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Busch Gardens® Williamsburg Opens for the 2016 Season March 20

logo_buschgardenswilliamsburgThrill-seekers and vacation-needers: rejoice! Busch Gardens® Williamsburg opens for another season of fun and adventure on March 20.

For those looking for a spring getaway, Busch Gardens has it covered. From March 20 through April 10, the Virginia theme park is open every day for spring break. That’s three weeks of rides, shows, animal encounters, games, food and memories for the making.

The adventure doesn’t end after spring break. A year packed full of exciting events and thrilling attractions awaits visitors of all ages.

Busch Gardens invites guests to Spring Into Fun with special entertainment and activities for children and families.  Elmo Rocks!, a live stage show featuring everyone’s favorite furry friends, kicks off the season with a special engagement at The Globe Theatre through May 1.  Throughout April and May, the park comes alive with special performances by popular children’s acts in the KIDsiderate® Concert Series, top contemporary Christian artists at Glory at the Gardens and world-renown animal expert Jack Hanna with amazing creatures.

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Seaworld Parks and Entertainment names David Cromwell Park President of Busch Gardens Williamsburg

davidcromwellBusch Gardens Williamsburg, voted the world’s most beautiful theme park for 25 consecutive years, today announced the promotion of David Cromwell, current Vice President of Aquatica San Diego, to Park President Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA, effective April 1.

Prior to assuming his current position, Cromwell served as Vice President of Water Country USA from 2010 to 2012. He succeeds Carl Lum, who was recently named San Antonio Park President.

Cromwell began his career with the company in 1997 at SeaWorld San Diego. He has led teams in a variety of positions across the company, including the information technology group where he aided in the development of new guest arrival technology. In 2006, he became SeaWorld San Diego Director of Park Operations and was then promoted to Vice President of Park Operations and held that role from 2008 to 2010. More recently, he successfully led the project team for the opening of the Aquatica park in California.

Cromwell attended San Diego State University (SDSU), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in business administration from SDSU. David is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) and the World Waterpark Association.

Six Flags America’s Superman: Ride of Steel to go Virtual Reality

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Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (NYSE:SIX), and Samsung Electronics America, Inc., today announced a broad marketing partnership which appoints Samsung as the “Official Technology Partner” of the world’s largest regional theme park company. The partnership includes the debut of ground-breaking experiences coming to nine Six Flags parks – North America’s first Virtual Reality (VR) Roller Coasters, using Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus.

In partnership with Samsung, Six Flags is taking its signature brand of thrills to the next level and beyond in fully immersive, virtual riding experiences using Samsung Gear VR. Some of Six Flags’ most popular coasters will be equipped to allow riders wearing Samsung Gear VR headsets to feel the heart-pumping adrenaline of steep drops, inverted loops and powerful twists and turns as gyros, accelerometers and proximity sensors synchronize all of the action in an incredibly realistic 360-degree virtual reality world.

“This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for – delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world,” said John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO. “With the addition of these virtual reality coasters, Six Flags will be introducing more than double the number of new coasters and rides than we did in 2015, and more than any year in the last decade. Innovation is part of our DNA, and news in every park every year is driving higher guest satisfaction and building strong momentum for our company.”

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Carl Lum named Park President of SeaWorld San Antonio

SWE_Logo_Stack_P_CMYK_165606ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today announced changes in its operational management team at its corporate headquarters and its San Diego, San Antonio and Williamsburg locations. The company also announced the creation of its Resorts Development Group.
John Reilly, SeaWorld San Diego Park President, has been promoted to Chief Parks Operations Officer. Daniel B. Brown, current Chief Parks Operations Officer has announced his retirement. The change will be effective April 1.

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Dold, Vice President of Veterinary Services, has been promoted to Chief Zoological Officer. He succeeds Brad Andrews, who will continue to serve the company as Zoological Director Emeritus, helping to drive the company’s conservation efforts, support new product development, and assist during the transition. These changes are effective April 1.

“These leaders bring to their new roles an extraordinary depth of knowledge and talent and the right expertise to deliver on our strategic priorities,” said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “John is a strong and experienced operator who has proven his leadership, both at Busch Gardens Williamsburg and amidst a challenging operating environment at our California location.”

As Chief Parks Operations Officer, Reilly will have operational oversight over all of the company’s theme parks. Reilly has led SeaWorld San Diego’s park operations since 2010 and has held a variety of leadership positions at other company parks and the corporate office.
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Mark Your Calendars, Events Are Coming!

If you read Regional Represenative Elizabeth Ringa’s From the Backseat about her goals and visions for the new year, you’ll know that we’re looking for this year to be the YEAR OF INSPIRE. And what better way to inspire than with a list of all our upcoming events for 2016. We have many of our favorites planned, as well as a few new surprises.

February 21st – Jeepers, It’s Winter at Central Park Fun-land

Our first event of the season will be our warming up after a brutal and cold January. Expect to experience their new laser tag and the best kiddie coaster the Fredericksburg area has to offer.

March 6th – ACE Day at Wisp Mountain Resort

In the outskirts of Maryland lies the only alpine coaster in the region. Experience the thrilling, cool rush of this unique ride.

April 2nd – Jeepers, It’s Spring at Six Flags America

We’ve moved our traditional winter event to the spring time. Many delighted in the date change last year as it allowed for warm weather rides and backstage tours of the coasters.

June 3rd – Twas the Night Before at Go Karts Plus in Williamsburg, Virginia

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