Mako Construction Update #14 ~ SeaWorld Orlando
Welcome to an exciting Mako update! Why exciting? We finally have a date the shark coaster will officially surface! WGT was the first to let you know via our socials that Mako will officially open June 10th.
While this is the official opening date if pattern holds true, a soft opening period will take place before this date hopefully giving us and other fans a chance to ride before June 10th. At the very least it is good to finally have a date to mark down!
On the construction side, I want to start out with some new we learned from a source within the park. Fins Gift Shop diagonally across from the future entrance to Mako, will close this Sunday 4/10 for an approximate 6 week refurbishment. While nothing is confirmed, we can only assume it is to make the shop more Mako themed, etc.
Speaking of color schemes let’s check out how the entrance is doing. With great details in the painting on the front side of the building we have started to notice little fish like details emerging. Also of note those large square-cut outs likely for the supports of the shipwreck themeing:
On the walls surrounding, larger new concept art has been shared as the park tries to teach us more about the best that will soon surface at SeaWorld
The sharing of info continues in the all new Mako Rising experience inside the nearby theater:
A park representative hosts an interactive show detailing not only about the coaster but about the real life shark the coaster is themed to. Of note, during the presentation we see Brian Morrow sitting on the first coach of a train parked in the coaster house and see all 3 other trains covered:
This same day we were able to get a nice zoom shot from across the street into the train house showing that same first car. Likely that soon we will see all these trains starting to make test runs around the track:
But before they can ascend the lift we need a lift chain, lucky for us one is now in place:
Notice the difference of not being able to see the green trough (seen below) or in technical terms High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) protective lining:
Taking a look at the main lagoon waterside we see that some poles likely for fencing have been into place:
From above we get a look at the progress on the station and the queue quickly coming into form:
To close out I wanted to take a look at some of the signing I highlighted the last couple weeks. We have noticed that they are not yet complete, over the course of the last week some themeing was added to one of the wreckage themed pieces:
But we also discovered that they are not done adding details to this sign and others. Indicated by the flat plates and conduit piping in the picture below and even in the one above:
Also remember this new shark area:
According to the concept art this will be another sign for the themed area:
Some things have already changed from this original concept view so we will just have to wait and see what happens:
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