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.
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.
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?
BintamiM wrote: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.
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?
stretchsje wrote: 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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