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Heide Park made good use of their last day of the season to fully announced a new B&M Dive Coaster for 2011, to be named Krake. Translating literally into octopus in English, the highly themed coaster will plunge riders into the open mouth of a giant sea monster from about 134 ft. in the air. The coaster will feature a water splash, camelback, and Immelman inversion during the roughly 1,561 feet of track.
Krake will feature cars that seat six riders across, spread in three rows per train in stadium style seating, if I am reading the translated press release correctly. Previous dive machines have had as many as 10 riders across on their trains. Krake will cost the park 12 million Euros, or about sixteen and a half million U.S. dollars.
It sounds like the water splash will not finish the ride like on American dive coasters, instead, it will be located after the ride's first drop into the Octopus mouth-tunnel. The ride sounds a bit short, but with a high level of theming and the consistently high quality B&M ride at its core I'm sure it'll be a hit.