These are a total of four. In addition, he said SeaWorld is eliminating its SeaWorld California headquarters or two elsewhere in Los Angeles County, including all its new expansion units and the upcoming SeaWorld Winter Cruise line, which will build up to 24 of 40 SeaWorld SeaWorld-branded resort centers. SeaWorld California will also focus on expanding its North Island California business in West Hollywood into seven additional amusement parks that will include the company’s California amusement parks. (See also: “SeaWorld Is Back, Is New, Is Better Than Ever!”)
SeaWorld California, which previously featured SeaWorld, was recently placed on “Rise and Shine” on ESPN Radio’s Today show with George Stephanopoulos.
One of the issues is SeaWorld’s ability to handle the growing number of tourists coming to the Disney World theme parks for special events. On top of the theme parks, only a portion of SeaWorld’s capacity is directly connected to the theme parks. That’s because they run two parks and have no dedicated water and sewage pools. So the company needs to make sure all its employees, like managers, staff, board members, and more, have a fair share of their business operations tied to the theme parks. But that’s not a problem as many SeaWorld employees also have to deal with the ongoing construction delays and additional cost overruns at the key parks:
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The most costly construction, as in this construction in March, was not enough water to meet capacity needs. It didn’t take a lot of work for water to reach the parks’ water filtration facilities. The last big construction work was for the entrance to the SeaWorld International World in Anaheim. The workers were still in place, but there was still major work going on and about 2,500 temporary workers were just going to work. But at the end of May, the city said, people would need to come to the city to get their water. But a temporary water provider had not been hired yet that is expected to have that water by mid June. (See also: “SeaWorld Is Taking On the Ranchers of California!”)
A major change in management took place at SeaWorld California in September, when it purchased a portion of North Island California to develop parks and resorts. According to a company statement, “The new owners will be making plans for a substantial tax package in order to pay for the increased infrastructure that will ensure that the park can stay open year-round, with an option for additional enhancements to help balance local recreation for the community and provide affordable housing for the city. Those plans in place include the construction, expansion, and redevelopment of the new Downtown development that is set to begin at an estimated cost of 1.5 million dollars, a plan that is likely to generate much higher demand than many anticipated.” (See also: “We Are Not Gonna Change Our Future, Just That Way We Live It”)
While there was no immediate agreement on what the new owners would spend or how much additional maintenance the park would be required to maintain, the company posted a letter stating that “the city of Anaheim has indicated that you and your other owners will contribute $2 billion to the community and other enhancements that will ensure the safety and vitality of the existing park, the San Diego, Marina, and SeaWorld facilities, including the Harbor Bridge.” (See also: “Called to the Board of Control for Board of Lands and Lands Planning on Dec. 16-20, 2012, [PDF],” by David Shiffman, Executive Director of SeaWorld California) The city stated in its letter that the city expects to bring the average cost of an additional 1 million square feet of park space per resident in 2013 to $11,900, and that by December’s end, it will reduce that figure $5 million with the help of the development of a $6 million new downtown waterfront park. SeaWorld states that construction on those new stadiums will begin next year and that as soon as people can get to enjoy the park, they will come to it after some training, at some point in the future. (See also: “SeaWorld California, What It’s Taking for the Future?”)
SeaWorld and other parks are doing a lot of things on their own, as opposed to having managers hire workers. While SeaWorld’s former CEO Peter Marikin will not be running in the run for the post of general manager of the amusement park, he has been working as an employee of the park, and has been getting many additional paychecks from the park. The company has also added a new employee in San Diego who will bring in $100,000 per year to help pay for its new building.
SeaWorld reported an annual growth of 1.6 percent last year. However, according to the park, “the number of new workers that were hired as of the park this year is small on all increased by an average of 1,000 (up to about 100,000