SeaWorld San Diego has announced a brand new dive coaster, scheduled to open summer 2020.
‘Emperor’ will be storming into the Park next year, and will also carry the title of tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.
The new attraction is named after the world’s largest penguin, and aims to mimic the species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Did you know that Emperor penguins can dive to a depth of 1,800 feet?!
‘Emperor’ will climb to 153 feet, with riders’ feet dangling in the air, while they are suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.
Riders will also experience inversions, a barrel roll, Immelmann loop, hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows, making this the first seating configuration of its kind in North America!
Speaking about the new coaster, Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld San Diego’s park president said “Emperor will both thrill our coaster enthusiasts and also serve as an attraction that educates guests about the importance of animal and conservation issues.”
As well as providing guests with larger-than-life thrills, the new attraction also highlights an important new animal-conservation partnership between SeaWorld and Penguins International, which will focus on penguin awareness. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of penguin merchandise at the Emperor retail store will be donated to Penguins International to support their important conservation, education and research efforts.
The Emperor coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park.