First On-Ride Video Released for San Diego's Emperor

February 15, 2022, 5:54 PM · SeaWorld San Diego has released its official on-ride POV video for its new roller coaster, Emperor, in advance of its official opening next month.

Emperor is the west coast's first Bolliger & Mabillard dive coaster. At 153 feet, Emperor will be the smallest of the five B&M dives in North America but the tallest coaster at the height-restricted San Diego park.

Emperor starts with a 143-foot, 90-degree drop before sweeping riders through an Immelmann, Hammerhead and Barrel roll along its 2,411 feet of track. The top speed is 60 mph, and the minimum height to ride will be 52 inches.

I will be at SeaWorld later this month for a press preview of the coaster and will post my review then. In the meantime, if you would like to plan a visit to San Diego for Emperor, our travel partner has discounted tickets on its SeaWorld San Diego tickets page.

Emperor opens officially March 12.

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Replies (6)

February 16, 2022 at 6:26 AM

don't let the lack of size and height fool you on the smaller dive coasters. when i rode baron 1898 a couple years ago, i was very surprised that it packed quite a punch. it was a really fun ride and also incredibly well themed.

February 16, 2022 at 9:47 AM

That's why I'm a bit concerned about Emperor mbrussmco. Sea World really didn't integrate a lot of theming into this new installation. There are no tunnels, bridges or other interesting elements along the course. While I really like the layout, they should have done more, particularly with the first drop, to make up for the lack of height. Manta has a number of thematic elements that set it apart, and the other dive machines within the chain (SheiKra and Griffon) use terrain and numerous other elements to accentuate those coasters (the second drop on SheiKra is actually better than the first because it dives through a tower).

February 16, 2022 at 10:14 AM

it's also quite far from the current penguin exhibits, so they're not exactly creating a cohesive environment. perhaps there are plans to change that (lord knows something should be done with the wild arctic space) but right now the whole deal is a little lonely out there.

February 16, 2022 at 2:34 PM

I seemed to visit Sea World every 10 years. This coaster is cute but rollercoasters are not worth the drive to visit.

Though, the fact that they STILL have killer whales swimming around just for a dinning experience just doesn't sit well with me.

What is crazier is that you have celebs opening their mouths over the dumbest of dumb stuff yet they are very quiet with this issue. Just like they are quiet now with inflation, etc. Really AMAZING.

February 16, 2022 at 7:28 PM

i too wish mark wahlberg would go on the record about the rising cost of *squints* avocados

February 20, 2022 at 6:32 PM

Frank32 I hear ya - soon pets will be cancelled and you’ll only be able to consume chickens caught sleeping! Imagine the poor elderly giving up their only companion and then a new billboard featuring woke chickens asking you to choose snails!

Also, I bet the dumb of the dumb will open their mouths and talk incessantly about the dumb of the dumb! Now how dumb is all that !!

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