Posted Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff
From the press release:
SeaWorld Orlando will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) roller coaster experience. Using new technology, this thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida.
Guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken. A custom digital overlay with uniquely designed headsets, fully integrated both mechanically and electronically into the coaster train delivers a new one-of-a-kind adventure. The addition of VR to this fan-favorite brings a new level of excitement and interest in Kraken, giving guests the opportunity to experience the coaster in a completely new way.
The park also announced changes to its dolphin nursery, an expanded food festival, a new bar and holiday and night time attractions.
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The Kraken VR thing is a huge disappointment. It sounds like it's going to be different than the SF version, and I hope this one is much more seamless, but even so. I guess I'm just disappointed in us as a society when we can't even enjoy a roller coaster without immersing ourselves in digital technology.
Perhaps it won't be as bad as it seems, but I also think of my fiancée. She'll ride anything once during a visit, but inversions aren't her cup of tea, and now with this going in, I may not get to ride it with her again. I'm extremely disappointed with this.
I just hope they crew it right. I haven't been on the ride in two years, but last time I did the crew was just exceptionally slow, and running one train. That's not enthusiast me complaining either... the British family in front of me was complaining about taking so long to ride with an empty station (and worse, comparing to their experiences at Universal).
I know it's not necessarily indicative of what happens all the time, but when we were there last month they had 2 trains on Kraken and wait times were only around 10 minutes. I don't recall them stacking at all. Ditto for Manta.
Mako had a longer line, posted at 30 minutes but took about 40 mostly because they were running three trains but took one off while we were queued up... assuming a mechanical problem because they put it directly in to the maintenance shed.
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