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SeaWorld San Diego's New Rides: A List You Can't Miss

Keeping up with all of the updates that occur in theme parks can get overwhelming, so we've done the hard work for you.

In this page, we will cover SeaWorld San Diego's New rides, what makes them unique, and even show you point of view (POV) videos each ride.

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Electric Eel

Debuting in 2018, the fan favorite steel roller coaster is the tallest & fastest coaster in San Diego.

Riders will drop from heights of 150 feet, while going both forward and backwards, and reach a top speed of 62 miles per hour.

The beginning of the ride is one of the coolest parts of the park, as you'll pick up speed quickly, until you suddenly stop right before a twist.

Then you begin going backwards!! Even if you know what's coming it is still a surreal experience that you have to do to understand.


45 seconds.

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Fun Facts

This ride features 1 inversion.

Each row fits 2 riders, and a total of 18 riders ride per train.

Tidal Twister

Debuting in 2019, this dueling roller coaster introduced high speed turns and upside down twists to ride fanatics.

This is a perfect introduction to the 'upside-down feeling' for beginners.

Two coasters will actually be riding at the same time, which is where the term 'dueling' comes from. Don't be surprised when you pass other riders during the ride!

After you sit down in your seat, and everyone is strapped in, the ride will suddenly begin positioning you tilted to your left, then the ride will begin. 

When you begin the ride, the first thing that you'll notice is the coaster tracks are actually flat!


Around 4 minutes.

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Fun Facts

This ride is a little on the slower side compared to other rides, but it's a great 'in between' ride for those that aren't accustomed to high speed roller coasters. 


One of the most anticipated rides in 2021, Emperor is California's first floor-less dive coaster.

This ride features a 90 degree drop and you'll reach top speeds of 60 miles per hour!

This ride takes after the Emperor penguin and you'll have a taste of their famous dives, and experience how agile they actually are.

The ride begins by making the 150 ft climb, once you've reached this height you'll make a sharp left turn, and it's time to brace yourself for the massive drop.

To keep you in even more suspense, rides will be held at the top of the drop for several seconds before actually dropping.


1 minute 10 seconds.

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Fun Facts

This ride was actually previously known as Mako before switching to Emperor. 

It is the tallest and fastest dive coaster in the entire state.

Emperor spans 2,400 feet in length and features 4 inversions.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Newest Ride at SeaWorld San Diego?

Emperor is the newest ride in SeaWorld San Diego, it is expected to open late in 2021. Originally it was supposed to debut in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the timeline was pushed back. Emperor can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour and contains 4 inversions. 

Are the Rides Open at SeaWorld San Diego 2021?

Yes. Rides such as Manta, Electric Eel, Journey to Atlantis & Shipwreck Rapids are open.

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