Posted Tuesday, June 23, 2015 10:30 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Rob Decker, senior vice president of planning and design at Cedar Fair Entertainment, which operates 14 theme parks in the United States and Canada, tries to make sure that the roller coaster experience continues this tradition, while reinventing how theme parks can continue to attract visitors.
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A lot of people think it would be fun to design roller coasters.
I think Rob Decker's job would be much more interesting and fun.
I said this over on PointBuzz, but Rob is one of my favorite people at Cedar Fair. His enthusiasm is genuine. He has a great team, and what a difference they're making since Ouimet took over and enables people.
Yes, that does sound like a very fun job.
When I was a kid my dream was to be "a roller coaster designer." I would send fanboy letters to Arrow, B&M, CCI, etc.
I've always been curious about how much of my younger self's conceptual model of being "a roller coaster designer" really happened at the park / chain level instead of at the manufacturer level. Knowing what I know now I probably would have been better off trying to get a gig at one of the big park chains or as a consultant before trying to get hired directly by a coaster builder. Also because I suck at math.
As a young'un, I sent fan letters to Arrow and to Randall Duell & Associates (he designed Six Flags Over Texas and the Great America parks, among others) -- nice to know I wasn't the only one :-)
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