SAN DIEGO, CA
SeaWorld San Diego’s new “world’s first” Tidal Twister dueling roller coaster debuting in May won’t actually have trains that race one another and may not technically qualify as a roller coaster.
Tidal Twister has ignited debate among ride enthusiasts about whether the trains “coast” along the track, a key qualification of a coaster, and if either train can “win” the duel.
The new SeaWorld ride features a nearly 300-foot-long single-rail figure-eight track with an airtime camelback hill that crosses over a zero-g corkscrew twist in the middle. Designed by Orlando-based Skyline Attractions, the 30-mph Skywarp Horizon ride has two trains that are attached in the middle and powered by drive wheels. The track rises a mere 16 feet above the ground and will be surrounded by faux rock work.
“This is a high-speed dueling figure 8 roller coaster,” said Jeff Pike, president of Skyline Attractions. “Other people want to disagree with me, that's fine. I'm happy to discuss it with them.”