One theme Park has introduced additional charges as a way to fight rising costs.
There is no denying that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about every aspect of our lives as we know it. From Supply chain issues to inflation, everyone around the world has felt these changes in one way or another. Guests visiting theme Parks have felt a lot of these changes as well with mask mandates and social distancing rules seemingly changing constantly.
As of now, Disneyland and Walt Disney World both have completely dropped their mask requirements with Universal Studios following suit. Guests have also noticed price increases within certain areas of the theme Parks including merchandise, tickets, and of course, food.
One eagle-eyed Guest recently spotted a sign at SeaWorld informing Guests that they would face an additional 5% surcharge which would “cover increasing operating costs”. See the sign shown in a tweet below from Michael Oliver (@mikeoliver93):
Seaworld going to seaworld
Seaworld going to seaworld pic.twitter.com/EEBHlFRwMU
— Michael Oliver (@mikeoliver93) April 30, 2022
As you can see, the sign indicates in very small print that all Guests will receive a 5% surcharge to “cover increased operating costs”. While this language is quite broad, it is most likely referring to issues stated above such as the supply chain issue as well as inflation. While small, this is still not something most Guests will like to see while visiting an already pricey theme Park.
More on SeaWorld Orlando
Ice Breaker is the newest coaster built at SeaWorld Orlando; its bright colors pull Guests in and fill a hole in the Park, which previously did not do any favors. Ice Breaker was announced to be built in 2019, but due to the pandemic, the coaster’s opening date was severely pushed back. The $8.2 million dollar attraction shoots up and down at 93 feet and hits a speed of 52 miles per hour. Although those stats don’t really give off the “terrifying” vibe, the coaster packs a lot more punch than it may seem.
SeaWorld Orlando describes the attraction as:
Named after the icy Arctic summits, Ice Breaker will feature four airtime filled launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch into the steepest beyond vertical drop in Florida – a 93 feet tall spike with 100 degree angle. The thrills continue as riders fly over a near vertical tophat maneuver into a series of exciting twists, turns, and airtime hills. The brand-new coaster will be located across from Wild Arctic and opens February 18, 2022.
SeaWorld had recently put in a bid at $3.4 billion to take over Cedar Fair, however that offer was rejected.
Have you visited SeaWorld recently?