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.
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.
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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
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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.)
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... :)
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!! :)
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...