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P. 266: Reef Plunge and more announced for Aquatica!

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I'm at the park now and with the new security checks the line is a good 30-45 min just to get in the park at 3pm. It will be worth it to ring in the new year though.

 

I was there this past Saturday and the new metal detectors were out front but were not being used. Not sure if they were in use when you went on NYE but I'm wondering if they will only use them selectively on crowded days or during peak park entry hours. We got to the park around like 11ish so maybe they were used in the morning that day not sure.

 

They were in use NYE that's why the line was so long to get into the park. I have a feeling they will move the metal detectors closer to the turnstiles where the bag check station is if they keep them. I don't see them leaving them where they are currently with the "slow season" upon us. I think they just put them where they are to facilitate the crowd.

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I'm not sure what the point of the puzzle is? Opening date reveal?

 

That would be my guess as well, even though construction on the rest of the ride still has a little ways to go, plus testing... Though it could be revealing some element of the ride that has not yet been released. On-ride audio was at one point rumored for Mako, so it could be something as simple as that.

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On-ride audio was at one point rumored for Mako, so it could be something as simple as that.

 

They have a Mako preview set up in the Sharks exhibit and the video playing there has some really cool music that certainly sounds like it was produced specifically for the video for this attraction. I know nothing about that industry and how stuff like that gets produced (or how much it cost) but I wouldn't be surprised if that audio were used on the ride as well.

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How have B&M's with onboard audio faired anyways? They look like they have really big seatbacks which would block a lot of the view for those sitting in back rows. And do the trains run their courses any different from those without them (more speed, more drag, can't hear the audio, etc.)?

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On-ride audio was at one point rumored for Mako, so it could be something as simple as that.

 

They have a Mako preview set up in the Sharks exhibit and the video playing there has some really cool music that certainly sounds like it was produced specifically for the video for this attraction. I know nothing about that industry and how stuff like that gets produced (or how much it cost) but I wouldn't be surprised if that audio were used on the ride as well.

 

I thought on-board audio was already announced when they announced the ride.

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SeaWorld almost always produces their own music for their newest attractions and shows. Antarctica and Turtle Trek have their own songs. Each shamu version and blue horizons have original music, and many other things in the park have original background music. I would say it's highly likely Mako has a song that you will hear either in the station or on the ride, or both.

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On-ride audio was at one point rumored for Mako, so it could be something as simple as that.

 

They have a Mako preview set up in the Sharks exhibit and the video playing there has some really cool music that certainly sounds like it was produced specifically for the video for this attraction. I know nothing about that industry and how stuff like that gets produced (or how much it cost) but I wouldn't be surprised if that audio were used on the ride as well.

 

I thought on-board audio was already announced when they announced the ride.

 

From the press-release:

 

"Sound system: A 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system envelops the realm. Sounds follow the coaster trains as they dive through and around the area … and just over guests’ heads."

 

Sounds to me like there will be speakers on paths around the coaster track that line up music with dispatched trains.

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On-ride audio was at one point rumored for Mako, so it could be something as simple as that.

 

They have a Mako preview set up in the Sharks exhibit and the video playing there has some really cool music that certainly sounds like it was produced specifically for the video for this attraction. I know nothing about that industry and how stuff like that gets produced (or how much it cost) but I wouldn't be surprised if that audio were used on the ride as well.

Can you provide a video?

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Driving down I-4 this morning, it was great to see Mako topped off. It has a little bit of extra height over Kraken's lift hill but the two of them right next to each other (and with Ihu's Breakaway Falls at Aquatica in view) draws your attention towards SeaWorld when driving, which I'm sure was very much a part of their intention with the ride's design choice.

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Mako has been topped off! At 200 feet tall, Mako will be the tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster in Orlando when it opens in 2016!

 

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This. Photo. Is. Beautiful.

 

I absolutely love this coaster already. Can't wait to ride it!!

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