Just got back from the AP preview of Kraken VR. Thought I would share my thoughts briefly ...
In general, I found the VR overlay on Kraken to be largely disappointing. It really wasn't immersive at all and I kept asking myself why VR on a coaster is even necessary in the first place.
The graphics themselves were pretty unimpressive. No real story to speak of. Just some underwater scenes with generally unrealistic graphics. The VR unit fit OK, but did bounce around some during the ride. The earmuff speakers were basically a joke and did not work well at all.
It all kind of feels like a cheap retrofit. Which, in reality, is exactly what it is. Something you might expect to find at a smaller, regional theme park - perhaps around the corner in Orlando at Fun Spot America.
The dispatch times were right around 4 minutes/car. Horrible, although I would expect it to improve some over time. And although I never get motion sickness on rides EVER, I did experience a twinge of motion sickness on Kraken VR.
One and done for me. I love Kraken and think it is a top tier floorless coaster. But it probably won't be worth enduring the wait. I can only hope that the reception on Kraken VR is poor enough that it is eventually pulled from the ride.
And if Mako can't spin the turnstiles for Sea World, Kraken VR certainly won't move the needle on attendance either.
Kraken VR was gimmicky ... even more so than I expected. After hitting a grand slam with (arguably) the best coaster in Orlando with Mako, SW has given us a total dud. Here's hoping that Electric Ocean can save the summer.Tweet
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