ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) — Could SeaWorld soon have a new owner?
According to a theme park blog, Six Flags is in talks to buy all — or some — of SeaWorld’s theme parks.
An online post claiming Six Flags is in talks to buy SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is causing lots of buzz.
The speculation comes just days after SeaWorld reported that its earnings and attendance for the third quarter of this year, as well as its first two quarters, all showed solid growth.
SeaWorld executives credit the success to their new pricing initiatives, events and rides, including the ride that just opened, Infinity Falls.
It’s expected that SeaWorld will continue to create more new rides, and that’s one reason theme park experts say Six Flags could find the park attractive. Thrill rides are Six Flags’ specialty.
But those same experts also point out that the two companies have very different business models making a merger seem unlikely.
There is also the question of what would happen to the marine animals if SeaWorld is sold.
After ending its killer whale breeding program in 2016, the park has focused heavily on convincing its patrons of its commitment to marine research, rescue and rehabilitation.