Shoot the Rapids opening delayed at Cedar Point

Posted Monday, May 10, 2010 11:52 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Cedar Point has announced that the opening of Shoot the Rapids will be delayed until Saturday, May 29. The park sent an email to members of the media this morning cancelling Friday's scheduled media preview for the new water ride.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:41 AM

Fun said:
Since when is answering questions from a reporter "putting your nose in day-to-day details"? It's not like Kinzel called them. You would probably give him crap as well if he declined to answer the questions.

No, I would not give him crap if it was reported he directed the media to the PR/marketing team or the GM at Cedar Point for a response which is the appropriate action to be taken; they are more than capable of giving appropriate responses after all. Kinzel is not Cedar Point, he is the CEO of Cedar Fair and continues to forget what thay means! Do we need to write him a job description at this point?? If he is going to micro-manage Cedar Point then what is the point of having a GM, Directors and Managers? Makes sense to just fire them all and use that money to pay down debt!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:48 AM

The CEO answering phone calls is an insane waste of money.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:55 AM

I don't want to take my eye off the main issue, that being the boats being too long.

BUT, the issue of Kinzel (CEO of a billion dollar plus company) answering questions about the new attraction at one of his 11 parks...an attraction that is less than spectacular anyway...does seem to indicate just how much of a control freak that guy is.

Does anybody think the Board of Directors isn't completely controlled by Gepetto?

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:41 PM

Assuming normal work hours, for every million dollars of compensation, Kinzel's time is worth $480 an hour. By contrast, a PR director's time is probably worth $30 an hour at most.

You do the math. One more reason why he has no business running a public company.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 2:57 PM

I don't know if this is true, but I wonder if the Register called Kinzel because they knew he'd give them a more candid answer. :)

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 4:09 PM

Jeff said:
Assuming normal work hours, for every million dollars of compensation, Kinzel's time is worth $480 an hour. By contrast, a PR director's time is probably worth $30 an hour at most.

You do the math. One more reason why he has no business running a public company.

And he is killing his employees! Just today in Yahoo news there was a health article stating that a study in the United Kingdom showed employees who regularly are required to work more than 10-11 hour days suffer higher risks of heart disease and heart attacks! Those poor Cedar Fair employees are doomed!!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 7:13 PM

I'm going to go with Walt on this one. If it were any other newspaper covering the story, would we still be hearing from Kinzel? Remember, Sandusky is a small town, and Kinzel is a big fish, and probably professionally "cozy" with the Register.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 11:56 PM

What difference does it make? He doesn't answer his own phone. He doesn't even check his own e-mail. Someone had to pass along the contact to him and he chose to take it instead of passing it off to the PR director, where it should have gone.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 1:24 AM

What difference does it make? Or what difference should it make? I think that's the issue. You're talking "should." Walt and I are talking "does". And yeah, it kind of demonstrates exactly what's wrong. Kinzel doesn't even work for Cedar Point but he obviously keeps forgetting that.

(I'm not excusing, I'm (for wont of a better word) explaining...)

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010 8:02 AM

Micromanagement = Dick Kinzel

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