Published: June 21, 2011 at 6:45 PM
Most Cedar Fair parks I have visited have been pretty well maintained from a cleanliness perspective, so that trend needs to continue. Most of the theming is decorative only, so it would be nice to see the narrative elements improved. Also, some of the old special effects (at the former Paramount parks especially) might actually receive some refurb love....
As for ride selection, unless Ouimet has the budget to start a team of in-house Imagineers, Cedar Fair needs to keep its focus on coasters and thrill rides. Sadly, they just aren't that good at anything else, probably because they don't have the funds to "go all out."
As I said, I do think there will be more narrative details going forward, and most everything will probably require a story of some sort (known only to designers, sadly), so they days of random ride placement might be over. And perhaps the food offerings will improve to the point of being edible, at least. All good things.
I especially hope Ouiment looks to the Midwest and Worlds of Fun, cause that park definitely needs a lot of work. More coasters, updated flats, more whole-family (not kiddie) attractions, and dare I say it, a dark ride or two (at least a shooter would be nice). And maybe a show that is more entertaining than embarrassing for performers and audience members alike!
Incidentally, I wonder what good old Jake Rivers will say when he finds out a former Disney exec is running the show at his favorite iron ride park? Probably the same thing he's been saying since he was first incarcerated: "No, I will not pick up that bar of soap!" ;)