by Photo courtesy of SeaWorld San Diego

SeaWorld San Diego is poised to open Arctic Rescue, the longest and fastest straddle coaster on the West Coast in Spring 2023. 

The family-friendly multi-launch ride will launch guests up to 40 mph on a chilly adventure built to replicate the sensation of riding a snowmobile in the unpredictable arctic climate to help animals in danger. Riders must be at least 48-inches tall to ride along the 2,800-foot-long track as they race to help animals in danger, park officials said.

Guests will race through the Arctic and experience three launches, each faster than the last, at 34, 38, and 40 miles per hour. According to park officials, the straddle snowmobile-style seats will create an immersive ride experience for each rider as they lean into banks, turn, and glide up heights. 

"We're continuously looking for ways to add new experiences to the park for our guests and this new coaster is a great addition to our ride line-up and a perfect complement to the Wild Arctic exhibit," said Jim Lake, SeaWorld San Diego Park President. "The ride is also an educational opportunity for guests to learn more about climate change, how it impacts animals in the Arctic and what they can do to help the issue. I truly feel that seeing these animals up-close at SeaWorld allows guests to build a stronger connection and encouragement to take action to help protect them."

The ride was manufactured by Intamin Worldwide, and each train will hold 16 riders in eight, two-person rows. The Arctic Rescue is incorporated in the Wild Arctic exhibit which is home to a ringed seal, walruses, and belugas, some of the species most impacted by Arctic sea loss. 

According to park officials, the ride is inspired by the efforts and dedication of the SeaWorld Rescue Team to rescuing animals in distress and need of care.

“The new ride will bring awareness to the pressures the Arctic is facing and allow guests to visit, see and learn more about each animal whose species call the Arctic their home,” park officials wrote in a press release. 

Visit SeaWorld San Diego to learn more about the Arctic Rescue, tickets, and membership rates. 

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