Is Primeval Whirl the new Son of Beast? Plus, changes at SeaWorld
Published: June 8, 2011 at 7:35 AM
The spinning coaster has been closed since last March, when a worker died after suffering head injuries in an accident on the ride. It was the second fatal accident involving a worker on the ride.
The ride's accident record, plus its ever-extending downtime reminds me a bit of Son of Beast, the Kings Island wooden coaster that - like Primeval Whirl - earned poor reader reviews, was involved in several injury accidents, subject to a long state investigation and ultimately, relegated to a "temporary" closure that stretched on and on and on.
Disney's not talking about its plans for the ride while OSHA investigates the most recent incident.
Also, on the subject of Sentinel reports, business columnist Beth Kassab quotes me in a piece about new developments at SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment. The company's looking to expand its business beyond its traditional theme parks, potentially building hotels and moving into TV and movie entertainment to support the SeaWorld brand. Such moves might sound familiar to readers who saw our piece on Marketing Shamu last year.
Beth suggested that SeaWorld's new moves might make the company less dependent upon its traditional trainers-in-the-water-with-animals shows. I tried to plant (or at least water) the seed that SeaWorld might get even better public reaction by doing a bang-up refurbishment of Journey to Atlantis and the Wild Arctic movie, too. What do you think?