Mako (SeaWorld San Diego) concept art.jpg
Concept art of Emperor
SeaWorld San Diego
Location San Diego, California, USA
Status Under construction, expected to open 2021
Cost $11,000,000
Manufacturer Bolliger & Mabillard
Type Steel - Floorless - Diving
Product Custom Dive Coaster
Riders per train 18
Propulsion Chain lift hill
Height 153 feet
Drop 143 feet
Top speed 60 mph
Inversions 3
Angle 90°

Emperor is a steel floorless roller coaster currently under construction at SeaWorld San Diego in San Diego, California, USA. The ride will be a Dive Coaster manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard and will open in 2021.

The ride will be 153 feet tall with a 143 feet vertical drop and that will feature floorless ride vehicles. It is the fifth Dive Coaster to be built in North America and the smallest.


Emperor was originally announced as Mako on January 5, 2019 during a presentation on SeaWorld San Diego's future plans.[1]

However, on November 19, 2019 at the IAAPA Expo in Orlando, it was confirmed that the ride's name had been changed to Emperor.

From December 2019 to February 2020, construction made swift progress on the coaster, with the last piece of track set in place on February 5. The ride took its first test run on March 9, the same day that its corporate sister coaster Iron Gwazi had its first test run.

On July 30, 2020 SeaWorld confirmed that the opening of Emperor had been pushed back to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[2]

Work resumed in December with the installment of the ride sign.



On January 8, 2019, some additional statistics were revealed about the ride. It was confirmed that the ride would have 3 inversions, go faster than 60 mph and be almost 2,500 feet long. It will feature the signature stall before the first drop that all B&M dive machines feature.


3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 6 across in a single row, for a total of 18 riders per train. Riders will be held in by vest harnesses, similar to Valravn at Cedar Point.


External links

  • Emperor on the Roller Coaster DataBase.