SeaWorld San Diego announced that their new coaster, Emperor, which was scheduled to open this summer will now be opening next year in March of 2022.

(SeaWorld San Diego)

(SeaWorld San Diego)

What’s Happening:

  • SeaWorld San Diego Guests will have to wait another year as the company has announced that the new coaster, Emperor, will be opening in March of 2022, a delay from the previous opening date of summer 2021 due to “unprecedented challenges.”

  • Active SeaWorld San Diego Pass Members will be invited to enjoy exclusive ride times on Emperor when it opens in March 2022. More details will be shared at a later date.

About Emperor:

  • Named for the world’s largest penguin, Emperor will be the tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.
  • Climbing to 153 feet with feet dangling in the air, riders on Emperor 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.
  • This new attraction will also highlight an important new animal-conservation partnership between SeaWorld and Penguins International, an organization dedicated to penguin conservation and research, that will focus on penguin awareness and the conservation needs of this special aquatic bird.

SeaWorld and Penguins International:

  • The partnership will include collaboration on educational elements that will be integrated into the attraction experience to educate guests on everything from penguin behavior and the effects of climate change on their habitats, to the work that SeaWorld and Penguins International are doing to help the species.
  • The partnership with SeaWorld will help advance Penguin International’s conservation programs at several high-priority sites and their public awareness campaigns.
  • A portion of the proceeds from sales of penguin merchandise at the Emperor retail store will also be donated to Penguins International to support their important conservation, education and research efforts.

What They’re Saying:

  • John Dunlap, SeaWorld San Diego Park President: “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. 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.”

Active Pass Members will be invited to enjoy exclusive ride times on Emperor when it opens in March 2022.

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