Emperor Update – SeaWorld San Diego – December 7th, 2019

SeaWorld San Diego announced the name of their new Dive Coaster at IAAPA in late November: “Emperor“! The ride’s named after the World’s largest penguin, the Emperor Penguin. Let’s take a look at the construction of 153 feet tall 2020 Dive Coaster coming to the West Coast.


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In case you missed the new logo, it’s epic!

At SeaWorld San Diego, the park’s parking lot has been repurposed to store track and for the construction of the coaster. In the background of the track pieces the ride’s lift-hill is going up, and the brake-run already seems completed.

In the foreground it’s clear what kind of track pieces are awaiting placement, including the holding brake for the drop. In addition all the catwalk pieces are ready to go up as well.

Looking at the actual construction of the ride, the lift-hill is about halfway done. The ride’s brake-run and storage tracks are also in place.

Let’s take a look at some of the track pieces located in the lot. That includes the top of the drop, where the holding brake will be located.

Pieces of the drop, including supports are also stored. I expect the top of the lift (turn) and drop to go up next.

Here’s a closer look!

The ride will have vest restraints, much like Valkyria at Liseberg. I look forward to the ride’s vehicles being revealed.

The Emperor track colors are fantastic, and like the other SeaWorld San Diego coasters will blend well with the sky.

One last look at the lift-hill and the brake-run to wrap up the update!


Thank you for checking out this quick Emperor update! For full details on the ride, click here.

We’ll be back with new updates soon as the track pieces are coming together rapidly! Check out some of our other new updates and reports:

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