Cedar Fair Chief Exec. discusses future of Cedar Fair Parks
Written by Mike Shirley Jr
The following are excerpts from an article featured in the Dayton Daily News on May 12, 2008 in which CEO Richard Kinzel discussed future plans for coasters, water parks and expansion with the Associated Press, as reported by John Seewer. [Here's a link to the full interview, from Ohio.com.]Tweet
I found some of these quotes intriguing, including:
"Our goal is to have the Hotel Breakers and Camper Village at Cedar Point cashless by 2010"
"If we had the money on the balance sheet, we have hotel opportunities at Kings Dominion and Carowinds and in Canada. We have plenty of land around all of those parks to make it into a resort community like Cedar Point."
Regarding the removal of rides from the Geauga Lake park near Cleveland, Kinzel insists it was the right decision b/c the park was losing money, but does plan on making it, "the largest water park in the state of Ohio"
The most intriguing response came to questions regarding the building of coasters over 400 feet tall. Despite the fact that the technology exists, does it make sense?
"Financially, no. The price of steel is unbelievable....you can go as high as you want, but from a financial standpoint, it's hard to justify."
Despite the coaster wars we have seen in the last 10 years, it's possible that the race for the tallest and fastest might soon be at an end.
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