Should I become a ride op?

Saturday, November 9, 2002 4:37 AM

Hey folks, this is a question to all you ride ops out there. I am looking to apply up at SFNE for a ride attendent position either next year of the year after. My question is: 'Will I lose my love for the park and maybe even roller coasters if I have to deal with *****y people all day and have to be at the park the majority of the week?'

Thanks for your help.

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 4:52 AM

If you would like to.

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 5:06 AM

I'm sure you won't lose your love for parks and coasters if you don't go into the job having the attitude that you will. Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% your attitude and how you act about the other 10%.

If you can get the job, take it!

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 6:14 AM

SFNE Freak said:

'Will I lose my love for the park and maybe even roller coasters if I have to deal with *****y people all day and have to be at the park the majority of the week?'



No

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 6:46 AM

I've worked Wildcat at Hersheypark for the last two years (they do a rotation thing, though, so I do occasionally have to do a kiddy ride, ugh) and love it now more than ever. Single-rider, backseat, after closing = love.

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 7:02 AM
Well, if gas prices go down by the time I get a car, I think I'll try and get the job!

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 7:50 AM
Working as a ride attendant on wild obe and two face you get annoyed with all the rude people but you won't lose your love of coasters.
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Saturday, November 9, 2002 10:51 AM

reach for the stars.....

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 10:57 AM
I've worked all the coasters at Hersheypark for the past year and I definately love them more than I did before. Occasional last rides on a coaster make any day better.

*** This post was edited by SmurfRacer on 11/9/2002. ***

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 11:50 AM
Sure, why not?

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 12:18 PM
As a Former Riverside-Premier Park ride op, I will say that SFNE is a tough park to work in but if you have the right attitude it will be a very fun, exhilirating season. Just keep a smile on your face and an eye on your ride and everything will be great. They really do recognize good employees and make them feel special. Go out and have a great season!! If you have any questions feel free to contact me.
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Saturday, November 9, 2002 12:24 PM
Okay, to any SFWoA ride ops, do you think it is worth getting a job there if I live a half hour away? Is the park tough to work at and is the pay worth it for a summer job? Thanks.
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Saturday, November 9, 2002 1:28 PM
coasterzak: I'm in the same position. I'm wondering if the pay will outweigh the gas money it takes to get up there day after day.

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 2:46 PM
You may grow to love the park even more. I have never been an op, but would think seeing all of the happy guests returning to the station after their ride should make up for the occasional idiot that you have to put up with.

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 5:22 PM

The best thing I can tell you about it would be:

It can be the best of times, it can be the worst of times. Being the last person of the 2002 season to dispatch the Great American Scream Machine at SFoG was a great experience. The days when you would see people deathly scared of rides. The times when you would tell those people the rides weren't scary until they were strapped in, then telling them all sorts of scary stuff to freak them out. The times when you could just sit back and know that under you sits the power of a multi-million dollar piece of machinery and that 48+ people at a time have entrusted their lives in your hands. I love it, and it will remain a part of my life for years to come.

However, there are the worst times. Some of them include, rude guests that believe that the absolute best you can do is still not good enough for them. The times when guests decide to defy your power no matter what you do. The times when your stuck at the ride for 4 hours because nobody will come relieve you so you can go to the bathroom. Those can be the worst of time (not to mention the times when your crew wont help you clean up vomit).

But, by far, being a ride op is an experience you'll never forget. Just make sure you surround yourself with good attendants and it will be smooth sailing from there...

Chris Hayes---your 2002 Six Flags over Georgia, Great American Scream Machine Ride Operator

*** This post was edited by Chris the Coaster Freak on 11/9/2002. ***

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 8:06 PM

I worried about loseing my love for parks as well, but it didn't happen to me. I even went back for a second season at CP and a full year at Universal Studios IOA.

I found that working at the parks made me not look like a freak to family and friends. They now could see my Amusement Park obsession as being "job related".

I would recomend getting a job at a park to any enthusiast, especially those who are young and new to the job market.

I have said it before, working at Cedar point will turn a boy into a man. You could probibly say that about almost any park.

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But seriously folks, I respect the opinions of yall who don't like the thing, but if MF were human, I'd marry it.

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Saturday, November 9, 2002 8:21 PM
its really up to you if you want to become a ride op. you do lose a little respect for the park becasue you see all the backstage stuff that goes on but you shouldnt let that stop you from working there. you could always quit if you dont like it.
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