At Seaworld, there would be times where stadiums were so full, people had to sit on the steps or stand against the wall. However, does that mean that the Blackfish effect has stopped working and people are now visiting their parks more than ever?
Well, the answer to that is: no.
According to AskSeaworld, Shamu Stadium in San Deigo can hold approximately 5,500 people. In San Antonio, it can hold approximately 3,500. Last but not least, Shamu Stadium in Florida can hold a little over 4,500 people. At times, there could be over 10,000 people going in and out of the parks. Depending on the time of the show, most people tend to flock to the earlier showings.
Whale and Dolphin Stadium, where they hold the Blue Horizons and Azul shows (Texas), are half the size of Shamu stadium. Those stadiums tend to fill up faster due to people liking the more action filled, story driven show. Sea Lion Stadium is also half the size of Shamu Stadium. Shows such as the comedy driven Sea Lion High are also shows that people gravitate towards.
However, those photos of jammed pack stadiums don't show the truth: that Seaworld's attendance is dropping. The company has lost 5.1% in shares in the last week and has dropped almost 10% in the last four weeks. Not only that but this year, attendance has dropped 4.2% and will continue to decline.
The Blackfish effect is still alive and well, though the photos of stadiums jam packed with tourists don't display it.