Orlando theme park revenue soars, attendance increases over 50%

No one can deny that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every aspect of our life as we know it. From supply chain issues to inflation, everyone in the world has felt these changes in one way or another. Guests visiting theme parks have also felt a lot of these changes, with mask mandates and social distancing rules seeming to constantly change.

As of now, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have both completely dropped their mask requirements, with Universal Studios following suit. Customers have also noticed price increases in certain areas of the theme parks, including merchandise, tickets and, of course, food. However, Disney posted record profits, citing new experiences and options like Disney Genie as a way for the company to get back on track.

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SeaWorld, the nautical-themed amusement park in Orlando, Florida, recently revealed its first quarter results with shocking numbers, as seen in the tweet below from journalist Ashley Carter (@AshleyLCarter1):

SeaWorld released its Q1 2022 results, a few takeaways: – Total revenue was $271 million, an increase of $99 million from Q1 2021 – Attendance was 3.4 million visitors, up 54% from the first quarter of 2021 – The company said international and group visits are improving but not back to pre-pandemic levels

As you can see, the resort increased its total revenue by $99 million compared to the first quarter of 2021. Attendance also increased by more than 50%. We recently covered SeaWorld adding a small supplement to food and snacks, citing this as a way to deal with “increasing operating costs”. We don’t know how this decision affected these numbers.

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One reason attendance may be up could be due to the resort’s newest roller coaster, Ice Breaker.

Ice Breaker is the newest coaster built at SeaWorld Orlando; its bright colors attract guests and fill a hole in the park, which previously did no favors. Ice Breaker was announced to be built in 2019, but due to the pandemic, the roller coaster’s opening date was severely pushed back. The $8.2 million attraction ascends and descends 93 feet and reaches a speed of 52 miles per hour. While these stats don’t really give off the “creepy” vibe, the coaster packs a lot more punch than it looks.

SeaWorld Orlando describes the attraction as follows:

Named after the icy peaks of the Arctic, Ice Breaker will feature four airtime-filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in an inverted launch into the steepest vertical drop in the beyond Florida – a 93 foot high point with an angle of 100 degrees. The thrills continue as riders fly over a near-vertical tophat maneuver in a series of thrilling twists, turns and airtime hills. The brand new roller coaster will be located in front of Wild Arctic and will open on February 18, 2022.

SeaWorld had recently made a $3.4 billion offer to take over Cedar Fair, but that offer was rejected.

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