By , February 24, 2014
Manny Esteves

Sorry for the long delay! We’ve had orders flying in left and right recently, and it looks like things are finally starting to slow down.  Half of them seem to be the reason for the “I” in GCII (the first one) as a lot of the European parks we’re serving are starting to repair and update their rides for the upcoming season. Sometimes it seems like delivery trucks are waiting behind one another to pick up the pallets we just wrapped. I never realized how enormous a portion of Great Coaster’s services were maintaining the rides they built. Some of them aren’t even ours, which poses a challenge in itself! While it may not be the most direct way of working on roller coasters, it really is an important part and if you remember the lesson from my last post, there’s a lot to learn from it. By preparing orders, I’ve been learning what parts of the coaster take the most damage during a season and also a typical park’s approach in terms of maintenance procedures. The sheer quantity of parts still surprises me, like how a park could need thousands of one piece of hardware for a single ride, it’s crazy to think about.

When I’m not prepping a park order to be shipped out. Dan’s been sending me on runs with Bill to get an idea all the other companies Great Coaster does work with. From upholstery shops, to machining firms and everything in between, there are a lot of moving parts to maintaining coasters we’ve already built, I can’t imagine the work that goes into making a new one. (By the way, keep an eye out for my next post, I’ll be talking about Viper!) While most parks can contact the individual companies themselves, it’s a bit more convenient to have GCII take care of everything and coordinate all of the factors going into making everybody’s favorite wooden coaster running smoothly.

It seems like Great Coasters has this down to a science in terms of keeping a pace where I’m learning and not getting overwhelmed, but we’re still getting a lot done and keeping pace with the needs of our clients. I was actually reading on LinkedIn about how well they handle young professionals and cultivate talent while still running a successful company. Obviously this didn’t happen over night, but I can’t help but think that they’re learning from me sometimes also.

Lesson 4: Making something great is one thing, keeping it great is a whole new challenge.

2 Responses to “”

  1. Colin says:

    I know what you’re going through, trust me! It’s hard to keep all the orders straight some time, but just think if the roller coaster thing falls through you’ll be ready for a job at UPS (that’s what I kept telling myself anyway)!!!

    Glad you’re having fun, keep up the good work.

  2. Manny Esteves says:

    Haha thanks Colin! The first thing Chris said to me when I started doing park orders was “you’re gonna be really good at counting after this.” I’m honing my skills!

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