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Kraken to become a VR coaster?

Kraken has got to be one of the greatest roller coasters in all of Orlando. Costing around 20 million dollars it was the tallest and longest Florida roller coaster when it opened in 2000.

Well it seems that after 16 years Kraken will be changing into a VR coaster as part of their $175 million improvement plan for their theme parks.
Details are a little slim at the moment but it seems that guests will embark on a deep sea mission that will see them travel alongside sea creatures inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past including of course the mighty Kraken. This will be SeaWorld’s first voyage into VR.

If you’re unsure what VR means for a roller coaster, it just simply means you are given a headset to wear when you get on the ride, like goggles but with a set of screens inside. Then as you ride you are shown a video that matches the movement of the roller coast giving a virtual reality experience.

“We’re developing sort of our own technology on how we’re going to pull this off,” said Brian Morrow, SeaWorld Entertainment’s vice president of theme park experience design. “It’s nothing that you’ve seen from other parks.”

UK Theme Park fans will be keen to point out that this has already been implemented on Alton Towers’ Air turning into Galactica a change that has got to be said has been received quite well.
What we find slightly odd about this is that Sea World has the same ride under the name Manta, which we thought would be more suited to the VR change. Not to mention that Kraken currently has one of the best views of any roller coaster in Orlando!

So we’re excited to see some changes coming to Sea World Orlando and there are plenty more which we will be sharing with you shortly!

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