Artist’s rendering of SeaWorld San Diego Tidal Twister. Image via

SeaWorld San Diego will open its newest roller coaster Friday, a 32-passenger ride along a figure-eight track called the Tidal Twister.

The theme park first announced the new ride in October. It is described as a horizontal roller coaster with two 16-passenger trains accelerating to 30 mph in opposite directions. Florida-based ride manufacturer Skyline Attractions designed the ride.

“There is no other coaster experience in the world like Tidal Twister,” said Marilyn Hannes, the theme park’s president. “The two trains duel one another so that guests will see the excitement on the faces of other riders. They’ll almost feel like they can reach out and touch each other.”

The ride also includes elements encouraging aquatic conservation and sustainability from Rising Tide Conservation, the park’s collaborative aquaculture research effort. Rising Tide focuses on promoting sustainable alternatives to the harvesting of wild fish, which can damage the coral reefs in which they live, according to SeaWorld.

The Tidal Twister joins the park’s two other roller coasters, Electric Eel and Manta. The coaster is located adjacent to the Aquaria touch tank and aquarium.

–City News Service

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