If you like Roller coasters then you will absolutely adore this one, it’s smooth, fast and will produce the loudest scream and biggest smile of the day.
Kraken is Orlando's tallest, fastest coaster, standing at around 150ft and reaching speeds of 65 miles per hour. Kraken is also remarkably smooth, for all it’s speed and inversions your head is not buffeted around like other coasters.
Kraken takes its name from a mythical sea creature and Seaworld has depicted this in the form of a large multi-coloured monster dragon eel, a distant relation of the moray eel. Next to Krakens viewing area is a cave where you can view incubating embryos in giant eggs.
When you have plucked up the courage to enter the serpents lair, take look at the wait times which are posted at the entrance. Navigate your way through the winding queue area and as you approach the loading station make sure you read the signs. There is a separate line for those of a fearless disposition that want to ride the front row. Once you make it to the loading station choose the row that you feel most comfortable with, or the one with the shortest queue. The two center rows have larger seats for those with larger upper bodies.
So you have overcome the fear and you are now sat on the serpents back in this ever so comforting seat that cocoons and protects you. Then all of a sudden the feeling of comfort suddenly disappears as the solid floor under your feat gives way to open track. With your feet now dangling and no overhead structure you suddenly feel very vulnerable and exposed. Riding Kraken is more like sitting in a rocket propelled dinning chair that is precariously strapped to a long metal tube. This arrangement subtly adds to the excitement of the ride, or depending on your perception, the Terror!
Kraken is a relatively short ride at 2 minutes; half of this time is taken up by the slow tortuous rise to the top. This first climb affords the opportunity to get some wonderful views of the park; you even get to see back stage of the Clyde and Seymore show. Well you do if you haven’t got your eyes tightly shut, pretending that it’s not really happening.
Once you reach the top you realise there is only one way to go and that is down, if this is your first time then your mind will probably be racing with all sorts of thoughts and more than a few expletives, “what am I doing here”, “why did I let them convince me”, “I must be mad!” “Heeelppppp! ” There is only one way back to the station now and it’s going to be one fantastic journey. The ride on this serpents back truly begins, heading towards the ground at 65mph and at an angle you never knew existed, wondering where your stomach currently is, you soon find yourself upside down, doing barrel rolls and experiencing positive and negative G’s as you ride the serpent’s coils. At one point you’ll be propelled under ground only to emerge into a flat spin, wow! What a rush.
After a truly spectacular ride the brakes come on and your alive! You may not have realised it until this point but you have probably been screaming for the whole ride! You enter the station and all those waiting to board are looking at you, yes you, because you have just conquered the beast that they still have to endure. This is where you usually look calm and collected, it’s no big deal, “I do this all the time”!
Now you have stopped screaming, regained some sort of composure and started breathing again, it’s time to view your photograph. What? They took a photograph! Seaworld in it’s wisdom very kindly preserve your moment of terror, isn’t that kind of them! As you exit the ride you’ll see several viewing screens where your ever so flattering portrait will be displayed If you really want to show your bravery or how foolish you really were you can purchase your photograph. These photographs are great to help relive the memories when get home.
There are Lockers located at the entrance to this ride. It is advisable to put any loose articles away before riding Kraken.
Download Kraken on-board video HERE (right click and save to desktop)
• Height Restriction - 54"
• Lockers - Yes
• Ride Photo - Yes
• Duration - 3 and a half minutes
• 32 passengers per train
• Speeds up to 65 mph
• 4,177 feet long
• 149 feet tall
• 144 foot drop
• 119 foot vertical loop
• 101-foot diving loop
• Seven inversions including a cobra roll, zero gravity roll, several
• Vertical loops and flat spins
• Capacity is 1500 riders per hour
• Designed by Bolliger and Mabillard
On ride video..
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