who here works at a an amusement park?

Monday, June 3, 2002 3:03 AM
I just got a job at SFNE working as a ride operator and I was wondering from the people that work at an amusment park how fun working at a park can be. To me this seems like my dream summer job and I couldn't be more excited regardless of what they pay me. Hey, I would almost want to operate rides for free I enjoy them that much.
Monday, June 3, 2002 5:34 AM

I did....

And documented my experience in an article on URC. Here is a link to it in case you are interested...


A.K.A. John K.

Monday, June 3, 2002 9:13 AM
Monday, June 3, 2002 9:35 AM
I worked at 6 flags great america last summer
Monday, June 3, 2002 9:57 AM
stoogemanmoe's avatar John, that is a great article! I worked at a very small park called The Enchanted Forest, and yes they had most of the same benefits as the larger parks. I started out there when I was 14 as a sweeper working for a 1 $ an hour. I moved from there to working as an assistant manager at age 17 in the foods system. I moved from there to ride op on the Mad Mouse, The Surf, Hurricane, and so on. I could operate any ride they had. The best part of working the rides was that we always had some girls that lived in south Bend or farther away wanting to give us their phone #'s. We liked the attention too. but the best part of the job was getting job experience, and meeting new and interesting people from all walks of life. Sure, there were alot of trying times at the park but we made the most of it. I was there for 10 years until they auctioned off the park and it became Splash Down Dunes. I really really miss working there although the pay was really bad. It was the good times with all my friends and meeting all the customers that I really miss.

Beer, my soon to be wife, coasters, and the FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Is this a great country or what!!

*** This post was edited by stoogemanmoe on 6/3/2002. ***

Monday, June 3, 2002 10:05 AM
I do! SFGAm...
Monday, June 3, 2002 11:39 AM
I work at SFEG, and so far I have loved it. It seems like every day I am learning something new, metting interesting people, and having a great time. Good Article Shaggy. You did justice to a job that many people underrate

"Attention all Time Travel Commitee Members; the reasearch and development meeting will take place last friday at O-Three-Hundred hours. Do not be late."

Monday, June 3, 2002 12:21 PM

I love working at Six Flags Worlds Of Advenutre. However, I have one word of advice, if you don't want to work in the kiddie rides area, do your self a favor and don't tell your interviewer that you babysit--- even if you do babysit alot. Interviewers are not interested in a lot of experience, just a willingness to work and work well.

(P.S., Yes, I made that mistake. D'oh! Oh well, I'm having more fun than I thought I would in Boomtown.)

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Monday, June 3, 2002 12:43 PM
i work at thorpe park, england as a restraint checker for the most looping coaster in the world, colossus!
Monday, June 3, 2002 1:21 PM

Yep, I'm a ride op at Wonderland.

I'm in my first season, and I love it. I can't think of a better way to be spending my summer.

Although in the article Shaggy made a good point. When I went for the job, I figured running the coasters would be the best part. But out of the two rides, Vortex and Shockwave, I prefer Shockwave. I guess it's because you get to interact with the guests more, but I'm not really sure why. Might be the air conditioning in the op booth... :)

Monday, June 3, 2002 2:39 PM
My first legal job:). I havent started yet, but Im shchelded at SFWoA in the next 2 weeks.

Stop the lawyers, not the rides!

Monday, June 3, 2002 3:01 PM
Must be nice....working at a Six Flags park. I'd love to work at SFOG.

-Hurler Crew 2002-

Monday, June 3, 2002 3:40 PM

I just got a job at Disneyland on Star Tours. I've always wanted to work there as it's my favorite park in the world. I quit my career in insurance to go back to school and I figured, what the hay, I'll work at Disneyland! I start this weekend! Can't wait!! :)


Monday, June 3, 2002 4:58 PM
so how hard is operating rides?... I still can't believe I got to be an operator so easily... I must have gave a good interview or SFNE really needs ride ops. This is like my dream job for me.

*** This post was edited by Jon Essel on 6/4/2002. ***

Monday, June 3, 2002 5:15 PM
Ride host on gemini at CP
Monday, June 3, 2002 6:36 PM
Ride op for Apollo's Chariot @ BGW spend time at Alpengeist too.

Fear The two Apollo's Chariot, 825 feet of drops and Alpengeist The worlds tallest,fastest most twisted inveted coaster.

Monday, June 3, 2002 6:40 PM

I'm currently a sweeper/cleaner at La Ronde. I got this position for 3 weeks, than, they'll see if there's a spot at one of the major rides.

From november 2000 to august 31st 2001 as a cast member at DLP. I worked on Space Mountain and I'm also an ex Star Tours star pilot!

Monday, June 3, 2002 7:47 PM

Honestly Jon, when I got a job as Ride Op I couldn't believe it either..You'll go through training and for every ride you get trained on you have to take a test (At least the way SFGAm Does it) After you've operated the ride a day or two you do it like you've done it forever..it's pretty easy you just have to watch out for the dumb or how should I say - umm..THE guests that check their brains at the door when they come in...

Monday, June 3, 2002 8:11 PM
I'm a ride op at Hersheypark.
Monday, June 3, 2002 8:15 PM

Well, how many of you are ride OPERATORS (panel operators) versus ride ATTENDENTS. I hate it when peopel call themselves ops when they're attendents.

I'm a ride OPERATOR at SFOG.


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