SeaWorld San Diego is launching its sixth roller coaster

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Arctic Rescue, a multi-launch family roller coaster, will open in SeaWorld San Diego in the spring.
Arctic Rescue, a multi-launch family roller coaster, will open in SeaWorld San Diego in the spring. Photo Credit: SeaWorld

Arctic Rescue, SeaWorld San Diego's sixth roller coaster, will open next spring, SeaWorld announced this week.

SeaWorld said the coaster will be "the longest and fastest straddle coaster on the West Coast," which will seat guests on "snowmobile-style" vehicles. Each train holds 16 riders, in eight two-person rows.

The coaster will start in an indoor launch station themed as the Wild Arctic exhibit. From there, guests will race through the Arctic. SeaWorld hopes the coaster will bring awareness to the region and the pressures it faces from global warming. The company said it was inspired by the SeaWorld's animal rescue teams.

Arctic Rescue will be a multiple-launch coaster. At each of the three launches, the coaster will go faster, reaching a top speed of 40 mph. Its 2,800-foot-long track will have riders banking around turns and scaling heights of up to 30 feet.

It is a family-friendly ride, SeaWorld said, with a 48-inch height requirement. It joins SeaWorld San Diego's five other coasters: Journey to Atlantis, Manta, Electric Eel, Tidal Twister and Emperor.

"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 lineup and a perfect complement to the Wild Arctic exhibit," park president Jim Lake said in a statement.

Lake added that he hopes the experience will further guests' education on climate change and the Arctic.

Annual passholders will get the first shot to experience the coaster, SeaWorld said. Exclusive times to ride before Arctic Rescue opens for all guests will be set aside. 

Arctic Rescue is manufactured by Intamin Worldwide.

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