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National Roller Coaster Day: Orlando Attractions Rate High

Today is National Roller Coaster Day. It is celebrated, because August 16th of 1898, was the day in which Edwin Prescott submitted a patent for the first looping roller coaster. It later became the loop-the-loop at Coney Island. So to celebrate, National Roller Coaster Day was born.

National Roller Coaster Day

When the Wise Guys originally started following National Roller Coaster Day in 2013, the folks that operate Behind the Thrills website, polled their readers. They announced the top 10 roller coasters in the United States. Our Central Florida theme parks were the best! In fact, SeaWorld Orlando landed two of the top ten. Busch Gardens, Islands of Adventure, Disney World and Hollywood Studios were also awarded a spot in the top ten.

The poll included the highest ranking roller coasters by various organizations. They were sectioned into wooden rides and steel roller rides. Our Florida theme parks did well with Rock-n-Roller Coaster in 10th place; The Incredible Hulk in 6th; Montu took 5th; Kraken was 4th and the number one roller coaster at that time was Manta.

National Roller Coaster Day Features New Rides

Zoom, loop, drop or barrel roll ahead a few years and National Roller Coaster Day looks a little different for Orlando’s theme parks in 2016. SeaWorld has added Mako. Universal Studios has added Skull Island: Reign of Kong. Busch Gardens has added Cobra’s Curse, and Disney added Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in 2014. The competition is steep and Central Florida has a lot more of it! Theme parks across the country are upping the standards with new thrills and technology.

“The virtual reality roller coaster experience is a new hot trend that hit the market this year and has the potential to be game changing,” says Colleen Mangone, spokeswoman for the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions.

No doubt the new roller coasters in Central Florida will rank high. They continue to be a big draw for many tourists. Why else would our theme parks be adding and improving them? If you are a roller coaster junky, you’ll no doubt be celebrating National Roller Coaster Day with a few minutes spent on your favorite thrill ride. Enjoy the day and the ride!

Celebrate Other Specials on the Calendar

Today has also been designated as “National Tell a Joke Day” and “National Rum Day” as well as a host of other holiday’s you’ll not find on most calendars. For thrill-seekers in Florida, you can feel lucky to have so many great roller coasters in the area to seek that thrill from. There are also plenty of places to hear and joke and drink rum.

Meanwhile, at Capone’s Dinner & Show, we are unable to help you celebrate National Roller Coaster Day. However, we’ll help you celebrate National Rum Day as well as National Tell a Joke Day. Come in tonight, or any night of the year and we’ll treat you to Al’s famous unlimited rum runners. The show is a thrill for many of our families, without the gForces, of course! Many guests do have a blast here! As for National Tell a Joke Day, well, come see the show at Capone’s. We’re sure to tell a joke or two!

The Wise Guys have updated this post for your reading pleasure. It was originally featured on Al’s Blog August 16, 2013.

Spotlight: Mako Roller Coaster – SeaWorld

On June 10, 2016, SeaWorld Orlando opened a new attraction, the Mako Roller Coaster. It is (for now) the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster among Orlando’s theme parks. It is so unique, it is classified as a “hypercoaster.” What makes Mako so hyper?

Mako Roller Coaster

Photo © SeaWorld Orlando

Mako Roller Coaster Facts:

  • it has a height of 200 feet
  • no inversions, yet you’ll experience plenty of weightlessness
  • nine moments of air time
  • no shoulder harnesses, only lap constraints
  • lockers are available near Mako’s entrance to store items that may fall out of pockets during your air time
  • high speeds – up to 73 mph
  • track is 4,760 feet long (nearly a mile)
  • the experience lasts about 3 minutes
  • 3 coaster trains with 7 cars per train and each train can carry up to 28 riders
  • Each coaster train weighs 21,418 lbs.
  • Must be 54” tall to ride

Even before and after riding the Mako Roller Coaster, you can become totally immersed in an all new realm. A realm of sharks! Within the queue (line to wait in for the ride), you’ll experience a 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system that plays an original soundtrack. This soundtrack was inspired by sharks and is 32 minutes in length. There are interactive learning stations where guests can learn about different species of sharks. In addition, they can learn what sharks eat, facts & myths, and how humans are a threat to some sharks to the point of extinction. Very interesting.

Learning About Sharks

As with any experience at SeaWorld, expect a great learning opportunity now that the Mako realm has been added. An all-new Shark Touch Pool is now open. Guests can now touch a shark! Guests can also learn about and interact with other sharks (brown-banded bamboo sharks, white-spotted bamboo sharks and epaulette sharks) at the Relaxation Station located near Wild Artic. This newly added realm is all about sharks, and because of this, it is thrilling and creating quite a ripple.

The Mako Roller Coaster is a great reason to revisit this Orlando theme park. It is a roller coaster to put on your must-do list. If you enjoy thrill rides, you can also experience these other roller coasters while you are at SeaWorld:

  • Kraken – floorless ride with open air seating.
  • Manta – head-first, face-down through inversions and loops.
  • Journey to Atlantis – water coaster.
  • Shamu Express – perfect for younger children.

Mako sharks, also called “blue pointers,” are known for their speed and ability to quickly change course to pursue their prey.

Now you can experience the Mako shark’s movements to some degree by riding the Mako Roller Coaster. It will leave you breathless. For tickets and additional information on Mako and other attractions, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Mako Roller Coaster Thrill Ride

Photo © SeaWorld Orlando

Mako Rising – Mako™ Rollercoaster at SeaWorld Orlando

Mako RisingMako Rising is SeaWorld’s new live presentation featuring Mako™ the Orlando theme park’s new hyper coaster. During this event, guests will have an exclusive preview of the new roller coaster “surfacing June 10” at SeaWorld Orlando this summer. During Mako Rising, SeaWorld will be hosting a live, limited run preview and sneak peek – with other benefits.

Mako Hyper Coaster

If you love roller coasters, this is a great chance to an insider’s interactive sneak peek. Mako™ will be Orlando’s tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster. It is named after one of the ocean’s fastest known sharks. Be prepared for speed, turns, a little splash of water and perhaps a huge “bite” of fear!

Mako Rising Shares Facts about Mako

  • The Track is the longest in Orlando at just under a mile long, at 4,760 feet. (Hulk was 3,700 ft.)
  • At it’s highest point Mako™ will reach an altitude of just over 200 ft, the next biggest one in Orlando would be Rip Ride Rock’it at 167 ft.
  • Mako will have 3 coaster trains with 7 cars per train and each train will carry 28 riders. Each coaster train weighs 21,418 lbs.
  • You will need to be at least 54 inches tall to ride, that is 4ft 6in.
  • It will be the fastest coaster in Orlando clocking in at 73 mph (Space Mountain’s top speed is 27 mph, and Hulk clocked in at just over 60 mph)

Orlando Theme Park Ticket Offer

A great theme park ticket offer goes along with being an insider. From now until April 24, you’ll get 12 months of free admission to Aquatica when you purchase a SeaWorld Annual Pass.  Pass members also receive Mako exclusives, such as free parking, no block-out dates and access to other year-long events. Plus, guests who attend the sneak peek receive special in-park offers.  Presentations run daily at 11:45am and 2:45pm at SeaWorld’s Nautilus Theater.

This summer, take a ride on the newest, tallest, longest and fastest roller coaster in Orlando, then share your experience with the Wise Guys and Gals here at Capone’s. SeaWorld Orlando and Mako Rising – Mako™ hyper coaster are located just north of Capone’s Dinner & Show.  Our dinner theater is a great place to wrap up a day, including a day at Aquatica.

Fill your thrills at the theme parks, then fill yourself with food and laughter at our Kissimmee dinner theater. Tickets are half off when purchased online. Unlike Mako which opens this summer, Capone’s is open every night and has been for over 25 years!