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SeaWorld San Diego says new dive coaster 'Mako' coming in 2020

Posted: 11:34 AM, Jan 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-07 21:29:03-05
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - SeaWorld San Diego is adding another roller coaster to its thrill ride lineup.

SeaWorld officials announced Monday that the Mako dive coaster will open at the San Diego park in 2020. Officials are calling the Mako the “tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.”

The ride, which will be built by Switzerland-based Bollinger & Mabillard, will climb over 150 feet into the air while riders’ feet dangle and suspend on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plummeting down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop at speeds above 60 mph.

The Mako ride will cover nearly 2,500 feet of track, with each floorless car able to hold 18 riders in three six-person rows.

Park officials said the ride will be located next to the Journey to Atlantis ride, in an area of the park that is currently a parking lot.

According to officials, the Mako “will focus on shark awareness and conservation, and will include a partnership with a shark conservation organization.”

The Mako coaster is already in operation at SeaWorld's Orlando location:

The announcement comes months after the park opened the Electric Eel ride and revealed plans to open the Tidal Twister ride this summer.