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SeaWorld attendance slumps 15% as Shamu shows are phased out

SeaWorld attendance slumps 15% as Shamu shows are phased out

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. failed to break out of its attendance slump during the first three months of this year, blaming a sharp decline on a later Easter holiday and the absence of a killer whale attraction at the San Diego park since early January.

The Orlando, Fla., company reported Tuesday that attendance across its 12 parks during the first quarter sank 15% compared with a year earlier, while overall revenue fell to $186.4 million — also a 15% decline.

The Easter holiday fell in April this year, which affected the timing of spring break for a number of schools, SeaWorld said. Also a factor — although to a lesser degree — is ongoing construction at SeaWorld San Diego as...

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