SeaWorld & Busch Gardens going downhill fast, unfortunatelySea World Orlando: After 6 years of annual passes I have canceled it.
From Denis GarciaIn a short summary, at least SeaWorld Orlando quality of shows, customer service, park hours, etc has been cut back ever since they went public, is a very sad situation.
Posted October 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM
Its Arctic Penguin Encounter attraction has been a dissapointment to many and I think this past summer was a very good indication by their attendance going down compared to last year. My family and I have been an annual pass holder for 6 years now and I had no choice but to cancel them this month as a demonstration that we do not like the direction they are going. This past summer's was a big dissapointment, they stopped doing the firework shows on the weekends that they used to do every year with no new added show or format this year. We used to love going during the holidays beacuse of their shows which included ice skating, light shows, navity shows, etc, but I got a feeling that they are going to cut many of these shows this year so I am not waiting until then to go and get dissapointed just like this past summer.
We also had annual passes to Aquatica, we went in the middle of September when the weather was still hot as it is always is here in Orlando, in short term that was another dissapointment. They discided to cut back on employees working the park so many attractions were closed and there was a long line to enter their parking lot and park because they had very limited parking and entrance attendees to let people in. This is very sad, this used to be my kid's favarite water park in Orlando. I hope the CEO-President or whoever it is at SeaWorld/Busch Gardens stop the domino effect before is too late, the more of us stop going to their parks the more their stocks will keep falling like they have since this summer. Very, very sad what is happening to these parks, unfortunately.
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From Tony DudaI don't think the quality of the Seaworld/Busch parks has been the reason attendance and revenue is dropping. I think it is the high cost of visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando causing the drop. When people are vacationing and the costs are so high now and getting higher, the easiest thing to cut out is the day trips to Seaworld and Busch Gardens. Tacking on extra days to multi-day tickets for WDW and UOR is only $10 or $12 per day. It makes a lot more economic sense to cash strapped vacationers.
Posted October 14, 2013 at 4:39 PM
From Holly LinseI think that more and more people are educating themselves and becoming more aware of what a sham Seaworld is and realizing that orcas (which face it, "Shamu" is responsible for the majority of the money that Seaworld makes) do not belong in captivity and refuse to give money to this company.
Posted October 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM
If you have not seen the documentary "Blackfish", please do yourself a favor and see it. It will be on CNN on October 25th.
There is also a book called "Killer in the Pool" which will expose you to the truth of such a cruel industry that needs to be put to rest.
From Russell MeyerI think people with a political agenda need to find bigger fish to fry. There are far more inhumane acts occurring all over the world than what Sea World is claimed to do in the documentary.
Posted October 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM
I'm not saying that Sea World has not made missteps over the course of their history, but their mission is very clear, and the rescue and captivity of their animals (like just about every zoo on the planet) provides an invaluable service to the public in the form of education, awareness, and entertainment. I don't work for the company, or even hold stock, but I have been to every single one of their parks around the country and have interacted with their employees and animal training staff. They take great care of their animals (sometimes better than some of the best zoos in the world), and the animals repay that care in the form of entertaining displays to interested audiences every single day.
From Brian EmeryLast time I went to BGT (April 2013) it was fantastic... BGT is the most underrated park in Florida. If it were located in Orlando or Buena Vista, the attendance would be much higher and the park would rate better.
Posted October 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I did like Sea World much better when Busch owner it. But it is still a decent park…
PS. You cannot just free a captive animal into the wild…
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