SeaWorld San Diego adding ‘Arctic Rescue’

The new addition is the park’s latest roller coaster.

The site of the “Arctic Rescue” at SeaWorld San Diego

An ‘Arctic Rescue’ in San Diego

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

Get ready for a rescue mission: SeaWorld San Diego dropped details on its newest roller coaster — “Arctic Rescue” — heading to the theme park in late spring of 2023.

The new, 2-minute ride will invite riders to explore frozen climates across a 2,800-ft track that starts indoors (at the former home of the “Wild Arctic” simulator) before getting launched outside. Guests will learn about animals impacted by arctic change like beluga whales, walrus + ringed seals.

The roller coaster is different from others because it’s a “straddle ride,” meaning riders will sit in a snowmobile-style seat with a lap belt. Each train holds 16 riders in eight, two-person rows.

There are no drops, but the ride will reach a max height of ~30 ft and feature three “accelerations” — each one faster than the last — at 34, 38 + 40 mph.

This family-friendly attraction will be designed for riders 48+ inches and adds to SeaWorld’s mission to be the “Coaster Capital of San Diego.” In March, the “Emperor” debuted, which is California’s only floorless coaster + rises 14 stories.

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