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SeaWorld: Loses continue, CEO steps down

joanna71985

Well-Known Member
#21
How's that working out? That's why they're in the predicament they're in.

To survive, it'll need to become a ride park, because they won't be able to keep the animals. Some of them maybe, but in fifty years, there won't be killer whales on display. They also might be losing their dolphins sooner than later. So, it may not be a ride park today, but if Sea World wants to stay in business, it'll need to become one.
I think it's working out fine. Especially as I don't go there for the rides- I only go to see the shows (and can easily do that all day)

Also, there is always a chance of the breeding ban being overturned, so there could be whales in 50 years. And why do you think they might be losing the dolphins? There's no reason they would be leaving
 

lazyboy97o

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#22
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I think it's working out fine. Especially as I don't go there for the rides- I only go to see the shows (and can easily do that all day)

Also, there is always a chance of the breeding ban being overturned, so there could be whales in 50 years. And why do you think they might be losing the dolphins? There's no reason they would be leaving
You think bleeding guests and money is working out fine?
 

cheezbat

Well-Known Member
#23
I think that a balance of rides/shows/animal exhibits are very important for the future of the park...but I think with a park named SEA World, maybe they should start a focus on Sea Travels, adventures, etc. build a submarine adventure style dark ride...down to the depths of the ocean. Or how about a classic pirate battle ride where a Kraken or shark attack you? All that Jules Verne/Steampunk nautical aesthetic could be a really cool direction to take parts of the park. There's nothing wrong with the big steel coasters, animal habitats, and the conservation stuff, bit with as immersive as lands and rides are getting at the competition, maybe it's time to try a different direction.
 

WildernessLodge

Well-Known Member
#24
If I ran SeaWorld I would revive their Blue World project but make it grander. Think Shark Encounter but bigger. Large underwater viewing areas, a restaurant, gift shop and education centers where the trainers can interact with the guests and answer any questions that the visitors have. I would also do the same for the dolphins and pilot whales. I think replacing the shows with these type of exhibits will help their public image. It won't get PETA off their back but I think it will help with the people who saw Blackfish and decided SeaWorld was evil because of it.
Getting rid of Blue World was one of their worst mistakes. I understand they did it bc they will no longer have killer whales after this last generation but while those orcas are still alive it would provide an incredible habitat. They could always move dolphins into it when the orcas are gone.
 

WildernessLodge

Well-Known Member
#25
Sea World can cut down on the Orca stuff, but I think they should get into Whale Sharks and manta rays...

Also think getting more creative with rides would be a good idea. Not everything needs to be IP based to be successful...
I've wanted them to have whale sharks for a long time now. I've seen them a few times at the Georgia Aquarium and they are magnificent to watch.
 

WildernessLodge

Well-Known Member
#26
That's too bad, I had enjoyed my trips to Seaworld, yet with that said, I found the park to be small and aside from the shows, not much else to do. This was quite a few years ago, and I haven't been back, I guess that's part of the problem. I can keep going back to Disney but I've not felt the same with the SeaWorld.
Very interesting. I usually end up going for one day but always wish I had two. There's so much between the shows, rides (I love roller coasters) and exhibits (I could watch a lot of those animals for hours) plus dining experiences (even though there aren't many). At Disney World, I find myself walking pretty quickly to get to the next show or ride but at SeaWorld it's fun to leisurely walk around, discover the exhibits, and spend some time at each one.
 
#29
How are they bleeding guests? SeaWorld is a bargain compared to Disney and Universal
One example - you could view baby dolphins being fed last year (though you had to pay to buy fish to feed them). It was one of the highlights of the park - getting so close to the dolphins.

This year they blocked the area off, meaning you had to pay to just VIEW them up close. The only viewing now is through a glass wall.

That type of upcharge leaves a bad taste.
 

joanna71985

Well-Known Member
#30
One example - you could view baby dolphins being fed last year (though you had to pay to buy fish to feed them). It was one of the highlights of the park - getting so close to the dolphins.

This year they blocked the area off, meaning you had to pay to just VIEW them up close. The only viewing now is through a glass wall.

That type of upcharge leaves a bad taste.
Except for the fact they roped off Dolphin Cove because of people being stupid. And no, you don't have to pay to view them up close (you just pay to do the tour)
 
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