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Now I will turn the call over to Matt Ouimet .
Matt OuimetThank you Stacy, and good morning, everyone. As we enter the final third of our operating season, I am pleased to report that results remain strong and our outlook positive. Based on our year-to-date results through this past weekend we are on target for another record year in 2012. This would be our third consecutive year of record-setting performance. Brian will review the details behind the results through the second quarter in just a bit, but first I would like to briefly comment on our performance to-date. Based on preliminary results through this past Sunday, August 5th, year-to-date revenues have increased 3% or $21 million when compared with Sunday August 7, 2011. This increase reflects a 4% or $1.46 increase in average in-park guest per capita spending and a 2% or $1 million increase in the out of park revenues. Year-to-date, attendants at our parks through this past weekend was comparable to the record setting performance of a year ago. While we are pleased with the strength of our revenue growth as a result of our increased per capita spending, I would first like to address our recent attendance trends. Performance in July 2011 was unusually strong, presenting difficult year-over-year comparisons. While this was largely anticipated, we were further impacted by the extended heat and accompanying storms in the east and mid-west. The combination of these factors explains why our year-to-date attendance is now flat to the high bar we set in the prior year.
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