We’ve got a gnarly twist for you today: details on the “tallest, fastest, longest” dive coaster in all of California, officially opening on Sat., March 12, right here in San Diego. The “Emperor” ride will reign at SeaWorld. Buckle up — ‘cause we’re diving in.
🎢 Fast facts:
- “Emperor” is the first and only “floorless” coaster in California — meaning riders’ feet will dangle in the air.
- Max speed: 60 mph.
- Track length: nearly 2,500 feet.
- The ride is 153 feet tall, with a 45-degree incline.
- Featured twists, in coaster talk: inversions + a “hammerhead” turn, an “immelmann”, a “barrel roll,” and a “flat spin.”
- Oh, and we should probably mention there’s a vertical drop: 14 stories (or 143 feet), facedown.
- You must be a minimum of 52 inches tall to ride “Emperor” (and max of 78 inches).
According to SeaWorld, the ride is named after the Emperor penguin — the world’s largest penguin (fitting, right?) — and will “mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability.”
Another standout element: the ride cars will each hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows — the first seating configuration of its kind on a dive coaster in North America.
📍 500 SeaWorld Dr., San Diego
Pro tip: if you’re not much of a coaster person but love penguins, you can see Emperor, King + smaller varieties at the Penguin Encounter indoor exhibit at SeaWorld. That’s definitely more my speed.