Work on Cedar Fair Web sites

Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:18 AM
I got this want ad for aspiring Web jockeys...

Wanted: Best Enthusiast Programmer on the Planet!

If your passion for programming is surpassed only by your love for roller coasters and amusement parks, this may be the career opportunity for you. WDD Online of Wadsworth, Ohio (near Cleveland/Akron) is currently seeking a full-time experienced web developer to continue shaping the future of CedarPoint.com and other Cedar Fair websites (and more). While ColdFusion experience is preferred, the main requirement is a solid knowledge of object-oriented programming with Internet-based applications, along with MS SQL interaction. The working environment is fast-paced and intense, but the atmosphere is energetic and most of all fun! For more information, feel free to browse through our website and check out our positions page. If you're interested, apply to WDD Online today! http://www.wddonline.com

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 11:38 AM
PLEASE do something about Knott's website! As much as I like the park, the website is downright embarassing.

-Silver Bullet is not listed (or mentioned) with the Ghost Town rides. Nor is Screamin' Swing.

-La Revolucion is not listed with the Fiesta Village rides.

-None of the new Camp Snoopy rides from the past 3 or so years are on the website.

-There is no way to book hotel reservations online, though it does give a phone number and e-mail address for contact.

-Its just all around hard to navigate and doesn't have the slick appearance of the Cedar Point site.

All in all, its just not well done. I really think that potential guests who don't know much about the park might think twice after seeing the jumbled mess that the site is (and has been for a long time).

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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 12:07 PM
That's the one site they don't do.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:02 PM
Why don't they do that website? It has always been different since the park was purchased in 1997. *** Edited 6/1/2005 2:02:49 AM UTC by ATRinPA***
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:03 PM
They don't do the website because the park hasn't hired WDD to do it. It's really that simple.
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 10:04 PM
I don't believe Cedar Fair does the Michigan's Adventure website either. Troy Barnhardt (year-round employee at the park) actually does it, correct?
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Tuesday, May 31, 2005 11:45 PM
Fix up Geauga Lake's just a little more, It needs a little tweaking I find going to certain portions hard to navigate...and they don't add up to CP (what a shame.... ;) ) They could get something fun and entertaining.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 12:22 AM
Is It me or does it seem like they put so much time and effort into Cedar Points over all of the other ones. From what im reading though it seems that the same company does all of them except knotts. So why does everyone elses kinda look the same and CP's is all more techincally advanced than the other ones. Plus i think each one should kinda have their own identity, i mean especially GL and Dorney because they have like the exact same things going on in both of them.

Sorry but im not a web programmer, but it would be fun to change those up!

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 12:38 AM
Cedar Point brings in the most money.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 8:10 AM

MagnunBarrel said:
Is It me or does it seem like they put so much time and effort into Cedar Points over all of the other ones...So why does everyone elses kinda look the same and CP's is all more techincally advanced than the other ones. Plus i think each one should kinda have their own identity...

'They' put so much into Cedar Point's website because Cedar Fair asks them to. They don't just do what they want.

And as for Dorney and GLP having similar sites, what do you think about this & this? *** Edited 6/1/2005 12:12:13 PM UTC by TeknoScorpion***

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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 12:07 PM
Seriously, it's not like a hobby. Being the biggest park in the chain, wouldn't you expect they'd have the biggest budget? They also have a pretty serious HR application that deals with applications and training.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 12:11 PM
I'm just glad that none of them are as completely horrendous as the Six Flags site.
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Wednesday, June 1, 2005 9:43 PM
Actually, Tekno, each park functions as a seperate entity. Each park's marketing department contracts whoever they want to do ads, websites, etc. Of course, pressure from the folks in Sandusky (read the CF head honchos) doesn't hurt, either.
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Thursday, June 2, 2005 12:16 PM
Jeff, you aren't applying because ... ;)
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Thursday, June 2, 2005 5:02 PM
Because I'd obviously have to quit this, and then I couldn't bill the insane amount I bill as an independent!
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Thursday, June 2, 2005 7:12 PM

MagnunBarrel said:
Is It me or does it seem like they put so much time and effort into Cedar Points over all of the other ones.
why do so many people have the mindset that cedar fair has this tight control over all there parks. each park handles most of their own affairs, including web site design. this forum is nothing more than constant bickering between CP fanboys and CP haters, it use to be so respectable
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