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I can only echo what others have said about Antarctica. It's not a terrible ride by any means, but with the cool technology available it's just so much wasted potential for what could have been an awesome ride!

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The funny thing about Antartica is that even though I'm not a huge fan of it it always seems to have a decent line even 3 years after opening. We usually skip it only because the wait is usually 45 minutes plus so hey glad someone is riding it.

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The funny thing about Antartica is that even though I'm not a huge fan of it it always seems to have a decent line even 3 years after opening. We usually skip it only because the wait is usually 45 minutes plus so hey glad someone is riding it.

Yeah. They say 45 minutes, but it's really about double that until you actually get into a car. They show you some animations of the penguins after the "line" is done, but you still have to wait a very long time before getting in a vehicle. I don't think it's worth the ride.

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Hi everyone, I have heard extremely negative things about the dark ride Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, are those things true or is the badness of the ride being overhyped?

The ride was over-hyped, sadly, and this ride fell way short. They could had made it more fun with more spins and a longer ride. The mild ride could had added a few slow moving maneuvers also for them as well. The only reason they call the one ride "wild" is due to the end video watching part where the car you are in shifts aggressively side to side and back and forth. This movement is not wild nor fun and is not needed in my opinion. I do enjoy the couple spins they have, but I wouldn't call that wild. It's milder than the spins on Men In Black at Universal Studios.

I do enjoy this attraction as it's a nicely thought out family ride / attraction for all ages and educational as well. Maybe, some day, they could make improvements to enhance the enjoyment of the ride experience, but my friend's 9yo daughter loved it and this is her favorite ride at SeaWorld.

 

Question: I came here to see if anyone heard anything about the mimes? I heard the park plans to bring them back in 2017, but no word since then if any of the mimes were contacted at all. I really enjoyed the mimes and we were hoping to hear about their return. I checked the facebook mime pages and groups and no updates about them. Thanks Rob, and anyone else who may know something. I enjoy the air-time from their roller coasters, but I also enjoy good entertainment and a good laugh. Any word about another Cirque style show to replace Allure? I can't say I'm pleased with the many negative changes going on at SeaWorld and no hyper coaster can fix that. Can anyone seriously think of SeaWorld without the Shamu show and allowing the whales to die off? The only people who are happy with the changes are the animal activists who don't go and will never go. Very sad as my family has been loyal to this park for years!

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I'm gonna keep this as short as possible- what if the 400 ft tall Skytower at Seaworld Orlando was converted to a drop ride? The infrastructure is there, cables to lift the car, emergency brakes (which should be strengthened for regular use) and the tower is already built. Busch and Seaworld share many things in common- 200 ft tall roller coasters (Sheikra and Mako) Inverted coasters (Montu and Manta) and classic B&Ms (Kumba and Kraken). Why not add a drop tower to that list? Seaworld Orlando always seems to make more extreme versions of BGT thrill rides ie. Flying and floorless coasters. Falcons Fury could be matched with that 400 ft drop tower, making it the 2nd tallest drop tower in the world, and 4th tallest thrill ride overall after Kingda Ka, Top Thrill, and Zumanjaro and would be twice as tall as the next closest ride in Florida, Sheikra. It could have a similar facedown mechanism to Falcons Fury, but be held at 30 seconds to a minute at 400ft to raise the intensity, and then drop, not lowering the seats until it reaches the station. Honest thoughts: Is this viable? It seems far fetched, but maybe if we generate some buzz around this idea and spread the word, there's a possibility that Seaworld might build it! After all, it would be a low risk proposition, much, much cheaper than building any such thrill ride from the ground up, even after the cost of new hydraulics and an open rider gondola. Spread the word, 1000 miles starts with one step

 

I've been to the best parks in America for thrill rides and I love them, but what concerns me most is how many lose sight at the unique treasure we have in SeaWorld. We have so many great theme parks with top thrill rides, but we only have 3 Seaworld parks and I shudder to think of their demise, which has already begun. I remember the days going to SeaWorld without rides and enjoying it then. Now it's better with rides, more attractions, shows, entertainment, concerts, you name it, but in the past few years, starting shortly after the sell off from Anheuser-Busch, this park's top attractions have been under attack and now the animal activists have seem to won. Many I know believe the new park owners and management are activists themselves or believe they will make money teaming up with them at the expense of the killer whales and the next animal to come under their attack which I hear are all the whales in the park. This subject upsets my family and friends who have enjoyed SeaWorld through the years. What SeaWorld needs is not to become another top thrill ride park at the expense of what makes them well loved and needed in importance to education and conservation. SeaWorld is mostly a sea life zoo with educational and entertaining attractions, shows, and some rides thrown in for variety. It was never meant to be the #1 thrill ride park, but in so many ways Seaworld is unmatched and that's why many of us love the park. I enjoy their slow observation tower and it's a nice view and rest in A/C on hot days. Falcon's Fury is 60-80 mins away depending on traffic for those who must have a drop ride. Drop rides are okay, but roller coasters are much more fun. Drop rides are not a must have for every park like roller coasters are. The skytower is scenic and fits in best with SeaWorld, well when it's working. I also read about having a tall drop tower stay up for a minute before dropping and I think that could be a serious problem. Many people could suffer an unforeseen panic attack or heart attack with being stranding up there that long. I have seen someone who rides roller coasters have a panic attack on a drop tower when the ride operator at a fair waited a few minutes before dropping it. The last thing any park needs is having someone die or nearly die on one of their rides. Thrill rides were never a top priority with their park and honestly I hope rides always remain secondary to their animal attractions. The more SeaWorld slowly tears away the attractions and experiences that made them special, the more likely they will shut down or go bankrupt. Some I know stopped renewing their passes and visiting the park annually. The more SeaWorld loses their sights on what made them great, the more I believe they should sell their park to someone who will carry the torch that Anheuser-Busch started. I love roller coasters, but SeaWorld is a unique treasure that true fans must speak up against the negative changes that have happened in recent years or this park will become only a memory. Some say the park is on it's death bed, they stopped going, and the future looks grim. A drop ride will not help, they need to update what worked and keep what the pass members love about SeaWorld, namely Shamu.

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^ we were just there and really loved the park (even tho we didn't get to do Journey to Atlantis (weather came in), Turtle Trek (it broke while we were in line) or the Skytower (it wasn't operating ). . but we loved the aquariums, and in particular the shark walkthru.

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Anyone else think that Kraken is a really awesome ride? It's intense, lots of fun, and it's fast paced. There's a very noticeable rattle- it's an old ride- but I like it a lot. The pullout from the Cobra Roll that curves up to the MCBR is really intense, as well as the vertical loop and the dive loop.

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Anyone else think that Kraken is a really awesome ride? It's intense, lots of fun, and it's fast paced...- it's an old ride- but I like it a lot. The pullout from the Cobra Roll that curves up to the MCBR is really intense, as well as the vertical loop and the dive loop.

 

 

I love it! A top 10 coaster for me, and that's with over 200 under my belt! It's just SO much fun, with a great set of elements, and environmental interaction!

 

There's a very noticeable rattle

 

No, not the mythical B&M rattle!!!

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I was pretty disappointed by Kraken. Very intense and pretty smooth, but I got boxed around in the OTSRs and felt a noticeable vibration that distracted me from the ride experience. I went into SeaWorld thinking I'd like Kraken more than Manta and left with the opposite opinion. Hopefully when I return to Orlando in November I can get another spin to see if anything changed (and to get on Mako)

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Kraken is fun but I think it's a little overrated. It rides just like every other floorless to me. They all kind of blend together and the only two that stand out at all for me are Dominator and Rougarou.

 

That's funny, I find those two to be some of the weaker floorless! Krypton Coaster, Kraken, Medusa West, and Wildfire (admit it, it's a floorless ) are the only ones that stood out to me!

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Rougarou is weak in the front but pretty solid in the back row. I feel the same way about Dominator which in the last row has the best first drop I've experienced on a floorless. I know I'm in the minority with Rougarou though.

I felt exactly the same way and I've mentioned it before but most people disagree. I thought the back was both smoother and more intense. Dominator is also much better in the back and I love the first drop and coming off the mid-course but unlike Rougarou I don't think the front is "worse" in a sense, it's just what you'd expect. It's very smooth in every seat.

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Rougarou is weak in the front but pretty solid in the back row. I feel the same way about Dominator which in the last row has the best first drop I've experienced on a floorless. I know I'm in the minority with Rougarou though.

 

That must've been it! I typically ride floorless in the front (Just like inverts) and after one ride on Rougarou (HUGE improvement to Mantis btw) in the front row, I said "Hey, that was really enjoyable" but felt no need to ride it again (I had fastlane for Maverick ).

 

I also greatly prefer the straight drops on floorless in the back to the curved drops. Wildfire is especially amazing in the back row!

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Kraken is fun but I think it's a little overrated. It rides just like every other floorless to me. They all kind of blend together and the only two that stand out at all for me are Dominator and Rougarou.

 

Heresy!!!

 

Kraken is far and away the most unique Floorless coaster, taking into account its location, the multiple underground tunnels, and its perfect execution of elements! Overrated??? Most people would say Dominator and Krypton Coaster are better, so even though I disagree with that valuation, I think it's hard to say Kraken is overrated. I have it in my top 10 (of over 230), and I stand by that ranking! I'm a huge fan of the Floorless coaster model as well, ranking the aforementied Dominator and Krypton Coaster very highly in my personal ranks. But while Dominator excels at being just a basic, awesome layout (with killer rides in the back row), and Krypton Coaster has the unique topography and huge vertical loop, I feel Kraken does everything well layout wise, and then adds the fabulous tunnels and setting to give it an edge up! To each their own, but I simply don't see how anybody could say it's just like "every other floorless", when it has such clear distinctives that set it apart.

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I was pretty disappointed by Kraken. Very intense and pretty smooth, but I got boxed around in the OTSRs and felt a noticeable vibration that distracted me from the ride experience

We share that disappointment, but all of my rides have been the opposite- immaculately smooth but sorely lacking in the forces department.

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Kraken is fun but I think it's a little overrated. It rides just like every other floorless to me. They all kind of blend together and the only two that stand out at all for me are Dominator and Rougarou.

 

Heresy!!!

 

Kraken is far and away the most unique Floorless coaster, taking into account its location, the multiple underground tunnels, and its perfect execution of elements! Overrated??? Most people would say Dominator and Krypton Coaster are better, so even though I disagree with that valuation, I think it's hard to say Kraken is overrated. I have it in my top 10 (of over 230), and I stand by that ranking! I'm a huge fan of the Floorless coaster model as well, ranking the aforementied Dominator and Krypton Coaster very highly in my personal ranks. But while Dominator excels at being just a basic, awesome layout (with killer rides in the back row), and Krypton Coaster has the unique topography and huge vertical loop, I feel Kraken does everything well layout wise, and then adds the fabulous tunnels and setting to give it an edge up! To each their own, but I simply don't see how anybody could say it's just like "every other floorless", when it has such clear distinctives that set it apart.

 

Fair enough. I wish I could see what other people see in it but to me the just all blend together. It could be that we generally do Busch Tampa and Sea World back to back and I'm subconsciously comparing it to Kumba... I'm not sure.

 

And I can't believe I'm praising this coaster but I would actually give the title of "most unique" floorless coaster to Hydra. While the ride experience is very forgettable, you can't really argue that a floorless that starts out with 3 consecutive barrel rolls, does a barrel roll before the lift hill, has a first element that doesn't invert, has no midcourse and ends with a single corkscrew is really unique. B&M broke the mold entirely with Hydra but sadly it didn't really translate into an amazing ride.

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Granted I haven't ridden Dominator or Kraken, hoping to change that by the end of this year, but here is my contribution to this floorless conversation.

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