Universal Creative, the division in charge of designing Universal theme parks and attractions, will have a new leader come August 14. 

Molly Murphy has been named the division’s new president. She most recently served as principal and co-managing director at the architecture and design company Gensler, where she had co-founded the firm’s digital experience design unit. 

Molly Murphy (Universal)

“Human interaction and connection are at the heart of physical design and the delivery of compelling places,” Murphy said in a statement. “Universal brings this idea to life better than anyone else, and I am looking forward to joining the team as we create authentic, lasting experiences for our guests and fans around the world.”

Murphy earns masters’ degrees in architecture and business administration from the University of Illinois. She fills the role vacated by Mark Hightower, who left the company by taking a voluntary buyout package last year. Coincidentally, Universal Creative’s rival Walt Disney Imagineering is also led by a Gensler alum, Barbara Bouza

New food items revealed for San Fransokyo Square at DCA

Disney California Adventure’s newest land, San Fransokyo Square, will be focused on food when it debuts later this year.

Taking over the old Pacific Wharf, the section of the park is themed around the locale from 2014’s “Big Hero 6.” The reimagined dining locations will include Aunt Cass Café, Port of San Fransokyo Cervecería, and Rita’s Turbine Blenders, and feature items ranging from a Shrimp Katsu Sandwich to Pork Wonton Nachos to a Baymax-shaped macaron. 

Aunt Cass Cafe concept art (Disney)

You can read more about the new menu items on the official Disney Parks Blog

Six Flags Great America guest charged with assaulting employee

A 32-year-old guest at Six Flags Great America has been charged with aggravated assault of a person over the age of 60 for hitting a park employee. 

Lake and McHenry County Scanner reported that the guest, Tristan A. Mahamed, was arrested on July 3 and appeared to be drunk. The employee was 69 years old, according to Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Mary Daly, and did not know Mahamed. It also wasn’t clear what led to the altercation. 

Mahamed is being held in Lake County Jail on a $100,000 bond.