Islands of Adventure
Theme Park at Universal Orlando, Dueling Dragons, Fire and Ice.
Two fierce coasters intertwined in a land of myth and mystic. Islands
of Adventure is an incredible theme park in Orlando Florida.
Sea World Adventure
Park's - KRAKEN Rollercoaster!
The addition of steel roller coasters
to Orlando began with the Magic Kingdom's Space Mountain. Orlando has
gone further and faster to cater to thrill seekers and according to
theme park execs - more will be forthcoming. In addition to the seven
or eight major coasters, we have been given themed thrill rides of "Journey
to Atlantis" at SeaWorld Adventure Park, "Jurassic Park"
at Islands of Adventure and "Splash Mountain" at Disney Magic Kingdom. All three are really cool, fun, and very popular.
Adventure Park Rollercoasters:
What: Kraken, the tallest, fastest, longest and only floorless
roller coaster in Orlando.
A massive, mythological underwater beast is unleashed from the depths
of the sea to take SeaWorld guests on the ride of their lives
lifting them higher, dropping them longer and spiraling them faster
than any other coaster in Orlando. Kraken is the dominant coaster in
the vacation capital of the world, smashing all Orlando records. Although
Krakens track looks like a traditional mega-coaster, a floorless
car design sets it apart. Riders feet dangle as they sit on open-air,
pedestal-like seats with
nothing around them except shoulder restraints. Theres no one
to hold on to, nothing in front of them and nothing below them
and only sky above. As Kraken hurls riders through seven high-speed
loops, the only thing above is the ground. Paul Ruben, a noted roller
coaster historian has said this about Krakens extreme design:
Imagine sitting in your favorite chair. Going 65 mph. With rails
racing between your toes. Turning head over heels.
When: Kraken is now open.
Design: Bolliger and Mabillard; Monthey, Switzerland
Theme: According to legend, the seas were once inhabited by a creature
or creatures known as kraken. The most
infamous was the monster kept restrained under the sea by Poseidon.
Kraken has now been unleashed at SeaWorld Orlando, where she is protecting
Details: Length 4,177 feet
Height 149 feet --as tall as a 15 story building
Drop 144 feet
Top speed Exceeding 65 mph
Cycle time 3 minutes 39 seconds
Capacity Three trains seat 32 passengers in eight rows of four
Inversions Seven, including a cobra roll, zero- gravity roll,
vertical loops and flat spins
SeaWorld Twists: A portion of Krakens yellow and turquoise
track is over water. The coaster plunges underground three times, once
unexpectedly diving deep into the lagoon. Krakens train enters
the serpents underwater lair at full speed as huge plumes of spray
drench bystanders. Guests can wander Krakens lair on foot, coming
face-to-face with live eels representing the fearsome serpents
young encased in transparent eggs. Height Restriction:
Guests must be at least 54 inches tall to ride Kraken.
RECORDS WITH ORLANDOS DOMINANT COASTER
Kraken Launches Guests as High as a 15-Story Building, Plunges into
Imagine a roller coaster that suspends you in mid-air, as high
as a 15-story building. You have no one to hold on to, nothing in front
of you, nothing below you and only sky above. Imagine yourself
on Kraken, a state-of-the-art roller coaster, so incredible that it
defines a new thrill-ride category. Kraken is now open at SeaWorld Orlando.
Named after a legendary sea monster
long feared by sailors, this wickedly fast serpent coaster corkscrews
SeaWorld guests through the ride of their lives, lifting them higher,
dropping them longer and spiraling them faster than any other coaster
in Orlando. Kraken raises the stakes in the vacation capital of the
world, where a battle to build the biggest and best thrill ride has
emerged. In a race filled with superlatives, Kraken smashes all records
in Orlando. Count em: Tallest. Fastest. Longest. Wildest.
Paul Ruben, noted roller coaster historian and editor of Park World
magazine, adds two more: most innovative and most unusual. Ruben, who
has ridden every roller coaster in North America, describes Krakens
extreme design as an easy chair run amok. Imagine
sitting in your favorite chair, a bit reclined, with your feet dangling,
he said. But on this chair, youre going 65 mph ... with
rails racing beneath your toes ... and youre turning head over
Krakens cars do not look
or feel like traditional roller coastervehicles. There is no barrier
in front of guests legs or a floor beneath their feet. Above riders
heads is nothing but sky. During each of the coasters seven high-speed
loops, the only thing above is the ground. Its just you and the
monster. Krakens sensation of flat-out speed, high G-forces,
weightlessness and spiraling loops and turns may be unparalleled in
theme park thrill rides, but SeaWorlds designers chose to add
a few new twists. A portion of Krakens 4,000-foot-plus yellow
and turquoise track is over water. The coaster plunges underground three
times, once where riders unexpectedly dive deep into the lagoon, entering
the serpents underwater lair at full speed, as huge plumes of
spray drench bystanders. Krakens floorless design defines a new
category of mega-coasters. Although the track looks like a traditional
extreme coaster, the car design sets it apart. Riders sit four across
on open-air, pedestal-like seats with nothing around them except shoulder
Designers now have created
more than 30 different types of coasters, said Ruben. Although
one would think there are no new ideas in roller coaster design, thrill
rides like Kraken prove there is still room for innovation in the roller
coaster arms race. Tim OBrien, Southeast editor of Amusement
Business, says the ride provides a new thrill unique to any other park
in the South. While it is higher and faster than anything else
in Orlando, thats only the beginning, he said. Its
not how high, how fast or how many times Kraken will flip you over.
The key thrill is the appearance that theres nothing above or
After a scenic, 15-story ascent
up the lift hill, riders get a birds-eye view of the 218-acre
adventure park before coasting over the 149-foot-tall hill. Exceeding
speeds of 65 mph, thrill seekers race through a 119-foot vertical loop,
before diving underground and into a dramatic 101-foot diving loop.
Riders feel the sensation of three seconds of weightlessness as they
rocket through a zero-gravity roll and into a cobra roll, or double
inversion, that resembles the head of the snake. After soaring through
another vertical loop, riders plunge into the monsters
lagoon and through a tunnel that is flooded by a nearby waterfall. Speeding
out of the tunnel, riders sail through a flat spin before resting in
the load station ... safe from the monsters clutches. Put in simple
terms: Kraken sends SeaWorld guests 149 feet high, upside down seven
times, underground three times and through the thrill-ride experience
of their lives.
According to legend, the
seas were once inhabited by a creature or creatures known
as kraken. The most infamous of
these monsters was the kraken kept restrained under the sea by Poseidon.
In Greek mythology, Poseidon's revenge knew no bounds. In many stories,
he sent these fearsome sea monsters to ravage the land. Kraken has now
been unleashed and she resides at SeaWorld Orlando, where she
is protecting her young. Guests also have the opportunity to wander
Krakens lair on
foot, coming face-to-face with live eels representing the serpent
young encased in round see-through eggs. Its
yet another way SeaWorld blends thrills, entertainment and animals.
Our guests always have told us what thrills and adventures theyd
like to see at SeaWorld Orlando, said Jim Atchison, vice president
of marketing. And now, with Kraken, theyll be able to
experience the dominant coaster in Orlando by far the fastest,
longest, tallest and wildest. In my opinion, it will be the best coaster
on earth. SeaWorld Orlando burst onto the thrill ride scene in
1998, when the adventure park opened Journey to Atlantis, a water-coaster
ride through the mysterious lost city. Journey to Atlantis was chosen
by Disneys Adventure magazine as one the nations scariest
thrill rides and by USA Today as one of the nations top five new
attractions for 1998.
With the great coasters at our Busch Gardens parks and SeaWorld
San Antonio, Anheuser-Busch has more than 20 years
experience in designing and building state-of-the-thrill roller coasters,
said Atchison. And this will be our best yet. If youre looking
for wild coaster rides in Orlando, Kraken will be your first stop.
While at SeaWorld, don't miss out
on the "Journey to Atlantis" thrill ride which utilizes
the latest in theme park technology to bring a different kind of experience
Islands of Adventure and Universal
ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE PROVIDES ULTIMATE THRILLS FOR
ROLLER COASTER FANS
Dueling Dragons And The Incredible Hulk Coaster Transport Thrill
Seekers To New Heights (And Loops, Inversions, Helixes and Camelbacks)
ORLANDO, Fla.-- Islands of Adventures revolutionary roller
coasters are designed to give riders unprecedented thrills unlike any
coaster experience anywhere -- including near-misses, dramatic high-speed
catapults and g-force flashes of speed through underground tunnels.
Dueling Dragons is the first dual coaster in the world designed
and built so that its two coasters furiously speed toward each other
on separate tracks. The tracks intertwine in a knotted mass of metal
that send riders barreling directly toward each other at nearly 60 mph
three times in less than two minutes. The coasters avoid impact
at the last second by hurtling riders through a camelback roll, a double-helix
and compound inversion.
Another coaster, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, catapults riders
up a 150-foot tunnel at g-force speed -- with the same energy as a U.S.
Air Force F-16 fighter attack jet -- and immediately spins them into
a weightless, zero-g, heartline roll, turning them upside down more
than 110 feet above ground. Riders then dive at 60 mph before skimming
the waves of the lagoon and then rising 109 feet before plunging toward
the water below.
The storylines and themes created by Universals designers are
as remarkable as the rides themselves.
Our coasters are conceived as the pivotal moment in some really
great stories, which are told using amazing state-of-the-art technology,
said Mark Woodbury, senior vice president/chief creative officer for
Universal Parks and Resorts. These coasters have unique design
elements that we believe rank among the best rides in the world.
Dueling Dragons is located in The Lost Continent area of Islands
of Adventure, where myths and legends come to life. To enter Dueling
Dragons, guests walk into a ruined medieval castle. Merlin the Magician
appears and urges them to turn back. They hear the tale of the Fire
Dragon and the Ice Dragon and see the charred and frozen remains of
their past victims.
They learn that the dragons hate each other even more than they
hate humans. And, despite the warnings, guests climb aboard one of the
two dragons as they prepare to do aerial combat.
Guests are allowed to select their dragon, Fire or Ice and there
is a special queue for those who want to ride at the front of each coaster.
As each coaster is loaded, a computer calculates its weight and decides
which of the two coasters should leave first and at what speed to ensure
Guests encounter more roller coaster thrills at Marvel Super Hero Island,
with the Incredible Hulk Coaster. Visitors enter through Dr. Bruce Banners
high-tech lab and find that he is conducting special gamma-ray accelerator
tests. They climb inside a vehicle and something appears to go terribly
wrong and then the ride begins by accelerating them from zero
to 45 mph in two seconds.
located at Islands of Adventure Theme Park at Universal Orlando are
actually two intertwined thrilling rollercoasters, FIRE and ICE, which
come very near collision. The heights are greater than 125 feet, speeds
over 55mph, with plenty of loops and close calls. A very fun coaster
to experience (over and over again). Islands has great fun for every
member of your family.
Hulk Coaster, at Islands
of Adventure, (the sister park to Universal Studios Orlando Florida),
launches you towards the sky from Zero to 40 mph in just 2 seconds.
This is pretty much what an F-16 fighter jet must feel like! In addition
there are zero "G" rolls. Words cannot describe the exhilirating
thrills on three of Florida's best roller coasters.
The Hulk has become very
very popular with roller coaster enthusiasts from around the world.
During your visit to Universal's Islands of Adventure Theme Park, be
sure to visit "Jurrasic Park", a surprisingly fun and exhilirating
themed thrill ride!
Unicorn - Islands of Adventure:
Nuthouse Coaster - A fun filled
ride through Woody Woodpeckers own nut factory at Universal Studios
Revenge of the Mummy
The Ride blends a powerful storyline
with an unparralled combination of Hollywood special effects all wrapped
around the visceral thrills of an indoor roller coaster. The new attraction
is so different from anything Universal has ever done that its creators
believe it represents a whole new category of theme park attraction,
which they call the world's first psychological thrill ride.
From the moment riders embark on
their journey, they encounter both physical and psychological fears
- fear of the dark, fear of bugs, fear of fire, fear of falling, fear
of being out of control, and more. Along the way, riders also experience
a mind blowing combination of sight and sound special effects including
pyrotechnics, projected CGI animation, advanced robotic figures, and
illusions designed to assault all of the senses.
Revenge of the Mummy - The
Ride is the third new attraction to open within about a year at Universal
Studios. Shrek 4-D opened in Summer 2003 and Jimmy Neutron's Nicktton
Blast opened in spring 2003. Revenge of the Mummy, now in pre-opening
technical rehearsals, is on schedule for its May 2004 opening.
"We set out to change the face
of Universal Studios with new experiences that are relevant and thrilling
to today's audience," said Bob Gault, President of Universal Orlando,
the destination that includes the Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure
theme Parks. "The result is a trio of compelling, new attractions
that give our guests the maximum entertainment experience they expect
from our theme parks."
Each new attraction offers a unique
guest experience. Shrek-4-D, with new animation by DreamWorks Pictures,
represents the next generation of 3-D attractions, blending spectacular
visuals with multiple special effects and surprises. Jimmy Neutron's
Nicktoon Blast immerses guests in an adventure that stars the famous
boy genius and the largest collection of Nickelodeon characters ever
assembled for a theme park attraction - including the ever-popular SpongeBob
And, the innovation behind Revenge
of The Mummy - The Ride, is now Universal's latest entry in the mega-attraction
Based on the phenomenally popular
"Mummy" films starring Brendan Fraser, Revenge of the Mummy
- The Ride is one of the most technologically advanced thrill rides
in history. The action all takes place inside one of the world's largest
sound stages, where guests are swept into an ominous underworld of ancient
Egypt awash in deadly curses, powerful forces of nature and vengeful
creatures intent on wreaking havoc.
"New experiences are always
great for visitors to Orlando and Revenge of The Mummy - The Ride will
make for an extraordinary summer vacation at Universal Orlando"
Walt Disney World Coasters:
'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith,
located at the Disney's Hollywood Studios. Along with the twists and
turns and loops the theme is Aerosmith! This is rock n roll at it's
pinncale. This ride pulls between 4 and 5 big, fat, monster G's and
propels you from zero to sixty in less than three seconds. Coupled with
the Twilight Zone's Hollywood Tower of Terror4, and Fantasmic!, they
really make the trip for the thrill seeker.
Mountain in Tomorrowland
at The Magic Kingdom is a fast, indoor roller coaster that blasts you
through deep dark space at warp speeds. An Orlando favorite for years,
Space Mountain stands over 180 feet tall. While at the Magic Kingdom
at Walt Disney World in Orlando Florida, be certain to experience "SPLASH
Mountain". But don't end up in that briar patch Brer Rabbit! Truly,
Splash Mountain has a great theme and is very entertaining. But don't
take it from us, experience it for yourself.
Space Mountain is just to the right
Contemporary Resort in this photo.
Big Thunder Mountain
Railroad at Frontierland
in the Magic Kingdom. This runaway train ride runs through an abandoned
gold mine and stands 197 feet tall.
While at EPCOT and Walt Disney World,
visit EPCOT's Mission Space.