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Today was opening day for Krake at Heide Park in Germany.

 

Some info before getting to the pictures:

First dive coaster in Germany.

Hardware and theming investment of 12 million euro

Advertisement costs not included...

Track length 476 meters, height 42,5 meters, drop 41 meters.

1 splash, 1 immelmann and 1 camelback.

3 trains, 3 rows of 6 each which gives 18 riders per train

50.000 hours and 700 tonnes of steel.

 

Enough technical things.. time to talk about the ride..

 

It might look small (and yes it's not that long) but darn it. This is a fun ride.

That first drop is awesome and it felt like you have a better view (on all rows on this first drop) then when compared to the bigger US version.

Maybe it was just my impression but it felt as if the train was further down the drop compared to the bigger ones. Or maybe it was just due to the smaller train size that gave that impression.

 

Anyway nice addition to the park which should provide plenty of thrills for the young folks and adrenaline junkies .

 

I thinks that's it for this time..

 

Pictures (sorry for the amount.. just could not make a smaller selection)

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yeah, looks like i made it

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some reading material

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theming

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ok, time to go outside

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sorry folks, press get's to ride it first

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they are already lining up (still 1,5 hours to go before opening time)

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the sign (hi Larry) between 140 and 195 cm's to ride

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lot's of chit chat.. drinking.. and nobody is looking at the ride?? ehmm

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there was a lot of press..

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All for these folks..

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look left, look right, airtime ;)

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smile at the pirate

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Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht and Hannes Mairinger getting ready for their ride

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and that's the lifthill ;)

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ok, time to move on.. ribbon time

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let's ride :)

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quick walk to the observation platform.. to get some pictures of that first ride..

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chill time

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here they come

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going down..

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yup fun ride

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control room in the station

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empty train

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merchandise

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it's 12:30 and look at that line...

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yup, looks sweet

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and the "end" of the line

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time to get some more pictures of the theming

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same drops without people

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the ride :)

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that looks pretty good

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first drop structure

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exit and shop building

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looking at the drop

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teeth (and fog)

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hmmm

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shipwreck

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camelback

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close up

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first drop view

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change to the skyline

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ehm...

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back to the other side

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looks like people are still waiting..

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outside of the station building

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tower and lifthill

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and back to that first drop area

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there is an onride photo point

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these look pretty impressive

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sorry, time for another walk...

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yeah... still no movement..

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did the "Krake" win??

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yikes

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minor damage, just need some nails and a hammer ;)

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darn sun..

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top of the drop (close up)

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yes :) happy riders at the top of the drop.. waiting those darn 3 seconds (or however long it feels)

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did i mention the onride photo?

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and yes.. the backrow might get a little wet (don't remember that from any of the other rides)

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camelback..

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it just looks pretty pretty

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water (splash) and train

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that is a pretty big splash..

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a different kind of photo op

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observation deck

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looking at the Immelman

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yeah

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time to use the zoom for some people reactions..

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it does funny things to the face

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next train

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on the way back

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different angle

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top of the camelback

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yup, looks like fun :)

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tree (every update needs one)

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up is down or??

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more fog

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pretty pretty

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final bit before the final brake run

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escaping the Krake

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splash fun.. or..

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woops, bit more then expected???

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soaked ;)

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lots of people watching

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scream if you like it

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scoop action

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that's it folks, hope you enjoyed it

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^ ain't advertisement about triggering the imagination?

 

i'm pretty sure that if they would have been able to get the mouth in by this time.. they would have. Most likely something came up so they opened it like this..

 

Time will tell if more theming will be added in the future.

 

What do you prefer?? looking at a ride waiting for more theming (and not operating) or being able to ride (and enjoy) it??

 

I prefer riding

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Awesome pics!

 

I love the theming in the water.

 

How many rides did you get?

 

Thanks,

 

Managed to do 4 rides before it opened to the public. Loved all of them

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Awesome work as always, Hanno!! It definitely looks short, but these dive coasters really do not need to be long to be thrilling.

 

Oblivion proves that point! I almost didn't ride it but I'm glad I did!

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This is awesome Hanno!

 

I'm gonna go there for ERT in june, hope they have got up the mouth then, and theres more theming.

 

Great pics! But i have to say, don't you have some pics of the brakerun ? that would be nice

 

Anyways, good job as always!

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... don't you have some pics of the brakerun ? that would be nice

sorry, did not get to that area of the ride for pictures..

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... don't you have some pics of the brakerun ? that would be nice

sorry, did not get to that area of the ride for pictures..

 

Do you have any pictures of young German chicks in skimpy clothes riding Krake? that would be nice

 

By the way, I added many of your Krake pictures to the Park Index.

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Do you have any pictures of young German chicks in skimpy clothes riding Krake? that would be nice

 

.

 

nope.. but i do have pictures of olks in swim wear on the splash battle.. crazy germans.. (owh yeah and i noticed a boob flash on colossus.. just did not have the camera ready sigh)

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Thanks for all the photos Hanno! It really is an amazing time of the year with many rides opening. We have a big one in about 5/6 days followed by a few Gravity Groups and Cheetah Hunt

 

Krake looks really fun! Gotta love the drop, immelman, and air hill combo.

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^ ain't advertisement about triggering the imagination?

 

i'm pretty sure that if they would have been able to get the mouth in by this time.. they would have. Most likely something came up so they opened it like this..

 

Time will tell if more theming will be added in the future.

 

What do you prefer?? looking at a ride waiting for more theming (and not operating) or being able to ride (and enjoy) it??

 

I prefer riding

 

FYI, I just read another German TR about the opening today, they guy won the first ride by a facebook competition and had a chance to talk to the Park Administration. He told at the Coasterfriends.de-page, that the produced mouth didn´t fit the quality norm the park is looking for, so they let it rework. The actual solution is just an improvised theme.

 

That means, it was planed and should come, but in another sentence it was mentioned, that the park is satisfied with the actual solution, too. So we´ll see what will happen, like Hanno said, but it wasn´t a missinformation just to get a better commercial effect.

 

 

Thanks for the Photo TR Hanno. It was the better TR, I saw today

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Another Info besides the attraction:

The Name of this boy is "Jimi Blue Ochsenknecht" and he´s a famous Teenage actor and singer, a little bit like "Bieber", in Germany. He has a role in the Teenage Movie Series "Wilde Kerle"

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Is it just me or is this Merchandise Bear really displaced!? They should better sell a huge octopus instead of that thing

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^ they also have some other things. I was pretty sure i had a better picture of these (but failed)

they have a Krake mouth and track combo which actually looks interesting. (left of the bears)

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