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SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, held the company's Investor and Analyst Day today. The event was also webcast live via the investor relations section of the company's website.

 

A SeaWorld Animal Rescue-theme ride concept announced in today's SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. Analyst and Investor presentation.

During the presentation, President and Chief Executive Officer Joel Manby shared with investors and analysts a plan to build on the company's strong business fundamentals by evolving the guest experience to align with consumer preferences for experiences that matter -- to learn more about the natural world, the plight of animals in the wild, along with family entertainment and attractions.

 

The plan includes a new approach to in-park activities as well as greater connection to the company's award winning television programming that highlights SeaWorld Entertainment's world-class veterinary care and animal rescue operations. Other elements of the plan include a more simplified approach to value-based pricing, investment in new attractions, and an ongoing focus on cost control as part of a larger commitment to financial discipline.

 

In addition, Manby announced several new business initiatives, including partnerships with Panasonic and Evans Hotel Group.

 

As a part of a multi-year partnership with Panasonic Enterprises Solution Company, Panasonic will become an Official Technology Partner of SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment and its Parks. Panasonic Enterprises Solution Company provides advanced technology solutions serving sports, entertainment and retail industries.

 

"Panasonic is very pleased to be chosen by SeaWorld Entertainment as their new technology partner," said Jim Doyle, President of Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company. "There are endless possibilities when it comes to adding technology to update and enhance the guest experience throughout all of the parks. Panasonic looks forward to delivering the most cutting-edge technology solutions to impress and amaze."

 

Manby said after the presentation that a key objective of the Panasonic partnership is to use technology to better connect park guests with animals and the company's 23,000 employees, now known as ambassadors, with the larger goal of inspiring a shift in behavior.

 

"We hope that experiencing animals in our parks moves our guests to a deeper understanding of the plight of all animals – and an increasingly threatened natural environment -- and inspires those guests to help conserve the world we share," Manby said.

 

The company also announced Monday that it has signed a letter of intent with Evans Hotels Group to explore development of a resort hotel on SeaWorld's leased land in San Diego. Evans owns and operates well-known resorts and attractions in San Diego County, including The Lodge at Torrey Pines, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, the Bahia Resort Hotel and the Bahia Belle and William D. Evans sternwheelers. The Evans partnership is part of SeaWorld Entertainment's strategy to look at opportunities and partners to develop resort properties in or near some of its parks.

 

"We are delighted to partner with Panasonic and Evans Hotels, companies that have such well-established reputations for quality and innovation," Manby said. "We are excited to begin deploying Panasonic technology solutions to enhance the guest experience in our parks and to explore resort development opportunities on Mission Bay with Evans Hotels."

 

"Evans Hotels and SeaWorld Entertainment have been pioneers in helping to make Mission Bay the leisure and entertainment destination it is today. Our companies have each served the local community and visitors to San Diego for more than half a century. This project is an exciting opportunity for our iconic brands to join together to create the ultimate resort experience," said Robert H. Gleason, President and CEO of Evans Hotels.

 

SeaWorld Entertainment's management also announced that the Company's Saturday morning family television programs, Sea Rescue and The Wildlife Docs, have been renewed by Litton Entertainment through summer 2018. The award-winning and Emmy-nominated shows are number one in ratings in their respective Saturday morning timeslots on ABC. The shows document the Company's long-standing commitment to assisting wild animals in need – more than 27,000 to date -- and the sophistication of animal husbandry and veterinary care in its zoological parks.

 

"Animal rescue is part of what we have always been and a key way we are different from other theme park companies. These shows are part of a larger strategy and we are looking to transform what guests experience in our parks and what the public learns about us," Manby said. "In developing new experiences in our parks we want guests to explore, to be inspired and, ultimately, to act and we feel our parks are uniquely suited to creating meaningful and fun vacations -- experiences that matter.

 

"The overwhelming majority of adults – nearly 95 percent according to research we have seen -- tell us that they believe that visiting a zoo or aquarium can inspire conservation," Manby said. "We see a growing trend within our core guest demographic that a vacation can and should be more than just fantasy and entertainment. Guests want to know that they're making a difference for the world we share and our parks deliver on that promise."

 

As part of that commitment, Manby announced the company has initiated production on a new orca presentation for its San Diego park. The new experience will engage and inform guests by highlighting more of the species' natural behaviors. The show will include conservation messaging and tips guests can take home with them to make a difference for orcas in the wild. The current show, One Ocean, will run through 2016.

 

Manby also provided investors and analysts details of new attraction concepts and seasonal events, including a SeaWorld Rescue-themed roller coaster and the addition of holiday shows and experiences featuring characters from the Christmas classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer."

 

A replay of the webcast and the related presentation materials will be available beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern Time on November 10, 2015 via the investor relations section of the company's website at http://www.seaworldentertainment.com.

 

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The press release and the web conference did not confirm which of the two SeaWorld Rescue dark ride concepts will be added to SeaWorld Orlando and which will be added to SeaWorld San Antonio.

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I really like the direction they are going with this park. I always felt it was the step child of the group but finally there adding new attractions. They have so much land to develop as well.

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I am very glad that Sea World San Antonio is getting a new coaster & i am very impressed of it's type that it would make an fine selection of coasters in the park, also in the yellow spaces, there seems to be enough room for a Gertslaurer Eurofighter, & a GCI Wooden (just in my opinion!).

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I really like the direction they are going with this park. I always felt it was the step child of the group but finally there adding new attractions. They have so much land to develop as well.

 

That's a pretty large spot. Large enough for a hotel/parking garage and a massive aquatica expansion. They could also not do aquatica but move the employee parking or temporary buildings to the aquatica spot as well if needed and add an attraction down there. It will be interesting. I'd love to have a sea world hotel in San Antonio, but I doubt we see that ever happen. So we're likely to see an aquatica expansion and large expansion with multiple attractions. That'd be great.

 

Note: aquatica is amazing in San Antonio. Between the sting ray tube ride and lazy river aviary- they have some incredibly unique attractions that team with animal encounters. That should be their nitch.

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The news is interesting when overlayed on these rumors:

http://behindthethrills.com/2015/10/rumor-mill-seaworld-san-antonio-could-become-crown-jewel-in-seaworld-parks-family/

 

The following image is misleading as the blue area to the north of the entrance but west of the area labeled "Aquatica" is actually the forthcoming "Discovery Point". It's far too small of an area to be considered a third gate (as rumored at the above link), plus there aren't any major draws in that area, so I would expect the northern yellow area marked below to be for the new attractions. This would be either more interactive experience or a major new ride:

 

The southern yellow area is where I'd expect to see a resort. However, the southern yellow area is a bit misleading as there's a LOT of available expansion area within the blue shaded area, too. There really aren't many large attractions on the south side of the lake. In other words, there's tons of room for attractions there, too, even if a large resort is built.

 

Right now, there's a lot of construction to the right of the current entrance (south, on the map) which the above article says will become a new entrance. I don't know what's going there, but I do know the land has been leveled and is very flat.

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I really like the direction they are going with this park. I always felt it was the step child of the group but finally there adding new attractions. They have so much land to develop as well.

 

Yeah, that map doesn't really point out the fact so much of the land within the existing parks can be reworked

 

I hope thy take cues from the parks like Phantasialand and the resorts have direct access to the parks

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Hey all, I'll be visiting SWSA around Christmas time, anyone know the crowd levels? Will I need a Quick Queue? Thanks in advance.

 

Well for some most people that don't like doing fun stuff in winter, I think the lines would be a little shorter, but I rather not Ride Rides during Christmas anyway for some other reason!

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SeaWorld Killer Whale Dies at San Antonio Park Following Illness

 

An 18-year-old killer whale has died after a months-long illness at the SeaWorld park in San Antonio.

 

A Sea World sign is seen in this file photo taken from the marine park's Facebook page.

A Sea World sign is seen in this file photo taken from the marine park’s Facebook page.

Unna, a 4,600-pound orca, died Monday.

 

“We are saddened to share the passing of Unna,” SeaWorld said. “Unna had been under the constant care of the SeaWorld veterinary team and outside experts for the past several months.”

 

She suffered from a resistant strain of a fungus called Candida.

 

A necropsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.

 

SeaWorld said it canceled all killer whale shows at the San Antonio park for the day.

 

A sea of troubles

 

SeaWorld’s reputation was badly damaged in part by “Blackfish,” a 2013 documentary co-produced by CNNFilms.

 

“Blackfish” begins by showing the unseemly practice of capturing orca babies in the 1970s and casts SeaWorld in a harsh light for raising the whales in dark and cramped conditions.

 

The film blames SeaWorld for causing one killer whale, Tilikum, to become a psychotic killer. Tilikum has sired 21 calves, but killed three people, including the SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau.

 

The film generated criticism from lawmakers and advocacy groups like PETA.

 

Attendance at SeaWorld’s theme parks has waned, and its San Diego park has been particularly troublesome. There is also a park in Orlando.

 

An earnings update last month left investors worried about the company’s outlook.

 

SeaWorld said the attendance dip was due to “brand challenges and is being addressed through the company’s reputation campaign, which is designed to share facts and correct misinformation.”

 

To help its boost the company’s image, SeaWorld CEO Joel Manby said the company will “aggressively communicate” its animal care and rescue efforts.

 

SeaWorld is also planning new attractions and changes to its pricing.

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This is sad to hear. I know how much Sea World Vets and trainers care for their animals and I can only imagine how devastating this must be to them as well.

 

Cue PETA a$$hats in 3......2......1......

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I can't even go there...as soon as I saw the headline and read the article, I KNEW that I wasn't about to scroll down to read some of the troll comments at the bottom.

 

This combined with the stall on the Sky Tower yesterday and CNN has to be licking their lips over these recent events. Hell, it wouldn't surprise me at all if they were the first national TV cast with boots on the ground at both events....followed closely by PETA right after the Orca death.

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Iloveseaworld.com Just posted this image of Discovery Point.

 

You can see that the image and this overhead view from Nearmaps below, are very similar. However it does not show the sectioned portions of this expansion.

 

 

I think this whole thing is very interesting. At this point, I'd be happy if SeaWorld San Antonio just completely moved the Shark Encounter onto the other side of the park and made this part of the park a Discovery Cove. There is definitely the room to do so.

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It makes a lot of sense to do so. It gives them more room to play with and fills out empty parts of the park. I have never been here but I heard the park has empty spots, barely any theming and has a generic look... is it true?

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It makes a lot of sense to do so. It gives them more room to play with and fills out empty parts of the park. I have never been here but I heard the park has empty spots, barely any theming and has a generic look... is it true?

It is very true, the entire park lacks themeing. It's a shame that it's gotten that way over the years, but hopefully they can put it some money and really refresh it.

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I was at SeaWorld San Antonio yesterday (Sunday) during an overcast and, at times, drizzly day- not ideal weather. The place was packed. Not only that, but the crowd was more into the killer whale show than I think I've ever heard before, with loud cheers every time a whale surfaced. I've been going to this park for years, and this felt highly abnormal for a gloomy day in April. The park was a ghost town this time last year.

 

SeaWorld was offering the bring-a-friend-free promotion for passholders yesterday as with the rest of the month. That could explain some of the crowds and enthusiasm.

 

I did not encounter abnormally long lines for the Seven Seas Food Festival booths especially considering the crowds elsewhere, but I'm not sure if that was down to efficiency or low demand. For those interested, Spain is a new booth for this year. Italy now serves a meatball. Most menus were carryover from last year from what I could tell, but that's no bad thing. My wife and I love this event.

 

Anyway, back to my point: if these crowds and this enthusiasm is the new normal, then SeaWorld's financial woes are over. Maybe it's time to buy some shares of SEAS?

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Anyway, back to my point: if these crowds and this enthusiasm is the new normal, then SeaWorld's financial woes are over. Maybe it's time to buy some shares of SEAS?

 

Anecdotally makes for a great story. Their share price jumped like 20% after they announced the abstinence vow for Shamu, and last I saw it was trading around its 52 week high.

 

Their earnings call will be in about a month and should give a better picture if what you saw was a one off or if the public is starting to "forgive". Keep in mind that 2015 was maybe one of the worst years in the company's history, and all of the parks will benefit from an early Easter when comparing 16 to 15. Guess what I am saying is the bar is set low, but eventually they will have to jump it, right?

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