Kraken: Motion Sickness?Sea World Orlando: Does this coaster cause nausea easily?
From Greg BarkMy plan this summer is to take a trip to Seaworld Orlando, and while I am psyched to ride Kraken and Manta, I have a question about Kraken.
Posted March 17, 2009 at 8:01 PM
Does it easliy cause motion sickness?
I got a bit of nausea the last time I rode Alpengeist at BGE, so will Kraken have the same effect with its high speed and 7 inversions?
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From Adrienne McDonaldWell I think Kraken is a floorless coaster?? If so, I'd avoid the very front. I rode SKC at Fiesta Texas & rode the front row & got really dizzy, not nauseated just really REALLY dizzy & light-headed feeling for a few minutes afterwards. I didn't really like the front row on that one. After that, I rode in the back the other times & did just fine. I think I even rode in the center once & was just fine. Since then, I've made it a point to sit either in the middle or the back on floorless types now. I think it's just the front row on those types that would make one really dizzy, I dunno why. Maybe because there's nothing in front of you except what you see & no floor below you, just track & air. Good luck & have fun!!
Posted March 17, 2009 at 8:59 PM
From James RaoGreg, when we rode Kraken a few years back, we rode it like seven times in a row to start the day. That was me, my wife, and my 60+ year old thrill seeking father-in-law. None of us had any issues and we rode in every section of the train: front, back, and middle. It was, at the time, one of the smoothest coasters I have ever ridden, and none of us experienced any adverse effects from our hour long blitzkrieg on the ride.
Posted March 18, 2009 at 2:10 AM
By the way, until something better comes along, Kraken is the best coaster in Orlando, imho.
From David GrahamHey Greg, you should be fine, I see the one you had issues on is an inverted one, and I'm the same when I ride dueling at OIA or Montu at BGA, but Kraken is a smooth coaster and yes it's floorless, in fact I'll be riding it tomorrow when I go to see test runs of Manta. I usually ride in the front area, but have riden in back too. But then again I can't do flight simulators for that reason you stated, give me my coasters! Have a great trip and Manta should be ok to ride too, since I've done Superman before and had no issue.
Posted March 18, 2009 at 7:50 AM
From Deidre DennisAlpengeist gave me headache. I think if it were smoother, it would be an awesome coaster. Kraken, on the other hand, is unbelievable. I don't recall being jerked around or feeling dizzy or anything like that. Anxiously waiting to ride it again this Summer.
Posted March 18, 2009 at 9:17 AM
From John CharltonRode Kraken (and Manta) today for my first time! Kraken was a very fast and fairly smooth ride. Only rough spots I felt were along the braking sections, but the track seemed fast and slick to me. Not too much vibration, just scary as Hell. I have rode Alpengeist at BGE when it first opened and I really loved that coaster too.
Posted May 16, 2009 at 8:14 PM
As far as nausea, I had no problem on the Kraken. Frankly, we rode the Wild Arctic helicopter simulator earlier today that made me and the wife a bit queasy. (Arctic appears to be the same car used on Star Tours at WDW, but with really lousy, unnecessarily jerky programming)If the motion of Arctic doesn't make you loose your churros, then Kraken should be a breeze.
The only ride I have been on this last week in Orlando that made me little dizzy and lightheaded was Tower of Terror in DHS.
From William ClarkIf you are worried about nausea try taking Dramamine. It's been around for over 40 years and is safe, effective and inexpensive. Potential problem easily solved.
Posted May 18, 2009 at 1:30 PM
Of course not being a doctor I absolve myself of any responsibilities regarding your personal medical condition.
From Anthony MurphyIts a pretty smooth roller coaster so it really does not shake around too much. However, you know your own limits!
Posted May 18, 2009 at 2:45 PM
From Melissa FaulknerWhen I rode it I was fine until that very last turn coming into the loading area. That one turn made me and my mom absolutely ill. We went to the penguin exhibit, sat down in the floor and stayed there about an hour until the nausea passed. I'm not sure why that one turn did it but it did. The rest of the ride was fine and I've rode ever coaster in Orlando and thats the only one that had any effect on me. Weird.
Posted May 18, 2009 at 3:36 PM
From Rebecca V.alright, i don't know if you've already gone, but here's my opinion~
Posted August 2, 2009 at 10:02 PM
i don't get sick on coasters, ever.
if you go, i recommend waiting for the front. all the other rows give more whiplash and you don't have the advantage of watching the track to keep your focus on.
From sarah gI've gotten slightly lightheaded, but nothing that keeps me from riding repeatedly. Be cautious on manta, especially in the back rows. The first dive loop pulls some crazy g forces!!! It can leave you a bit lightheaded for sure. Definitely a must ride though, don't miss it!!
Posted August 3, 2009 at 11:44 AM
From robert millerI get motion sickness, I can ride it once, but not twice in a row
Posted August 3, 2009 at 12:15 PM
From Derek PotterJust about any floorless coaster will if you look down at the track below your feet while you are riding. The forces coupled with you looking down at the crossbars can play some tricks on you. Other than that, no motion sickness.
Posted August 3, 2009 at 7:18 PM
From Eli Katzmanyeah if you're in any row but the front, you usually want to look down on floorless coasters. but if you're in the front (for me hydra and TOMORROW DOMINATOR BABY! WHEW!), you usually look strait ahead.
Posted August 4, 2009 at 7:29 AM
Oh, and thanks for telling me that. I'm actually gonna try it! I like getting dizzy! and I never feel sick on a coaster, unless I lost my brother's cell phone!
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