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Sea World Plans to Hold Halloween and Christmas Events

Sea World Plans to Hold Halloween and Christmas Events

During the second quarter financial call this morning, Sea World executives stated that they plan to hold modified versions of their Halloween and Christmas events. Read on for details.

If you’ve been worried that Halloween would be canceled this year, we have good news!

According to Sea World interim CEO Marc Swanson, at least some Sea World owned parks will hold Halloween and Christmas events this year, so long as it can be safe and profitable.

Photo courtesy of Seaworld Orlando

Swanson did not specify how the events would be modified or which Sea World owned parks will host them. Sea World owns parks in Orlando, San Antonio, Tampa, San Diego and Williamsburg, VA.

According to the financial call, Sea World Parks need to reach 40% of last year’s attendance numbers to offset their debt.

Sea World Orlando President with guests, from Orlando Sentinel

Some Sea World owned parks do not have a reopening date including San Diego, and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.

Sea World’s parks took a very similar hit when compared to Disney and Universal’s earnings for the last quarter. Revenue was down 95.6% and attendance was down 95.8%.

Halloween Spooktacular

Sea World Orlando’s annual Halloween event, the Spooktacular, features a Sesame Street themed parade, trick-or-treating and a dance party. According to their website, the event will begin September 19.

Spooktacular is not a separate ticketed event, the festivities are included with your regular park admission!

Christmas Celebration

As for Christmas, Sea World Orlando’s Christmas Celebration boasts 3 million lights, a Sesame Street Christmas parade and seasonal shows. The website says it will begin November 21.

I (Rebecca) live in Virginia and my family really enjoyed Busch Gardens Christmas town in Williamsburg. The lights and shows, including an ice skating show, were great!

Williamsburg Parks

Williamsburg’s Sea World owned parks remain mostly closed due to state regulations limiting the park to 1000 people. Busch Gardens currently hosts a “Coasters and Craft Brews” event on certain days.

Busch Gardens Christmastown, picture from BG website

Have you visited Sea World since the reopening? Do you plan to check out their holiday offerings? Let us know in the comments on Facebook and in our Facebook group.

-Rebecca W Davis

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Tabitha Wedemeyer

Monday 10th of August 2020

We are also in Va and love Christmas Town at BG. Sea World Christmas is amazing as well. I’m glad they are doing this. I would love to go depending on how things continue here in Va.

Peter A Fuhr

Monday 10th of August 2020

Lets just hope Busch Gardens has theirs since they are owned by Seaworld. Love seeing that some Parks will not allow covid to ruin everything.

Ohana and Friends

Monday 10th of August 2020

It's been a while since I've been to Sea World. It may be worth a visit to check out how much they are able to do while staying profitable. I may have to check out the Orlando one in October when I visit.

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