Sea World is about to unleash the newest virtual reality concept in the form of a Roller Coaster. If you are looking for something new to experience this summer, Sea World Orlando may have exactly what you are looking for. Head over to experience ‘Kraken Unleashed,’ opening to the public June 16, 2017.
We were fortunate enough to receive an invitation to the ‘Kraken Unleashed’ Media Event. We were handed a media lanyard and from there we headed towards ‘Kraken Unleashed.’ The signs for this newly imagined coaster are up around the park to direct you to the correct location.
If you are not a signs kind of person, then you cannot miss ‘Kraken Unleashed.’ Disguised as a Roller Coaster, this new virtual reality experience visually dominates the park. As you approach, take notice of the giant tentacle hinting at what you might expect from this new ride.
Brian Morrow-Vice President of Theme Park Experience Design, spoke with us about the design of ‘Kraken Unleashed’. The virtual reality is built-in to the harness on the ride, so nothing to carry. There is a blue box between every two rows of seats to track the speed and keep the experience on track. There will be a new “Spot Saver” option for this ride ONLY. It will be a virtual quick queue with your time to return to ride without standing in line. Prepare to go “underwater” in a submarine to discover prehistoric creatures. Sea World actually developed some fictional sea creatures of their own; look for the fluffy white sea crab for example.
Televisions are placed strategically placed along the queue, that explain how to prepare for the ride once seated. Every seat has the virtual reality headset option in a basket in front of the seat. If a person is sensitive to this option, they can ride in any seat, in any row, and just not put on the headset. The headsets are cleaned with sanitizing wipes after each use to prepare for the next ride. We are fond of the fact that the safety bars come down over our shoulders and we discovered that with the virtual reality headset on, you feel like you are actually moving along through the sea, amongst sea creatures rather than actually riding on a roller coaster.
Kraken originally opened in June of 2000. The design team wanted to do something special with this older, already quite popular, roller coaster. We highly recommend a visit to Sea World Orlando as this new ride experience is sure to please your adventurous side. If you are looking for the newest theme park thriller, ‘Kraken Unleashed’ is a must-ride, first-of-its-kind, virtual reality coaster experience. You do not want to miss this one!
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