Electric Eel Steel Construction Finished at SeaWorld San Diego
This week SeaWorld San Diego hit a major milestone for the construction of their new roller coaster, Electric Eel. The park completed the steel work on the ride, topping out what will become the tallest roller coaster in San Diego when it opens later this year. In addition, the park revealed the cars for the new coaster.
Electric Eel is a Sky Rocket II model roller coaster, designed by Premier Rides. It will be the second Sky Rocket II in California, joining the first ever version of the model, Superman: Ultimate Flight at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. The ride is a multi-launch coaster with multiple inversions in a unique shuttle design. It’s 150 feet tall and will hit over 60 mph.
One difference between the two California versions is the restraints being used. Superman uses a lapbar restraint, while the car reveal showed that Electric Eel will use over the should restraints. One of our the Coaster101 team has ridden Tempesto, which also uses the OTS restraints, and told me they’re actually pretty comfortable, so it shouldn’t detract from the experience.
The other big difference between the two is that Electric Eel uses a three car, 18 rider train (again like Tempesto). Superman, on the other hand, uses a two car, 12 rider train. In my experience, with good ops the capacity is not too bad on Superman, and Electric Eel should be even better. Below you can find our PoV from Tempesto, which should be a similar to the experience on Electric Eel.
Finally, in SeaWorld style, Electric Eel will tie in with a nearby animal habitat. The Ocean Explorer area that opened last year included a large California Moray Eel habitat, which will be right next to the new coaster. In addition, the coaster will include an interactive educational experience called “Mission: Deep Discovery.”
Electric Eel is scheduled to open in Summer 2018. Park operations director Rob McNicholas said the remaining work includes things like building out the educational exhibit, and that testing should begin in April. For more on SeaWorld San Diego and Electric Eel check out their website here, and keep checking Coaster101 for more construction updates and ride reveals all offseason!