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SeaWorld’s Electric Eel coaster opens in May

SeaWorld San Diego’s tallest, speediest roller coaster will open May 12, the theme park announced Thursday.

SeaWorld San Diego’s tallest, speediest roller coaster will open May 12, the theme park announced Thursday.

Electric Eel, as it is called, is nearing completion, with testing of the coaster vehicles having already started.

Planned for a 1.2-acre site, the coaster is designed as a combination of loops, twists and a nearly 150-foot-high ascent followed by an inverted roll that will give riders what SeaWorld says is the only upside-down view of Mission Bay. During the one-minute ride, the speed will top out at 62 mph.

SeaWorld is also promoting a new annual pass, priced at $109.99, which covers 12 months of unlimited admission with no blackout dates, free parking, and discounts on in-park purchases.

That’s up from the $99.99 price offered last year.

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