New Electric Eel roller coaster will be coming to SeaWorld San Diego

Posted at 6:35 AM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 22:16:36-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - SeaWorld San Diego received approval from the Coastal Commission Wednesday for the new Electric Eel roller coaster.

SeaWorld says the coaster will be launched in summer 2018.

According to SeaWorld, the Electric Eel will be taller (150 feet tall) and faster (up to 62 mph) than its current largest coaster, the Journey to Atlantis ride.

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The Electric Eel has the twists, loops and inversions that many thrill-seekers look for in a quality coaster. It also includes an upside-down view of Mission Bay.

The ride could provide a boost to the park's attendance, as SeaWorld says visitors have dropped by 3.8 percent in the first half of 2017.

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Investors say the discontinued orca show is partly to blame for the low attendance figures.