Park committee endorses ‘Mako,’ a new SeaWorld roller coaster
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The Mission Bay Park Committee Jan. 8 unanimously green-lighted a request by SeaWorld San Diego to build another roller coaster at the marine amusement park, to exceed 100 feet in height and to be named Mako. 

Scheduled to open in summer 2020, Mako would be the third roller coaster, following the Electric Eel, which opened in 2018, and Tidal Twister, scheduled to open in May 2019, to open at the popular marine park, which is shifting its emphasis away from animal shows to entertainment with thrill rides and other attractions.

“Rides have always been a part of the quintessential SeaWorld experience,” Dan Sehlhorst, SeaWorld project manager told the parks board. “The master plan allows us to have a maximum of four projects between 100 feet and 160 feet in height in the park.” 

Sehlhorst added the new Mako coaster “will have a 143-foot drop, the longest, tallest, fastest dive in California.”

Tidal Twister, a dueling roller coaster, will be its new attraction for this summer. The first of its kind in the world, this unique and horizontal ride is an exhilarating experience that demonstrates the power of the ocean.

Accelerating to 30 miles per hour, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tidealong a tight figure-8 track that includes dynamic Zero-G roll at the center section. Two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a perfect ride for younger guests and families.
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