SeaWorld Names its New Dive Coaster Emperor
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Posted by: Rus Ozana
SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction for 2020, a 153-foot-tall dive coaster, will be called Emperor, a nod to the Emperor penguin that can dive to a depth of 1,800 feet.
The coaster, currently under construction, is being designed to give passengers the thrill of a very steep fall — 143 feet to be exact.
Named for the world’s largest penguin, the coaster will be linked to a new animal conservation effort in partnership with Penguins International. The California theme park will donate a portion of the proceeds from sales of penguin merchandise to Penguins International to support its education and research efforts.
Photo: Courtesy of SeaWorld
The name change also was made, presumably, to help differentiate the San Diego park’s new coaster from three-year-old Mako at SeaWorld’s Orlando park. That ride, though, has a different layout and has faster speeds approaching 73 mph, minus the kind of dangling drops that will define Emperor, once completed.
Designed to climb 153 feet, Emperor’s cars will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot vertical drop that will accelerate to more than 60 mph. Built by Switzerland-based Bolliger & Mabillard, the ride will feature a barrel roll and a sweeping Immelmann loop, named after a German pilot who used the distinctive flying maneuver in World War II. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows.