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Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Hey everyone!

Now that the parks are open daily it sort of feels like things are 'normal' around here.

So, how about some questions? Leave any questions in the comment section below and I'll answer as best as I can. I love doing these q/a blogs, they are probably my favorite. I'll check in the next few days before we move on to something else.

Ask away! 


USER COMMENTS

Well i just want to say love the park big fan were goin in 8 days im so EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! anyway what ever happend to orient express or zambezi zinger but mostly orient express cuz i wasent alive yet to see and i want to ride it also does the owner of the park hang around or does he like never come around?

Orient Express had reached the end of its service life and was scrapped. Zinger had reached the end of its service life with Cedar Fair and was brokered. We are owned by a publicly traded company, so technically we have lots of owners and they visit quite often! Some are even here at the park. If you're talking about our CEO, he does visit, yes.

- sam
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

How long does it take you guys to plan a ride?

Depends. We plan out roughly about five years, and then as planned things get closer make adjustments. Really you need an offseason to build and sometimes longer depending on how long it takes to get permits, zoning, etc. Generally, we are heavily planning things like names and locations about a year ahead of time. Sometimes we just wing it though :)

- Jerome
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Let's say you're at the 'front door' of a ride, like the Zulu. All of the chains are up in the line, but there are no people in the line. Is it breaking the rules to climb under the bars instead of going back and forth '50' times? You are not jumping anyone in line, just avoiding an extra long walk...

We'd prefer that you made the walk so you don't bonk your head sneaking under the bars. Sometimes guests put those chains up, so if the line is clearly not going to be long the rest of the day, you can mention it to the ride operator and they can shorten it up for ya.

- Smitti
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

The new pizza is awesome!

I know, its amazing! I just ate some for lunch today.

- Jason
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Are you planning any new stuff for next year?

Yes, we have an exciting capital plan ready for next year. Has anyone seen General Banks?

- Mark
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Any plans to bring back the old countdown clock for the new website? :)

What would it count down to? It should count down to when I can go into the park and eat a funnel cake.

- Brad S.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:43 PM

A couple weeks ago you guys posted a floor plan for a haunted house on twitter, could you take another picture of it, only this take it at a different angle?

No, it was expertly placed like that :) And by expert, I mean, that was me taking the photo.

- Drake C.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Considering that you guys have been focusing on family stuff, such as Hot Summer Lights, Planet Snoopy, Grand Carousel, and Cosmic Coaster, will next years additions possibly be centered torwards thrill seekers?

On our projects for next year its a wider demo than say Cosmic Coaster which obviously is geared towards the younger crowd.

- Zachery123
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 2:58 PM

Where does all the money come from when investing on new attractions, improvements to the park, etc? How much revenue does Worlds of Fun generate each year?

Future capital money comes from the company's revenue. For normal, every day operation, each park is allocated a budget to work off of like most other companies. Then, we plan based on that. And I can't share our revenue, we are a publicly traded company so we generally don't give that stuff out on a per park basis. You can find the company's financials at cedarfair.com each quarter, though!

- Dan The Man
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Has WOF considered starting a donation box (or Kickstarter?) for a 300 foot roller coaster? I'd chip in a few bucks! We could have it funded in time for the 2073 100th Anniversary! (Assuming we all survive the zombie apocalypse of 2041).

I enjoyed this. Feel free to send me the money and I will start the fund.

- Jose
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:44 AM

Cedar Point is generally located in the middle of nowhere and yet has become a destination amusement park thanks to the park regularly building record breaking, expensive and exotic coasters and rides. It's a great "if you build it, they will come" story. Meanwhile, WOF seems to have a one-up, geographically, because it's actually IN a major city and there's not really any major parks in the region. Can Worlds of Fun become a "Cedar Point of the Midwest?" Why not, I say? :)

Right, Sandusky isn't a major city, but all their feeder markets are gigantic! Detroit, Cleveland, Cincy, Toledo, Dayton, Louisville, and the list goes on and on. There is A LOT of people up there.

- Mike
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

How did Orient Express Reach the end of it's Service life in 2003 (That's 23 Years) if Rides like Carolina Cyclone at Carowinds, Viper at Darien Lake, Demon at California's Great America & Six Flags Great Ameica, Dragon Fire at Canada's Wondrland, Vortex at King's Island, Corkscrew at Cedar Point & Valley Fair, And The Corkscrew at Silverwood Theme Park, Loch Ness Monster at Busch Gardens Tampa that are all older than 23 Still Operating? Was It a WoF maintainece Issue? All the rides named (including Orient Express) have very Similar Layouts due to the Arrow Dynamics Company designing that way, so they should have a very similar service life, but their still operating....

Right, there are other rides from the same company out there, but our particular one was done. It could be the exact same layout at every park, and some are going to be retired sooner than others, and for different reasons.

- Michael B.
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Any new hints for haunt coming up?

We're building a new building and it should begin construction in five weeks or so. It will be similar in size to the other Haunt buildings we've built.

- Brent
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 1:19 PM

What is wrong with the Sea Dragon this year? Are you waiting on parts or something?

You've noticed that too? Its been kind of a bugger this year. It has had its ups and downs (get it, swing ride!?). Hopefully its back up really soon.

- Brian
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Many Cedar Fair parks have been recieving WindSeekers and it is becoming the Batman: The Ride of Cedar Fair. I'm wondering if a WindSeeker was thought of and can be built in Worlds of Fun?

Sure, it could be built here. I don't see any reason why I couldn't!

- XYZ
Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:43 PM

What would you say is the most rewarding/challenging part of your job?

The most rewarding is after a really busy day knowing that we were responsible for a family's great day. The most challenging is probably the hours people in this industry work. When you are a business like ours you obviously have a shorter window than a normal company to be open, so its pretty 'full steam ahead' from day one.

- Paul M. Galbrecht
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Was Worlds of Fun Originally Opened as a Cedar Fair Park? Also, Since You Need a Full-Purpose Looper, I suggest your next Capital Expansion be a B&M Sit Down Looper or a Floorless. Maybe seeing if you could purchase Hard Rock Park's Time Machine Rolle Coaster might not be a Bad Idea...

No, Worlds of Fun was opened by Hunt Midwest and was purchased by Cedar Fair over 15 years ago. Thank you for the coaster suggestion. We don't really plan capital based on type of ride and if we have that. Its one of the factors sure, but we aren't out shopping for those certain types of rides.

- Mitch
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Will there ever be a roller coaster that will replace Orient Express in the near future(located exactly where the Orient originally was)?

With the new Festhaus, and the way Patriot, Spinning Dragons, and Lore of the Vampire lay, that area is pretty rounded off. Never say never, but that location isn't currently on the radar.

- Dan The Man
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I'm sure you get this question a lot, but, what qualifications, experience, and characteristics are you looking for when considering someone for the creative design and development of attractions? What would it take for someone who has plenty of creative ideas, but no working experience in the amusement industry to get their foot in the door and possibly become part of your team? Thank you for your response and keep up the great work!

Well, in reality, planning new attractions isn't a position that is really available in our company. If it was, wouldn't everyone want it? :) We do have a corporate design team but there isn't a specific person at the park level that handles new attractions. Its a team effort at the park level, with everyone doing their piece. My best advice would be if you are interested in parks to get a job seasonally and try it out. Most people in the industry started seasonally

- Chad G.
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

What is the most popular ride at Worlds of Fun?

If you go by ridership, its Mamba. It has huge trains and can move people really quickly.

- Emma
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Any chance that WoF will get a pirate theme haunted house? If so sign me up to the crew! Argg!!

Ha! Our kids event is themed towards pirates, maybe you can work that!

- Davy
Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I saw you have some "Around the World in 80 Days" characters walking/riding around the park, it seemed really cool and kind of made the park feel more "alive." Is this a permanent thing or was it just a special occasion. Any plans for more things like that?

It is kind of fun, isn't it?! They'll be out most days through the summer, and they'll be the ones hosting the Fast Fun info session each morning. So, pretty good chance you'll see them! Ask them for a park map!

- Jerith
Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 3:00 AM

How do you guys decide whether you get a thrill ride, a roller coaster, or a kids ride?

Quite a few factors, really. Cost, how it fits our plan, each park's need, those are the big ones.

- Jerome
Sunday, June 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM

When is there going to be something new added to Oceans of Fun attraction wise? I love the place, but it feels a bit in need of a new attraction.

Something new would be great over there! Since its open a much shorter period than wof, it doesn't receive capital as often. Hopefully some new things are on the horizon!

- Trent
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

BRETT: How fast does the finnish fling spin SAM: Do you guys have any major roller coasters planned comin up we would love a new steel coaster with loops and corskrews ( not boomerang ) with a huge drop and put it in scandinavia.scandinavia would be a hit section if you did but whatever.

Brett, it seems your question involves math and I'm not a big fan of that! I will ask around and see if I can find an answer, because I have no idea. Sam, between Boomerang and Patriot, we're probably covered for a while on the looping coaster front.

- sam/brett
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 7:58 AM

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