SeaWorld San Diego guests are feeling the power of the ocean this summer with the launch of the park’s all-new Tidal Twister roller coaster. This horizontal, figure-8, duelling coaster—the first of its kind in the world—is now open.
As Tidal Twister accelerates to 30 miles per hour, riders will twist and bank as if they are riding the tide along a tight, figure-8 track that includes dynamic Zero-G roll at the centre section. Two trains holding 16 passengers each load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the centre with guests facing both forward and backward on the trains. A lower-height requirement of 48 inches makes this attraction a perfect ride for younger guests and families.
“There is no other coaster experience in the world like Tidal Twister,” said Marilyn Hannes, SeaWorld San Diego’s park president. “The two trains duel one another and guests will see the excitement on the faces of the other riders. You’ll almost feel like you can reach out and touch them. The tight turns, the inversion and the airtime hill will leave our guests wondering which way is up.”
Tidal Twister, elevated 16 feet off the ground, is located in the northwest corner of the park, adjacent to the Aquaria touch pool and aquarium, the perfect location to accentuate the new attraction’s conservation partner, which focuses on sustainable aquaculture and coral reef protection.
Rising Tide Conservation, a non-profit organisation, is dedicated to developing and promoting aquaculture of marine ornamental fish through the collaborative efforts of researchers, public aquaria, and conservation groups. This aquaculture effort is aimed at providing a sustainable alternative to wild fish collection which can result in damage to the coral reefs where they live.
“SeaWorld’s support of Rising Tide through this new attraction is terrific for our conservation efforts,” said Dr Judy St. Leger, president of Rising Tide Conservation. “The information shared and the funds raised through this program will help us in our mission to maintain healthy fish populations.”
SeaWorld’s Aquaria: World of Fishes aquarium will have a research support aquarium dedicated to the type of ornamental fish Rising Tide Conservation is concentrated on, as well as providing educational information to guests on the importance of protecting the coral reefs and the ocean. A portion from the sale of Tidal Twister merchandise at the park will be donated to Rising Tide Conservation.
“I am so excited that we’re part of the Rising Tide Conservation team,” said Mike Price, curator of fishes at SeaWorld San Diego. “Creating sustainable populations of these marine fishes is a cornerstone of maintaining healthy active coral reefs. It’s great to help advance this groundbreaking science here at the park.”
Tidal Twister, a Skywarp Horizon roller coaster built by Skyline Attractions, will join Electric Eel and Manta as SeaWorld’s newest coaster-type ride experience.