Arctic Rescue coaster
receives rave reviews
at SeaWorld San Diego
AT: Pam Sherborne
SAN DIEGO, Calif. — A new cool coaster opened at SeaWorld San Diego this summer, and, even with this country’s above-high temperatures, the Arctic Rescue is providing icy thrills to riders.
SeaWorld officials have been touting that this new ride, at 2,800 feet in length and with 40 mph maximum speed, is the fastest and longest straddle coaster on the West Coast. Riders experience three launches with speeds of 34 mph, 38 mph and 40 mph, respectively, while riding on the snowmobile-type seats of Arctic Rescue.
Manufactured by Intamin Worldwide, the new ride opened on June 2 to much anticipation.
“Arctic Rescue adds a new, family-friendly thrill to the park,” said Jim Lake, park president. “With every innovation in the park, we push our mission forward of educating guests about marine mammals while providing them unique thrills and excitement they can’t find anywhere else.”
Each Arctic Rescue train holds 16 riders in eight, two-person rows. Riders race through the unpredictable arctic climate, able to lean into banks and turns and glide to heights of 30 feet. With its 48-inch height requirement, adventure seekers of all ages will enjoy the thrills and chills of Arctic Rescue.
SeaWorld San Diego partnered with nonprofit rescue and research facility Alaska Sealife Center, located in Seward, Alaska, for the opening of Arctic Rescue. As guests queue to board the new coaster, they are able to learn more about Alaska’s wildlife and the need for conservation.
The center also is a partner in the Wild Arctic Exhibit, which is located alongside the coaster. Guests are encouraged to walk through the Wild Arctic exhibit and witness the wonders of the park’s resident beluga whales, walruses and ringed seals whose wild populations are being threatened by a loss of Arctic sea ice.
Mitik, a resident walrus at Wild Arctic, was rescued in 2012 off the coast of Alaska at just a couple of months old by a local fisherman. The whale was rehabilitated by the Alaska Sealife Center before being deemed non-releasable and finding a permanent home at SeaWorld San Diego.
SeaWorld Rescue San Diego also partners with the Alaska Sealife Center on the rescue and rehabilitation of Alaskan animals including seals, sea lions, beluga whales, otters and walruses, among others.
The Alaska Sealife Center is the only facility in Alaska that combines a public aquarium with marine research, education and wildlife response. While primarily dedicated to marine research and education, the nonprofit center is the only permanent marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation facility in Alaska.
Tara L. Riemer, president and CEO of the Alaska Sealife Center, said this new collaboration will enhance the center’s mission to share Arctic rescue and conservation stories with the public.