What is Kraken like?
Sea World Orlando:
How good is the coaster Kraken?
Is Kraken as good as what people say? How many flips? How tall? How fast? Is it better than Medusa, Dominator, Sheikra, or any other floorless coaster?
Thanks for any comments!
Comments in chronological order. Most recent at the bottom. Scroll down to respond.
It has either 6,7, or 8 loops (not sure),it is 156 ft (not sure), and I think it's 65 mph. I love it. It normally has short waits. Out of the 3 you've mentioned, I've only ridden Medusa, and I find Kraken a bit better.
From Gareth H
Posted November 24, 2007 at 4:13 PM
Great initial decent, one of the best for stomach churning.
Its very good, very smooth and gives you sweeping views of the park. One of the best roller coasters I have been on!
Kraken was a lot of fun and one of those smooth coasters that leaves me feeling a bit nauseous at the end. All technical info like height, inversions, speed, etc. can be found on the roller coaster database (www.rcdb.com).
From Don Neal
Posted November 26, 2007 at 9:22 AM
I haven't ridden it in a few years, but remember enjoying it and riding it 3-4 times that day. It was very smooth, awesome view from atop the first hill (mostly due to the area around it being flat and clear so it provides an unobstructed view). Great inversions and loop. I would put it in my top 10 coasters easily.
It is a very smooth ride indeed. I was fortunate enough to ride it 2 days ago. You get great views of the park and surrounding Orlando area (including a hazy view of downtown Orlando), if you look to the left on your ascent, you get a great view of the Aquatica water park (looks nice, but pretty small). And as Gareth said, the initial drop is spectacular. While it is no Sheikra, I'd still say it's up in the top 5 Central Florida coasters.
Kraken has seven inversions including, in order of appearance:
119-foot vertical loop
101-foot dive loop
Cobra roll (two inversions)
Vertical loop with subterranean entrance and exit
It is great!!!! We love this ride. We went to Florida in Nov, 2004. After spending Black Friday at the Magic Kingdom, waiting in long lines for rides, we were so thrilled when we went to Sea World on the following Monday and Tuesday, we rode the Kraken many-many times and loved it!!!! We just got back on Dec. 16 and left Sea World, Orlando with a very bad taste. On Friday, Dec. 14 we paid $322.42 to go Sea World, purchased our tickets from where we staying. We were paying for our parking and there was a sign that said "Attractions closed" and underneath it said "Kraken." I already had our tickets and went thru the gates and quickly went over to the office and explained our situation that we had no idea Kraren was not opened, if we had known that we would not gone to Sea World.....First, I was told that it was on the internet...I did not order my tickets on line, I also explained that I call the 1-800# and it never said the Kraken was closed. Then the manager said it says it on the map, I told him "Yea, but you dont know this until you get into the park and that is where you get the map.....inside the park" I wanted my money back, he gave me $10.00 in park money and a pass for the rides, there is only 2, the Kraken and the Log Flume. So today, I called the 1-800 # again and it never said anything about Kraken being closed. Talking to Sylvia in customer service "There is NOTHING we can do since you did not purchase the tickets from us...blah, blah" I was only asking for half of my money back. I told her I am a pro-active customer will explain this sitution to anyone who will read it. No I will never go back to Sea World. They do not know how to treat their customers. I felt very mislead, Oh, and the Kraren not being opened, the park was not worth the $322.43.
From steve lee
Posted December 19, 2007 at 8:23 PM
I hate to come across as negative, but I think you're being entirely unreasonable. It's completely illogical for the park to be in any way responsible for tickets you purchased elsewhere. The only people who should have owed you your money back (and I'll honestly admit that the concept itself is on shaky ground) were the people you purchased your tickets from.
You didn't spend this money in the park, so why should the park owe the money back? I completely agree that the situation sucks, but it's simply not the park's fault.
seaworld is awsome and so is the coster, next time buy your tickets at the gate, then you will know what is open and closed.
Yes, received good advice to buy my tickets at the gate, just trying to save some time. Sea World prints out the maps that are located in the lobby of the hotel, Sea World has the 1-800 # recording giving updates on their attractions, not the hotel. I do feel I am fighting a losing battle. If I would have seen the map, which is located INSIDE Sea World that says "Kraken is Closed" We 100%, without a doubt would not have gone. I was not asking for an entire refund, but $10.00 covers parking. Again, Sylvia did not care that I tell this story online....... Thanks again for the advise, now we know for next time....go to UNIVERAL
I wouldn't give up yet. Send a letter to Dan Brown, he is the General Manager of Sea World Orlando, Discovery Cove and Aquatica. You will probably get a good response.
From Colleen M.
Posted December 23, 2007 at 6:56 PM
You paid over 300.00 just to ride Kraken? There is tons more to do at Sea World than ride Kraken! I can't believe you are complaining this much over a ride, when there is so much more to do there.
It was 95% of the reason why we went there....Like I said many times over, if we had know Kraken was closed we would have not gone. We love roller coasters. It was not posted anywhere outside of the park or the #1-800. This is just my feelings....it is like saying you would pay over $300.00 to watch killer whales.
From Gareth H
Posted December 24, 2007 at 7:41 AM
I went twice in December and there are signs outside clearly stating it is closed.
I was gutted that it was closed, but there are a lot more things to do. Journey to Atlantis, the Polar Express, then add on all of the shows and attractions. This fills up more than 1 day if you go to every show.
I undertand its frustrating that it was closed but its one of things. THey have been doing a lot of maintenance and having given it a fresh coat of paint.
Go again, get a Flexipass ticket to cover Universa, Seaworld, IOA, wet'n'wild and BGA.....
Is it unique or a copy of another? (For example, Scream is basically a mirror of Medusa from what I heard).
From Colleen M.
Posted December 24, 2007 at 4:27 PM
Most people do pay over $300.00 to see Killer Whales. That is why they go to Sea World! Sea World is all about sea life and animals that are associated with sea life and water. I just don't get being so angry about a ride not working when there is so much more to do. I remember going to Disney World when Space Mountain was closed. Yes, we were disappointed, but it didn't ruin our trip, and we still made many happy memories.
Thank you so much for taking the time on Christmas Eve afternoon to inform that I should be making happy memories with my family. Please insert sarcasm here. I never said I was angry, just mislead by Sea World, before we purchased our tickets, we called the #1-800 number that gives all the updates on attractions, again, Sea World never said Kraken was closed, also the map that has the schedule for the month of Dec. never said it was closed. I hate to beat a dead seahorse, ha ha. Oh, and I did not want to say the D-word, Disney,you but you cannot compare, again my opinion, Magic Kingdom to Sea World, and yes if space mountain was closed there are many-many more things to do there, and yes I understand the price is higher. And I love the fact that you talk about the sea life and Sea World, now I understand why it is spelled S-E-A and not S-E-E...
see world is a great adventure park, why would anyone take the time to buy tickets for just one ride? that is crazy! I don't understand why you feel the park owes you anything when you didn't get the tickets there. I am happy to know you won't be going to sea world anymore, now I don't have to worry about viewing any unpleasent people at the park.
Im sorry this happend to you, it is very unfortunate. My dad lives in California and I live in NC, and I visited him for a week in the summer. I really wanted to go to SFMM and he was gonna take me, X was fairly new and I really wanted to ride it, but it was down for the day. I know SFMM had plenty of other thrills unlike Sea World, so it is a lot different. Everyone needs to give her a break. We know what she means, she was not paying just for one ride, but everyone says it is great and it is one of two big rides at the park. Also, she was trying to save time as I always do when I go to a park, I buy online rather than waiting at the gate, and you cannot fault her for that. When I go to SW in August I really hope Kraken is running and I will be very disappointed if it isnt. Ive heard it is one of the best, and I may not go to SWO for ten years. I completely understand and I am really sorry for your misfortune and some, not all, of the inconsiderate comments.
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