Neal Thurman has been named Park President of Los Angeles-based theme parks Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor. He succeeds Bonnie Sherman Weber who is joining the Six Flags corporate team in Texas as SVP, In-Park Services. The announcement is a homecoming for Thurman as he spent seven years at Six Flags Magic Mountain beginning in 2007 as the Director of Operations.
“Neal is one of the best and brightest minds in the theme park industry. He is an outstanding leader, whose knowledge of park operations is unmatched,” stated Six Flags Senior Vice President of U.S. Park Operations, Thomas Iven. “He is already very familiar with Magic Mountain—the employees, and the culture, so he is very well-suited to lead this park.”
Thurman, most recently the park president of Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ, has been with Six Flags for more than 22 years. “I am very excited about rejoining one of the leading theme park properties in the world,” said Thurman. “Having worked at Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor previously, I look forward to ‘coming home’ and contributing to the park’s exciting future.” Thurman comes to Six Flags Magic Mountain and Hurricane Harbor with a focus on the team member experience and a passion for providing outstanding guest service.
Prior to relocating to Jackson, NJ in 2016, Thurman was the park president at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. His Six Flags career started in 1995 at Six Flags Over Georgia gaining expertise in Operations, Human Resources, Guest Relations and Safety Management. He then relocated to Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in 2003 as the Operations Manager before becoming the Director of Operations and Administration at the Six Flags park in Louisville.
Relocating to Dallas Texas, Weber in her new position as SVP, In-Park Services, will be leading the company’s in-park revenue generating departments, including culinary services, retail, games, attractions, rentals, and parking.