SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay had originally said they would be closed through the end of March. Now, there’s no timetable for reopening.
IAAPA estimated that if theme parks stay closed through June, the industry would lose 40 percent of its jobs and nearly $12 billion in revenue.
Most — but not all —park operators around Central Florida have followed Disney and Universal in closing their theme parks due to the COVID-19 virus.
Just a day after its track was completed, Iron Gwazi saw it first test runs ahead of its scheduled spring opening.
While reporting record earnings for 2019, SeaWorld CEO Serge Rivera fielded many questions from financial analysts about how coronavirus may affect the theme park chain.
On Feb. 15, Electric Umbrella and Pin Central at Epcot will close, followed by Agent P's World Showcase Adventure on Feb. 17.
“On a consolidated basis, we expect to report an increase in attendance of approximately 2% for the fourth quarter of 2019 when compared to the prior year quarter,” SeaWorld CEO Serge Rivera wrote in a memo included in a SEC filing.
Sam Eagle of the Muppets will be the host of a new barbecue-themed restaurant, Regal Eagle Smokehouse, opening soon at Epcot's World Showcase.