Seaworld Releases Emperor On March 12th

This one is going to be intense.

  • The first and only floorless dive coaster in CA
  • Announcement Offers another reason to celebrate Penguin Awareness Day
  • Pass Members will receive an exclusive Emperor Ride Preview in March

WHO: Today on Penguin Awareness Day (Jan. 20), SeaWorld San Diego is announcing the grand opening date of the long-awaited Emperor dive coaster.


WHAT: Opening on March 12, 2022, Emperor is the newest addition to the park’s thrill rides and will be the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state. Named after the Emperor penguin, the world’s largest penguin, the all-new Emperor coaster will mimic this species’ amazing underwater diving ability. Climbing to 153 feet with feet dangling in the air, riders 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. Riders will also experience inversions, barrel roll, Immelmann loop, hammerhead turn and flat spin as they race along the nearly 2,500 feet of track. Each of the floorless ride cars will hold 18 riders in three, six-person rows. This is the first seating configuration of its kind in North America.

BEST WAYS TO PLAYDive into all the Fun with A SeaWorld Annual Pass or 2022 Fun Card!

The best way to experience Emperor is with a SeaWorld Fun Card or Annual Pass. Pay for a day and play all year with a SeaWorld Fun Card that gives you unlimited visits* through 2022. (*Blockout dates apply) But why stop at a Fun Card? Annual Passes are packed with benefits designed to make the park even more enjoyable including unlimited admission for 12 months with NO blockout dates, up to six (6) FREE bring-a-friend tickets, in-park discounts, plus an exclusive Emperor Ride Preview in March and more! Annual Passes are available for as low as $12.25 per month. Visit to buy yours today.


WHEN: March 12, 2022
Guests can experience the all-new Emperor daily during regular park hours. Visit for most up-to-date schedule.

*Blockout dates apply.