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Seaworld Annouces Management Changes, Carl Lum leaving…

Carl Lum 2014

In a Press Release sent out Friday morning, Seaworld Entertainment announced some big changes in operational management at several parks. Most notably for us, Carl Lum, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA President will assume the role of President at Seaworld San Antonio. He is succeeding Dan Decker, who is leaving the company.

Carl Lum has been with the company since 1999 and has held various leadership roles within the company before becoming Vice President of Finance in 2001. In 2010 he was named BGW park president when John Reilly was moved out to run Sea World San Diego.

Will be sure to update you as we find out more information. For the rest of the operations moves, here is a copy of the press release:

ORLANDO, 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.

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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.

“Chris is a highly respected veterinarian and scientist under whose leadership our animal care programs and contributions to conservation have helped further advance the care for animals in zoological settings and in the wild. I am confident that both John and Chris can drive forward our strategic priorities,” Manby added.

As Chief Zoological Officer, Dold will lead the company’s team of zoological professionals and oversee all animal programs that provide comprehensive care for the marine and terrestrial animals at the company’s parks, as well as the animals assisted as part of the company’s rescue program. Dold joined the company in 2005 as a Senior Veterinarian at the company’s SeaWorld Orlando theme park.

“We are grateful to both Dan and Brad for their passionate leadership, business acumen, industry expertise and incredible years of service – nearly a century of experience combined – to our company. We wish Dan nothing but the best in his retirement and are pleased to have Brad continue with us as Director Emeritus,” Manby said.

The company also announced that Marilyn Hannes, Vice President of Global Sales, has been promoted to SeaWorld San Diego and Aquatica San Diego Park President effective April 1. Hannes has served in a number of roles since joining the company in 1997, including Vice President of Marketing and Sales for the company’s California parks.

In addition, Carl Lum, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA Park President, has been named San Antonio Park President effective February 19. He succeeds Dan Decker, who is leaving the Company. Lum will be responsible for leading the company’s Texas parks, SeaWorld and Aquatica. Lum has been with the company since 1999 and has held various leadership roles within the company, including Vice President of Finance for Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. before being promoted to Busch Gardens Williamsburg Park President in 2010.

The company is considering both internal and external candidates for the vacancies created by the promotions described above.

Formation of Resort Development Group

The company announced the formation of its Resort Development Group and the appointment of Steve Iandolo to the position of Vice President of Resort Development, effective February 1. Iandolo is responsible for leading the resort construction and development effort that was introduced in November as part of the company’s plan for organic and strategic growth. Iandolo has nearly 30 years of successful experience in design and construction in the hospitality industry. While with Universal Studios Parks and Resorts, he was creative director for the development of Orlando’s Royal Pacific Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Portofino Bay Hotel. Iandolo joined the company in February from Herschend Family Entertainment where he was Vice President, Hospitality Development.

– See more at: http://www.seaworldinvestors.com/news-releases/news-release-details/2016/SeaWorld-Entertainment-Announces-Operating-Leadership-Changes-and-the-Creation-of-its-Resorts-Development-Group/default.aspx#sthash.mhWlOLBE.dpuf

Busch Gardens Project 2017 Site Plans UPDATE

Upon further inspection of the plans and an excellent reader comment by Dan Hotten, we now believe that these may be the plans to the rumored new coaster. Here is an updated overlay using a larger map and another page of the plans to map out the coaster’s path:

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This is exciting stuff from Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Marketing is certainly getting ahead of the curve on this project.

We can’t wait to find out, first off if this is right, and second more details on this new project. As always, we’ll update you as we know more info!

Busch Gardens Donates 4,000lbs of Food to Local Neighborhood

WILLIAMSBURG (January 14, 2016) – More than 4,000 pounds of fresh produce, dairy products and packaged foods are making their way to residential food pantries in James City County’s Grove neighborhood thanks to a partnership between Busch Gardens® and the Grove Christian Outreach Center.

Busch Gardens and the outreach center are testing a pilot program in which the theme park donates its surplus fresh, frozen and packaged food items to the Center. The Center, which helps people living in this small community along Route 60 just south of the theme park, will distribute the food to residents who need assistance putting food on their tables.

BT0113OK01_008H_2048pxThe Grove community is designated by the US Department of Agriculture as a food desert due to low income levels and the lack of access to healthy, affordable foods at a nearby grocery store. Food deserts contribute to food insecurity and are a principle cause of hunger in the United States.

Lindsey Mair, a buyer for Busch Gardens’ culinary department and Grove Outreach Center volunteer, is spearheading this new Busch Gardens initiative.

“Our intent is to put our surplus food to good use and not let it go to waste,” she said of the donated food that will reach its expiration date before the park opens for the 2016 season on March 20.

Mair said food donation opportunities arise throughout the year following large-scale park events or after the park’s menu transition from summer operations to Howl-O-Scream® and then Christmas Town™.

“Our largest donation of the year will likely come after Christmas Town ends and the park closes until spring, as we typically have a surplus of food that would expire within that timeframe,” Mair said.

Pat McCormick, Executive Director of the Grove Outreach Center, said approximately 14,500 food-insecure individuals live in the City of Williamsburg, James City and York counties. Specifically, the overall food insecurity rate in James City County in 2013 was 9.3 percent with an estimated 6,310 food-insecure individuals living in the community.

BT0113OK01_021H_2048px“It is important that residents in Grove have access to good, nutritious foods in their own community,” McCormick said.

Many Grove residents are on a fixed income or disability, or simply do not have sufficient employment income to meet all of their household needs each month. Providing food to them through structured outreach programs helps eliminate their dilemma of having to choose between paying their rent, utilities, medical bills or food, McCormick said, adding that it is critical to nonprofit organizations like the Outreach Center to have the support of individuals and businesses in the community to help meet the growing requests for food assistance.

“The food Busch Gardens is donating will enhance our ability to meet our goal of reducing hunger and food insecurity in the Grove community and to meet the food needs of the families we serve each month. We are pleased that Busch Gardens will be a community partner in helping in the fight against hunger in our community,” McCormick said.

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Busch Gardens Pass Members get $5 Off Christmas Town

Williamsburg, VA (November 23, 2015) – Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™ opens thisFriday, Nov. 27. Now in its seventh year, Christmas Town features more than eight million twinkling lights, making this annual tradition one of the largest Christmas light displays in North America. Christmas Town is open select days Nov. 27Jan. 3, 2016. For a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

New This Year

image003World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko will headline a new holiday-themed ice show at Christmas Town this year. ‘Twas That Night™ is a live performance on ice being produced by the same team that created the park’s 2014 Scrooge No More!™ production.

‘Twas That Night is based on the popular poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, published in 1823 by Clement Moore, and will be performed at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre. Busch Gardens’ entertainment team is transforming the theater’s stage into a glistening frozen pond, creating a nostalgic sense of wonderment during the retelling of this popular Christmas classic.

Christmas Town Deals

Active Busch Gardens pass members can purchase a Christmas Town Pass online for $30, a $5 savings off the general admission price. The Christmas Town Pass allows unlimited admission to Christmas Town during regular operating days. Active pass members also receive their regular membership benefits like free parking and discounts on in-park dining and merchandise. Complete details on purchasing a Christmas Town Pass can be found at www.bgwpass.com.

For guests without an active pass, a Christmas Town Fun Card is available for $35 and will provide unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Christmas Town. The Fun Card does not include membership benefits.

More information about Christmas Town and details about purchasing a Christmas Town Fun Card as well as other in-park amenities can be found at www.christmastown.com/va.

Busch Gardens $14 Twinkle Ticket Flash Sale starts today!

Don’t miss out on the best deal for Christmas Town tickets. Available now through Tuesday Nov 17th, the $14 “Twinkle Ticket” for Christmas Town is available through the Busch Gardens website. These tickets allow you single day access to Christmas Town, but are only valid for the following dates: Nov. 29; Dec. 4, 6, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 30, 31; and Jan. 1 and 3.

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With eight million lights, Christmas Town truly is where Christmas shines brightest. Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with delicious holiday dining, festive shopping opportunities and heartwarming shows.

Twas That Night on Ice

Don’t miss the brand new Ice Show, “‘Twas That Night on Ice”, starring world champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko. ‘Twas That Night is based on the popular poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, published in 1823 by Clement Moore.

Along with “‘Twas That Night on Ice”, returning this season is Gloria!, Miracles and the wildly popular Scrooge No More!, which is Busch’s take on the famous Dicken’s tale.

Christmas Town is open select days Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2016. For a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

Busch Gardens Announces $14 “Twinkle Ticket” for Christmas Town

ANNOUNCING THE BEST DEAL OF THE SEASON ON CHRISTMAS TOWN™ TICKETS

$14 Christmas Town tickets go on sale Friday

 

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Williamsburg, VA (November 10, 2015) – Busch Gardens® is kicking off the brightest sale of the season this Friday, Nov. 13 with a flash sale of a $14 Twinkle Ticket, valid select days during the 2015 Christmas Town season. The Twinkle Ticket will be available only at www.christmastown.com/va starting this Friday. This five-day flash sale ends Nov. 17.

The Twinkle Ticket is valid on the following dates: Nov. 29; Dec. 4, 6, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 24, 30, 31; and Jan. 1 and 3.

“This is the absolute best deal of the season. Nothing else comes close in price for a single-day ticket to Christmas Town,” said Marketing Vice President Dan Dipiazzo.
With eight million lights, Christmas Town truly is where Christmas shines brightest. Christmas Town brings holiday traditions to life with delicious holiday dining, festive shopping opportunities and heartwarming shows.

Christmas Town is open select days Nov. 27-Jan. 3, 2016. For a complete operating schedule, visit www.christmastown.com/va.

Twas That Night on Ice

World champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko will headline a new holiday-themed ice show at Christmas Town this year. ‘Twas That Night™ is a live performance on ice being produced by the same team that created the park’s 2014’s Scrooge No More!™ production.

Busch Gardens’ entertainment team is transforming the Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre stage into a glistening frozen pond, creating a sense of nostalgia for guests in the retelling of the popular Christmas classic. ‘Twas That Night is based on the popular poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, published in 1823 by Clement Moore.

Olympic Medalist stars in New Busch Gardens Christmas Town 2015 Ice show

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Elvis_Stojko_busch_gardensWilliamsburg, VA (June 30, 2015) – World-champion and two-time Olympic silver medalist Elvis Stojko will headline a new holiday-themed ice show at this year’s Busch Gardens® Christmas Town™. ‘Twas That Night™ is an all-new live performance on ice being created by the same creative team that produced London Rocks™ and Scrooge No More!.™

‘Twas That Night is based on the popular poem A Visit From St. Nicholas, published in 1823 by Clement Moore, and will be performed at Busch Gardens’ Royal Palace Theatre starting Nov. 27. Busch Gardens’ entertainment team will transform the theater’s stage into a glistening frozen pond, creating a nostalgic sense of wonderment during the retelling of this popular Christmas classic.

“Busch Gardens’ newest live show combines the grace of professional figure skating with cherished Christmas music, original holiday songs and magnificent visuals,” said Entertainment Director Bonnie Gilliland. “Elvis Stojko’s masterful skating techniques and his unbounded creativity are helping us produce an emotionally-charged show that is unlike anything else in our lineup.”

Busch Gardens Christmas Town begins Nov. 27, and for the first time the event will extend into January, with Jan. 1-3 added to the operating schedule.

Active Busch Gardens pass members can get the best deal of the season starting July 1 by purchasing a Christmas Town Pass online for $25, a $10 savings off the general admission price to Christmas Town. The Christmas Town Pass allows unlimited admission to Christmas Town during regular operating days from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. Active pass members also receive their regular membership benefits like free parking and discounts on in-park dining and merchandise. The price of the pass increases to $30 on Aug. 1.

“This offer is the best deal of the season for pass members,” said Vice President of Marketing Dan Dipiazzo. “The Christmas Town Pass is a great reason to consider becoming a pass member as the pass offers a significant discount over the regular Christmas Town admission price.”

Guests can visit www.bgwpass.com for complete details on purchasing the Christmas Town Pass.

Guests who do not have an active pass also have Christmas Town ticket choices.

A Christmas Town Fun Card costs $35 and also provides unlimited admission to Busch Gardens Christmas Town from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3. Unlike the Christmas Town Pass, which is exclusively for Busch Gardens’ annual pass members, the Christmas Town Fun Card does not include membership benefits like free parking and in-park discounts.

Guest can visit www.christmastown.com/va for more information about Christmas Town and to purchase a Christmas Town Fun Card.

Anheuser-Busch Halts Production to Produce Water for Flood Victims

VIA NBC News

Beer giant Anheuser-Busch stopped production at its Georgia brewery this week to instead produce drinking water for those affected by a deadly bout of historic flooding and storms in Texas and Oklahoma.

Anheuser-Busch said it had stopped beer production at its Cartersville brewery in Georgia late Wednesday night to produce 50,000 cans of water for the American Red Cross.

“Right now our production line is running emergency drinking water instead of beer,” Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News.

Related: ‘Heartbreaking’: More Rain on the Way as Search for Texas Flood Victims Goes On

The Cartersville brewery produces cans of emergency relief water a few times a year, Haas said, partnering with the American Red Cross to provide to places in need within the United States.

“It’s something we’re uniquely positioned to do in a very timely period,” he said.

About 2,000 cases, each carrying 24 cans, are en route to communities in Texas and Oklahoma, he added. The water is expected to reach those areas within the next few days.

Red Cross spokesman Jordan Scott said the organization had been working with Anheuser-Busch, one of their disaster relief partners, to iron out the logistics of the water shipments and what areas they were needed the most.

“Oklahoma and Texas are in an unprecedented situation,” Scott said. “There are a lot of folks in need and everyone’s coming forward to help out.”

Scott said the additional drinking water would be “critical” to relief efforts in the area.

Heavy storms and floods in Texas and Oklahoma this week have left at least 25 people dead, more than a dozen missing, and thousands of homes damaged. The rainfall was enough to fully reverse a drought afflicting the area for the last five years, according to meteorologists.

Anheuser-Busch has 12 breweries in the United States and is the maker of several major brands including Budweiser, Michelob ULTRA, Beck’s, Kirin and O’Doul’s.

BUSCH GARDENS INTRODUCES FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL VALUE TICKET

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Guests Can Save Big on Food & Wine Festival Experience

WILLIAMSBURG (May 7, 2015) – In just a few short weeks, exotic tastes will flavor the menu at Busch Gardens as the third annual Food & Wine Festival begins. Each year, this event grows bigger and tastier to give guests unique sampling opportunities from across the globe. This year, the park’s festival flavors are expanding to include kiosks celebrating the cuisine of Asia and the French Quarter. To give guests even more opportunities to savor this event, Busch Gardens is introducing the Food & Wine Festival Value Ticket.

With this special ticket, guests can get admission to the park on select days for $30, 60 percent off a regular single-day ticket price. This online-only offer is available via www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine May 7- 11. Tickets must be used after 2 p.m. on any one of these select days:

May 22, 25, 29, 31

June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28.

There is a limit of six discounted tickets per transaction. Quantities are limited and sales times are subject to change.

The Busch Gardens Food & Wine Festival begins May 22 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through June 28. Food and beverage samples are available for purchase at an additional fee. For complete details and operating schedule, visit www.buschgardens.com/foodandwine.