SeaWorld San Diego Celebrates National Roller Coaster Day

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SeaWorld San Diego Celebrates National Roller Coaster Day as the Coaster Capital of San Diego

  • SeaWorld San Diego has five fun and thrilling coasters that cater to every type of thrill-seeker
  • The ALL-NEW Emperor, California’s tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster is approaching its 500,000th ride since opening; the 500,000th rider will receive free single-ride Quick Queues for every visit*
  • Sweet summer endings with free ice cream through the remainder of August
  • Guests can now purchase a 2023 Fun Card for $99.99 unlimited admission now through the end of 2023
  • Pass Members will receive a one-time Quick Queue to celebrate National Roller Coaster Day


SAN DIEGO, CA (August 15, 2022) – SeaWorld San Diego is celebrating National Roller Coaster Day on August 16 as the Coaster Capital of San Diego. With the opening of Emperor this past March, the park now has five unique coasters that each provide something special for every type of thrill seeker, plus a variety of family-friendly and fun rides for guests of all ages to enjoy. The best way to enjoy all the rides again and again is with a SeaWorld San Diego 2023 Fun Card. Starting today, guests can purchase Fun Cards for an unbeatable price of $99.99, and get unlimited admission for 2023, plus free admission for the remainder of 2022.

A Coaster for Every Type of Rider

SeaWorld San Diego touts the name Coaster Capital of San Diego with five roller coasters for guests to enjoy –Emperor, Electric Eel, Manta, Journey to Atlantis and Tidal Twister. Whether guests are looking for a family coaster, high-thrills, or a quick way to cool off, the park has a coaster for everyone.

SeaWorld San Diego’s newest coaster, Emperor, is the tallest, fastest, and longest floorless dive coaster in California. Riders are suspended on a 45-degree angle before plunging down a 143-foot facedown vertical drop, accelerating more than 60 miles per hour into exhilarating loops, a tribute to emperor penguins’ amazing underwater diving abilities. Named after the Emperor penguin and its dive capability, SeaWorld partnered with 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, to help spread the word. Since opening five months ago, Emperor has averaged 100,000 rides per month and is now quickly approaching its 500,000th ride. The lucky 500,000th rider will receive a free single-ride Quick Queue* for every visit for the remainder of the year.

Electric Eel is San Diego’s tallest and fastest roller coaster. Featuring multiple-launch experiences, Electric Eel propels riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour in seconds. Riders then rocket skyward nearly 150 feet where they brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as riders crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station. The ride features educational signage related to the ride’s namesake, the moray eel with a moray eel aquarium located next to the entry pathway.

For families looking for a thrill, Manta is SeaWorld’s exciting, double-launch family coaster. It features a 54-foot drop and twists and turns that make riders feel like they’re soaring and diving like a manta ray. Located within the ride landscape is a 100,000-gallon aquarium filled with California bat rays, diamond stingrays shovelnose guitarfish, as well as many native fish to the California coast. The reef-themed aquarium includes eight acrylic viewing windows where guests can see marine life above and in front of them, and a shallow above-ground pool where guests touch and feed California bat rays. This hands-on experience allows our guests to make a connection with rays that may inspire them to project this amazing species by cherishing its ocean home, and the environment in general.

For those that want to cool off, Journey to Atlantis is a wet and wild water coaster experience on Greek fishing boats. Inspired by one of the sea’s favorite legends, Journey to Atlantis takes riders on an exploration of a lost civilization, where they experience an action adventure with splashing thrills! Eight-passenger boats take riders on their voyage, which includes a splashy, 60-foot plunge into a lake. One of the innovative elements of the ride gives passengers the illusion they’re not moving when actually they’re being elevated nearly eight stories inside the lift tower.

The unique dueling roller coaster Tidal Twister features high-speed turns and upside-down twists as the dueling-train roller coaster accelerates to 30 miles per hour, riders twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight, figure-8 track that includes dynamic Zero-G roll at the center section. Two trains holding 16 passengers each load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center, with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a perfect ride for younger guests and families. Tidal Twister is adjacent to touch pools, the perfect location to spotlight SeaWorld’s continuing commitment to conservation awareness and action, focusing on sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection. Tidal Twister is set to reopen in late August.

In addition to the thrills of coasters, guests of all ages can fill their day splashing, swinging, spinning, and enjoying many of the family-friendly rides located throughout the park. Fan-favorites and SeaWorld landmarks, Skytower and Bayside Skyride take passengers high above SeaWorld for beautiful views of Mission Bay. Guests can opt to make a splash and cool off on Shipwreck Rapids or spin round and round on Riptide Rescue. For kid-friendly fun, families are invited to enjoy Tentacle Twirl, Sea Dragon Drop, Octarock and Aqua Scout, plus Elmo’s Flying Fish, Oscar’s Rockin’ Eel, and Abby’s Sea Star Spin located in Sesame Street® Bay of Play!

SeaWorld guests are encouraged to take the Coaster Challenge and ride all participating rides in one day and share the fun on their social media using #SeaWorldSanDiego and #CoasterCapitalSD.

Fun Cards are Back for 2023 – Buy Now and Get the Rest of 2022 Free!

Guests can now buy a 2023 Fun Card for $99.99, and get unlimited visits for all of 2023, plus free admission for the remainder of 2022. The free months include SeaWorld’s Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration, the upcoming family-friendly daytime park events.

For those looking for the best value, guests can upgrade to an Annual Pass, including benefits like free parking, free guest tickets, up to 50 percent off in-park purchases, and much more. To celebrate National Roller Coaster Day, SeaWorld Pass Members will also receive a one-time Quick Queue for a ride of their choice between August 13- August 16, 2022.

Sweet Summer Endings with Free Ice Cream

In celebration of National Roller Coaster Day and the last few weeks of summer fun, SeaWorld is offering all guests FREE ice cream starting Monday, Aug. 15 for the remainder of August. This cool summer treat at a price that couldn’t be any sweeter is limited to one ice cream per guest and available at the Fusion

For more information, park hours and to purchase tickets, Fun Cards and Pass Members, visit

*One quick queue per week for the remainder of the year.


SeaWorld San Diego Announces the Launch of the 2023 Fun Card with Unlimited Visits for all of 2023 plus the rest of 2022 for Free

  • For a limited time, purchase a 2023 Fun Card and receive free admission for the rest of 2022 at no additional cost
  • 2023 Fun Cards are the best way to play at the best value for only $99.99
  • Unlimited visits include admission to 2022 seasonal events such as Craft Beer Festival, Spooktacular and SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

San Diego, CA (August 15, 2022) – SeaWorld San Diego announced the launch of the 2023 Fun Card today offering unlimited visits through all of 2023 and the rest of 2022 for FREE! With exciting and entertaining events in store at SeaWorld San Diego for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023, there’s no better time, and no better offer, then right now to purchase a 2023 Fun Card. For a limited time, guests can now purchase a 2023 Fun Card for only $99.99 and receive FREE unlimited park admission* for the rest of 2022. This will allow guests to experience SeaWorld’s remaining 2022 events such as Craft Beer Festival, Spooktacular and Christmas Celebration.

With a Fun Card guests can roam and explore the park as many times as they want to visit amazing animals, enjoy family and thrill rides including the all-new Emperor, California’s tallest, fastest and longest floorless dive coaster, plus take advantage of events all year long – all included in park admission. A Fun Card purchase allows guests to enjoy the rest of 2022 including new experiences and seasonal events through the end of year at no additional cost, including:

Craft Beer Festival – Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, August 19 – Sept. 11, plus Labor Day (Monday, September 5)

Craft Beer Festival is returning to SeaWorld San Diego with even more delicious local brew and food options than ever before. The event features an unbeatable mix of more than 100 domestic and local California crafts brews. Thanks to the newly opened High Tide Brews taproom, the event has expanded from last year to include a beer garden with live entertainment, Meet the Brewer talks, and special beer tasting and flight options. For guests who prefer alternative options to beer, the festival will have a range of hard kombucha and cider options available.

Spooktacular – Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 17 – Oct. 31

Halloween is back with candy, costumes, and lots of spooky surprises! Guests can enjoy trick-or-treating, a special pumpkin scavenger hunt, hay maze, Halloween dance party with colorful characters and more fun family-friendly activities. SeaWorld Spooktacular is a perfect way to spend fall days with family and friends and is included with park admission.


For fans of thrills and chills, Howl-O-Scream is San Diego’s biggest Halloween nighttime event. Featuring all-new haunted houses, scare zones and monsters, there’s nowhere to hide during this spine-tingling event. Howl-O-Scream is a separately ticketed event and is intended for a mature audience.

Christmas Celebration – Nov 12 – Jan. 8

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration brings families together with priceless traditions and new fun-filled surprises. Sip delicious hot chocolate as you visit Sea Otters, Flamingos, Sea Lions, Turtles, and Bat Rays. Discover photo-perfect moments throughout more than 100 acres of beautifully decorated park, including an array of beautiful Christmas trees, a holiday music-activated tunnel of lights, plus opportunities to snap a photo with Santa Claus himself. The holiday time brings elves, snowflakes, reindeers and more through park walkways as guests make their way to view live and entertaining seasonal performances.


Best Way to Play at the Best Value

The best way to experience all that SeaWorld San Diego has to offer is with a 2023 Fun Card. For the best value, buy now to get the rest of 2022 FREE, and visit again and again through the end of 2023! This incredible deal offers more than four bonus months when you buy now, for only $99.99 for a limited time.


For park access with even more benefits and low monthly payments starting at $12.25 per month, guests can also upgrade to a Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum Annual Pass to enjoy the perks they want most. Annual Pass Members* receive 12 months of visits with special benefits including exclusive ride opportunities, FREE parking, up to 6 free guest tickets, savings on merchandise, and more! Annual Pass Members also get exclusive discounts on Howl-O-Scream tickets.

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