At Six Flags, you must be atleast 16 years of age to operate any ride. Normal shifts are either half a day, or the whole day. For example, during the summer, you might see something like this:
Monday: 9:30 am- 4:15 pm, Tuesday, 9:30am-10:15pm, Wednesday, 3:30pm-10:15pm, etc...
Shifts can range from Open to Close, Open to a couple hour break to close, about 5 - close, open - 5, etc. It's different per park operating hours, but you get the idea.
Also, make sure when filling out your application that you check that you've spelled words like "wonderin(g)", and "w(h)at" correctly. If you don't, it may look like you don't pay attention to details.
Here, leads (formen) and one crew member have to be at the ride one hour before the park opens for Safety Checks, Cleaning, Etc., and one arrives 30 minutes prior to park opening and one arrives as the park opens. (this being written for a four person crew obviously.)
So for example. If the park opens at 10, the schedule would be something like
09:00 - Lead, Assistant Lead or other crew member but usually lead and assistant.
09:30 - Crew Member 3
10:00 - Crew Member 4
If our operating hours are 10-10, one shift is from 9-4 and the other from 3 - 10:30 (for Leads), just bump one hour arrival for other employees.
11-7 is one shift. ONE grueling long horrible shift (at least it can be.) Leads arrive at 10 and leave at 7:30.
10-8 is two. 9-3 and 2-8 etc etc..you dont need a novel on the operations of sfot :)
Having two years experience in the amusement industry prior to my position at Cedar Point last year, I had a very good idea of where I didn't want to work and knew enough to not mention particular rides because ususally it doesn't matter. So I stated the kind of position that would suit me best. They gave me Sky Ride. Tough work at the beginning but after a while I loved it. Oddly enough, out of all the rides i've been trained on at the Point, Sky Ride is still my favorite. Call me crazy, thats just my opinion.
Coasterman Mike - Who's ride?!? Sky Ride!:)
Good luck, I can't think of a better place to work than an amusement park, granted it isn't easy work. *** Edited 11/20/2003 6:50:05 AM UTC by GoliathKills***
Hopefully those who plan to work at an amusement park have some people skills. It won't pay off to not want to deal with people in a variety of situations. One needs to be patient and willing to serve others, evan when your dealing with a very rude or difficult to please person. It makes the visit much more pleasant for guest, and gets you a good reputation with the higher ups.
you do have to be 18 to run the rides....As for them asking what ride you want, yes they'll ask, but putting a "rookie" on TTD or a NEW NEW ride, is nill to none (sometimes) when WT opened, it was all returners. Granted this will be year two for TTD, if youre a returner, seniority is rule, and if all spots are taken, then your A@@ out of being on that crew.
Our shifts vary (Coasterman Mike can you think of any that may be wrong or that i missed?) but a typical schedule could go:
Split (open till 1; 4 hour break; then close)
open: (usually an hour on b4 park opens on bigger rides) till 2
Mid: 11:30 till close
Closer: 2 or 3 till close(?) its been a year since i worked there last, and shannon and i used to have to redo our schedule constantly so it was a chore to say the least. During peak hours and days, if you close expect to stay a good hour or so after the park closes to run your line out (bigger rides of course)
Uhm that's all i can think of so far...hope it helps
PS; at CP we dont "wander" like 6 flags ride ops do
once your assigned to a ride, it your ride, UNLESS your cross trained and you go to cover shifts at another ride, you are trained on one ride and its yours (ie you dont get to work like 2 hours on maggie then 2 hours on MF, etc..)
Though a rarity towards the end of the season, i've seen a couple of these. Of course the hightlight of anyone's day at CP was "The Cutback." :) You did hit the nail on the head CBTango with your "no wandering" statement. You are either on your way to the bathroom, your position, or going to break. The supervisors know where you work and do question you if you are out of the work zone. There's no messing around there.
I should note, during my first day, I worked a 12 hour shift. So if working LONG hours isn't your cup of tea then a position at a park may not suit you.
Coasterman Mike *** Edited 11/20/2003 6:53:40 PM UTC by Coasterman Mike***
Mustang - Ride Op 1st season, Rides Manager second season
-Able to work long hours with minimum pay (for a while depending on park)
-Able to handle whiny, complaining, chaotic etc. guests of all ages
-Able to be in one place for an extended amount of time in all sorts of weather
-Know what you are doing and have common sense
-If you can do this you can usually master all of the above: Like your job, have fun and enjoy it.
Now me I worked at SFSL this past summer and am going back there as a lead next year. I do love the amusement park atmosphere so that helps a lot (for a roller coaster enthusiast it shouldnt be a problem). The key is to just stick around and be a good worker and supervisors will notice you and if you plan on staying around, you will enjoy it more and more. The pay does suck at Six Flags for a while but it adds up quickly if you work a decent amount. Now Cedar Point and parks more sophisticated than 6 Flags are probably different but the concepts are the same. I just make my own fun, talk to the guests, be energetic.
Shifts are usually split pretty evenly its just a matter of weather you want to wake up early or stay out late cleaning garbage (or you can do both).
As far as the wages go, I thought the pay was decent for a 16 year old. If you are willing to work 5 days a week in the summer then its not too bad. Of course there are jobs that pay better but if you like rollercoasters (which I'm assuming you do) then this job is a great expierence.
The pay does suck at Six Flags for a while but it adds up quickly if you work a decent amount. Now Cedar Point and parks more sophisticated than 6 Flags are probably different but the concepts are the same.
How, exactly, are Cedar Fair parks "more sophisticated" than Six Flags parks??
-Nate *** Edited 11/21/2003 5:00:59 AM UTC by coasterdude318***
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