Today was an exciting day for two of Orlando’s major theme parks- SeaWorld and Universal, to be exact.
SeaWorld hosted its Media Day for its newest coaster, Mako, which has been marketed as the fastest, longest and tallest roller coaster in the Orlando theme park market. The ride is set to open tomorrow to guests and is the first new roller coaster SeaWorld has opened since 2009.
The ride is named after the mako shark, which is said to be the fastest shark in the ocean.The opening of this attraction will come 16 days prior to the beginning of Shark Week, so it looks like it’s going to be a shark filled month!
The next exciting piece of news brings us over to Universal Orlando and things get a little dark. It was announced today, via various social media outlets, that Chance, Jack the Clown’s faithful sidekick, would be the icon for Halloween Horror Nights 26, the nation’s premier Halloween event.
If you are a newbie to HHN, Jack the Clown was last year’s icon for the 25th anniversary of the event. He was the event’s first original event icon for its 10th year and he made a come back for its 17th year as well.
Up until now, Chance has only been his right hand woman assisting with his destruction and carnage. But this year, she will take center stage and what happens next will have you screaming, and running, for your life.
Michael Aiello, the head honcho behind Halloween Horror Nights (as well as the Director of Creative Development for the theme park), took to Twitter to give eager HHN fans a taste of what they can expect this coming fall…
*Read the tweets from the bottom up*
(Source: @HorrorNightsORL on Twitter)
I’m excited and slightly (okay, way more than slightly) terrified. Bring on #HHN26
The last bit of news also comes from Universal, but at Islands of Adventure. Skull Island: Reign of Kong has officially begun soft opening for guests. This highly anticipated attraction has been intriguing guests throughout the entire construction process and, up until today, has only soft opened for Universal team members.
I am REALLY looking forward to this attraction, especially since I never had a chance to ride the original Kong ride- Kongfrontation.
With soft openings beginning, it doesn’t seem like an official opening date is too far off. Although the sign says ‘Summer 2016,’ I suspect the ride will officially open at the end of this month or some time in July.
Also, be warned: those who have already ridden the ride have said it may not be suitable for young children, so use your discretion when choosing to ride this attraction with little ones.
All in all, this has been quite the day for both theme parks and I’m rather excited for all of the newness in Orlando!
What are you most excited to try during your next trip to Orlando? Sound off in the comments below!