I had never heard about “Kraken” until the other day when a friend mentioned about it. Kracken is located at SeaWorld Orlando. It’s a steel floor less roller coaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard. It seems they make many of these steel rides around the world. It opened in the year 2000 and it was the first floor less roller coaster in the Southern United States. It managed to hold its record as the longest roller coaster until the completion of Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom was complete. Apparently Kraken is tied with Steel Eel as the fastest coaster at any SeaWorld park.
Kracken get’s it’s name from the mythological sea monster. In SeaWorld’s eye, the Kracken is a giant version of the dragon eel, a multicolored variety of moray eel. . The kraken can be seen emerging from its “lair,” a rock formation near the attraction entrance. Within the rock is a small cave holding the creature’s “eggs,” in actuality spherical aquariums in which reside another variety of eel.
Kracken’s track is sky blue with beige supports. It has three trains with all have eight cars that are attached and with each car carrying for thrill seekers sitting side by side, for a complete total of 32 passengers per train. It can take 1500 guests per hour which is great for those annoying queue lines. If there is one problem at theme parks, it’s those damn queues!! You feel like you’re in a line ride. Riders are secured using an over the shoulder harness with a locking seat belt. Bolliger & Mabillard reduced the sound of the coaster by adding tubular steel rails that are filled with sand. Not a bad idea….
I’m going to give you a small detailed description of the ride.
Kraken departs the station through a U-turn to the right that leads to the awesome 149-foot lift hill. At the top of the hill, the roller coaster makes a right turn and descents 144 feet to the ground below. It enters its highest element, a 119-foot-tall vertical loop where the on ride camera awaits as the roller coaster returns to ground level. It then climbs to the top of a 101-foot diving that sends the roller coaster back the way it came. It climbs again to enter a zero gravity roll and then drops down to enter the two-inversion cobra-roll, which exits into a wide sweeping U-turn to the left that brings the roller coaster to its mid-course brake run
As Kraken exits the brakes, it drops down to the left sharply, diving underground as it enters and then exits a smaller vertical loop. The roller coaster climbs a gentle hill before diving underground again into another U-turn, this time to the left. It then enters its final inversion, a flat spin before entering its brakes, returning to the station via one more U-turn to the right.
Current Coaster Name: Kraken Current Park Name: Sea World Orlando Previous Ride Name(s): N/A Location: Orlando, Florida, USA Status: Operating Links: http://www.seaworld.com/default.aspx Cost: N/A