In The News February 7, 2020

SeaWorld San Diego’s Emperor dive coaster reaches two major milestones

Source: Attractions Magazine

FEBRUARY 5, 2020 BY 

Construction on SeaWorld San Diego’s new dive coaster, Emperor, recently reached two major milestones!

The last section of Emperor’s track was just installed, and the first coaster train was officially loaded onto the track. Each of the floorless trains holds 18 riders in three six-person rows. This is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.


When Emperor opens this summer, it will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California. Climbing to 153 feet with their feet dangling in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle before diving down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.


This new coaster will also highlight an animal conservation partnership between SeaWorld and Penguins International, an organization dedicated to penguin conservation and research, which will focus on penguin awareness and the conservation needs of the animal.


The partnership will include educational elements integrated into the ride experience to educate guests on penguin behavior and the effects of climate change on their habitats, and the work that SeaWorld and Penguins International do to help the species. A portion of the proceeds from sales of penguin merchandise at the Emperor retail store will also be donated to Penguins International.

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Photos by Mike Aguilera/SeaWorld San Diego

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