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icon_STOPPark News - (4/22/2024) We finally have some new information about Marineland Canada to share. According to a report on Yahoo, the park has announced that it will open for the 2024 season on June 28th, thus putting an end to those rumors that it was shutting down. The park will also operate a 7-days a week schedule from then through to the Labour Day Weekend.
    The interesting thing is that the article also confirms that the park is preparing a “strategic evolution and redevelopment plan that will occur under new ownership” with the park to focus on “core attractions and experiences this season” along with a discount on admission prices. Tickets for the 2024 season and a list of the “core attractions that will be operating” this year will be released on the Marineland website and Facebook page on May 1st, 2024.
    So in other words… it does sound as if only part of Marineland will be open for 2024, while other sections may be closed, as a new ownership begins to plan and transform the property to fit their new vision for it. What I didn’t see mentioned however is any details about just who the new owners are, and what kind of previous experience they may have in the industry, or if they own any other attractions at all.
    (3/27/2024) Marineland has finally responded to the online rumors claiming that the park is closing and laying off staff as being false. According to the statement released, they confirmed that the park has always been “subject to all kinds of rumours started by people for their own reasons, some innocent, some not” and that “To be clear, Marineland is not closed.”
    Of course, not helping back this up is the fact that the website has still not been updated to show hours for the 2024 season, or allow for any kind of advanced ticket sales. Nor are they accepting job applications right now, so there still seems to be a bit of a mystery here… for now. We know last year they said they were open to offers if someone wanted to buy the park, so perhaps they are in the midst of finalizing a sale. Either way, keep your eyes open for any future updates from the park about the 2024 park status.
    (3/23/2024) Anyone have a source inside Canada’s Marineland theme park? The park has not posted a schedule for the 2024 season yet, or updated their website in any way, and now there is an unverified post on social media claiming that what few year-round staff the park has are being informed about lay-offs and closing the park for good.
    Now, since this is an animal park, I don’t believe they can just layoff everyone and close up shop, as some kind of crew will have to stay on board to maintain and care for the animals until they can find new homes, or sell the park to someone who will take it over. But this should be a situation to keep an eye on, because if this is entirely a fictional post, then someone at the park should respond on their own social media to correct this, but so far nothing has come.
    It’s also worth mentioning that if you click on the park website to try and get apply for a job there, the workforce site says that the park has no openings right now. On the flip side... there has been a fairly intense effort by activists to see the park closed for good over the past several years, as you can still read below, as of January 2023 it was confirmed that the family that owns the park was now open to offers from those willing to buy the property. So any delays in details about preparing the park to open for the 2024 season may simply just wait waiting for the ink to dry on a new potential sale of the property. Hopefully some truth will come out soon, one way or the other...

    (6/3/2023) Marineland (Canada) is making the headlines again over new charges about the park’s handling of American Black Bears in their care. According to an article posted to Blooloop, an order related to the care of the bears was issued to the park, who has thus far failed to comply. While the exact nature of the “three counts of failing to comply” have not been revealed, this is yet another in a long list of issues the park has had over the years related to the care of the various animal species within the park, which has put Marineland constantly under the watchful eyes of various animal rights activists groups.
    Back in January 2023 it was confirmed that the owners of Marineland were now looking to sell the park, but thus far nothing more has been reported on any possible sales.
    (1/27/2023)  We first heard the rumor that the family that owned Marineland may have been thinking about selling it during the early days of the pandemic, but nothing ever came of it. Back in June 2018 John Holer had just passed away it is sounds like ownership of the park was passed on to his wife, Marie Holer, which led to a lot of speculation about the future of Marineland over the following years, though the park has basically stayed the course through it all.
    Now, the local news is reporting that Marineland is finally ready to look into the the idea of finding a new owner to take over the theme park. While Marie Holer, who is 84-years-old, is now looking to sell the property, this does not mean that Marineland is preparing to close down. Far from it actually, as the park has started that they will open this May and and plan to open each year going forward, so there is no plan to shut the park down.
    Instead, Marie Holer is looking to find a new individual or a group who are willing to buy Marineland and develop and invest in the park long-term, to grow it to be an even bigger attraction.

2024 - Nothing is known at this time...



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