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SeaWorld's 'Tidal Twister' roller coaster gets an opening date

Posted: 2:51 PM, Mar 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-26 21:51:46Z
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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — SeaWorld's newest roller coaster is set to open just in time for the summer.

The park's Tidal Twister roller coast will welcome its first riders on May 24, after breaking ground just last October. Tidal Twister joins the park's other coasters, Electric Eel and Manta, in offering a different theme park experience than what SeaWorld is traditionally known for.

The roller coast zips riders ahead at 30 miles per hour, before twisting and turning along a figure-8 track and through a Zero-G roll in the center of the ride, 16 feet above the ground.

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Dueling trains will race past one another on the horizontal track with riders sitting both backward and forward.

The coaster doesn't brush education off to the side, though. The ride will include an aquarium highlighting the importance of Rising Tide Conservation, a group started by SeaWorld aimed at promoting sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection.

Following Tidal Twister's opening in May, the next anticipating coast attraction will be the dive coaster, Mako, coming in 2020. It's been billed as the, “tallest, fastest and longest dive coaster in California, as well as the only floorless dive coaster in the state.”