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Intersection: What’s Next For SeaWorld?

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SeaWorld Orlando found success by freshening up the Kraken roller coaster with virtual reality technology. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

These are turbulent times for SeaWorld Orlando. SeaWorld Entertainment CEO Joel Manby announced a couple weeks ago that he would step down.

Manby was brought on board three years ago as the theme park company weathered a storm of controversy after the release of the movie Blackfish- a documentary about the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau.

His departure came as SeaWorld posted a $20.4 million 4th quarter loss. 

Seth Kubersky, arts and culture columnist for the Orlando Weekly, joins Intersection to discuss what the future holds for SeaWorld. 

Editor’s note: in this conversation it was reported that SeaWorld’s license to use the Rudolph character is expiring and the rights are reverting to Universal. That is incorrect. The rights to the character are held by Character Arts and SeaWorld says its agreement with Character Arts is continuing. 


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »