Valdosta, GA - July 29, 2011 -
Wild Adventures Theme Park (WA) recently named Greg Charbeneau as the park's new vice president and general manager. Charbeneau has been employed by Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), the parent company of WA, since 2008 and brings 24 years of experience in the theme park and attractions industry.
"I am grateful to join a team that creates memories worth repeating for its guests and team members," said Charbeneau. "The enthusiasm that the community has for Wild Adventures is rewarding to experience, and in the short time I have been here, I have already grown to love Valdosta. I look forward to playing a role in the park's continual growth and being able to share that growth with the community and region."
Prior to coming to Valdosta, Charbeneau worked at Adventure Aquarium, also an HFE property, as vice president and executive director where his responsibilities included the hiring of new directors, managers, and front line team members as well as the implementation of a new guest experience program. Charbeneau's industry experience extends to include positions at the New Jersey State Aquarium, the Mystic Aquarium Institute for Exploration in Connecticut, the Walt Disney World Company, as well as Sea World Ohio and Sea World Florida. His career highlights include overseeing large construction and extensive renovation projects at various facilities, features in numerous industry publications, serving on several boards, and developing multiple research projects.
Wild Adventures is a 170-acre theme park, water park, and animal park all in one place for less located in Valdosta, Georgia. The park features one of the largest ride collections in the South, more than 500 wild animals, Splash Island Water Park, the region's largest water park, shows, festivals and all-star concerts. The park is owned and operated by Herschend Family Entertainment (HFE), a company specializing in family entertainment. For nearly half a century, HFE has owned, operated or partnered in 26 properties across ten states, including Branson, Missouri's Silver Dollar City; operating partner with Dolly Parton in Tennessee's Dollywood and Dollywood's Splash Country; operating partner in Atlanta's Stone Mountain Park and owners of Ride the Ducks amphibious tours in six cities.