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I'm on board with I thought there was going to be more theming. If not dropping straight into the mouth, it would have been cool to have a bunch of tentacles reaching up at you.

 

Regardless it looks like a fun little ride on a low budget.

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Screamscape had reported Krake's cost at 12 million euros, or about 17.3 million USD. This seems insane considering the taller, longer Griffon cost 15.6 million USD. I suppose steel prices may have inflated the cost to such an enormous degree, or that some of these cost reports are incorrect, or they are considering different factors.

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^ That price also includes theming, shipment(the parts were made in the USA)design, construction ect.

 

Griffon was cheaper since it was built in the USA(less shipping prices), had hardly any theming,was built when steel prices were lower, and used the old brakes.

 

 

EDIT: The mouth was probably put aside for the soft opening and when the tunnel section is finished they will put the mouth in.

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I had a hunch that this theming element might not turn out to be quite like we had all imagined. I had a hard time picturing how a tunnel and the splashdown could coexist...

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Well I think it still looks amazing compared to other rides at Heide Park. Also it's still the best themed dive coaster yet.

I think the water looks amazingly real and the mouth still got something frightening whether you go through it or not!

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Came across this on screamscape....:

 

(4/21/11) While I had heard the other day that Krake’s themeing would be restored during the off season, I’ve heard a bit more about the issue from another source. According to this source a creative director in charge of the project at Merlin is rumored to have put in a request for the themed elements as a last second addition. These elements would have included a large “mouth” for the creature that the train would dive through, as well as a tunnel themed to be the wreckage of a ship. Apparently, though some mishap, misunderstanding, or possibly just poor workmanship, the items delivered were deemed unsafe to use. According to this source, they may never add the additional themeing, though I would think that the huge crowds of disappointed guests would be reason enough to see the job through. So lets hope they get it done…

 

To me that is a big disappointment, both the fail-calculations, and the fact that this maybe never happens...

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Heide Park has sent us a press release regarding Krake

 

A refreshing dip paired with a big dose of adventure - the guarantee of the fantastic water rides Heide-Park Resort. Flume, mountain Rafting & Co. take tempers with the splashy fun.

 

In summer, large and small plunge into the cool water happy. No wonder then that in addition to ice cream on warm days, especially high-water attractions are in the course. An unusual alternative to the traditional visit to the swimming lake is a trip to Northern Germany's biggest family and leisure park dar. In Heide-Park Resort, there are lots of unique ways to cool off and take the same time a memorable experience to take home. When the sun is shining or large rides as Colossos, the fastest and tallest wooden roller coaster in the world, the blood of the visitors bring to the boil, a whole hand is fully ready water attractions, the blood cells to carry back to normal temperature.

 

Take the two to be designated as a classic wild water rides the whole family in their wooden tree trunks with a jaunt through a winding water channel to the final steep decline. The Mountain Rafting courageous four year olds already a raging mountain river full of fast-paced rock rapids, roaring waterfalls and wild swirl down. In the bay of the Death's Head Pirate Splash Battle, called the promises ToPiLauLa battle fantastic adventures that really caught everyone wet. The interactive attraction is especially in the summer not stopped ringing, and invites all skull pirate one, take the water cannons at the boats and on land to fend off the onslaught of lousy landlubber - a right To (tenkopf) Pi (rates) against Lau (SiGe) La (ndratten) ante up.

 

But the new attraction opened in April 2011, Germany's first dive coaster Krake is equipped with unique water effects that have in the truest sense of the word in itself. Because there is a cool off after the action-packed fall from a spectacular height in the Heide-Park Lake immediately including: the huge water splash, to produce the cars in the "immersion" into the waters, is regarded not only impressive, but can also fine droplets on the occupants trickle. Special feature: The spectators of the imposing spectacle come in this fun at their expense. Krake has next to a spectacular sight and a gentle rain shower to the outsiders at hand when they place themselves in the right place. The variety of water attractions with fun and cool-down effects is set in the Heide Park is no limit!

 

For more information and online discounts are on http://www.heide-park.de

 

And here is the original copy (the above was translated) if anyone wants to provide a better translation!

 

Eine erfrischende Abkühlung gepaart mit einer großen Portion Abenteuer – das garantieren die fantastischen Wasserattraktionen des Heide-Park Resort. Wildwasserbahn, Mountain-Rafting & Co. nehmen erhitzte Gemüter mit ins spritzige Vergnügen.

 

Im Sommer stürzen sich Groß und Klein gerne ins kühle Nass. Kein Wunder also, dass an warmen Tagen neben Eisspezialitäten vor allem Wasserattraktionen hoch im Kurs stehen. Eine außergewöhnliche Alternative zum klassischen Besuch des Badesees stellt ein Ausflug in Norddeutschlands größten Familien- und Freizeitpark dar. Im Heide-Park Resort gibt es jede Menge einzigartige Möglichkeiten, sich abzukühlen und zugleich ein unvergessliches Erlebnis mit nach Hause zu nehmen. Wenn strahlender Sonnenschein oder Großfahrgeschäfte wie Colossos, die schnellste und höchste Holzachterbahn der Welt, das Blut der Besucher zum Kochen bringen, steht eine ganze Hand voll Wasserattraktionen parat, um die Blutkörperchen wieder auf Normaltemperatur zu befördern.

 

Die beiden als Klassiker zu bezeichnenden Wildwasserbahnen nehmen die ganze Familie in ihren hölzernen Baumstämmen mit auf eine Spritztour durch einen kurvenreichen Wasserkanal bis hin zum finalen steilen Absturz. Beim Mountain-Rafting schaukeln bereits mutige Vierjährige einen reißenden Gebirgsfluss voller rasanter Stromschnellen, tosender Wasserfälle und wilder Strudel hinunter. In der Bucht der Totenkopfpiraten verspricht der Splash-Battle namens ToPiLauLa-Schlacht fantastische Abenteuer, die wirklich jeden nass erwischen. Die interaktive Attraktion steht besonders im Sommer nicht mehr still und lädt alle Totenkopfpiraten ein, die Wasserkanonen in den Booten und an Land einzunehmen, um den Angriff der lausigen Landratten abzuwehren – eine richtige To(tenkopf)Pi(raten) gegen Lau(sige)La(ndratten) Schlacht eben.

 

Doch auch die im April 2011 eröffnete neue Attraktion, Deutschlands erster Dive Coaster KRAKE, ist mit einzigartigen Wassereffekten ausgestattet, die es im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes in sich haben. Denn eine Abkühlung gibt’s nach dem actionreichen Sturz aus spektakulärer Höhe in den Heide-Park See gleich inklusive: Der riesige Watersplash, den die Wagen beim „Eintauchen“ in das Gewässer erzeugen, ist nicht nur beeindruckend anzusehen, sondern lässt auch feinste Tröpfchen auf die Insassen rieseln. Das Besondere: Auch die Zuschauer des imposanten Spektakels kommen bei diesem Fahrspaß auf ihre Kosten. KRAKE hat neben einem spektakulären Anblick auch eine sanfte Regendusche für die Außenstehenden parat, wenn sie sich an der richtigen Stelle platzieren. Der Vielfalt an Wasserattraktionen mit Spaß- und Cool-down-Effekten ist im Heide-Park keine Grenze gesetzt!

 

They also sent us a press release regarding a special showing of a new film...

 

Exclusive to the theatrical release of "Laura's Star and the dream monsters" young adventurers can go in July and August 2011, Laura's Star in a unique scavenger hunt through Northern Germany's biggest family and leisure park.

 

Accompanying the large new family film "Laura's Star and the dream monster", on 13 October in the cinema starts (in 3D), the Heide-Park Resort is in the summer months of July and August 2011 all about Laura's Star. Laura and her star to her fans for the start of the new movie to make a special joy and have spread throughout the vast world of adventure stars. The special tour of discovery through the Heide-Park has inspired among other things, the Lucky Country to the Wild Cowboys and Indians as well as the spectacular pirate show, the young and old with tales from the days of old pirates. Who has been working at the five star stamp collecting stations and then submits its action pass, takes part in the big raffle and can hope for great profits. The main prize two times waving two VIP tickets to the premiere of "Laura's Star and the dream monsters" on 9 October in Berlin and the unique Laura's Star weekend at Heide-Park, 23-25th September 2011, including accommodation in a pirate base of Port Royal:

 

When Laura's Star event at Heide-Park expects all participants a varied program that will take you to the unique scenery of northern Germany's only theme hotel in a fantastic dream world. If the previously published adaptations of popular children's book series to be shown or author Klaus Baumgart spot the imaginative stories aloud, be sure not just little adventurer's heart beat faster.

 

Here's the original copy...

 

Exklusiv zum Kinostart von „Lauras Stern und die Traummonster“ können sich kleine Abenteurer im Juli und August 2011 mit Lauras Stern auf eine einmalige Schnitzeljagd durch Norddeutschlands größten Familien- und Freizeitpark begeben.

 

Begleitend zum neuen großen Familienfilm „Lauras Stern und die Traummonster“, der am 13. Oktober in den Kinos startet (auch in 3D), steht das Heide-Park Resort in den Sommermonaten Juli und August 2011 ganz im Zeichen von Lauras Stern. Laura und ihr Stern wollen ihren Fans zum Start des neuen Kinofilms eine besondere Freude machen und haben überall in der riesigen Abenteuerwelt Sterne verteilt. Die spezielle Entdeckertour durch den Heide-Park führt unter anderem ins Lucky Land zu den wilden Cowboys und Indianern sowie zur spektakulären Piratenshow, die Groß und Klein mit ihren Geschichten aus der Zeit der alten Seeräuber begeistert. Wer an den fünf Stempelstationen fleißig Sterne sammelt und anschließend seinen Aktionspass einreicht, nimmt an der großen Verlosung teil und kann auf großartige Gewinne hoffen. Als Hauptpreise winken zwei mal zwei VIP Tickets zur Premiere von "Lauras Stern und die Traummonster" am 9. Oktober in Berlin sowie das einzigartige Lauras-Stern-Wochenende im Heide-Park vom 23.-25. September 2011 samt Übernachtung im Piratenstützpunkt Port Royal:

 

Beim Lauras-Stern-Event im Heide-Park erwartet alle Teilnehmer ein buntes Programm, das sie in der einmaligen Kulisse von Norddeutschlands einzigem Themenhotel in eine fantastische Traumwelt entführen wird. Wenn die bisher erschienenen Verfilmungen der beliebten Kinderbuchreihe gezeigt werden oder Autor Klaus Baumgart vor Ort die fantasievollen Geschichten vorliest, werden mit Sicherheit nicht nur kleine Abenteurerherzen höher schlagen.

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Heide Park Soltau (Germany) has now a Flash Pass System called „Express Butler“. It is exactly the same as the Standard Flash Pass at Six Flags. It works for all major rides. The best is the price. It costs only 8 Euro + 10 Euro per person. So you pay 28 Euro for one Flash Pass for two persons.

 

http://www.heide-park.de/heide-park/fun/express-butler/

 

They told me that they actually test this new Flash Pass System and when the people like it, they will introduce a Gold Flash Pass later.

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The Heide Park Resort Hotel “Port Royal” is a very nice place to stay.

All public places and all rooms are nice pirate themed.

They have rooms for 2, 4 and 6 persons and one suite.

The hotel has a private park entrance near Krake.

 

As Hotel guest you get breakfast and dinner buffet.

The dinner was very good.

Beer, wine and non-alcohol beverage are included and you can drink so much you want.

After the dinner is an entertainment show.

 

If you want lunch, you can have it a la carte.

 

You can only pay with your room card inside the hotel not in the park.

 

Here are some pictures of hotel and our room.

 

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The private park entrance and the man sells the Flash Pass

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The bigger rooms “Kapitänskajüte” have a shower and a big bathtub

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Great look inside the Port Royal. I was just in the park last week and got to see it from the outside. Certainly looks nice on the inside, too.

 

Does anyone else think Colossus has gotten a bit rough in the valleys? Not like "shake you side to side" rough, but more like "running over speed bumps" rough. I was actually kind of disappointed after our rides. It use to be so smooth and fast, now it is starting to get almost painful Also, they were only running one train all day long, which made it the longest wait in the park.

 

Krake on the other hand; though short, was a ton of fun! There is awesome hang time down the drop, coming out of the inversion, (especially on one side of the train), and great sustained floatiness on the camel back. We agreed that it feels like it is missing one more element to make it "complete", like a heartline or something before the break-run. But, all in all, it's a lot of fun and they were constantly running 3 trains, so the line moved really quickly.

 

Does anyone know if the terrible SLC Limit used to actually have a second train? They have completely closed off the transfer track garage, and the cue line now goes under where the train should roll out, making it impossible to use. See what I mean in these pics?

 

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All closed off.

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No space to roll.

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