Eastern European workers fill in gaps at seasonal attractions

Posted Friday, August 29, 2003 5:29 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Summer employers increasingly rely on university students from Eastern Europe to fill their jobs. The reason is apparent right now. As August wanes, U.S. students have put down their ice cream scoops and headed back to school. To stretch the moneymaking season, seasonal resorts have turned to foreign students, who can stay well past Labor Day before they need to return to school.

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Friday, August 29, 2003 6:16 AM
Makes sense to me. Never really thought of that before. I always wondered why there are so many foreign workers at amusement parks.
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Friday, August 29, 2003 7:19 AM
When I went to CP on the 25th, I noticed that most of the people there were foreign. I assumed this was the reason.
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Friday, August 29, 2003 5:13 PM
Just returned from three days at the Ohio parks, CP and WoA, and believe the parks could not operate at all without foreign students. Of course, CP was in full operation (mostly) with reduced hours. WoA limited not only operating hours but attractions as well.

An aside...after parts of three days at WoA, it is now my favorite SF park overall of the five I've been to, including GAm. I was hopeful after reading so many TRs this year that mentioned the improvements that had been made over last year but I was honestly blown away.

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Friday, August 29, 2003 6:03 PM
Without the majority Brazilian and other foreign employees, I don't know what SFA would do. As it is, I've been working in Looney Tunes Movietown (not that there's anything wrong with that:)), and I normally work Skycoaster and Go-Karts. One good things is that the waterpark closes after Labor Day, and that'll free up some employees, unless they go back home.
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Friday, August 29, 2003 9:45 PM
SFOG had a lot of them. For the most part, they are hard working, jovial people. I enjoyed them, and the girls were overwhelmingly good-looking.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2003 8:18 AM
It is logical. These folks make enough money working at the parks each season to pay their ways through school. It always angers me when guests talk badly about them. They are hard working. English is a 2nd language for them. The culture shock is yet another thing to complicate matters for them. Glad to see they are recognized. Without them our favorite parks would not be open right now.

Thanks for helping keep our parks open!!!

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