December 2019



  • Tom Paola, Idlewild


  • Diane Gong, Corporate Office
  • Chris Beskid, Kennywood
  • Jarett Yuknalis, Kennywood
  • Josh Maguire, Kennywood
  • Jim Hannegan, Kennywood


  • HR Manager Mingles with Celebrities
  • Halloween in Newport Beach


  • Living Shores Aquarium Opens
  • Idlewild & Soakzone Celebrate Halloween
  • Sea Life Park Guest Appreciation
  • Hollywood Films at Kennywood
  • Taste of Miami at Miami Seaquarium
Safety First
Don’t just say it, live it!

Safety is our top priority, and is everyone’s responsibility. Immediately report safety hazards or concerns to your supervisor. If an imminent hazard is present, immediately shut down the attraction or close off the area.
Safety Officer Spotlight – Tom Paola, Idlewild

Tom Paola, head of Safety at Idlewild Park in Ligonier, PA since 2005 recalls his days at Kennywood in 1979 and 1981 while still in high school working as a cook in the Double Decker refreshment stand, presently a candy and fudge store. After college, Tom worked as a police officer for Kennywood Park for two years, which became the beginning of a 35 year law enforcement career. When not patrolling the park protecting guests and Team Members, Tom likes the bigger wooden coasters like the Racer, Jackrabbit and Thunderbolt.


All Team Members are very important in establishing a Safe Work Environment:
Team Members each week work their locations and know their work area better than anyone else within the park. If you notice any potentially hazardous or dangerous situations, or think it may become a dangerous situation, PLEASE bring it to the attention of your supervisor immediately.

We should all live by these words…see something, say something. No matter what job you are doing…Think Smart, Work Safely. Knowing how to deal with a variety of situations could prevent any small situation from becoming a major one, or an injury. All Team Members Should:

  • Be aware of your everyday surroundings.
  • Know how and who to contact in an emergency.
  • Know where your facilities first aid station is located and the fastest way to call for help.
  • Know where the closest fire extinguisher is located and how to use it. If you don’t know, ask.
  • Know where the closest fire exit is located and make sure that it is accessible every day.
  • DO NOT place any items in front of any electrical panel; and make sure that area is access free.
  • Follow ALL your job location PPE equipment requirements, remember, Think Safety First.

Finally, if there is ever an active criminal incident in your area, know where you can run safely or lock down and hide, and always remember;


Diane Gong, Senior Account - Corporate Office, Newport Beach

As an experienced accounting professional, I’ve worked at VCA/Mars Inc., David Saxe Production, HD Supply. Most recently, I worked as a salaried consultant at Robert Half International. During this time, I finished four consultant assignments. It was a rewarding experience that gave me exposure to a number of different industries, including renewable energy, property management and cable network. I'm excited to be at Palace Entertainment and look forward to this new challenge. In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, reading and finding a good binge-worthy series.”


MVPNew First Team Members at Kennywood

Kennywood’s Ride Maintenance Department has received some critical reinforcements with four new Full-Time Maintenance Technicians joining the team in recent months. Kennywood extends a welcome to (pictured clockwise from left) Chris Beskid, Jarett Yuknalis, Josh Maguire and Jim Hannegan, newly added to Kennywood’s full-time maintenance technician staff. Josh has worked at Kennywood in various capacities since 2013 before joining the Rides Maintenance Department part-time earlier this year. Jim also came onto the Rides Maintenance Department earlier in the year. Both are in their second stints with the park after time as seasonal Team Members, Jim first working at Kennywood in 2004, Josh in 2005.


MVPHR Manager Attends Ceridian INSIGHTS 2019 Customer Conference

Anita Boyd, Corporate HR Manager, was selected to join the All-Stars Program for providing information and insight to a number of potential Dayforce customers in the decision making process, speaking at Ceridian events including Insights and the annual West Coast Executive Summit, and providing feedback to Ceridian’s product development team. As a member of the Ceridian All-Stars Program, Anita was invited to a Meet and Greet with one of the keynote speakers, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and had the opportunity to take a photo with the funny and talented actress!

Ceridian Insights is held each year in Las Vegas, and allows Ceridian customers the opportunity to discover more about future Dayforce product roadmaps, and attend informative sessions including training courses, product compliance, thought leadership and best practice techniques. The conference also provides attendees the opportunity to network with other Dayforce users, and share the various ways that we use Dayforce within our organizations to automate processes, and more.


Halloween Contest at Corporate Office

Corporate employees dressed in costume and prizes were awarded to PENNYWISE, Wendy Vides, for SCARIEST costume, ROBOCALLER, James Boyajian, for FUNNIEST costume, and TOY STORY characters, BUZZ LIGHTYEAR, Al Garcia, JESSIE, Amanda Blazey, WOODY, Bill Lentz, BO PEEP, Hannah Hildebrand, BARBIE, Michele Wischmeyer, KEN, Ryan Lorusso & GABBY GABBY, Tracey Hagemann for MOST CREATIVE costume. All enjoyed the festivities!



Living Shores Aquarium Opens at Story Land

Story Land is excited to announce its new separately-gated attraction, Living Shores Aquarium, opened to the public on November 4! Just steps from Story Land, the indoor facility will operate year-round and houses over 32,000 square feet of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Living Shores Aquarium features five tide pool areas, where kids and adults alike can reach into the water and touch creatures big and small, from Sea Stars and Hermit Crabs, to Sting Rays and Bamboo Sharks! The Tropical Rainforest Aviary is fully immersive, and Lorikeets soar overhead from perch to perch, while Red Footed Tortoises meander along the rainforest floor. More than 10 other exhibits are called home by approximately 100 different species, including brightly colored Caribbean life, freshwater fish found in New Hampshire’s lakes and rivers, and the well-known Clown Fish and Blue Tang. The center of the main exhibit floor is home to Living Shores’ most entertaining residents – Asian Small-Clawed Otters. These social, intelligent, and vocal animals are sure to charm everyone with their mischievous antics. Living Shores also features two interactive discovery stations where kids can explore and create. The Augmented Reality Sandbox adjusts to valleys and mountains dug in the sand, allowing kids to see what kind of marine life lives in the landscape they created. At Draw Alive, children can design and color their own underwater creatures, scan them, then watch as they come alive in a giant wall-sized underwater environment. For more information on experiences, dining, and more, visit


Idlewild & Soakzone Celebrate Halloween

During the busy week of clean-up and winterizing after the end of Idlewild & SoakZone’s HALLOWBOO event, members of the full-time and seasonal team gathered together on Halloween for the annual Halloween potluck. In addition to some great food and camaraderie, everyone was excited to show off their Halloween costumes and gathered for a photo with the picturesque autumn colors of Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands setting the perfect background. The Idlewild Team is thankful for everyone’s efforts this season to make it so successful season and we cannot wait to continue this success in 2020!


MVPSea Life Park Hawaii Offers End Of Year Appreciation To Annual Passholders!

On the evening of December 1, our loyal annual passholders are invited to mingle, drink hot cocoa, and take photos with Santa Claus. Our keiki get to show off their creativity with arts and crafts by making their own holiday cards and ornaments followed by story time with Saint Nick. As night falls and the evening arrives, our guests are invited to enjoy the unique Christmas décor around the park with cheerful trees, colorful marine life, and twinkling lights.

Sea Life Park Hawaii wishes our Palace Entertainment and Parques Reunidos ohana a very safe and jolly holiday season.


Lights, Camera, Action at Kennywood!

Earlier this fall, Kennywood briefly became Hollywood, as it was a location for independent film Dear Zoe, starring Stranger Things actress Sadie Sink. This coming of age movie is based on the young adults’ novel of the same name, with Kennywood as one of the actual settings. During some down time, Sadie and some of the other cast and crew enjoyed some of the park’s attractions (Phantom’s Revenge was her favorite, ahead of even The Steel Curtain!). Learn More


Tastes of Miami Returns to Miami Seaquarium

Miami Seaquarium is spreading holiday cheer with the return of their Latin and Caribbean food and music festival! Tastes of Miami will run for five consecutive days, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the diverse cultures that make Miami a unique, vibrant and international city. With an array of Latin and Caribbean food, music, dance and more, families will experience an exciting holiday season like no other!


If you have any exciting news, announcements or events to share, a new employee to introduce, or recognition of an employee who has gone above and beyond, please email me a brief paragraph and photo if available, and we will share your news in next month’s newsletter.  

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