February 6, 2020 – SeaWorld San Diego’s new dive coaster, Emperor, reached two significant milestones with the installation of the last section of track and the loading of the first ride vehicle onto the track. Each of the floorless trains holds 18 riders in three, six-person rows. This is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America. When Emperor opens, it will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, and the park’s fifth coaster.
Named for the world’s largest penguin, Emperor will climb riders to 153 feet (46.6m) with their feet dangling in the air, before being suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot (43.5m) face-down vertical drop, accelerating to more than 60 mph (96.5 km/h).
This exciting attraction will also highlight an important new animal conservation partnership between SeaWorld and Penguins International, an organization dedicated to penguin conservation and research, which 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 behaviour and the effects of climate change on their habitats, to the work that SeaWorld and Penguins International are doing to help the species. A portion of the proceeds from sales of penguin merchandise at the Emperor retail store will also be donated to Penguins International to support their important conservation, education and research efforts.
Emperor is being built by Bolliger & Mabillard and will open this summer.