Electric Eel - Coming 2018

Introducing SeaWorld San Diego's 2018 attraction - the Electric Eel roller coaster. Featuring multiple-launch elements, high-energy twists, and heart-pounding loops and inversions, this coaster will be the tallest and fastest in SeaWorld San Diego history. 

Multiple-launch experiences will propel riders forward and backward as they speed through the ride’s station house accelerating to more than 60 miles per hour in seconds. Riders then rocket skyward 150 feet where they will brave an inverted “heartline” roll and a twisting loop for an exciting feeling of airtime as riders crest the top before breathlessly returning to the station.  This adrenaline-pumping coaster will offer riders the only upside-down view of Mission Bay.

Prepare to feel the electricity at SeaWorld San Diego in 2018.

Q: What is the height of Electric Eel?

A: 147.6150 feet.

Q: Are you allowed to build a ride that is 150 feet high?

A: Yes. SeaWorld’s Master Plan, approved by the San Diego City Council and the California Coastal Commission, identifies four sites where park attractions can exceed 100 feet in height up to 160 feet. This project qualifies as one of the proposed sites. For some context, Journey to Atlantis has a height of 95 feet and the Skytower is 320-feet tall.

Q. What kind of roller coaster is Electric Eel?

A: Electric Eel is considered a compact coaster due to the relatively small size of the footprint – approximately two acres.  The ride will be a Linear Synchronous Motor (LSM) launch coaster on a metal track. Strong electromagnets will propel the train from the station house.

Q: What approvals are required to construct Electric Eel?

A:  Per SeaWorld’s approved Master Plan, the Mission Bay Park Committee, San Diego Park & Recreation Board and the City of San Diego Planning Commission will take advisory votes on this project. Approvals will be sought from the San Diego City Council and the California Coastal Commission.

Q: Where will the ride be located?

A: Electric Eel will be constructed on an approximately two-acre site on the eastern side of SeaWorld between the currently under-construction Ocean Explorer attraction and Journey to Atlantis.


Q: Will any existing attractions or exhibits be removed to construct Electric Eel?

A:  An area called Arctic Plaza, which is located near the entrance of Journey to Atlantis, will be removed as well as some landscaping.


Q: Will there be an animal component to Electric Eel?

A: While no new animal component will be built with this new attraction, Electric Eel will be an extension of SeaWorld’s Ocean Explorer realm, set to open in summer 2017. A major animal component of Ocean Explorer is an educational eel aquarium experience.

Q: Will there be an educational component to Electric Eel?

A: Yes, Electric Eel will include signage throughout the ride queue that will provide a multitude of facts about eels. Furthermore, an interactive educational game also is incorporated into Electric Eel that allows guests to power a virtual deep sea drone through a marine environment while learning facts about animals. The experience also will highlight ocean health and habitats.  


Q: What is the maximum speed of Electric Eel and how long is the ride?

A:  The maximum speed of Electric Eel is 62 mph and the ride is approximately 1 minute in length.

Q: What is the minimum height requirement to ride Electric Eel?

A: Electric Eel riders will need to be 54 inches or taller.