I'm back with another SeaWorld Orlando update, just some general bits and bobs first then I'll do some new coaster speculation at the bottom to keep y'all properly entertained:
First off, I think I forgot to mention this but a few weeks back SeaWorld Orlando got a brand new park president, Jim Dean, fresh out of Busch Gardens Tampa. Jim has lots of experience and will help in the continued target of shifting SeaWorld from a mainly animal park with a few rides to a park that is 50/50 animals & rides.
Second of all the park have confirmed that the Pilot Whales will soon be able to be seen at select times at Shamu Stadium's underwater viewing area.
Thirdly construction has now begun on the new FlameCraft Bar set to open this summer on the lakeside. Part of Seafire Grill has been cleared already, this is just going to be a beautiful location to sit back and relax!
(Credit to SeaWorld Parks Rock)
So here comes the coaster speculation, based partly on what I think, partly on common sense and partly on stuff I've been hearing. We know that Mako was originally intended to be built at the opposite side of the park, behind Bayside Stadium, passing over the parking toll booths and education pavillions. This is a great space for a new coaster and lends itself to a nice out and back layout. After the huge success of Cheetah Hunt at Busch Tampa, the company may be looking to add a multi launch coaster at SeaWorld Orlando, something which the park currently lacks. The ride would likely open in 2020 or 2022 (dependent on how quickly they want to, or are able to get rid of Wild Arctic and replace it with a better dark ride.) As for a manufacturer, Intamin or Mack Rides are the two most likely choices.