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SeaWorld 2017 US park group reveals new ride vehicles LEFT TO RIGHT :Wave Breaker at SeaWorld San Antonio, Submarine Quest at SeaWorld San Diego, and InvadR at Busch Gardens Williamsburg

details of the company’s plans for 2017, one of the largest new attraction years in its 53-year history. All of the attractions in question have already been previewed in Park World, but here's a quick recap, along with a preview of some of the ride vechicles. Wave Breaker: The Rescue Coaster, destined for


SeaWorld San Antonio (Texas), is a multi-launch jetski-themed coaster from Intamin that will enable riders to feel what it’s like to race alongside

uring November’s IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment president and CEO Joel Manby discussed

SeaWorld’s animal care team and veterinarians. The queue line will reinforce a rescue mission using video. Three trains of jetski ride vehciles will carry up to 16 passengers per train through banked and serpentine turns, and airtime hills. The signature attraction for SeaWorld San

Diego (Calfornia) in Submarine Quest, anchoring the new Ocean Explorer realm. The three-minute sumbarine experience, with ride vehicles by Chance, is designed to enhance guests' understanding of our fragile ocean ecosystem. It also been announced that in 2018 the same park will open a SkyRocket coaster from Premier

Rides, named Electric Eel. After the unveiling in 2016 of the big Mako coaster

at SeaWorld Orlando there's no new ride as such at the Florida park but its older B&M coaster, Kraken, gets the virtual reality treatment with custom VR content inspired by extinct and legendary animals of the past. Over at Busch Gardens Williamsburg there's

a new wooden rollercoaster on the way, InvadR by Great Coasters International. The family thriller will be the Virginia park's first woodie, with steel supports, a wooden track and repurposed ride cars from Busch Gardens Tampa’s retired wooden coaster, Gwazi.

David Rosenberg now IAAPA's second vice-chair

Following the untimely death of Al Weber Jnr, who had been elected to the position in September, David Rosenberg (pictured) has been chosen as second vice-chairman of IAAPA, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions. Rosenberg is vice-president of Monterey Bay Aquarium in

California and will serve as second and first vice-chairman of IAAPA before leading the association for one-year as from November 2018. He is already an active member of IAAPA, having recently

served on the board of directors and was chairman of the global membership committee. He has also served as chairman of the IAAPA zoos and aquariums committee and was a member of various other committees. In 2015, Rosenberg was awarded the IAAPA Outstanding Service Award.

*The news that Al Weber died on November 8, just days ahead of November's IAAPA Attractions Expo narrowly missed the print edition of our November/December issue, although it had become common knowledge by the time of the event just days later in Orlando. Al passed away after snorkelling in the Virgin Islands. The seasoned parks and attractions executive, aged 64, would have been set to lead IAAPA as from November 2018. President and CEO of Apex Parks, operator of Indiana Beach, Martin’s

Fantasy Island (New York), Sahara Sam’s Oasis (New Jersey) and more than 10 FECs across the United States, Al founded the group in 2014 after a period as interim CEO and COO of Six Flags. He started his career at the age 16 as a ride operator at Coney Island Amusement Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, and went on to manage park operations at Carowinds in North Carolina and serve as general manager of Paramount’s Great America (California) and Paramount’s Kings Island, Cincinatti (now part of the Cedar Fair group). During his 45-plus years in the business, Al served as president and CEO of


both Paramount Parks and Palace Entertainment, as well as CEO of consultancy Kings Leisure Partners. He also oversaw the design and construction of a waterpark in Texas. “We have lost a visionary, an advocate, and a friend,” notes IAAPA president and CEO, Paul Noland. “Al was the embodiment of everything that is great about this business, and his impact on our industry will live on for generations to come.”

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