While many coaster enthusiasts can only dream of such an experience, only a handful of people have led a world-class amusement park like Cedar Point. Possibly the most renowned roller coaster king in the history of the business, Dick Kinzel spent nearly 40 years in the amusement park industry, 25 of those years as president and CEO of Cedar Point’s parent company, Cedar Fair! Under Kinzel’s direction, the coaster wars were started and possibly won on the shores of Lake Erie at the historic Cedar Point amusement park. For years, enthusiasts around the United States and the world have proclaimed Cedar Point as the roller coaster capital of the world, noting that the park has the best overall collection of thrill machines and flat ride attractions the world has ever seen. With Kinzel at the helm, the park broke numerous world records, becoming the first and [still] only park to have 200ft, 300ft, and 400ft roller coaster all within its gates.
Historic Glance into Cedar Point’s Operations
The biography, Dick Kinzel: Roller Coaster King of Cedar Point Amusement Park, highlights a lot of the successes and failures that the park endured under the leadership of the now-retired Dick Kinzel. Over the course of 115 pages, [author] Tim O’Brien highlight many historic moments during Kinzel’s tenure. Kinzel is a legend in the business, but even a legend can make a mistake from time to time. Overall, America’s Roller Coaster was better because of Kinzel and his staff – history proves it! Every roller coaster enthusiast and park fan boy or girl should take a look at this enlightening book. It’s a quick read. The most difficult part of the reading experience is putting the book down.