Major theme parks run by Disney, Universal and SeaWorld are required to report such incidents to FDACS as part of an agreement to avoid state inspections.
“It is disappointing to see Virgin Holidays succumb to pressure from animal activists who mislead and manipulate marine mammal science to advance their agendas,” said Chris Dold, chief zoological officer for SeaWorld.
All the major parks in Orlando and Central Florida have celebrations planned for the Fourth of July — and naturally, they all involve fireworks.
Central Florida theme parks made up six of the top 15 worldwide and seven of the top 10 in North America in the 2018 TEA/AECOM Theme Index.
SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Gus Antorcha talked rising attendance and competition from other parks on the company's quarterly earnings call, but didn't discuss recent layoffs or departures of top executives.