REVIEW: Kraken – B&M Floorless Coaster at SeaWorld Orlando – October 2019

Kraken opened on June 1, 2000 at SeaWorld Orlando. The B&M floorless coaster was actually SeaWorld Orlando’s first roller coaster. It provides a very lengthy ride, with 4,177 feet of track that makes it the second longest floorless coaster in the world. Kraken is themed to mythical sea creature called (you guessed it) Kraken. This was my first B&M coaster, so I had pretty high expectations. I’ve had 8 rides on this coaster; 5 in the back, 1 in the middle, and 2 in the front. Here are my thoughts:

A Long and Action-Packed Ride

My first ride on Kraken was in the back row. After ascending the 153 foot lift hill you drop into a sort of B&M predrop, but you go into a short line of straight track before banking into the drop. The 144 foot drop is solid but nothing too insane. Because of the predrop, I think the row you are in doesn’t have too much of an impact. You already have some speed, but you’ll get pulled over a little faster in the back. Right at the bottom is a massive vertical loop, which is amazing. The first vertical loop feels almost as tall as the drop. At the bottom of the vertical loop you also pull some good G’s. The ride then goes into a smooth dive loop, which I’m a huge fan of. Right after that comes a zero-g roll. This element is a little rough in the back. By no means is it horrible, but with the over the shoulder restraints there is a little head banging. The coaster immediately dives into a ditch which can act as a near miss element on the edge. The coaster then goes into a cobra roll, which is smooth and very intense. It’s a really nice element on the ride! The coaster then pops into the midcourse, which kills a lot of your speed and is one of the biggest downsides of this ride. The second half, which feels more like the last fourth, has a smaller vertical loop. After that it goes through a nice tunnel, and then a corkscrew which has a hint of roughness. Then the ride slides into the brakes.

The Verdict

I had pretty high expectations for my first B&M, and they were blown away! No matter where you sit you will get a good ride, but I do prefer the back for some more intensity on some of the elements. Even though I love this ride, there are still some downsides. For instance, there is an extreme lack of airtime. The only airtime is on the drop, and there’s maybe a little bit of hang time on the first vertical loop. The ride is also nothing special after the midcourse. The first half is absolutely amazing though! The ride is intense, relatively smooth and action packed. It is a must do at SeaWorld Orlando and an all-around great coaster!

Coaster Grade: 8/10

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