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    Sea World Declining Attendance

    Article from the San Diego Union-Tribune:

    SeaWorld sees another year of declining attendance - SignOnSanDiego.com

    Too bad there are such strict rules imposed on any Sea World project. It has quite a bit of potential.

    Hopefully Sea World will benefit from Turtle Reef and Manta.

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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    Hopefully they stay open I can only imagine what kind of hit they took last year after that whale attack.

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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    As the article mentions, attendance this year has been very good and next year's debut of Manta should bring in the crowds too! Now that the parks have stable management in the Blackstone Group, as opposed to those InBev weasels, the parks have a very bright future! ;-)
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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    I love Sea World and would go to it if I was not like 4 hours from it...but Universal and Disney are in just good locations for me so I get APs and go there alot....but Sea World is a beautiful park and educational

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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    It is not just SeaWorld San Diego that saw attendance drop.

    SeaWorld Orlando: -12.1%
    Busch Gardens Tampa: +2.4%
    SeaWorld San Diego: -9.5%
    Busch Gardens Williamsburg: -3.4%
    Aquatica: -6.3%

    Water Country USA: +12%
    Adventure Island: +4.3%
    SeaWorld San Antonio: Not in TEA/AECOM Report
    Sesame Place: Not in TEA/AECOM Report
    Discovery Cove: Not in TEA/AECOM Report

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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    Sea World could really use an edutainment dark ride for the whole family. They made a big mistake in going down the thrill ride route which has muddied their educational mission and veneer.

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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    Quote Originally Posted by indianajack View Post
    Sea World could really use an edutainment dark ride for the whole family. They made a big mistake in going down the thrill ride route which has muddied their educational mission and veneer.
    Manta is supposed to be half edutainment/half "Thrill" ride. We will see how much that helps. In the wake of the 2012 socal theme park madness that will ensue, I am hoping Manta will be the sleeper hit.


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    Re: Sea World Declining Attendance

    The TEA report is something that the general media eats up, but the industry itself privately doesn't pay that much attention to.

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