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SeaWorld's new dive coaster will be named 'Emperor'

Posted at 1:47 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 19:43:08-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — SeaWorld's new dive coaster has shed its "Mako" moniker and will now nod to another of the park's coolest animals.

SeaWorld announced Tuesday its dive coaster will be called "Emperor," a nod to Emperor penguins. The name is "a tribute to the Emperor penguins’ journey from chilly, frosted cliffs to their deep dive into the depths of the ocean," the park says.

The ride will still be modeled after SeaWorld's other "Mako" coasters, taking riders more than 150 feet high, before sending them into a 143-foot face-down drop and through loops and turns at up to 60 miles per hour.


Riders' feet will be left dangling throughout the ride, making the ride California's first floorless dive coaster. "Emperor" will also be the tallest and fastest dive coaster in the state.

The new name is also a nod to SeaWorld's Penguin Encounter exhibit, the only place in North America to see Emperor penguins, according to the park.

SeaWorld aims to open "Emperor" in Summer 2020.

Check out a look at the new coaster here: