In celebration of Penguin Awareness Day today, Jan. 20, SeaWorld San Diego has announced the grand opening date of the park’s upcoming dive coaster, Emperor.
On March 12, 2022, Emperor will be added to the park’s thrill rides, and will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state. There will also be a Pass Member-exclusive ride preview in March.
Named after the Emperor penguin, the world’s largest penguin, the new coaster will mimic the species’ underwater diving ability. Rising up to 153 feet in the air with feet dangling, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before diving down a 143-foot face-down vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.
Riders will also encounter inversions, a barrel roll, Immelmann loop, hammerhead turn, and flat spin as they race along nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each floorless ride car can hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows; this is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.
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