SeaWorld theme parks suffer $79 million in losses

by: WESH 2 News

Posted: Nov 6, 2020 / 12:36 PM EST/ Updated: Nov 6, 2020 / 12:37 PM EST

FILE – This Jan. 31, 2017, file photo, shows the entrance to SeaWorld, in Orlando, Fla. SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, agreed to pay $65 million to settle a lawsuit in which the theme park company was accused of misleading investors over the impact the documentary “Blackfish” was having on its bottom line. SeaWorld did not admit to any wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. .(AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) – SeaWorld Entertainment revealed Thursday its theme parks suffered a $79 million loss in the third quarter as attendance dropped over 81% this summer due to the pandemic.

“To me, it’s really in line with what the other companies are seeing. Of course, it’s disappointing. No company wants to see this but you really have to keep in mind they closed for a full quarter,” said Carissa Baker, an assistant professor of theme park and attraction management at the University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

Baker says there were some

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