Is Primeval Whirl the new Son of Beast? Plus, changes at SeaWorld
Written by Robert Niles
The Primeval Whirl roller coaster at Disney's Animal Kingdom will remain closed through the summer, according to the Orlando Sentinel's Jason Garcia.Tweet
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.
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?
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