VIDEO: Emperor Dive Coaster At SeaWorld San Diego
We take a behind-the-scenes sneak peek look at SeaWorld San Diego’s new dive coaster, Emperor — and see one of the ride cars for the first time.
Emperor is a floorless dive coaster that will, in fact, be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster on the West Coast, as well as the only floorless dive coaster on the West coast.
Named after the world’s largest penguin, Emperor will mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Riders on the Emperor coaster will climb to 153 feet, where they will be suspended 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!
The coaster will feature two floorless trains each holding 18 riders in three, six-person rows. The graphics on the nose plates of the coaster are purple/blue and yellow, an homage to the bright coloration of an emperor penguin.
Here’s a sneak peek look at the construction progress!
SeaWorld San Diego is the only place in the western hemisphere with an emperor colony and was the first zoological facility in the world to breed the species. Riders will be able to learn important and inspiring conservation information about penguins and emperors in the rides queue line.
This exciting new attraction will also highlight an important new animal-conservation partnership between SeaWorld and Penguins International, an organization dedicated to penguin conservation and research that will focus on penguin awareness and the conservation needs of this special aquatic bird. The partnership will include collaboration on educational elements that will be integrated into the attraction experience to educate guests on everything from penguin behavior and the effects of climate change on their habitats, to the work that SeaWorld and Penguins International are doing to help the species.
The partnership with SeaWorld will help advance Penguin International’s conservation programs. A portion of the proceeds from sales of penguin merchandise will also be donated to Penguins International to support their important conservation, education and research efforts.
Built by Bolliger & Mabillard, Emperor is next to Journey to Atlantis on the east side of the park.
California’s first floorless dive coaster, Emperor, takes flight Spring 2020. For more information including tickets, visit the official SeaWorld San Diego website by clicking here.
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