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.
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.
Some Sea World owned parks do not have a reopening date including San Diego, and Water Country USA in Williamsburg.
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!
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’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.
-Rebecca W Davis