Tag Archives: Sea World

Merlin Entertainments Hints at Possible Busch Gardens Purchase

This has the potential to cause a pretty huge shift within the theme park industry. If reports are true, Merlin entertainment could be in talks to buy Busch Gardens from their parent company, Sea World Entertainment. Sea World parks have had a rough last few years, what is keeping them afloat (so to speak) are

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Could Dubai’s Theme Park Bubble Burst?

While the average theme park fan might see news of all these theme park projects in Dubai and think “this is incredible!”… all I can think is: how? Today we are going to look at the viability of how this many theme parks can stand to open in one region within the next five years.

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Dubai Set to be New Theme Park Capital of the World?

Orlando could be playing second fiddle to the deserts of Dubai in the coming years if recent headlines come true. With new theme parks opening by the end of 2016 and a slate of a half dozen in the coming years (and counting), that could be the case. Let’s take a look at what Dubai

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Congress tries to ban orcas from captivity

As if “Blackfish” hasn’t gotten enough press, it seems that the film has now reached the federal level. Legislation has been introduced in Congress, as HR 4019 (Schiff, D-CA) would bring an end to killer whales at federally-licensed facilities, like SeaWorld. Do you think Sea World should be forced to end their captivity via a bill

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Is Sea World Finally Clearing Its Name?

Sea World got socked pretty hard again last year with another drop in attendance according to the report by the Themed Entertainment Association. Their Orlando park was hit with another drop, this time by 8%, which isn’t nearly as bad as the San Diego park taking a 12% dip. By far, these were the biggest

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Sea World’s Recent Press Nightmare

The last week of March 2015 has been a roller coaster for Sea World Parks. First, they announced their new park CEO, Joel Manby who was the former head of Herschend Entertainment. Manby comes in after the last CEO stepped down in December of 2014, most likely from pressure due to “Blackfish” and trying to

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Challenges and Triumphs: Building Chimelong’s Ocean Kingdom in China

Ask anyone in the theme park industry today where everyone seems to be focusing their energy and you’ll get a resounding one word answer: China. With a population of over 1.3 billion combined with a rapidly rising middle class, which means there are a lot of Chinese citizens with expendable income looking for entertainment. A

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The Confusion of Front of the Line Offerings In Theme Parks

Waiting in line sucks. No matter if you are at the grocery store, grabbing a bite to eat or at the DMV getting your driver’s license renewed, it seems that your life slips away as you trudge forward ever so slowly. No matter what theme park you visit on the planet, the number one complaint

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Serpentine Fire Draws Inspiration From Theme Park Experience

Imagine you live in a world where one day you wake up and it seems the apocalypse has arrived. Earthquakes, giant tsunamis, floods, fires and a new set of unforeseen catastrophes coming at you from every direction and you never saw any of it coming. This is the opening premise of “Serpentine Fire,” a new

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In Defense of Sea World Safety

Today, Sea World returns to court to appeal the OSHA ruling earlier this year stating that trainers are no longer allowed in the tank with killer whales without some sort of barrier. The decision is a result of the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer who was killed at the Dine With Shamu dinner show

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