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