SeaWorld San Diego unveils Emperor dive coaster car

This week, SeaWorld San Diego shared a behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming dive coaster, Emperor, as well as revealed one of the ride cars for the first time.

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Emperor is a floorless dive coaster that, once open, will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster on the West Coast, as well as the only floorless dive coaster.

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Named for the world’s largest penguin, the coaster will emulate the species’ underwater diving abilities. Riders on Emperor will reach a height of 153 feet, where they will be suspended on a 45-degree angle before diving down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop at more than 60 miles per hour.

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The coaster will feature two floorless trains, each one holding 18 riders in three six-person rows. In the queue, riders will learn important conservation information about penguins, with a focus on emperors.

Built by B&M, the Emperor dive coaster is located next to Journey to Atlantis on SeaWorld San Diego’s east side.

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