SeaWorld gets rejected by Cedar Fair, but the future of the chain still seems bright | Arts Stories + Interviews | Orlando

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  • Ice Breaker at SeaWorld Orlando

Right after a two-yr hold off, SeaWorld is now welcoming riders on its two very predicted new Florida roller coasters.

Iron Gwazi at Busch Gardens Tampa rises from the stays of the previous racing picket coaster, Gwazi. At SeaWorld Orlando, the shiny orange tracked Ice Breaker now delivers a new stage of enjoyment to a earlier peaceful corner of the park.

The two rides were each to begin with slated for opening in 2020, but the pandemic enormously delayed their opening, with the Orlando-based concept park operator holding off on opening the rides till pandemic-similar basic safety protocols and labor shortages have been a lot more sufficiently tackled.

These initiatives all started prior to the pandemic, and with their opening, we’re now in a new chapter for the chain. After a long time of continual battles, SeaWorld has appeared nicely prepared for the historic issues it faced because early 2020.

Just after taking the helm just months into the pandemic when CEO Serge Rivera abruptly left, Marc Swanson dropped the interim from his title of CEO a yr afterwards. But with virtually two decades at the helm, not including a former small stint forward of Rivera’s choice as CEO, Swanson has however to give any business indications of what the long run retains for the corporation.

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  • A slide from a 2015 trader presentation displaying possible growth sites on SeaWorld’s Park Orlando resort.

A comment produced throughout an August 2020 investors call may perhaps give us the very best indicator of what Swanson has planned for the company’s potential. “There may well be predicaments where by you can find industry dislocation or opponents in the industry who aren’t able to weather the storm,” defined Swanson. “So no matter if it is really a drinking water park, a lodge, or anything like a park that we could seem at and change to a Sesame Position, for example, those are the type of factors we’re talking about.”

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel close to the time of his go into the permanent placement, Swanson reiterated his want to improve the model by way of acquisitions and ongoing investments in the current parks. He also indicated the organization was looking to revive ideas to add hotels and other multi-day facilities to their parks.

simply click to enlarge A previously proposed Africa-themed hotel at Busch Gardens Tampa. The concept was developed by Hetzel Design. - IMAGE VIA EXPEDITION THEME PARK | TWITTER

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  • A beforehand proposed Africa-themed hotel at Busch Gardens Tampa. The strategy was made by Hetzel Style.

Since that interview, we’ve found SeaWorld publicly endeavor a single significant acquisition, with their unsuccessful $3.4 billion bid for Cedar Fair. Prior to Cedar Fair’s rejection of that takeover bid, some analysts were already looking at the upcoming steps for SeaWorld should the deal not go through. Whilst the possibility of SeaWorld acquiring 6 Flags or a different main player in the industry remains feasible, the enterprise has so far not indicated if they strategy to go down this route. Alternatively, they may possibly recommit to getting lesser functions, permitting for fifty percent-working day midway style attractions, some thing the park has looked off and on due to the fact the late 1990s.

Together with the major thrill rides opening across SeaWorld’s five significant U.S. theme parks, they are also readying to open up their very first global enlargement. The largely indoors SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will reimagine the SeaWorld encounter with greater emphasis on smaller sized maritime animals and just a handful of attractions. A substantial rescue facility will also let the chain to bring its planet-course rescue efforts to a model new location.

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At SeaWorld Orlando, throughout the grand opening ceremony for Ice Breaker, SeaWorld officers again reiterated their dedication to connecting stories of marine everyday living with thrills. That will very likely keep on with the following wave of new points of interest coming to the stateside parks.

Lively public documents point to a new roller coaster filling in a tranquil location among SeaWorld Orlando’s front gate and its central lake. The spot is the very last popular spot in a additional than a ten years lengthy prepare that has seen the park’s central lake having a number of new sights. Whilst numerous files that search accurate have been shared on the internet, so much, SeaWorld has not commented on the new attraction, probable to open up in 2023 or 2024. In general public files, we see it referred to as a coaster with the venture identify of “Penguin.” Originally considered to be a flying coaster, the most considerable rumors now issue to it becoming a compact launch coaster employing a slim-styled journey motor vehicle. The expression penguin could be a enjoy on how rides appear in the coaster, with some rumors now pointing to this staying Orlando’s 1st standup coaster. The location where by the new coaster is prepared observed building partitions commencing to encircle it beginning in the 3rd week of February.

The park’s Wild Arctic simulators are also probable to officially near in the coming 12 months with the attraction’s clone in San Diego closing in early 2020.

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  • A Screamin’ Swing at Cedar Point in Ohio

San Antonio will see the chain’s second important Screamin’ Swing, produced by S&S. A third one particular was rumored to be heading to Busch Gardens Tampa, with it becoming the initially in a multi-year refurbishment to the previous Rhino Rally journey location. It’s unclear if all those designs are continue to occurring with a Screamin’ Swing now rumored for SeaWorld San Diego. If it does end up at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, it will be the initial main non-coaster attraction additional to the park in just about a 10 years. Identical to how SeaWorld has additional new attractions around existing animal habitats, Tampa’s Screamin’ Swing would be extra in the vicinity of animal viewing parts, like the park’s large elephant habitat.

Swanson has beforehand commented on his fascination in including resorts to the Orlando and Tampa parks. The company has previously determined places for potential vacation resort enhancement and manufactured some blue-sky concepts for what resorts at the parks could glimpse like. With the chain’s rapid bounce again from the pandemic and its amazing landholdings in some of the most popular serious estate markets in the nation, those people preceding designs are very likely to be obtaining new fascination.

Considerably less than eight months into 2022, SeaWorld has now produced it obvious this will be a historic 12 months for the business. With numerous of its pre-pandemic jobs now open, it will not be lengthy till we know extra about what the company’s future will entail.

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