Emperor Gets Its Opening Date at SeaWorld San Diego

January 20, 2022, 1:03 PM · California's first Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster will open March 12, SeaWorld San Diego announced today.

Emperor will feature a 143-foot vertical drop and top speed of 60 mph on its 2,411 feet of track. It's the 15th dive coaster worldwide from popular Swiss designers Bolliger & Mabillard, joining siblings SheiKra and Griffon at SeaWorld's Busch Gardens parks in Florida and Virginia. This one will feature 18-person floorless coasters, in a 3x6 configuration.

"Named after the Emperor penguin, the world's largest penguin, the all-new Emperor coaster will mimic this species' amazing underwater diving ability," SeaWorld San Diego said in its press release.

Emperor Infographic
Emperor infographic courtesy SeaWorld San Diego

Passholder previews for Emperor begin March 2. The day before Emperor opens to everyone, on March 11 sister park Busch Gardens Tampa will open its Iron Gwazi coaster to all park visitors, while SeaWorld Orlando is opening its new Ice Breaker coaster officially on February 18.

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Replies (5)

January 21, 2022 at 11:46 AM

Seems like a winner! Reminds me of Electric Eel also in that park. Compact, intense roller coasters that make do with the limited real estate at that park. Looking forward to riding it. Also looking forward to their next project which is a replacement for the Wild Arctic simulators. We'll stay tuned for that.

January 21, 2022 at 12:28 PM

I love what SWSD did with its Manta, too.

January 21, 2022 at 2:23 PM

They had me at hammerhead turn and no mid course break.

January 21, 2022 at 2:32 PM

Oh yes Manta is fantastic. I remember the initial review video in which Robert was a part of and he commented on the surprising air time. Once I rode it for myself I got to see why. Never thought a coaster that maxes out at like 30 feet could be so much fun.

January 21, 2022 at 3:11 PM

The delay on this one was a lot more understandable given the conditions California's parks had to operate under last year, but I'm glad that it will finally be opening in a couple months after standing there and taunting me on my past few visits. Looks like a strong contender for California's best new coaster since Joker in 2016.

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