SeaWorld's spokesman, David Koontz, tried his best to downplay this very significant trend by blaming a slumping economy and an unseasonably cold Summer. Nice try, Mr. Koontz, but that does not make sense. Why is it then that other theme parks like Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm, and Disney California Adventure all realized an increase in attendance? Last time I checked, these companies were part of the same economy and Summer season.
Treat your animals with dignity, SeaWorld. Consider giving them up altogether. It's not the economy nor the weather; it's your reputation. In the meantime, let's continue to boycott SeaWorld, and make them understand the error in their ways, the hard way.
Here are the stats as provided by Hospitality and Travel News:
2010 Attendance figures:
- Disneyland: 15,980,000, up .5 percent
- Disney California Adventure: 6,278,000, up 3 percent
- Universal Studios Hollywood, 5,040,000, up 26 percent
- SeaWorld San Diego, 3,800,000, down 9.5 percent
- Knott's Berry Farm Buena Park, 3,600,000, up 8 percent