theme parks

Blackstone-Owned SeaWorld Readies IPO

The theme park operator is going public, probably launching its IPO this month. SeaWorld will offer 20 million shares, expecting to price them between $24-27 apiece.

Disney's Turnstiles Are Clicking Ahead Faster Than Its Studios

Disney posted mixed quarterly results after Thursday's market close. Revenue climbed just 3%, while net income soared 18%. But perhaps the most surprising nugget for Disney is that, of its five segments, theme parks continue to be its fastest growing segment.

Meet the Happiest Baristas on Earth

Disney will soon offer Starbucks locations at all six of its domestic theme parks, but don't expect the familiar green-aproned experience in the Magic Kingdom.

Disney's Leap-Day Venture: 24 Hours of Nonstop Magic

If you've ever wanted to spend a day at Disney World or Disneyland -- a whole day -- Feb. 29 is your chance. To celebrate the leap year, Disney will keep its flagship parks open 24 hours straight. That'll be a challenge for the House of Mouse -- and for Leap Day visitors' endurance.

10 Most Popular U.S. Summer Vacation Cities

When it's time for some R&R in the sun, Americans have a wealth of options. But based on summertime hotel room rentals, which one takes the crown? Orlando with its theme parks? New York with its culture? Washington with it's history? L.A. with its beaches? None of the above. Curious? Read on ...

A Theme-Park Pop Could Help Disney Sparkle

The holidays drew sell-out crowds to Disneyland, shutting ticket sales on two days. Could this be a sign that its all-important parks and resorts may turn into money makers in 2011? That would be a big from last year, when they pulled down the company's overall earnings growth.

Can Harry Potter Work Magic for Beleaguered Theme Parks?

he unveiling of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios Orlando has officially raised the bar for vacation attractions in summer 2010. The bold move is only one of many strategies that theme parks are using to turn around an industry that has been brutalized by the recession.

CEO Joel Manby: A Real "Undercover Boss" on a Seemingly Scripted Show

an out-of-touch executive who, while in disguise as one of his own workers, learns firsthand about the hardships his employees deal with every day. But when it came to the show's latest episode, which showcased Joel Manby the Chief Executive of theme-park operator Herschend Family Entertainment, the tables turned.