SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SEAS) Corporate Thread

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Postby boldikus » Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:43 am

When we visited SWO in December every single non-enthusiast friend/family member/etc we told about our trip had no idea SeaWorld even had coasters. Most were surprised we made it a stop until I explained the rides.

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Postby gerstlaueringvar » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:15 am

Blackfish has caused so much damage and the younger generation tend to stand at the “rights” side without fact checking. (That’s why PETA gets to survive anyway)

SeaWorld is basically universally hated among everyone I know from outside of the industry no matter how I try to convince them with facts. Plus the fierce competition in all of their locations, I think rebranding would help.

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Postby larrygator » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:02 pm

gerstlaueringvar wrote:SeaWorld is basically universally hated among everyone I know from outside of the industry no matter how I try to convince them with facts. Plus the fierce competition in all of their locations, I think rebranding would help.


I do not encounter the same level of hate towards SeaWorld from my non-enthusiast friends. Maybe it is because my friends are older and have seen all the good SeaWorld has done over the years.

So I agree it is a generational issue.
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Postby Canobie Coaster » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:21 am

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Postby ABW » Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:36 am

gerstlaueringvar wrote:Blackfish has caused so much damage and the younger generation tend to stand at the “rights” side without fact checking. (That’s why PETA gets to survive anyway)

SeaWorld is basically universally hated among everyone I know from outside of the industry no matter how I try to convince them with facts. Plus the fierce competition in all of their locations, I think rebranding would help.

Definitely, I also agree that it's a generational issue. The funny thing is it's not even a rights issue, but its so fervently framed as one. Further, just like you say, people in the said generation seem to not understand the concept of fact checking, either. It's really aggravating, yet should be to any genuine person who cares about seeing both sides of the issue, which is how any decently intelligent person should look.

But no, we all just hate whales and dolphins, or whatever.
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Postby grsupercity » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:08 pm

Rebrand them as Busch parks or Animal Adventures. What is the worst that could happen at this point
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Postby jray21 » Thu Mar 15, 2018 6:41 pm

Their Facebook posts don't help either. They help to show how many animals they rescue, which is great for people to know, but that's a vast majority of their posts. I just looked at their facebook posts, and the past 22 have not included a single ride. Maybe 4 or 5 included references to areas or other basic attractions, but no roller coasters or things that are obvious theme park related. The 23 one was just for a waterslide. It takes 47 posts, going back to February 25, for a roller coaster photo. No wonder why people don't go to the parks, they don't know that they exist!
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Postby coasterbill » Tue May 08, 2018 6:29 am

SeaWorld attendance rises 15 percent

Heading into the summer tourism season, attendance jumped 15 percent at SeaWorld Entertainment’s theme parks, the company announced Tuesday.

In its quarterly earnings, the company said 3.2 million visitors came to the amusement parks in the first quarter of 2018, up about 400,000 year-over-year from 2017. The company’s total revenue spiked nearly 17 percent to $217.2 million.

It was welcome news for SeaWorld, said interim CEO John T. Reilly in a statement.

“Despite this strong start to the year, we know we have significant opportunity for further improvement,” he said, contributing the attendance rise to several factors including the timing of Easter, expanded rides as well as company’s new marketing and pricing initiatives.

Reilly also said season pass sales revenue increased by more than 10 percent and in-park per capita spending grew by about 6 percent.

SeaWorld has faced steadily dipping attendance and revenues, although it is still one of the largest theme park companies in the world, according to a report released last year by the Themed Entertainment Association/AECOM, which rated it the ninth biggest with 22 million visitors in 2016.

To fight attendance losses, SeaWorld is aggressively opening new rides and attractions — including in Orlando. Aquatica Orlando’s Ray Rush water slide opens Saturday to the public and a Sesame Street land will debut at SeaWorld Orlando in spring 2019, the company announced recently.


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Obviously Easter was early, and personally I'm concerned that the improved revenue can be attributed to revenue from Q2 shifting to Q1 with Williamsburg's aggressive membership sale but this is extremely welcome news.

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Postby RCjunkie » Tue May 08, 2018 7:46 am

^ That is great news for SeaWorld. Good for them, I hope it continues. Unfortunately the way they handled the Blackfish fall out from a public relations stand point will now be the case study on how not to handle a situation like this.

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Re: SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment (SEAS) Corporate Thread

Postby The Geek Mojo » Tue May 08, 2018 9:08 am

An attendance increase is very good news! More good news is SeaWorld is supposedly building a new park in China. Not sure this is legit or not...I can only find it one place on the interwebz. Could be fake news. I also read that Zhonghong is in some major debt problems...Not sure how that effects SeaWorld or not but they do own 21% of the company.

http://www.themeparx.com/seaworld-china/

https://www.mingtiandi.com/real-estate/finance-real-estate/chinese-developer-defaults-on-364m-in-debt-just-one-year-after-449m-blackstone-deal/

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