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SeaWorld is one of my favourite parks in Orlando, it combines brilliant sealife encounters and shows with 'out of this world' rollercoasters. It is also the location of one of my favourite rollercoasters; the Kraken. Just the name of this ride is enough to send shivers down your spine! I visited Orlando in May this year and also back in 2008. I have to say that the first time I rode this I was absolutely terrified whilst waiting in line, but once you experience it, you become addicted to the thrill!
HISTORY OF THE RIDE
The Kraken opened in SeaWorld Orlando on the 1st of June 2000. The floorless steel coaster was manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard (the same as the Manta at SeaWorld). The Kraken was the first floorless rollercoaster to open in the Southern United States and holds joint first place as the fastest coaster in any SeaWorld park.
A BIT ABOUT THE RIDE
The first thrill of this ride is the entrance, coming face-to-face with SeaWorld's vision of the mythical Kraken, a giant version of the colourful Monray eel, as it winds drastically around it's lair. After you have braved the entrance, it's time to start queueing. Normally, queues are not too bad with this ride, there have been times when we have just walked straight on. The front row queue can get very long though, but I image it is worth the wait just for the experience. If you are prepared to wait, then keep to left as the queue splits. It is also totally awesome from the back row!
Both the track and trains of this ride are sky blue, perfect for the SeaWorld theme. There can be up to three trains on this track at one time, each carrying 32 passengers in eight cars, seating four in a row. As you begin boarding, mechanisms in the track will create temporary boarding platforms, due to its 'floorless' feature. If you are not familiar with floorless coasters, they are effectively like sitting in a chair without a floor. The track will be below you, opposed to 'hanging' rollercoasters, in which, the track is above you. You will then be secured by a locking shoulder harness with a locking seat belt that connects from the chair to the harness. On departure from the loading station, the temporary platforms will retract and the fun will finally begin. It's time to start your journey and escape the Kraken's lair!
The ride begins with a swooping u-turn that takes you to the start of your 149ft climb. With your legs hanging freely below, you begin the 'clickedy-clack' lift, that provides you with some incredible views of the park and beyond! I always think the climb is the scariest part of the ride, especially when you ride for the first time and have no idea of what is about to come. As you reach the top, you are greeted with a beautiful view of the lake that lies next to this coaster. That is until the track takes a small dip and heads out slowly over the water (you can see this underneath the track by the way, pretty scary at 149ft up!). The track then turns and releases its fury for the 145ft plunge, which quite literally, takes your breath away. It then enters its tallest vertical loop (at 119ft), make sure to smile on your way down (if you can) as the on-ride camera will be waiting for you as you return to the ground! The initial plunge into this giant loop is one of my favourite moments. You will continue your perilous journey with a following 6 inversions, including a diving loop, a zero-gravity roll and a cobra roll. The zero-gravity roll is another breathtaking moment at which you will experience a feeling of weightlessness due to the zero g-force of the inversion. The coaster will also plunge you into the Kraken's underground 'smokey' caves 3 times around this course, causing you to 'duck' on some entrances as you narrowly miss the overground beams! You will finally enter a 'flat spin' inversion before completing your escape and heading back into the boarding station.
As you exit the ride, you will head through a rocky cave which is home to the precious Kraken eggs (spherical aquariums). Above the eggs are warnings to those who disturb them, nice touch!
The Kraken lasts for a duration of 2:02 minutes over a whopping 4,177ft of track. The ride reaches speeds of 65mph with a maximum G-force of 3.9. The Kraken's height restriction means you must be at least 4ft6 to ride.
TICKETS AND PRICES
A 1-day entrance to SeaWorld will cost around $78.95 for adults and $68.95 for children aged 3-9. If you do plan to visit more than one park, I would recommend purchasing a FlexTicket, which is much better value for money. A 2-week 5 park ticket includes unlimited entry to SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Aquatica and Wet &Wild for around £167 for adults and £154 for children. A 2-week 6 park ticket features all of the above plus entry to Busch Gardens with complimentary transportation to and from Busch Gardens only for around £192 for adults and £179 for children. Ticket prices are based on those which feature on www.orlandoflexticket.co.uk but are also avaliable through your tour operator and other travel websites at varied prices, so shop around for the best deal.
On reflection, the Kraken is an amazing ride and is still up there as one of my favourite coasters. With its smooth ride, incomparable track and breathtaking moments, you really have to ride it to appreciate it. Its super-long track and 'floorless' feature makes it a perfect ride for thrillseekers and rollercoaster junkies. If you are taking a trip to SeaWorld, I would definately recommend riding the Kraken, it is so much fun from start to finish and it even helped cure my slight fear of heights, which is another bonus! It is quite an intense ride, so not recommend for the faint-hearted or those with a fear of heights (although you never know, they might just be cured like mine!). Overall, completely awesome ride!!!
Kraken is situated on the Seaworld Attraction Park in Orlando, Florida and can be seen from the main road and approach to the park. It is very large and lasts a great amount of time, which is great in comparison to some UK rides such as Oblivion for example.
The rollercoaster itself I found to be very similar to Nemesis. The seating and approach being very similar. The rollercoaster reaches good speeds, though I found it to be a bit bumpy with my head being rattled from side to side at times.
It is located to the rear of the park and is clearly signposted and easily accessible. It is, in my opinion, an 'ok' rollercoaster which was probably amazing when it was first introduced. However, with the new rollercoasters out there now, Kraken lacks that special wow factor and didnt make me feel like id want to go on it again.
It is worth a go whilst your visiting, however it does not even begin to compare to the fabulous Manta rollercoaster which is situated nearer to the entrance of the park.
Kraken is a steel floorless roller coaster at SeaWorld Orlando. The coaster opened in 2000 and was the first floorless roller coaster in the Southern United States. The ride also held the record as the longest roller coaster in the state of Florida at 4,177 ft until the completion of Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The ride is placed and the back left hand side of the park and can be seen from anywhere in the park. Also when driving towards the park you can see the first hill from the interstate.
Kraken is named after a mythological sea monster. SeaWorld's pictured the kraken as a giant dragon eel. Sea world created a giant sculpture of the kraken as the attractions entrance. The creature's colours are also continued over to the ride itself. The track is sky blue, with beige supports.
The roller coaster's layout was designed from its characteristics. It is located alongside a lagoon, referring to its aquatic habitat. The coaster dives underground three times, a nod to the caverns and crevasses that it would call home. The ride has three trains, each have eight cars, with each car carrying four guests sitting side-by-side. That is a total of 32 passengers per train. The only problem is that at low season sometimes only 1 train is running so it's not the fastest turn around.
Kraken has a high 149 first drop which is a straight dive in to a 119-foot-tall vertical loop. This is a fast adrenalin pumping start to a great ride. The View at the top of the ride is breath taking. The ride goes through 7 inversions and reaches a max speed of 65mph.
This in my mind is the best coaster in Florida. If you have the nerve to do this ride you must.
Kraken is a floorless steel rollercoaster that has cemented itself within my heart as one of my favourite rollercosters of all time. Originally opened in 2000 and created by the legendary Bollinger and Mallibard, (creators of rides such as Nemesis and SheiKra) I first rode Kraken in the summer of 2005.
I have rode many floorless coasters before, but this one stood out to me for a number of reasons. Firstly it is still one of the smoothest rides I have been on (last rode August 2009) and this really does add to the overall riding experience, giving you more time to marvel over the different parts of the ride as opposed to worrying about your head rattling all over the place.
The rides theme is based on the sea monster Kraken, although it more a generic eel-like creature as opposed to the classic squid like monster that mythology tells us of. Around the ride are several rocks and Kraken themed objects which add to the tension as you go to queue up - it's the little things like this that really seperate these rides from your bog standard rollercoaster. The track and carts are sky blue and kept very clean which is a plus.
The queue works over several rooms and your usual cut back style queue, although I have rarely queued more than fifteen minutes for this ride, which is incredible considering how superb it is. When you get to the front there is a front row queue for those who enjoy the front row, and the rest are seperated by a simple metal bar that takes you to the other rows. I always end up at the back - always the best :) There are eight rows of four, which means there are 32 riders per go (my math skills are untouchable) and they usually have three cars going round in my experience - one loading, one climbing, one riding.
But what of the ride itself? Well, after sitting down with nerves bubbling in the stomach, you are pulled out of the loading bay into an almost teasing tiny dive and then curved round to the lift-hill of 149 feet. I love lift hills as the nerves that build during the lift as you know there is now no way out often rival the actual ride drops themselves! While on the lift hill you can have a good view of the park on sunny day (now Manta is built you can see it during the lift climb if you're on the right hand side.) You can also see the first drop as well as several loops clearly, so the excited nerves really do build on this lift hill, brilliant!
Once at the top the car moves forward before turning right and into the first drop. This is 145 feet, a nice figure. Even though I have been on much bigger drops, the Kraken first drop is still my favourite of all traditional steel coasters (i.e not including dive coasters) it just has that extra something that makes me want to ride it again and again.
Once this initial drop is complete, you enter a very smooth 119 foot vertical loop that, upon leaving, greets you with the flash of the coaster camera (many hilarious faces have been formed from this!) The rest of the ride is brilliant, including a zero g roll, a couple of cobra rolls, and a corkscrew at the end. The diving loop is probably my favourite part outside the initial drop. The coaster also weaves down into some 'caverns' that further repeat the theme of the krakens mysterious sea monster nature.
Overall this is a ride I truly have no complaints with. Not only is it smooth, has a great mix of coaster mechanics that will delight casual and hardcore coaster fan alike, but it is well themed, clean, and rarely have to wait longer than twenty five minutes in my experience!
Thoroughly recommended to anyone who enjoys their coasters, but beware you have to be at least 140cm (4ft 6) to ride!. Kraken is situated in Seaword, Orlando, FL.
Kraken Fact Sheet:
Capacity: 1500 riders per hour
Speed: 65 mph
Zero-G Roll (Camelback)
Corkscrew (Flat Spin)
Trains: 3 trains with 8 cars per train. Riders are arranged 4 across in a single row for a total of 32 riders per train.
Restrictions: Riders must be 54" or taller to ride.
I first went on this coaster back in 2003, with my eldest last time we were in Florida, and again this time in 2009.
I didn't have to wait very long at all to get onto this one. As a single rider it was fairly easy to get onto the back row of the coaster, the position of choice for the true coaster-fan.
Kraken Vital Statistics
* Type of ride: Steel 'floorless' coaster
* Height: 149 feet
* First drop: 145 feet
* Top speed: 65 mph
* Track length: 4177 feet
* Riders: 32 (8 rows of 4 seats)
* Ride time: 2:02 minutes**
* Inversions: 7
* Max G:Force: 3.9
* Height requirement: 54 inches
* Opened: 01/06/2000
* Manufacturer: Bolliger and Mabillard, Monthey, Switzerland
For the uninitiated, a 'floorless' coaster has you sitting in a moulded seat with your legs dangling, the wheels and track are still below you, unlike an 'inverted' coaster where your legs dangle but the seats hang below the track. The 'Nemesis' coaster at Alton Towers, UK and 'Montu' at Busch Gardens are inverted coasters.
Kraken kicks off in the normal manner with the usual clack-clack-clack climb to peak at a not-to-be-sniffed-at 149 feet, giving a great view of the park below before twisting into its intial drop of 145 feet. Straight out of this is the first vertical inversion, then with a slight twist and time to draw breath straight into a second vertical loop. Plenty of Gs involved so far and you know there's more to come.
Next, we have a clockwise corkscrew roll, before things get a bit messy with a twisty upwards loop and another roll into a swoop below ground level followed by a vertical loop and below ground level again before some touch of brakes leading into the second act.
Coming out of the brakes section, we dip below ground level again, up into a final vertical loop, dipping briefly below the surface again before popping up and diving underground and resurfacing into a final clockwise corkscrew inversion to finish.
If I could fault anything it would be that they could have 'themed' it up a bit around the underground concrete 'bunkers' as only the last underground one was made to look like rocks and had the Kraken draped around it.
** The 'official' ride time includes the initial climb and final trail round to the start again, neither of which I think really count. Actual ride time, from the end of the climb to 'brakes on' at the end is approx 1 minute.
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