This week at Central Florida parks, SeaWorld’s search for a CEO finally comes to an end, construction on a new attraction at Busch Gardens begins, plus Universal Studios Florida gives eager Halloween Horror Nights fans their first clue for what they can expect from this year’s event.
1. SeaWorld finds a new CEO
After months of searching, SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. has announced that it has appointed Joel Manby as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 7, 2015. Manby has considerable amusement park experience, most recently serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Herschend Enterprises, which owns and operates Dollywood, Silver Dollar City as well as several other regional parks. He was also recently featured on the CBS reality series Undercover Boss.
2. Busch Gardens begins construction on new roller coaster
Busch Gardens officially began construction this week on a brand new attraction, currently scheduled to open sometime next year. Though Busch Gardens hasn't released any official information about the new attraction, well-placed sources suggest that the park is building a new family-style coaster, similar to Cheetah Hunt. As work on this new attraction gets underway, Busch Gardens has announced that the Serengeti Railway will be closed until this summer to make way for the construction.