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‘IAAPA Celebrates at SeaWorld Orlando’ Reaches for New Heights
IAAPA Attractions Expo attendees are in for a fun-filled evening of networking in the shadow of Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster during Thursday night’s “IAAPA Celebrates at SeaWorld Orlando.”
This evening event will put guests right in the jaws of “Mako,” SeaWorld Orlando’s newest roller coaster. The hyper coaster features the highest lift hill in Orlando, topping out at 200 feet. “Mako” also reaches a maximum speed of 73 mph, and runs nearly a mile in length.
“Everybody wants to go on the biggest, fastest, whatever you have in the city, and now they can come here and do it,” says Brian Morrow, vice president of theme park experience design at SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment.
The ride was inspired by the mako shark, one of the fastest in the ocean, and mimics its habit of leaping out of the water. SeaWorld chose Bollinger & Mabillard, a nine-time collaborator, to create the coaster. The company also created Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s “Apollo’s Chariot,” the first hyper coaster in the world, for SeaWorld nearly two decades ago.
“IAAPA Celebrates at SeaWorld Orlando” takes place Thursday at 7 p.m. and requires separate admission and an Expo badge to attend. Tickets are $109 for IAAPA members ($149 for nonmembers) and can be purchased at Registration in the convention center.