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My thoughts on the ride are that it is a perfect addition for the park and Orlando...but doesn't excite me at all. It looks exactly like all the other B&M hypers, which is not a bad thing by any means....I just know I won't be blown away. I'll have fun on the ride, but definitely don't think it will find a place in my top 10.

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This weekend I had the chance to stop in to SeaWorld Orlando for an hour and to my surprise, construction walls are already up for Mako! I also made a quick lap of the park to see what else is new since my last visit...


Manta, the most recent coaster addition to the park still makes a wonderful entrance experience for park guests to witness.


The ride's attached aquarium and queue weave into the center of the ride path for some great photo moments.


The Manta aquarium features this gorgeous octopus that is always neat to see.


Leafy Sea Dragons are mesmerizing to watch.


I love this tank!


Over by Voyager's Smokehouse, the side booth now features Churro Dippers where funnel cakes used to be offered.


A ride on the Sky Tower provided an opportunity to look at the park from a different angle...


The park's newest coaster Mako will take up this large plot, hovering over the retention pond behind Kraken and weaving around and between Shark Encounter and the Nautilus Theater.


Within days of the ride's official announcement construction walls have already gone up between Shark Encounter and the Nautilus Theater.


The emergency-rising floor installation for one of the side pools at Shamu Stadium has not been added to the other pools in the complex and there is no indication that the system will be added anytime soon.


I love looking at Manta from this view!


The sets of the new Sea Lion High show can be seen from above.


This is the plot where the former redemption games were hosted. A new pretzel eatery similar to the Twisted Tails Pretzels at Busch Gardens is being built in their place. This new location will offer a version of the infamous Pretzel Bacon Fury along with other pretzel goods and craft brews.


Over by The Waterfront, the old Oyster's Secret pearl diving show has been retired. Guests can still purchase pearls pulled from oysters, but the oysters are no longer pulled by divers in the tank.


The former viewing area is now used for seating but the tank does not host divers.


The entrance of Shark Encounter will look very different by next year.


The first construction walls span from the restrooms of Shark Encounter to the main entrance of the Nautilus Theater.


The wall's signage makes no secret of what is to come.


I can't wait!


I never miss out on an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the old Hospitality House area.


So perfect!


A new pretzel shop coming here soon!


I love these retro images that the park has used for the 50th Anniversary Celebration.


I remember seeing photos of this when I was younger!


Look at that concept art!

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I'm wondering if they are going to remove the swan boats or move them somewhere else. That appears to be a tight fit over there. The left side would probably be safe, but the right dock looks like it would be in the way or definitely too close.


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Here's an announcement about SeaWorld's Summer Nights 2015.








-- SeaWorld introduces all-new summer concert series; Aquatica offers all-new beach party bash --


ORLANDO, Fla. (June 4, 2015) – This summer as the sun goes down, the fun comes up for families and friends at SeaWorld and Aquatica with all-new evening events.



From June 20 - August 8, SeaWorld features Summer Nights, where families can stay later for more thrills and laughs. Nightly festivities include:


· Celebrate America Concert Series - Every Saturday and Sunday guests can enjoy all-American performances by a variety of artists and genres at this all-new summer concert series. The celebration of America continues throughout the park with all-American food and daily happy hours. Plus, pass holders can enjoy a complimentary sample of a tasty brew. Concerts will take place in the Nautilus Theater and are included with park admission.


· Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High – Turn up the laughs with nighttime showings of this all-new sea lion comedy adventure. Full of fun and big personalities of sea lions, walruses and otters, the show takes place in an aquatic-themed high school where laughter and education go hand in hand (er, flipper).


· Shamu’s Celebration: Light Up The Night – Experience this returning fan-favorite, a high-energy show featuring original music, amazing production elements and see SeaWorld’s majestic killer whales. Shamu Stadium will transform with stylistic lighting and colorful backdrops to create a social and celebratory atmosphere ending with a fireworks finale spectacle.


· Late-Night Thrills –SeaWorld’s thrill rides are a whole different experience when the sun goes down. Guests can experience Kraken, a thrilling roller coaster, and Manta, a facedown, headfirst roller coaster where riders can skim, glide and fly like a manta ray, and many more.




Beginning July 3, Aquatica heats things up with Island Nights presented by Coca-Cola® - an all-new beach party taking place every Friday and Saturday through August 8 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can enjoy live DJs, dancing on the beach and an evening menu sizzlin’ with flavor at Waterstone Grill. All included with park admission to Aquatica.




The best way to experience Summer Nights and Island Nights is with an Annual Pass offering unlimited general admission and free parking to the parks all year long. Florida residents can purchase an annual pass with EZPay, a convenient payment option starting at $16 per month for both parks. Pass holders can enjoy a variety of other perks, including discounts on food and beverage and savings on admission to Discovery Cove.


For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com. Follow SeaWorld on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest Summer Nights and Island Nights information including concert line-up. Join the conversation with #SeaWorld and #SummerNights.


Light Up the Night with Shamu


Night rides on Kraken


Manta after dark


Beach Party at Aquatica

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I don't like the way Mako is being advertised. It says the coaster will be unrivaled. Don't get me wrong Mako is a good addition to Sea World Orlando and will probably be the best coaster there. But to say with all the hypers out there that it will be "unrivaled" is totally false and arrogant.

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Went to seaworld yesterday as a surprise visit but did not ride anything due of the waits the first time in a while I seen big waits for every ride there manta was 50 mins kraken was 30 mins with journey to Atlantis,sky tower, and Antarctica.they have been really improving the merchandise and improving the plants inside the park by removing a lot of the bushes and replacing them with nice flowers and stuff like that.

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^I'm confused, when's the last time you saw 'not as good as the other ones out there' on a billboard?


Or, "There are worse coasters you could be riding!"

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  • 2 weeks later...

Tonight Theme Park Review was invited to attend the first night of SeaWorld Orlando's 2015 run of Summer Nights. This year's event features the return of the Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night show and extended park hours, coupled with the introduction of a new weekend Summer Concert Series featuring different musical acts each weekend. All of this is included in normal park admission to enjoy in addition to all year round offerings at the park.


Our evening at Summer Nights began with a concert by Trick Pony in the Nautilus Theater, previous home of the recently-closed A'Lure: Call of the Ocean show.


Trick Pony is a country band who rose to billboard success in the 90's but has been touring ever since.


They put on quite a good show!


Even if you're not a country fan, the concerts are worth checking out since they are included in general park admission.


A fun show to see!


It is nice to see the Nautilus Theater in use again!


Next week's acts...


We visited Shamu over at the Killer Whale viewing area behind Shamu Stadium.


The former games area has been demolished to make way for a new pretzel eatery set to debut later this year.


The Pretzel Bacon Fury from Busch Gardens Tampa is expected to be offered here as well!


The Pearl Divers are back at The Waterfront after being previously laid off in a round of budget cuts.


It is great to see this space being put to its intended use.


Passholders can enjoy "Happy Hour" discounts on alcoholic beverages at The Sandbar, Sharks Underwater Grill and the Terrace BBQ.


We had to indulge.


Since we're already here...


Let's check out some penguins!


As the sun began to set and the rain slowed to a near-stop...


A huge rainbow began to appear...


And shortly after, the full rainbow (along with second larger rainbow above it.


Shamu's Celebration: Light Up the Night features a DJ hyping the show along as it goes.




Get ready for some Killer Whale photos!







The show concludes with some fantastic fireworks.


Well worth the wait!


Come by and check out Summer Nights at SeaWorld Orlando when you get a chance--you'll have a great time!


Special thanks to SeaWorld for allowing us to join for another fantastic night at the park! We'll definitely be revisiting Summer Nights before it is over (and you should too)!

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When they say "summer 2016" for Mako can anyone give an idea of when it may open? I'm planning to visit Florida late April and would be devastated to see it almost ready but being unable to ride it. Same with Cobras Curse.

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When they say summer, sometimes they mean Memorial Day weekend as that's kind of the beginning of the summer season for theme parks. Or it could actually mean the season of summer, which would mean June. So for Mako, I'm expecting late May to possibly early July. As for Cobra's Curse, they haven't given a timeframe at all besides 2016. I doubt it will be open by April. I've heard they're hoping to have it ready for Memorial Day weekend, but are just a little shy to give too specific of a time after the whole Falcon's Fury delay of opening.

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Well judging off Manta, Antarctica and Kraken, since B&M's go up pretty quick and also since this is B&M, I doubt their will be many problems delaying this coaster. I'd say that the end of May(20th-31st) is a safe bet for when the coaster will be open. They've even already begun work on the area with clearings and stuff like that.

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Yeah, pretty much every major ride in the SeaWorld/Busch family (except for those that faced delays like FF) opened the Friday before Memorial Day, except for Kraken, which opened the Friday after Memorial Day. So if all goes well, expect it to be open May 27th. That's my best guess at least.

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Manta had about 3 weeks of soft opens for a couple hours a day. Cheetah Hunt didn't have any non-media/employee soft opens, so the general public had to wait until opening day for that (well actually, more of the day after opening day, as it was down for almost the entire day it opened). So still don't expect it to be open in April, but there might be a soft open early to mid-May.

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The summer nights even looks great, I wish they would release the artists who are performing more than a week in advance. Also, I wonder why they chose to use the Nautilus instead of Bayside Stadium for the concerts this year?

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