I've been thinking about getting a job (a first for me) at Kings Island this summer, but I'm not sure what I want to do (ride op or tickets maybe), what I'm allowed to do (do they hire first year at GR?), and what I'll be happy with in the end.
What I mean by the last part is if I'll think the job is worth it to me. I don't need the money, but I want a better job in the amusement industry in the future. I definitely want to be able to get time off whenever we want to go on a trip (planning a week for Florida and week for PA/NJ/NY).
I also like to know that I'm actually doing something great for the park. I want a job where it shows I care about and am proud of the park and helping them or helping people in general. These would be the same feelings I would have if I worked at Disney, CP, HW, or anywhere. Do ride ops get much appreciation with their jobs? Do you think of ride ops as in important aspect of the park? I don't know why I'm having so much trouble with this, but I'm really curious.
Thanks for all the help in advance!
Danny ----------------- Past Perfect. Present Tense. Future Uncertain. *** This post was edited by Koaster King 2/23/2003 3:55:00 AM ***
I know this doesnt have to do much with being a ride op or ticket person, but my sister worked in games at Cedar Point and mainly said; a.) "There's so many stupid people" and b.) Once u turn 16, they work u open-close. ------------------ Well, I used to be able to see TTD from my house, then I moved. Life's not fair. *** This post was edited by TTDTom 2/23/2003 9:15:04 AM ***
Yea hook 'em up and piss everyone in line off. Danny I'd send in an application, but that's not guarenteeing you a job. KI has been going around to school recruiting so your going to have competition to get the job. I'd go for it if you don't like it just quit
If your interested in a job, call up Human Resources and see if you can go up for an interview. Although they may just tell you to go to a job fair if theres one coming up soon, which i dont know if there is or not.
------------------ So you believe that you are studying us, then kindly explain why you are the ones trapped in your seats.
Once you are over 16 they work you open to close, probably no matter where you work (so I hear). But I know a couple ride ops, and they say it's really fun, and the time goes by a lot faster than you would think. I don't know too much about admissions, but it seems like a job you could get at a grocery store.
Well, what rides/coasters are really fun to work and which ones are a headache that I should avoid? I talked to someone a while back about Vortex (which would probably be my first choice), but they said they didn't like doing the FX Theatre and you hardly have any time to get a break with the capacity.
Roller coasters are by far the best, then flumes and drop towers, then thirll rides, then flat rides, then kiddie rides. I dunno where simulators would fit. *** This post was edited by ThrillChill 2/23/2003 12:30:14 PM ***
If you want you summer free, but would like to work for PKI nonetheless, why don't you do their volunteer service in the spring? I'm pretty sure you either work in food or in admissions. It sounds fun, you don't get payed(but you said you didn't need the money), you're working for PKI, and you have your summer off! If you were to get a job there... I'd go for a ride op of the kiddie coasters. Little kids are fun to work with and aren't as hard as teens and up. Hope that helps!
------------------ You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him find it within himself. -Galileo
That's a great idea about volunteering Charlie and I think it would be a lot of fun where I could go and do that whenever I wanted. The kiddie coasters like Reptar or Beastie are sounding more appealing to me for some reason and I don't know why. Maybe I do like working with kids and no we're not following up with any MJ jokes. ;)
-Danny *** This post was edited by Koaster King 2/23/2003 2:11:27 PM ***
I'm applying for Rides at Paramount's Kings Dominion, and if it's like it is here, there is a pay decrease for working rides, I guess because it's a more desirable location to work in. From a fellow enthusiasts' standpoint, it seems like a lot of fun getting to be around and operate the rides you love, and if it ends up not being what I've envisioned it as, I can just quit. At PKD you can quit with a 2 week notice, so it doesn't seem like too bad of a hassle if it's not fun. Just give it a shot, find out if you like it.
GET A JOB AT CEDAR POINT!!! I worked there in '91-'93 and had a great time! I was on the last ever crew of the "original" Blue Streak before CP gave it a lobotomy. It's really great working there, the dorms were like $15 a week, food was great and cheap, and you don't have to commute!
And if you save up, get a couple days off, you have so many parks a few hours away to visit. Those summers me and my coaster buds went to Kennywood, KI, Geauga, Great America, etc. You got the best of a lot of worlds working at CP as a teen (or early 20's..) Just watch out for the "bad seed" pervs in management.
I was part of the Serial Thriller crew at SFWOA, the last year it was Geauga Lake. All in all I had a great summer, and would do it again. I would recommend that if you really need time off, and a lot of it, to make sure that's well known up front. If you sign on to work full time, and then try to get a few weeks off, it probably won't happen. Also, be aware that if you offer all your time to the park, you will spend it working. The summer I worked, the running joke was that it appeared that you had made a ton of money simply because you never had any time to spend it.
However, the job was fun. I did get probably 5-10 rides on my coaster per day. Another thing is I would not expect to be working a major ride immediately unless you've got experience. The policy at GL was that everyone started out in kiddie land, but people moved from there fast.
The worst thing however was to see the many ways people tried to get their kids onto rides they knew they were too short for.