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Number of employees at SeaWorld Entertainment in the U.S. 2016-2019, by type

Amusement park and attraction company SeaWorld Entertainment employed around 19,200 people in 2019, a decrease of 1,600 compared to the previous year. Out of all SeaWorld’s staff the majority were employed part-time. Only 4,300 people were employed full-time by the company in 2019.

Has SeaWorld recovered from "Blackfish"?

The documentary “Blackfish", critical of keeping killer whales in captivity, raised questions about how well SeaWorld’s orcas, known from their live performances, were being treated. The aftermath of its release in 2013 resulted in SeaWorld Entertainment laying off employees and a drop in attendance to the company’s theme parks. While employee numbers have continued to decrease, attendance levels at SeaWorld parks have recovered and even risen considerably in recent years, however they have not reached the level they were at prior to the documentary. In the United States, SeaWorld California, followed by SeaWorld Florida, have shown the largest increase in attendance when compared to other theme parks in the country. A decrease in revenue by around one hundred million U.S. dollars was also seen after the release of the documentary. However, in 2018 the company saw its first increase in revenue since 2013.

Number of employees at SeaWorld Entertainment in the United States from 2016 to 2019, by type

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Release date

February 2020


United States

Survey time period

2016 to 2019

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