako, even though it is the "biggest and fastest in Orlando".
And, who knows?, Maybe these people can lose their fear of roller coasters because of that?
One thing that needs to be said. I remember well that before we went to Mako for the first time, we saw a series of videos of her.
Needless to say, we were very excited to go.
One thing that our friends have already said is that her seat belt is weird as it is very short and only fastens around her waist.
And honestly, it's really quite scary.
I remember the first time we went, I tightened my seat belt very tightly because I didn't feel very safe and I was scared to death.
But it was worth it because of the feeling that you will leave the cart.
So I already leave the tip, tighten your seat belts!
Is it worth going on this roller coaster?
Is Orlando's fastest rollercoaster worth it? Of course yes?
Mako is one of the gems in the arsenal of SeaWorld.
In fact, together with Manta and Kraken, they make the park a must-visit for tourists visiting Orlando.
Of course, there is the issue of rollercoaster fear. Even in that case, we recommend that you at least try.
It's that thing we said: Mako doesn't have the scarier elements of roller coasters.
Only the 61-meter drop is really scary, but only for those who sit in front of the train. Those who stay behind do not see the worst of the fall.
Because of this, Mako can help open the door to other roller coasters, including the Manta and the Kraken.
But if even after that, you still don't feel comfortable going on this tour, don't go.
Remember that an Orlando vacation should be a time of happiness and rest.
All tension should be left only for the controlled scares of local attractions, not for doing activities that are not good for you.
Is it worth using Quick Queue?
A detail worth mentioning in relation to Mako is the Quick Queue, the equivalent of SeaWorld's Fast Pass.
For those unfamiliar with the system, the Quick Queue it's a queue jumper at SeaWorld attractions. With it, you get shorter queues and have advantages on rides.
The cool thing about Quick Queue is that it comes in two models, in addition to an exclusive one for kids: Normal and Unlimited.
On Normal, you can take the fast queue once at each attraction. In Unlimited, you can do as many as you want.
Mako is one of the best attractions of all to use Quick Queue. In fact, it's because of her, Mantar Roller Coaster and Kraken that you'll end up buying Quick Queue Unlimited.
That's because you'll like the three roller coasters so much that you'll want to repeat the ride and use the queue jumper for that.
What we recommend, if you don't want to buy Unlimited, is to buy Quick Queue Normal, but don't use it the first time you go to Mako.
Go in the morning, as soon as the park opens, to catch shorter queues. Then, if you want to go back and go again, use Quick Queue.
That's Mako: Orlando's fastest and tallest roller coaster. Undoubtedly, it is an attraction that cannot be missing from your travel itinerary!
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