Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Bolliger & Mabillard is building for SeaWorld San Diego

The following is an unedited press release:

Emperor – Opening Summer 2020
SeaWorld San Diego has revealed the name of its record-breaking dive coaster is Emperor, opening in summer 2020.  This new roller coaster will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.  

Climbing to 153 feet with their feet dangling in the air, riders will be suspended on a 45-degree angle at the crown of the ride before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour.

Riders will also experience inversions, a barrel roll, an Immelmann loop,  a hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows. The coaster will be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park.

Emperor is named after the emperor penguin colony at SeaWorld San Diego, which was the world’s first zoological facility and the first place outside of Antarctica to successful breed, hatch and raise emperor penguin chicks. Twenty-three emperor penguins chicks have been hatched and raised at SeaWorld San Diego since 1979.

Emperor Fast Facts
Opening Date:  Summer 2020
Conservation Partner: Penguins International
Type of Ride:  Tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California
Special Features:   143-foot facedown vertical drop
Barrel roll
Flat spin
Highly banked turns

Track Length:  2,411 feet
Maximum Speed: more than 60 mph
Maximum Height:  153 feet
Seats/Train:  Floorless ride car, 18 riders per car, 6-person rows, 3-rows per car – the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.
Manufacturer:  Bolliger & Mabillard