SEAWORLD BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON NEW DIVE COASTER
Start of construction highlighted by National Roller Coaster Day
Construction on SeaWorld San Diego’s new attraction for 2020 — the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California — kicked off in conjunction with National Roller Coaster Day (Aug. 16). The initial phase of construction consists of preparing the site for the installation of the ride’s foundation and utilities. The dive coaster, to be located adjacent to Journey to Atlantis in the southeast corner of the park, is scheduled to open for summer 2020.
Along with being the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, this new attraction will be the only floorless dive coaster in the state. The ride, being built by Switzerland-based Bollinger & Mabillard, will climb to 153 feet. Riders, with their feet dangling in the air, 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. During the two-minute ride, visitors will also experience heart-pounding inversions, a barrel roll and Immelmann loop, a hammerhead turn and a 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.