The Emperor, dubbed California’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster, will debut on March 12 at SeaWorld San Diego.
To mark the occasion, SeaWorld has released a special 4K ultra-high-definition video preview of the new ride.
The coaster was designed to mimic the incredible underwater diving ability of the Emperor penguin, the world’s largest penguin.
Emperor will be California’s only floorless dive coaster when it opens next month. Riders will plummet down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop at more than 60 mph before encountering a series of twists and turns along the nearly 2,500-foot-long track with their feet dangling. Emperor, North America’s only configuration of its kind, can entertain 18 riders at a time via three, six-person rows.
Aside from the new coaster, SeaWorld San Diego is the only place in North America where visitors can see Emperor penguins up close.
From March 12 to April 30, visitors to SeaWorld San Diego will be able to ride for a good cause, as a portion of the proceeds from penguin merchandise sales at the Emperor retail store will be donated to Penguins International to support the organization’s conservation, education, and research efforts.