Cedar Fair boss loves the airtime and big coasters

Posted Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:27 AM | Contributed by Jeff

The Associated Press offers another quick look into the mind of Dick Kinzel, Cedar Fair's CEO. The article mentions the company's policy of building big rides and growing the business conservatively, without acquiring mounds of debt.

Read more from AP via New Jersey Online.

Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:28 AM
The park op people at Cedar Point are going to love his comment about giving himself extra room on the lap bar. ;)
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:30 AM
Ok, that is the best quote from a park CEO I have ever read!  Kinzel's the man!
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Aaron
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:57 AM
That's real smart the head of CF is saying its OK to mess with your lapbar. Other than that comment the story is great.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:59 AM
I think most theme park upper management has a secret passion for coasters and thrill rides.  They just don't get out and experience them as much as they would like.  It's good to see one getting out and having fun.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 7:19 AM
Hey he did have his seatbelt fastned.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 7:31 AM
I liked that article. Its nice to see he agrees with us enthusiests about leaving the lapbar a little loose. Who here wouldn't love to have his job? That would be my dream job. I like his attitude about sticking with what they do best, and not investing other industries. I think thats a smart move and its what will enable Cedar Fair grow at a steady pace. I am very curious to see what park they will buy next, and what of their existing parks will get new coasters. We know Knott's is getting one, but no other solid announcements other than that. I guess time will tell. I am curious about which rumors are true for CP.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 9:54 AM
It's good to know that the majority of CP's management has their start right back on the midway with the rest of us. Having been behind that midway three seasons, I know that they haven't forgotten what it's like, either, and it isn't a bad place to work. It is very nice to see that he's an enthusiast too - do what you enjoy!

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 10:01 AM
This article was in Sunday's Chicago Tribune - In the Transportation Section.  It was a great article (but I was unable to find it online - should have looked harder).  It also shows a picture of him in front of Blue Streak with a smile on his face (not any of the record holders he talks about in the article)

-J

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 11:10 AM
More companies should take note. Promoting from within provides your company with leadership that not only understands the company from the bottom up, but leaders who actually care about the company and employees. They are connected to the oganization better. I hate CEOs who are afraid to get their hands dirty. Way to go CF!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 11:54 AM
Heh, I love when people overreact about "leaving extra room on the lapbar."  So he doesn't staple himself in, big deal.  I'm sure he was riding safely just like the millions of other people who ride are.

I admit though, it did seem a little strange at first, but it's no big deall.  ;)  Kinzel is the man!  He knows what is right, and I'm glad he's in charge of this corporation.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 12:07 PM
I always make sure I have a little extra space, whats teh big deal about that?
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Does CCI know how to make a bad coaster?
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 12:31 PM
No big deal, except for the "stapling" done by MF ride ops sometimes.  I personally have never had a problem, but I know others here have.  One, if I remember correctly, our fearless leader Jeff posted on GTTP how he would get extra space, and then I read a post not long after that the ops had read the thread, and stapled him in, catching his "trick." 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 12:41 PM
All I'm saying is the next time I get stapled at CP I can pull out this article showing that there boss think's its ok to have room. I'm not against having room with your lap bar but If its a rule the lap bar must be all the way down you whould think the head of the company would want to follow that rule. You lead by example he has shown its ok to have your lap bar up for air time.

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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 2:33 PM
That's cool, I guess.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 3:03 PM
If they love air time they need to get rid of the trim brakes at Cedar Point specialy on Mean Streak.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 4:33 PM
They have trim brakes for saftey not so they can ruin the ride
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:10 PM
Safety? And can you please explain what you mean..., why is a coaster unsafe without trimbrakes?
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 5:25 PM
Without the trim breaks, Mean Streak would tear itself apart. It seems like Kinzel is our kind of guy.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2001 8:53 PM
When are people going to let parks do their job?  Believe me, the last thing a park wants to do is ruin their coasters. If the trims are there, it's because they need to be.

WooHoo! Let's add trim breaks and ruin our multi- million dollar investments!

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