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  1. Facing identity crisis and slumping profits, can SeaWorld rebuild?

    Florida

    ORLANDO — "See how he uses his tail to swim really fast?" a dolphin trainer at SeaWorld told the crowd on a steamy June day. "He uses his powerful muscular peduncle to help him jump really high. Want to see him jump really high?"

    An Orca whale performs tricks for guests at the One Ocean show at Sea World in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, June 15, 2017. 

CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  2. SeaWorld reports loss as 'Blackfish' and competition continue to haunt fortunes

    Florida

    SeaWorld Entertainment reported a second-quarter loss on Tuesday and blamed its attendance woes on reduced national advertising, its persistent "perception issues" over its treatment of orcas and competitive pressures from rival theme parks.

    Killer whales perform at Shamu Stadium at SeaWorld in Orlando in 2011
 [AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack]
  3. Owner of Legoland interested in buying Busch Gardens

    Florida

    Times Staff Writer

    Merlin Entertainments, owner of Legoland, is interested in buying Busch Gardens from its troubled parent company, SeaWorld Entertainment.

    Busch Gardens could be on the market for a sale, according to market analysts who suggest the trouble parent company of SeaWorld could raise $800 million by selling off its regional parks such as Busch Gardens.

JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times (2016)
  4. Disney World lifts seasonal passholder block-out dates early

    Florida

    With two classic rides retiring at Walt Disney World, the theme park giant has taken the unprecedented step of lifting the block-out dates a little early for seasonal passholders so they can visit one last time.

    Disney World surprised seasonal passholders by lifting the block-out dates for the month of August instead of Aug. 11. The theme park giant said it would allow fans to ride some classic rides that are retiring Aug. 13. 

 (Orlando Sentinel)