Electric Eel roller coaster comes to SeaWorld San Diego in 2018
January 3, 2017, 10:03 AM ·
SeaWorld San Diego this morning announced a new roller coaster for the 2018 — Electric Eel.
Electric Eel will feature a top speed of 62 miles per hour on 853 feet of track, in a compact design that accommodates the development restrictions imposed upon the park by the California Coastal Commission. (If you haven't been to the park, SeaWorld San Diego is located on Mission Bay on the Pacific coast.)
The 150-foot-tall launch coaster is another installation of the Premier Rides Sky Rocket that SeaWorld debuted at sister park Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2015 as Tempesto. (If you look carefully in the teaser video above, you'll see the on-ride footage is from Williamsburg.) Russell Meyer reviewed that coaster for us when it opened, calling it "a pretty unique experience" that "packs a pretty good punch." Here's the on-ride video:
Electric Eel will be SeaWorld San Diego's third roller coaster, following the water coaster Journey to Atlantis and the launch terrain coaster Manta, both from Mack Rides. This summer, SeaWorld San Diego is opening a new "Ocean Explorer" land, featuring the Submarine Quest track ride, in which visitors will engage in interactive tasks while exploring the ocean in a virtual journey that is complemented by real aquarium exhibits. SeaWorld San Diego also will debut a new "more natural" orca exhibit this year. The current orca show, One Ocean, closes January 8 to prepare for the new exhibit.