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09/27/16 at 11:16am in Kraken Unleashed (Latest Edit: 01/21/18 at 03:26am by Nicole.)
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Per the 2017 sneak preview posted today, the Kraken coaster at SWO will be retrofit into a VR coaster in 2017.

https://seaworldcares.com/2016/09/New-Ex...-for-2017/

Quote:Kraken Virtual Reality at SeaWorld® Orlando – SeaWorld will debut its first digitally enhanced ride experience as the legendary Kraken roller coaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) coaster experience. This thrill ride will be the only VR coaster experience in Florida and guests will embark on a deep sea mission alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past, including the mighty Kraken.  
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09/30/16 at 11:05am in Kraken Unleashed (Latest Edit: 09/30/16 at 11:06am by netdvn.)
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Considering Kraken's operations aren't the best out there combined with how long it takes at the Flags parks to dispatch their trains with VR, I'd expect waits to increase pretty significantly thanks to the VR.

Even with SWO's low crowd levels, Antarctica can pull up to hour long waits on the slowest of days. Kraken will probably be the same.

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09/30/16 at 12:18pm in Kraken Unleashed (Latest Edit: 09/30/16 at 12:49pm by Eric.)
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I've rarely ever had to wait in a line for Kraken. Even on the weekends when manta or journey to Atlantis has hour waits(while Antarctica has like a 3 hour wait just to SEE the penguinsTongue). Though the VR might slow the operations down a bit I hardly believe that, unless the Kraken VR becomes very very popular, that Kraken will have a long wait.

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09/30/16 at 12:38pm in Kraken Unleashed
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I agree. We go to Orlando the same week every year (the week of Thanksgiving), so my frame of reference is pretty narrow, but we rarely have to wait more that a couple of ride cycles to get on Kracken. IMO, load times are way worse on Manta, with the tilting trains and all. No idea how to feel about the added VR element, but I'll certainly give it a try next year.
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09/30/16 at 12:58pm in Kraken Unleashed
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My observation is that the ride operations at Kraken are significantly slower than at the other coasters. The fact that the lines are relatively short mitigate the effect, but if you observe how long it takes between train dispatches, you can easily see the potential train wreck.

I rode Dare Devil Dive at SFOG with and without the VR. I used a front of the line pass once and only had about two trains of people in front of me the other. In both cases the wait was extreme. The VR goggles at least doubled the loading time, as they had to adjust and sometimes replace each person's set.

I suppose SWO's technology could be more reliable, but given how slow Kraken already is, I anticipate that lines will more than double.

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04/17/17 at 11:53am in Kraken Unleashed (Latest Edit: 04/17/17 at 11:53am by Shane.)
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Details for the new VR experience on Kraken have been released including it's new name Kraken Unleashed. It appears that the story of the ride is tied into Journey to Atlantis as rumored before. Check out the details here at NewsPlusNotes.com. I have to hope that the park decides to add story elements to Atlantis to tie this into Kraken Unleashed.

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04/17/17 at 12:36pm in Kraken Unleashed
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Maybe that is why some of the Atlantis elements are turned off? Maybe they are going to update it to tie into Kraken?

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04/17/17 at 06:27pm in Kraken Unleashed
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I was going to guess the same thing.

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04/18/17 at 05:19am in Kraken Unleashed
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The giant eel/arch at the ride entrance is supposed to be replaced by giant tentacles to match the new VR experience as well.

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04/18/17 at 09:36am in Kraken Unleashed
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I'm all on board for some updated themeing. As awesome as the old themeing is/was it has become dated in its styling.

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04/18/17 at 10:14am in Kraken Unleashed
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I am always surprised at how much I enjoy Kraken, probably because I just forget between visits. I think is an incredibly underrated ride. Maybe this makeover will breath some new life into it.

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04/18/17 at 08:14pm in Kraken Unleashed
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It and Kumba are very high on my list.

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04/18/17 at 08:28pm in Kraken Unleashed (Latest Edit: 04/18/17 at 08:32pm by Eric.)
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Kraken is now officially closed. Cant wait for Kraken Unleashed!

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04/19/17 at 10:08pm in Kraken Unleashed (Latest Edit: 04/19/17 at 10:08pm by CastleOSullivan.)
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(04/17/17 12:36pm)Nicole Wrote:  Maybe that is why some of the Atlantis elements are turned off?  Maybe they are going to update it to tie into Kraken?

That's supposedly been the plan for a while. I really hope that what we see now with Journey To Atlantis is just a transitional phase. I've been following new rumors about that ride for a long time (at least two years), including the addition of a vertical lift or new water ride altogether, which we now know to be Infinity falls.

This link to Kraken was also part of that rumor from a while back.

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04/25/17 at 10:06am in Kraken Unleashed
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Plans change as time passes, one of the early concepts may have actually been an Atlantis replacement and then they opted for an entirely separate ride with Infinity Falls. I'm very hopeful they tie Kraken Unleashed and Atlantis together neatly.

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