Great quote from Dick Kinzel...

I just came across this from Motley Fool...

" "We put a $4 million building around this dog ride and named it "Disaster Transport." I still remember on opening day a gentleman walked out of the ride and came over to me and said, 'You named that one right -- that's a disaster.' And you know what, he was right. That was by far the dumbest thing I ever did."

How true. It's the Worst coaster at CP. I had to ride it once to see how bad it really was.

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In a similar article months ago he said Top Thrill Dragster along with Disaster Transport were the worst business decisions he's ever made.
rollergator's avatar
Forced to wonder how much of this "dressing up the dog" idea came to mind when CF decided to *fix* Sonny....

Nice outfit though... ;)

P.S. I really do HOPE that Son of Beast becomes a much better ride...knowing what we now know (i.e., trains), I seriously doubt that will come to pass.....

Lord Gonchar's avatar
He also made similar comments on the podcast we did with him. (#7)

I don't know, for me personally, it would be between Cedar Creek Mine Ride & Mantis. They both absolutely tear my back and neck to pieces. Disaster Transport, while a bad idea from the beginning, has it's own bit of charm (in a totally weird way). Plus, since I have younger children I have to ride it quite often.
They should tear it out and put some flats their.

Timbers crew 08

Acoustic Viscosity's avatar
DT is one of my favorite rides at CP. To each his own.

AV Matt
Long live the Big Bad Wolf

I actually thought Disaster Transport was ok when it opened. The queue was well done and interesting, and the ride was "unique" for CP. Granted it was no Space Mountain, but I thought it was nice.

What makes Disaster Transport an abomination now is the fact that Cedar Point let it fall to pieces. They haven't kept the theming up at ALL and the queue is just an embarrassment to the park. I refuse to let any Cedar Point "newbies" go on that ride because it really makes the park look bad.

crazy horse's avatar
Its not a great ride if your into the big thrill coasters. But if you like coasters and not the mega ones, than DT is right up your alley.

Disaster transport is a great family ride.

what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard.
Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it.
I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

I can think of far dumber things Kinzel has done.

Remove the Orient Express, put Dan Keller in charge of WOF (and CP), fire all the Paramount general managers ...

Prowler. Opens May,2 2009.

why did he get rid of Orient Express. it was a nice ride.

Timbers crew 08

^No removing the Zambezi Zinger was by far the dumbest thing they did at Worlds of Fun. People are STILL pissed off about that and refuse to go to the park because of it.
CoastersNSich's avatar
Not buying the domain name They let some online advertising company from Canada grab it...

I actually think Disaster Transport is fun, except for the low capacity it seems to have.

Dental Plan! Lisa Needs Braces.

matt.'s avatar
Paramount not owning is pretty amazing.
Jeff's avatar
He has said that many times before. My question is, why doesn't he have the balls to do something about it?

Jeff - Editor - - My Blog

john peck's avatar
Orient Express has serious structual issues, otherwise it would still be there.

Thats the thing about buying "used" parks, you never know how well the rides were maintained.

Look at Geauga Lake, for example.

Ok I think Disaster Transport is fun when it is hot out and there arent any lines for it.

I rode it over 8 times last trip to CP, and it was fun, nothing to write home about but ok.

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