Last Friday I made a quick stop at SeaWorld San Diego to check out Howl-O-Scream Prep and see if anything was new on Emperor.
EMPEROR, CALIFORNIA’S TALLEST, FASTEST, AND LONGEST DIVE COASTER, TO OPEN MARCH 2022 AT SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO
Emperor will be California’s first and only floorless dive coaster
SAN DIEGO, CA (August 25, 2021) –SeaWorld San Diego is excited to announce the opening of the highly anticipated dive coaster, Emperor, in March 2022. Joining other thrill rides at the park, Emperor will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.
Named after the world’s largest penguin, the new coaster will mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Climbing to 153 feet with 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, barrel roll, Immelmann loop, 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. This is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.
“Our fans are eager to ride Emperor and we’re grateful for their enthusiasm and excitement to jump on this adrenaline-pumping dive coaster. Due to the unprecedented challenges of the last two years, the opening was delayed, we know this has been disappointing and we’d like to thank our guests for their patience for this long-awaited ride to open,” said John Dunlap, SeaWorld San Diego Park President. “Opening just in time for Spring Break, this free-falling, feet-dangling ride is going to provide even more thrills that our guests and coaster fanatics have been craving.”
SeaWorld San Diego is the only place in North America to see the amazing Emperor penguins. Guests can watch the playful antics of penguins tall and small including Emperor and King penguins, plus smaller Adelie, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Macaroni penguins at the Penguin Encounter indoor exhibit.
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I'm down in San Diego for a few days visiting my sister so I thought it'd be a great idea to head out on the trails around mission bay and see if I could get some pics/video of SeaWorld.
Written by Gregg Condon
Heading to the park area via the trails around Mission Bay. If you're ever vacationing down here they are really great.
Heading towards the park via the Boat Ramp off SeaWorld Drive.
Don't think that truck is carrying anything for the park, but you never know.
And there it is, Emperor.
The track is definitely done, obviously we can't get in to see what's going with the themeing, station, etc.
Walking around to the front end of the park.
A clear shot of Journey to Atlantis. And sure, I could have walked up there and gotten closer pictures, but I didn't really want to chance it.
A very empty parking lot. It was bizarre.
Thanks for reading/watching. Hopefully soon we'll be able to actually venture inside the park and get some rides on Emperor.
Also, the reason I've been coming to San Diego so much lately. My sister was just diagnosed with terminal stage 4 bone cancer. Since we just met a few years ago for the first time, we've been trying to hang out as much as we can. And these past few days have been AMAZING!
She's set up a GoFundMe for a cross country RV trip. I'll be joining her on this trip when I can, and she's going to be documenting her travels. If you can, please consider donating. We also have some cool park stuff we're going to be auctioning off for her GoFundMe over the next few weeks. Stay tuned!