Attractions Host: What is it?

Thursday, November 4, 2004 12:51 PM
My friend is working on a project for school, and she needs to know what exactly this position is so she can type up a fake training manual. She asked me, I think that it is the people who give tours around the park, but I figured that I would ask here so I can get a real answer

Thanks in advance

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 12:59 PM
It's just a ride operator with a diffrent name.
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:03 PM
Sounds like a Disney-style ride operator name.
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:21 PM
I think the term refers to ride attendants, not ride operators, but if someone knows for sure otherwise, please correct me.

-Nate
*** Edited 11/4/2004 6:21:43 PM UTC by coasterdude318***

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:23 PM
I thought attendants and operators were the same thing? Don't they all rotate between all positions in and around a ride?
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:29 PM
I can only speak for our park...at Holiday World & Splashin' Safari, all seasonal employees are Hosts and Hostesses. We call our customers our Guests.

Everyone has a specific department and function (sweeper, ride op, slide attendant), but the term Host/Hostess applies across the board. (The same way other businesses call their employees "associates" or "team members.")

Hope this helps, Paula


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:30 PM

CoasterFanMatt said:
Sounds like a Disney-style ride operator name.

That's EXACTLY what it is.

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:38 PM
The Mole's avatar A host is the operator, the attraction greeter is the one who stands in front of the ride and greets people and measures the kids, etc.
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 2:02 PM
I think it all depends on what the park calls the position because responsibilities vary by park.

Generally speaking most parks that say "host/hostess" give that title as a general term. I'd say its pretty much up to how your friend wants to word it.


...and such

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 2:27 PM
At Kennywood were called Team Members.
Kennywood Team Member Since 2003 Kennywood is CLOSED
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 2:36 PM
Doesn't Disney call their employees "Cast Members"? I think that sounds appropriate, given the kind of parks they operate.

Is it just me, or is it nice being greeted by a waiter or waitress at a restaurant saying "Hi, my name is ____ and I'll be taking care of you tonight." Sounds so much better than "What can I get for you?"

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 2:49 PM
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Raven Maven said:
We call our customers our Guests.

But what's SO important, and this seems to get lost on a LOT of parks, isn't that you CALL them guests, but that you TREAT them as such...;)

bill, going CAPS to have some FUN with those folks at ARN&R...:)

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 2:58 PM
So Bill...are you asterisk-free these days?

I hardly recognized your post!

Paula


Paula Werne
Holiday World

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 3:05 PM

Impulse-ive said:
I thought attendants and operators were the same thing? Don't they all rotate between all positions in and around a ride?

Attendants tend to only be able to load/unload, while Operators can load/unload/operate a ride. Its legal issues often preventing minors from having so much responsibilty, even though almost everything is computerized

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 3:19 PM
Bill's cutting back and I see no evidence of withdrawl symptoms... good for him! ;)
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 3:47 PM
rollergator's avatar LOL Paula....

The *asterisks* are a permanent part of my fun, I just went with the CAPS thing since I was *called out* recently on www.absolutelyreliable.com...that post was what you might call....payback...:)

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Thursday, November 4, 2004 5:59 PM
I remember at Cedar Point they were Ride Hosts. So, kinda the same thing.

At Disney World, they are Cast Members. I might be one next semester apart of there College Program!


WDWCP - Spring 2006 - Entertainment
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Thursday, November 4, 2004 6:31 PM
At Dollywood an Attractions Host is a host (employee) who works in Attractions (any ride). We all rotate positions. For example on Thunderhead, all Hosts are signed off on all positions. So the greeter could also do dispatch, load, etc. In Country Fair, my area, we rotate to the different rides every 2 hours, so everyone must be signed off every ride. We also call our "customers" Guests. Since you are a guest in our home. =O)

Let the Thunder RROOLLLL!!!
The Thunderhead
The Wildest Ride in the Woods!

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Friday, November 5, 2004 10:36 AM
rollergator's avatar Dollywood is one of *those parks*, I definitely felt like a GUEST there....same goes for SDC/CC. But do you have to feed your guests like you're fattening a turkey for Thanksgiving? ;)

For more details, see dawn's recent trip, er, *food* report, LOL...

BIG fan of Herschend parks...:)
*** Edited 11/5/2004 3:36:40 PM UTC by rollergator***

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Friday, November 5, 2004 10:37 AM
Makes you wonder... what are guests called at SFMM and SFNE? ;)
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