We always spend a day at SeaWorld when we do a Universal vacation because it has some great rides and of course, the sea creatures are the coolest! The controversies about the park don't bother me, and I do care very much about how animals are treated. I think SeaWorld has made the appropriate modifications and that the animals there are treated like royalty, and that it's a good way to showcase how wonderful they are so that people can learn and care more about them.
SeaWorld was a little different this time, I think because of our post-Covid/current-Covid/supply-chain problem world. It was still good, but not as good as it's been in the past. It wasn't terribly crowded which is a good thing, but it made the usual worthwhile investment in Fast Passes kind of a waste of money, although it did still save us a lot of time for a few of the rides. The customer service wasn't as good. The food was very overpriced and not terribly tasty, at least at the hamburger place we ate at for lunch. The penguin ride had been modified and is no longer even a ride. But overall, it's still a great park and it was worth the time and money we spent there (with the exception of those hamburgers!).