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Executives Blame “Adverse Weather” for Attendance Decline at SeaWorld Parks 


SeaWorld Entertainment reported a slight dip in attendance at its theme parks in the second quarter this past Tuesday. Executives cited “adverse weather” as the main reason for the drop. 

The Orlando, Florida-based theme park operator said it had 6.1 million visitors at its parks in an earnings report. This is reportedly a decline of about 125,000 visitors compared to 2022. 

“Some combination of unusually hot and cold weather, rain and/or the fallout from Canadian wildfires impacted most of our markets during the quarter,” Marc Swanson, SeaWorld Chief Executive Officer, said in a press release. 

The drop in attendance also impacted SeaWorld’s revenue, which was $496 million in the quarter, down 1.7% from $504.8 million last year. Net income was $86.1 million, down 23.5% from the same quarter in 2022. 

Swanson said the company has also dealt with construction delays and “other in-park disruptions” that affected results. However, in an  earnings call with investors, he said SeaWorld is “extremely excited” about its 2024 plans that will “improve [the] guest experience” and “increase revenue.”

“We’re also excited about our lineup of 2024 rides and attractions, events, and/or other experiences where we have something new planned for every park.”

Even though executives didn’t announce what new attractions would be debuting next year, Swanson promised more details would be shared “in the coming weeks.” 

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Stay tuned to Orlando Theme Park Zone for more Orlando theme park-related news and information. 

H’/T Spectrum News 13

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