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SeaWorld San Antonio switching to year-round operations in 2021

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SeaWorld San Antonio is changing things up in light of the coronavirus pandemic, switching to year-round operations without any off season in 2021.

As capacity is limited due to COVID-19, SeaWorld San Antonio is extending its opening days next year, in a bid to boost attendance.

SeaWorld will operate all year in 2021, skipping its short off season of January and February. The attraction will open on select days during the additional months.

SeaWorld said (via Theme Park Insider): “After SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration this winter and the turn of the New Year, guests now have the additional months of January and February to enjoy all the unique sites and experiences that SeaWorld has to offer in a safe outdoor environment with limited capacity.”

Boosting attendance at SeaWorld San Antonio

The attraction has also debuted its new $79.99 season pass for 2021, which will include admission for the rest of this year, free parking and free admission to Aquatica through 2021.

In addition, SeaWorld and Aquatica Orlando are expanding their hours, opening seven days a week with extended events.

The theme park and water park will now be open seven days a week through October 5, with limited capacity and plenty of outdoor space.

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Meanwhile, SeaWorld San Diego has been cleared by local officials to reopen its zoo areas under state guidance, as zoos are now allowed to operate in California.

“SeaWorld can open under state guidance for zoos,” said San Diego County spokesperson Tegan Glasheen. “Under that guidance, it can open outdoor areas, but needs to keep indoor aquariums and rides closed (via OC Register).”

Prior to this, SeaWorld reported financial results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal year 2020, also confirming delays to coasters and offering an update on seasonal events.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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