SeaWorld San Diego rides – thrill levels, height restrictions, type of ride

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Visitors flock to the family-friendly SeaWorld San Diego for three things – animal encounters, shows, and thrilling rides.

Most visitors check out the animals, attend shows, then head out to SeaWorld San Diego’s rides for their adrenalin rush. 

SeaWorld has five high thrill rides, out of which four are roller coasters. 

Emperor, the fifth roller coaster of the attraction, is expected to be unveiled in 2021. 

SeaWorld also has two water rides and nine rides for smaller kids.

This article shares everything about the different types of rides at San Diego SeaWorld.

Electric Eel

The Electric Eel is the tallest, fastest roller coaster in San Diego and is 260 meters (853 feet) of adrenalin rush. Yes, that’s how long this ride is. 

Its multi-launch coaster with high-energy twists, electrifying loops, and inversions make it popular with everybody. 

During this roller coaster, the riders drop from heights of 46 meters (150 feet) while getting boosted 96 kph (60 mph) forwards and backward through looping twists.

When you are on the Electric Eel, don’t miss the upside-down view of picturesque Mission Bay.

Thrill Level: High
Ride Type: Roller Coaster
Height Required: 137 cms (54 inches)


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Journey to Atlantis

Journey to Atlantis opened in SeaWorld San Diego in 2004 with many improvements to its Orlando counterpart. 

The most significant was removing the large interior scenes of Atlantis and adding a much larger roller coaster ride.

The Atlantis ride is a thrilling action-adventure with some splashing involved. 

Thrill Level: High
Ride Type: Roller Coaster
Height Required: 107 cms (42 inches)
Splash Level: Some splashes


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Manta

Manta ride at Seaworld San Diego is a manta ray themed ride and animal exhibit.

It starts with a 270 degree projected media experience at the first launch. 

The riders’ car rocks forward and backward in synchronization with the projected film of a coral reef and many Manta Rays. 

The roller coaster reaches speeds of up to 69 kph (43 mph) during the two-minute-long experience. 

The 850 meters (2800 feet) long ride stands at the height of 9.1 meters (30 feet) and features a drop including an underground portion of 16 meters (54 feet).

Thrill Level: High
Ride Type: Roller Coaster
Height Required: 107 cms (42 inches)

SeaWorld San Diego tickets get you access to all the rides at the attraction. To book your food and drinks at SeaWorld in advance, select ‘Eat Free’ tickets on the booking page. Book Now!


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Tidal Twister

The Tidal Twister at San Diego SeaWorld is a unique dueling roller coaster ride featuring high-speed turns and upside-down twists.

During this exhilarating experience, riders accelerate to 30 mph, even as they twist and bank as if they are riding the tide.

The tight figure-8 track also includes a dynamic Zero-G roll in the center.

As if a roller coaster by itself wasn’t scary enough, two trains, holding 16 passengers each, load at opposite ends of the figure-8 and cross in the center twice.

Thrill Level: High
Ride Type: Family, Roller Coaster
Height Required: 122 cms (48 inches)


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Shipwreck Rapids

Shipwreck Rapids at SeaWorld San Diego is one of Southern California’s favorite water rides. 

A winding river turns to rolling whitewater rapids before plunging through a waterfall finale. It is a perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. 

The water ride is themed as a South Pacific island where four ships – Implausible, RMS Royal Star, Wholly Mackerel, Dream Boat II – and their crew members are stranded. 

Thrill Level: High
Ride Type: Water
Height Required: 107 cms (42 inches)
Splash Level: Soaked


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Riptide Rescue

Riptide Rescue in SeaWorld San Diego is an all-new exciting spinner ride.

During this classic spinner ride, riders sit in speedy Sea Rescue boats and soar through the skies on a simulated sea turtle rescue mission.  

Each of Riptide Rescue’s 12 gondolas seats two riders, so riders sit in pairs. 

Thrill Level: Medium
Ride Type: Family
Height Required: 114 cms (45 inches)

So, have you decided to visit SeaWorld San Diego?


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Abby’s Sea Star Spin

Abby’s Sea Star Spin is the classic spinning teacup ride that is popular with kids all over. 

The best part is that the riders control the spin with the wheel at the center of the starfish-inspired riding cup.

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family
Height Required: 107 cms (42 inches)
Perfect for: Smaller kids


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Aqua Scout

The Aqua Scout ride has six mini-submarines that spin, bump, and bounce you around.

Riders must be at least 91 cms (or 36 inches) or accompanied by a supervising companion 14 years of age or older.

Thrill Level: Low
Height Required: 91 cms (36 inches)
Perfect for: Smaller kids


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Bayside Skyride

Bayside Skyride is perhaps the oldest ride at the theme park. 

Inaugurated in 1967, the Skyride is an excellent opportunity to take in the scenic Mission Bay’s stunning views.

Riders 3 years and above must pay a $6 entrance fee for a roundtrip on Bayside Skyride.

A supervising companion older than 14 years must accompany all riders under 142 cms (56 inches) tall. 

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family, Outdoors


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Elmo’s flying fish

Younger kids love this up and down SeaWorld San Diego ride across an imaginary ocean.

The riders sit on a flying fish that looks like a favorite Sesame Street character – Elmo.

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family
Height Restrictions: 122 cms (48 inches)
Perfect for: Smaller kids


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Octarock

Octarock riders swing high and reach for the sky as it rocks back and forth.

It is ideal for both toddlers (3 to 5 years) and slightly older kids (6 to 12 years). 

Kids must be at least 79 cms (31 inches) tall to ride, and adults over six aren’t allowed to ride Octarock.

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A supervising companion older than 14 years must accompany all riders between 79 cms (31 inches), and 91 cms (36 inches).

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family
Height Restrictions: 91 cms (36 inches)
Perfect for: Smaller kids


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Oscar’s Rockin’ Eel

Oscar’s Rocking Eel is yet another family ride at the SeaWorld in San Diego. 

Riders board a small eel-themed ship, which slides up and down a half-pipe track, rotating as it goes.

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family
Height Restrictions: 107 cms (42 inches)
Perfect for: Smaller kids

SeaWorld San Diego tickets get you access to all the rides at the attraction. If you also want to book your food and drinks at SeaWorld, opt for ‘Eat Free’ tickets on the booking page. Book Now!


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Tentacle Twirl

Riders take to the skies in this exciting, jellyfish-themed swing ride, which is ideal for kids of all age groups. 

Guests must be at least 122 cms (48 inches) to ride alone. 

A supervising companion 14 years of age or older must accompany all guests between 102 cms (40 inches) and 122 cms (48 inches).

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family
Height Restrictions: 122 cms (48 inches)


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Sea Dragon Drop

Sea Dragon Drop at SeaWorld California is ideal for both toddlers (3 to 5 years) and older kids (6 to 12 years). 

The exciting ride is a drop-down tower scaled for kids. 

Guests must be at least 91 cms (36 inches) or accompanied by a supervising companion (14 years or older). 

Small children must demonstrate the ability to walk unassisted.

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Thrill Level: Low
Height Restrictions: 91 cms (36 inches)
Perfect for: Smaller kids


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SkyTower

Inaugurated in 1969, SkyTower is yet another old attraction at Sea World San Diego. 

It is 98 meters (320 feet) tall and offers the passengers a six-minute view of SeaWorld and San Diego. 

It rises at a rate of 46 m/min (150 feet per min) while spinning slowly (1.02 rpm).

The ride offers breathtaking views up to a hundred miles in every direction. 

You get to enjoy the beauty of Mission Bay, check out the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, and marvel at San Diego’s historic skyline. 

A supervising companion must accompany guests under 122 cms (48 inches). 

SkyTower is a paid ride – all guests three years and older must pay $6.

Thrill Level: Low
Ride Type: Family


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Emperor – SeaWorld San Diego’s new ride

The Emperor will be SeaWorld San Diego’s best ride when it gets launched in 2021. 

So much so, it is USA TODAY‘s Most Anticipated Coasters of 2021.

With a height of 46.6 meters (153 feet), Emperor will be the tallest, fastest, and longest Dive Coaster in California. 

SeaWorld San Diego’s all-new coaster will reach peak speeds of 97 kph (60 mph). 

California’s first floorless dive coaster is a tribute to the Emperor Penguins’ journey from chilly, frosted cliffs to their deep dive into the depths of the ocean. 

Similarly, riders will dangle and drop more than 44 meters (143 feet) on Emperor before plunging 90 degrees into exhilarating loops.

As of early 2021, the Emperor ride at SeaWorld, San Diego is under construction.

So what are you waiting for?

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Garima Boken: Garima loves to wander and capture as many magical sights as she can. Her heart yearns to explore all the mystical secrets that the different countries hold. One day, she plans to leave her studies and work and go on a backpacking trip with no end in sight. Till then, she plans to save up for the journey. Favorite Cities: Dubai, Moscow, Warsaw, Oslo

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