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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Jakizle » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:24 pm

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robbalvey wrote:Is this even how this works? I was under the impression with all the other VR coasters I've done that something triggers the VR to start when the ride ops sends the train, and that is what starts the animation and syncs it all up.

The whole "specific seat" thing would probably have to happen because the ride motion is different depending on whether you're in the front or back of the train. I personally am not familiar with how these work. However, based on my own experiences, I would suspect that it functions in a similar manner to NoLimits in that there are 32 (in the case of Kraken) different "viewing points" for the ride, and each seat assigned to its corresponding viewing point. Though, you could argue that you could reduce it to 8, one per row, for the sake of simplicity.

I just think that viewing an animation where you're sort of hung over the edge, but in actuality are being yanked over because you're in the back seat, would probably cause a bit of motion sickness. After all, what causes motion sickness is when what you're seeing doesn't match up with what you're feeling.


Yeah but....the calibration step didn't start on the Six Flags rides until after you were seated either. The difference is you still got your headset and put it almost all the way on before the air gates opened. So when you sat down all you had to do was pull down the restraint, then pull the headset down a tiny bit from the top of your head and there were QR codes on the back of the seats in front of you that calibrated your headset to your specific position.

This way head seats are not tied to one seat or row. No sorting required.

The cleaning also occurred off ride.

I also question the headset staying with the seat. Adds a ton to the actual loading/unloading process.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby Garet » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:50 am

I've made my feelings clear on my dislike for reservation only rides when discussing Everland and Volcano Bay, but I've seen some tweets saying Kraken Unleashed is full by noon. Granted, it's new and popular but if it's a case of the VR making capacity that low surely that's not going to go down to well with guests.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:10 am

I guess I will see for myself later today. I won't be wearing the VR however if I ride at all. Even with the Spot Saver I don't think it's worth waiting for, at least until they get things more together. I've seen others post elsewhere having to wait an hour or more after their scheduled return time. I'll just get some rides on Manta & Mako and catch the night time shows most likely.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby DILinator » Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:56 pm

So, is there no way to ride Kraken now going through a normal line, even if you don't want to do the VR? If not, that really stinks! Way to foul-up one of my favorite coasters! :x
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby anonymouscactus » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:09 pm

Better get there early!

When the park opens for the day, Kraken Unleashed will operate with a standard standby line. Once the wait builds to about 20 minutes, the standby queue will be cut off and Spot Saver will become available. If no more Spot Saver time slots are available for the day, you will be allowed to join a standby queue shortly before park closing

Source: http://attractionsmagazine.com/seaworld-orlando-introduces-spot-saver-virtual-queue-kraken-unleashed/

Back when I worked the park, the entire Kraken / JTA area is COMPLETELY dead by 8pm on 10p close days. I would guess that still holds true as the other side of the park is where the action is at night.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby DILinator » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:21 pm

^Thanks for the info! I'm used to going there, and having there be virtually no wait for my beloved Kraken, so this VR thing is definitely bad news for those days... I guess I'll have to make it my first stop in the park, assuming I end up going in November as presently planned!
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby BlahBlahson » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:04 pm

A virtual Queue System and VR is difficult to get onto and has terrible capacity and wait times?

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby bgtlover » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:09 pm

DILinator wrote:^Thanks for the info! I'm used to going there, and having there be virtually no wait for my beloved Kraken, so this VR thing is definitely bad news for those days... I guess I'll have to make it my first stop in the park, assuming I end up going in November as presently planned!

Hopefully by then they will have it operationally better. You can see my post up there with a 6.5 hour virtual wait time. I didn't bother especially since that was right before Shamu Celebration show. I walked by Kraken once around 2:30 and it had a 400 minute wait listed. I'm sure it was more than that considering everything shut down for about an hour prior to that due to lightning.

I would just recommend getting to the park before opening and head straight there. At least with spot saver, you have to be in the park to reserve from your phone.

In other news, I walked onto Manta when I got to the park at 12:30 and rode twice without getting off. I also rode Mako 3 times with a 1 train wait. I didn't even need my free one time wuick queue. I used it anyway since I went through the trouble of reserving. I would have ridden more but with all the on and off rain and catching shows that's all I got coaster wise. Surprisingly the Skytower was open all day and got a ride on it with one cycke wait. Even Wild Arctic was a walk on.
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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby doom1001 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:27 pm

I rode it this past Sunday around 6:30-7pm,the wait time sign said 180 minutes,knowing that it had rained earlier and the park was emptying out I knew there was no way so I asked how long it actually was,they said around 40 minutes,knowing that might be as good as it gets I strolled in and was shocked to find that I would only have to wait two trains to get on,a train was leaving when I got there,the next group was already in their rows for the next one and I would be on the following one.I told myself I went from seeing the 180 min wait sign to then being told 40 minutes and then seeing how close I was to the front I thought there was no way it would even be close to the 40 minutes.However the whole loading/unloading is slow, having to clean the headsets and making sure everyone has it on correctly just takes time.There were plenty of attendants and they were very efficient but the process is still slow,nothing anyone can do about it,the wait that I thought would be 10-15 minutes was more like 25-30,I was still very happy I could get on in that time but I could imagine the wait wouldn't be very enjoyable on a busy day.I really enjoyed the experience,it truly put me in that environment and I almost forgot I was on a coaster I had probably ridden a couple hundred times.Having moved from south Florida a year ago and now being a local who frequents Sea World I have the luxury of trying to ride it at times I know the park will be dead,with the park staying open until like 10pm during the summer I'm assuming once the sun goes down the waits will be best at night.I think its a good addition to Sea World,it was a good coaster without the VR and low wait times but the park needed something unique to bring in the people to try it.Mako is still the best coaster in Florida in my opinion and the waits are never bad,and with it being such a rerideable coaster you can usually ride it multiple times in a short time,Kraken won't be that coaster you can get a bunch of rides in a row again but its now a fun, unique experience.

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Re: SeaWorld Orlando (SWO) Discussion Thread

Postby robbalvey » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:24 am

bgtlover wrote:Um..yeah...not happening today as expected...lol Mind you everything outdoors has been shut down at least the last 30 minutes with storms in the area.
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I just don't get it. How is this acceptable at all? Between Volcano Bay's disastrous system and this, are the Orlando parks just TRYING to piss off guests and send them to Disney?!?!?

I really do not understand how either of these parks think this is "OK" to operate attractions like this.

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