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The 8 BIG Updates from Walt Disney World (And Beyond) This Week (November 4-11 )

7. New annual passholder lounge coming to Universal Orlando Resort

A new Universal Orlando Annual Passholder Lounge will open inside Universal Studios Florida this week November 13th. In this lounge guests will have access to charging stations, a seating area, and more. The new lounge will be open daily through January 31, 2019, from 11:00 AM  to 4:00 PM

8. Attendance continues to grow year over year at SeaWorld Orlando

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Though attendance at SeaWorld parks have been on a downward slump since 2013, it looks like SeaWorld is starting to recover. After positive gains last quarter, attendance once again increased year over year by 0.7 million guests, or 9.7%, to 8.3 million guests from the third quarter of 2017. For the total year so far, attendance is up by by 1.4 million guests, or 8.7%, to 18.0 million guests from the first nine months of 2017. This is the biggest sustained attendance growth for the family of parks since 2013, and seems to indicate that SeaWorld is finally recovering for the long-term. 

During an earnings call SeaWorld CEO John Reilly said a “calendar of popular events,” including several free beer promotions, have been one of the big reasons why guests are flocking back to the park. And though SeaWorld’s annual attendance hasn’t fully recovered to pre-2013 levels, with two solid quarters of growth, it looks like more than four year attendance decline is finally reversing.

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