Emperor dive coaster at SeaWorld San Diego now set for March 2022 opening

Posted | Contributed by Jeff

After a delay brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, SeaWorld San Diego announced its much-anticipated dive coaster, the Emperor, will open March, 2022.

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It was delayed by SEAS not wanting to waste the debut during the pent up demand of 2021.


Jeff's avatar

They really spared no expense on this one... the station doesn't even have a roof.

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Come on now… They still have 7 months to cover the station.

But then again, what do I know?

Jeff's avatar

The ride will have been complete for two years when it opens. There is no station coming. It's done. Look at the operator shed.

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That's some Six Flags level stuff right there. Parking lot and all!


This makes Pantheon look like the Taj Mahal.

How does a ride called Pantheon not have a station themed to ... the Pantheon?

(By being cheap, that's how. Still, I think Wooden Warrior at Quassy has a nicer station.)

I mean... It is San Diego... Who needs a roof?

Emperor with no roof > Rip Ride Rockit.

Fun's avatar

California seems to have an abundance of coaster stations with no roofs...

Medusa: https://rcdb.com/617.htm#p=9666

Flight Deck: https://rcdb.com/80.htm#p=69706

Patriot: https://rcdb.com/79.htm#p=78610

Matterhorn and It's a Small World at Disneyland both have open air stations.

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Here in NorCal it rains a few days a month from October through April and then basically never the rest of the year. Everything is outdoors. Most facilities (schools, churches, offices) have outdoor covered walkways connecting buildings to super basic functionality like bathrooms. Drought sucks, though.

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Jeff said:

They really spared no expense on this one... the station doesn't even have a roof.

it will match their ride ops. As I mentioned in another post, had my pass for one year, don't see the need to renew, and it will be quite a while before I pay gate to get in.

CreditWh0re said:
It will match their ride ops…

Topless ride ops?

But then again, what do I know?

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What strikes me about the coaster is that other than the drop, the entire ride is a positive-G extravaganza. The inversions look cool, but it's all inward similar to Banshee at Kings Island (minus the twist and heart-line roll). Geeky stuff, people will still love it.

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