Merlin says it's not talking to SeaWorld, Parques Reunidos the latest rumored suitor

Posted Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Merlin Entertainments Plc isn’t talking to SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. about an acquisition of the U.S. company or a deal for any of its parts, the U.K. owner of Legoland theme parks said. Merlin, which has been seeking to expand overseas to offset a slide in day trippers visiting London, previously approached SeaWorld about a potential transaction, people familiar with the matter said last week.

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Monday, October 16, 2017 8:50 AM

Actually creditwh0re it does matter. When you avg out the cost of a season pass over multiple trips it drives the per capita cost down. Being located as they are, they primarily rely on repeat business from in state users. Minneapolis metro is closest large city but their population base is 350000. You’re less likely to spend extra money on food and souvenirs when your going to a routine/home park than when you travel. SFGA is in the same boat, but they have two close metro areas in Chicago and Milwaukee, which drives their attendance numbers up. Cedar Point and Kings Island, by contrast, have Chicago, Indianapolis, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh all within reasonable driving range. Lending themselves to lots more daily and weekend trippers that don’t drive down the avg cost because they don’t utilize the season pass as much.

Last edited by Tbone's chop, Monday, October 16, 2017 10:42 AM
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Monday, October 16, 2017 1:09 PM
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You know, it's possible I know what the actual per caps were at the SW parks more than anyone else here.


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