| Dec 11, 2014
| 5:27 PM
With its stock price suffering and attendance dropping, SeaWorld announced Thursday that CEO and President Jim Atchison is stepping down and it is laying off employees.
A company spokesman would not say whether the board asked for Atchison's...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:00 AM
Renowned for its towering steel coasters, Six Flags will add two interactive dark rides in 2015 by a ride-maker that has long worked in the shadows of industry leaders Disney and Universal.
Designed by Florida-based Sally Corp. in collaboration with a...
| Jan 29, 2015
| 5:40 AM
WHAT: It's last call for Gwazi, the wicked wooden roller coaster at Busch Gardens. The Tampa theme park is putting the thrill ride, built in 1999, out to pasture. The final day for guests to ride is Sunday. Park officials have not announced plans for that...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 7:17 AM
A gorilla is in the family way again at Busch Gardens.
Mary, a 27-year-old western lowland gorilla, is expected to give birth in March, officials at the Tampa theme park announced on Thursday. It will be her fifth offspring.
Mary came to Busch Gardens...
| Jan 21, 2015
| 6:57 AM
Legislators are accepting fewer freebies, the Virginia Public Access Project reports, and Shad Plank’s look at what Peninsula legislators receive shows the value reported is also way down.
The biggest drop reported is from Senate Majority Leader...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 8:17 AM
Busch Gardens is asking the public for input on the naming of its baby gorilla through a poll on its Facebook page.
Officials at the Tampa theme park have selected three names inspired from global dialects. Their suggestions include Birungi (meaning...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 4:09 PM
The Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center living-history museums' admission revenue was down 2.5 percent in 2014 compared to 2013. Admission revenue amounted to $5,026,279 in 2014.
"The overall decline in visitation was mitigated by an...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 5:44 PM
Scott Gasparich, vice president of entertainment at Busch Gardens, sums up the park's annual Christmas Town attraction in two words: "Absolute joy."
Of course, given the opportunity, he expands and uses more than two words.
"We feel a great sense of...
| Nov 30, 2014
| 4:21 AM
Move over Black Friday, Cyber Monday may be taking your place.
Although Black Friday deals get all of the hype — and most of those start on Thursday — Cyber Monday accounted for 42 percent of the overall sales during the Thanksgiving...
| Jan 6, 2015
| 7:20 AM
Children age 5 and younger can get into SeaWorld Orlando for free with the theme park's Preschool Pass, which will be available through 2015.
Guests must register online at SeaWorldOrlando.com. The Preschool Pass has no blackout dates, but it does not...
| Dec 28, 2014
| 4:55 AM
As 2014 winds to an end, it's time to test your memory and see if you were paying attention to the passing parade of pop culture.
See how you do.
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