How Old? (to be a ride op)

Wednesday, June 20, 2001 6:27 PM
How old do you have to be to become a ride op?
I'm 14 now and I would like to be one in a cople of years.

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Lance Baker

I survived Millenium Force!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 6:58 PM
I`m pretty sure that it depends on the park or state that the park is in. At Paramount`s Kings Island you have to be 16. However, in order to volunteer at PKI (for fundraisers for cub scouts and PTA`s) you must me 18! Go figure.

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www.geocities.com/coastersrz I`ve riden Son of Beast 38 times!
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 7:01 PM
It varies from park to park, chain to chain. Cedar Point, for exapmle, requires that you be 18 years old, or 17 years old and graduated from high school to become a ride op. Once again, it varies.

It may help if you could tell us at what park you wanted to work. Then, a local could probally help you out.

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-Joe
(Who will be at Cedar Point August 9th. E-mail me if you're gonna be there.)
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:03 PM
When I appilied last year at USH you had to be 18.
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 8:35 PM
At Cedar Point you must be 18 to be a ride op, regardless if you have graduated or not (that applies to living in the park's employee housing). As far as I know, though, if you will be turning 18 very soon after starting your contract, they'll put you in the department just not on a ride and then transfer you after your birthday.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 9:01 PM
At Knotts you have to be 18 or graduate high school. I will only be 17 next year, but will graduate, meaning I will be a ride op! That will be so cool.
Ghostrider, Monte or our 2002 ride :) is where I want to work!

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"Clear, Dispatch"
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 9:21 PM
Well, I trust you CrystalKat. My sister is very good freinds with the ATL of Raptor from 1997, and when I asked him what requirements I had to meet to work as an op, he said that I should be 18, and that he was only 17, but he had graduated high school, so they let him work. You are most likely right though.

:)

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-Joe
(Who will be at Cedar Point August 9th. E-mail me if you're gonna be there.)
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Wednesday, June 20, 2001 11:39 PM
At all Six Flags Parks you have to be 16 yrs old to be a ride op. I'm 15 and will be a ride op next season at SFoG!! Yeh.

X
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 2:50 PM
Disneyland - 18
SFMM - 16
Adventuredome - 17
NYNY Manhattan Express - 16
Speed: The Ride - 18
Statosphere Tower Rides - 16

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"ok everyone go ahead and pull down on your shoulder restraint so you feel nice and stuck!"
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 3:04 PM
At Carowinds, you have to be 15. That is where I work now.

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Mindbender...Can you hear the Riddler chuckling?
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 6:32 PM
PGA is 16, I would assume SFMW is the same. 16 is the legal working age in California.

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http://www.bolliger-mabillard.com
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 6:59 PM
State of Ohio says you've gotta be 16 to run a ride. Cedar Point says 18, as noted here. I thought that applied to PKI as well, but apparently not...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 7:44 PM
HOW ABOUT 21?
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 9:55 PM

B&M Webmaster said:
"PGA is 16, I would assume SFMW is the same. 16 is the legal working age in California.

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Yes! Only 3 more years!
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AKA V2 at CCN! AKA SFMWManiac at SFMWOnline!
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 10:02 PM
that would be a great job! i wouldnt be one of the slow types, you know those kind who spend two mins. talking to there friends that is really annoying!
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Saturday, June 23, 2001 10:14 PM
16, two more years :), I'll be working at GA, that's all I have to say.

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Don't fight it, Ride it, Raging Bull!
Webmaster:SFGAm 2001
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Sunday, June 24, 2001 8:26 PM
At SfWOA there was a ride-op on Serial Thriller that couldn't have been a day over 14.
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Sunday, June 24, 2001 9:34 PM
Hershey is 16.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:05 AM
Hershey- 16 if you actually want to push buttons, but you can work in the rides dept. when you're 15.
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Monday, June 25, 2001 6:14 AM

Kevin said:
"At SfWOA there was a ride-op on Serial Thriller that couldn't have been a day over 14."

When I was there last year, I noticed how young some of the employees were also. When we pulled in the parking lot to buy our ticket, the kid working there couldn't have been more than 12 years old.


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Kennywood Insider's Guide
http://kennywood.coaster-mania.com
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