Emperor dive coaster opening March 2022 at SeaWorld San Diego

by Brittani Tuttle

Buckle up — SeaWorld SanDiego’s highly-anticipated new dive coaster, Emperor, now has an opening window to look forward to!


Emperor will join the park’s lineup of thrill rides in March 2022, and take the title of the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.

Named after the world’s largest penguin, the new coaster will mimic the species’ underwater diving ability. Climbing to 153 feet in the air, riders will be suspended, feet dangling on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot face-down vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.

Riders will also experience inversions, a barrel roll, an Immelmann loop, a hammerhead turn and flat spin as they travel along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless coaster cars can hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows — the first seating configuration of this kind in North America.

Our fans are eager to ride Emperor and we’re grateful for their enthusiasm and excitement to jump on this adrenaline-pumping dive coaster.

Due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed. We know this has been disappointing and we’d like to thank our guests for their patience for this long-awaited ride to open.

Opening just in time for spring break, this free-falling, feet-dangling ride is going to provide even more thrills that our guests and coaster fanatics have been craving.

John Dunlap, SeaWorld San Diego Park President

SeaWorld San Diego is also the only place in North America where guests can see Emperor penguins, thanks to the Penguin Encounter indoor exhibit.

To learn more, visit SeaWorld.com/San-Diego.


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