Disneyland veteran Matt Ouimet to take over Cedar Fair
The man who helped engineer Disneyland's turn-around in the post-Paul Pressler/Cynthia Harriss era is stepping in to run the Cedar Fair amusement park chain.
Matthew Ouimet will succeed the retiring Dick Kinzel. Ouimet takes over as president immediately, and will assume Kinzel's CEO role in January. Kinzel earlier this year was forced out as board chairman by Cedar Fair shareholder Q Investments, a hedge fund which is battling Cedar Fair management in court.
Ouimet drew near-universal praise for his term as president of Disneyland Resort leading up to the parks 50th anniversary in 2005. Ouimet left Disney to become president of Starwood Hotels in 2006.
I would hope this is a great thing. I feel that Cedar Fair has moved from quality entertainment and I hope that this will mean that it may return to the parks. Kings Dominion would be much more complete if this was brought back. I am sure others would be much better as well and the parks could once again be a place for all age groups. Coasters are great but a true quality park needs to have something for everyone. Dark rides, family rides and QUALITY shows as well as good food, all help make a park the best it can be.
Ouimet helped many Disneyland fans fall in love with that park again by reestablishing its commitment to cleanliness, maintenance and show quality after the disastrous run of management in the 10 years prior. Let's hope he can do the same for Cedar Fair.
What a great hire for Cedar Parks. For the short time he was President of Disneyland he had a big influence in the park today. My son says thanks for Buzz Lightyear ride.
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....
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