Kraken

Roller coaster
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Kraken
Kraken (SeaWorld Orlando) 2012 01.jpg
SeaWorld Orlando
Location Orlando, Florida, USA
Status Operating since June 1, 2000
Height restriction 54 inches (137 cm)
Statistics
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Product Floorless Coaster (Custom)
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Floorless
Riders per train 32
Hourly capacity 1500
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 149 feet
Drop 144 feet
Top speed 65 mph
Length 4177 feet
Inversions 7
Duration 2:02
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Kraken is a steel floorless roller coaster located at SeaWorld Orlando in Orlando, Florida, USA. Opened in June 2000, the ride is themed around a mythological sea monster with the same name.

History

Kraken was announced in May 1999.[1]

Kraken opened as planned on June 1, 2000. It was the fifth floorless roller coaster installation by Bolliger & Mabillard. It was also the longest and second-fastest coaster in Florida.[2]

In summer 2017, virtual reality headsets were added to Kraken. It sees experience a deep-sea mission alongside the Kraken beast.[3] Similarly to Galactica at Alton Towers, the VR system was built into the coaster train to increase throughputs. SeaWorld also redesigned Kraken's station to help with throughputs. On April 13, 2017, SeaWorld announced that Kraken would be renamed to Kraken Unleashed and that the new VR experience would open on June 16. This refurbishment also saw the "Kraken" at the ride entrance changed from an eel to a more squid-like creature. The VR headsets were discontinued in August 2018 and the name reverted to Kraken as the extra time taken for riders to put on and adjust their headsets led to slower operations and longer queue times.[4]

In 2021, Kraken was given a new paint job, which consisted of green track and dark teal supports.[5] The "Unleashed" part of the ride's marquee was removed during this time.

Design

Elements
A view of the entire layout

In order to reduce the noise made by the roller coaster train, the tubular steel rails are filled with sand.

Color scheme

Green track and dark teal supports. Previously blue track and yellow supports.

Trains

3 trains with 8 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 4 across in a single row, for a total of 32 riders per train. A car from Kraken was on display in B&M's booth at IAAPA 1999.

Images

References

External links

  • Kraken on the Roller Coaster DataBase.


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