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Their per guest spending was up which has to be encouraging despite the attendance and subsequent revenue decreases. While I love the idea of SeaWorld branded hotels that's probably a decision that has to be made very carefully in the Orlando market for the reasons you stated, although based on my little to no knowledge of the resort hotel business as a whole I do think on site hotels at other properties could be very successful (Tampa specifically comes to mind).

 

I still think SeaWorld has a solid strategic plan for the future, it's not bulletproof by any means and obviously can be effected by various economic factors but I've got a feeling 5 years from now there will be several great new attractions with the same fantastic animal environments that has made the brand successful for years and they will be fine.

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Legoland makes it work but they also have a year round water park. Adventure Island closes in October for BGT. I think it isn't a bad idea for that park and a couple others like San Antonio (though that park is kinda lousy all around) and Williamsburg, but Orlando it strangely enough I think is too late for an adjustment.

 

I've harped on this before, but if Antarctica wasn't as crappy as it is, we might not be having this discussion at all.

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Legoland makes it work but they also have a year round water park. Adventure Island closes in October for BGT. I think it isn't a bad idea for that park and a couple others like San Antonio (though that park is kinda lousy all around) and Williamsburg, but Orlando it strangely enough I think is too late for an adjustment.

 

I've harped on this before, but if Antarctica wasn't as crappy as it is, we might not be having this discussion at all.

 

No arguments there with Antartica. (also how hard/expensive would it be to reprogram/rework Antartica to make the ride more interesting, has to be feasible?)

 

Wait, I thought Legoland's waterpark was closed October through December or so? Unless your talking about Legoland California. And in Tampa I still think they could create a really unique property in/around the Savannah section of the park that could be successful. Well maybe not unique, more like similar to that African savanna themed resort an hour to the east, but still it could be successful. Hotel choices in that part of town are not the best.....

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My news feed was exploding this morning with Blackfish people taking credit for the attendance drop and anti-Blackfish people blaming Manby but if Disney is down then I don't see any feasible way that Sea World would ever be up. As much as they probably hate to admit it, Sea World's entire business model has always been about capturing a percentage of Disney's market and encouraging them to spend an extra day at Sea World. While it wasn't the case last year, it seems like recently Sea World has sort of bottomed out so I hesitate to attribute this to anything other than the city as a whole having down attendance.

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Attendance was definitely not down the few days we were there last month.

 

Curious how you're able to accurately tell whether attendance was down on the summer days you were there versus the same days last summer, the summer before, etc.

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Attendance was definitely not down the few days we were there last month.

 

Curious how you're able to accurately tell whether attendance was down on the summer days you were there versus the same days last summer, the summer before, etc.

I actually stated attendance seemed up.

 

I basing this off the fact that the park was swarmed much more so than our many past visits over the past 15 years.. Shamu stadium was packed to the gills (yea, bad pun), and the fact that the ride lines were 1+hours long. Not to mention the long lines for food. There were quite a few tour groups there as well.

I'll have a trip report soon to show.

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Just one of the crazy lines we waited in. This was for the penguins ride.

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if that's the case, avoid "opening night pets" at BGT. Actually, most of the shows at BGT

 

I'd recommend "Iceploration" at BGT tho. . because the costumes, Ice Skating, and trampoline monkeys are worth seeing. . but yeah, bad teenage acting and corny plot is in this show. . still worth going to see tho.

 

as to SeaWorld: I'd also say don't miss the two "hidden" aquariums -- one is by Manta (with the octopus) and one is by Journey to Atlantis (with the Jellyfish).

 

we didn't realize until we were home that we had missed the Jellyfish one

 

EDIT: and as we were just in Tampa a few weeks ago, and spent multiple days at BGT, and a full day at SeaWorld. . I'll point to my trip report again, as that might give you some good ideas, as well as LOTs of pics.

 

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Thanks for the tips on the hidden aquariums. We'll definitely try to check those out. You TR was great, which was part of the inspiration to go to Sea World.

 

We can tolerate the plots in the pets show, sea lions show, etc., mostly because the main focus is on the animals and training. As far as the skating show goes, it still seems to have all of the qualities I hate about shows in general. I only take my ice skating two ways:

1) Drinking 9 dollar beer at Scott Trade Center and cursing at the St. Louis Blues, specifically Alex Pietrangelo. (YOU SUCK, PIETRANGELO!!)

2) All padded up and playing hockey at our local rink, while trying to keep up with the high school and college kids.

 

Just my 2 cents, I agree that Opening Night Critters is overly corny, but the show has some good moments and could be tweaked to make the story move faster and fill in more animals. I would like the animal show at the end to be longer, but still over-all I enjoy seeing the animals and it's worth a view. I'd give it a 7/10. Plus, in Florida a nice inside break in AC is always welcome during the hot afternoon.

Iceplorations, I give this show high rating for story line. It's comparable to a drama more so than a cheesy comedy. It's about a grandfather taking his grandchild (sometimes grand-daughter/ grand-son) on a world safari vacation to see animals and sites. I like the storyline, but I am female. I have taken many guests both sexes and almost everyone names this their favorite show at BGT. It has huskys, I think bobcat or lynx, and many types of birds. After the show you can greet some actors and the huskys. The skating and costumes are very nice, it's fast paced considering all the many scene and costume changes, plus it's always a nice break inside with AC during hot afternoons. I give this show 9/10.

Some people hate shows, but BGT and BGW's Irish dance show Celtic Fyre, are good theme park shows. I remember walking out of BGW's version of their animal show, and I am an animal lover, plus it was outside and not in AC. That does make a difference. I hope BGW considering changing that and their story was weak and slow. Celtic Fyre gets a 9/10 as well. I like BGT Belly dancer show too, which is inside a theater/restaurant foodcourt style venue. Getting food is optional. Nice costumes, good show, and the guys will love the beautiful and fit ladies. I give it a 7/10. Motor City Grooves gets a 7/10 also.

* BGT and SW parks sometimes has concerts during the year, even when it's not during special events, so be sure to read the park map for special shows/concerts. Even I have missed some. I also enjoy seeing Jack Hanna when he comes to BG and SW parks.

SWO Blue Horizon 9/10, Shamu 9/10 (it was a 10 before the changes with trainers not in water), Pets Ahoy 8.5/10 (they removed the tightrope walker cat ) Sealion show 8/10 (Pirate island show was better) and no mimes. The mimes need to return. Mimes get a 9.5/10 which is the highest score I give to any themepark act/show. Need a new cirque style show for Nautilus theater sitting empty too long.

Sorry, for awhile I forgot this was SWO thread, so I went back and added ratings for their shows.

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Haha. I appreciate the effort, but trust me, I don't do shows unless 90% of the focus is on the animals. My wife likes this animal stuff way more than I do, but I can tolerate a nice break or change of pace. I enjoyed Williamsburg's pet show last summer, but I paid no attention to the plot. It was just cool to see adopted animals being well taken care of and doing tricks. If it involves dancing or singing I'd rather cut my balls off than sit through an entire performance. I literally remember being about six or seven years old and thinking shows were cheesy.

 

Hoping for a light crowd on Sunday. Any recent "how have the crowds been on Sundays" updates? I'm hoping kids will be starting to go back to school and less focused on parks.

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Joel Manby needs to go. Here I thought with all the good he did for his previous employer I thought he was going to be good for Sea World. Well, now we know better and he sold out to the acti-turds. Can't wait for his reign to end.

This is a completely uninformed opinion. Sea World was in big trouble long before Manby became CEO, they were actually in trouble long before Blackfish came out. Of course the movie made things worse but they would likely still be struggling even if the movie didn't exist. Jim Atchison was a terrible CEO that made lots of head scratcher movies and doesn't get enough of the blame for mismanaging the company for so many years. Just think of all the $ wasted just in Florida over the past 5 years: Antartica - $ 70 million for a ride nobody likes. Falcon's Fury - Blackfish was becoming popular, the company was losing gobs of money, and instead of building something reliable Jim Atchison decides to build an INTAMIN PROTOTYPE and then they advertise the hell out of a May 1st opening. It missed the whole summer (what a shocker). Sea World isn't Disney they can't just write these off and be OK, Sea World isn't owned by AB anymore that kind of money is a big deal.

 

Also Manby pretty much had to end the whale thing as the company has no money to fight the litigation (remember it's illegal to breed whales in California now) which would be a long and extremely expensive process. All the money they have they need to re-invest to somehow try and get people back in the parks. Also Jim Atchison's "Blue World" thing was super expensive and wouldnt have brought anyone to the park, it wouldve been a gigantic waste of money and Manby knew that.

 

Sea World is in big trouble. It seems like in the past 10 years or so everything bad that can happen to them has happened. From the time AB was bought out this company's problems started snowballing and the South American economy falling apart is just the latest.

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The protesters were out again at the park entrance. Only a half dozen of them but pathetic non the less. They really need to get a life. Manby pretty much gave them their wish with the breeding program. Time to put the signs away and get lost.

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The protesters were out again at the park entrance. Only a half dozen of them but pathetic non the less. They really need to get a life. Manby pretty much gave them their wish with the breeding program. Time to put the signs away and get lost.

 

Damn I wished they had been there when I was there. I would have had some good fun! ****ing pussies.

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SeaWorld Orlando is participating this year in Orlando's Magical Dining promotion with a great catch--park admission is not required to dine at the restaurant when enjoying this limited menu and you're allowed to stay in the park once you're done! Definitely a great deal for locals without a pass!

 

http://www.visitorlando.com/magicaldining/restaurants/SeaWorld-Sharks-Underwater-Grill/44694/

 

Choice of Appetizers

 

Godzilla Roll

Fried maki roll stuffed with shrimp, cream cheese and shredded carrot topped with spicy Japanese mayonnaise and miso mayonnaise

 

Caesar Salad

Freshly cut romaine dusted with fresh Shaved asiago cheese with candied garlic

 

Lobster Bisque

Rich lobster stock simmered with sherry, cream, and spices

 

Choice of Entrèes

 

Tempura Shrimp

Light tempura battered jumbo shrimp with Japanese

sticky rice and bok choy in a kalbi sesame glaze

 

Grilled Salmon

Grilled and topped with a caper butter, japanese sticky rice and seasonal vegetables

 

Chicken Portabella

Sautéed double breast of chicken and portabella mushroom

served on top of basil capellini with roasted garlic cream

sauce and seasonal fresh vegetables

 

Seafood Pasta

Shrimp, scallops and mussels in an asiago cream sauce, served over penne pasta

 

Filet Mignon

Our finest cut of beef grilled to perfection with loaded mashed potatoes and seasonal fresh vegetables

 

Choice of Desserts

 

Chocolate Cake

Decadent chocolate layered cake topped with homemade chocolate ganache, served with freshly made whipped cream

 

Key Lime Pie

Traditional Florida sweet and tart key lime pie on a graham cracker crust.

 

***Park admission is not required. Guests just need to call the restaurant at (407) 370-1566 to make a reservation between 3pm and 5pm. Guests will be escorted into the park to the restaurant; following dinner, they will be allowed to remain in the park until closing.

 

Sharksonlinereservations@seaworld.com

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Hello coaster friends I'm visiting Busch Gardens Tampa and Sea World Orlando from Oct 18 - 21st. Does anyone know how the crowds usually are this time of year for both parks? For BGT, I'm sure the Halloween night time event will be busy - interested in knowing about the daytime crowds. Many thanks in advance!!

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So apparently they're putting VR headsets on Kraken for next year...

 

My biggest issue with VR is that until the processing power increases, it really doesn't improve the experience. It makes it different, but not better when you are looking at N64 graphics *cough* Six Flags *cough*

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So apparently they're putting VR headsets on Kraken for next year...

 

My biggest issue with VR is that until the processing power increases, it really doesn't improve the experience. It makes it different, but not better when you are looking at N64 graphics *cough* Six Flags *cough*

 

To me, a far bigger issue is that VR totally kills the loading times and turns a 15-20 min wait into an hour wait. I really hope the whole VR-on-coasters trend burns out quickly and doesn't spread to more parks. Kraken is an excellent old school B&M and doesn't need a gimmick like VR for people to ride it.

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So apparently they're putting VR headsets on Kraken for next year...

 

My biggest issue with VR is that until the processing power increases, it really doesn't improve the experience. It makes it different, but not better when you are looking at N64 graphics *cough* Six Flags *cough*

 

To me, a far bigger issue is that VR totally kills the loading times and turns a 15-20 min wait into an hour wait. I really hope the whole VR-on-coasters trend burns out quickly and doesn't spread to more parks. Kraken is an excellent old school B&M and doesn't need a gimmick like VR for people to ride it.

 

I completely agree with this.

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SeaWorld Orlando sent us a neat video of the pumpkin patch the flamingos were treated to in honor of the first day of Fall!

 

To celebrate the first day of fall, flamingos at SeaWorld Orlando were greeted with a big surprise: a bountiful pumpkin patch created just for them.

 

Throughout the year, SeaWorld’s animal care and training teams continually introduce new ways to enrich the animal environments in the park. Unique activities, such as putting lettuce among the pumpkins pique the flamingos’ interest and offer something new for them to see and explore. Holistic behavioral programs like this one focus on health, exercise and provide additional mental challenge and fun for the animals.

 

While Floridians are not yet feeling crisp fall air when they step outside, SeaWorld’s aviculturists couldn’t wait to give the tropical birds a taste of the new season coupled with a peek at its prettiest colors.

 

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