I called them back up yesterday to see if I can work there again this summer, so I will be back there later on.
My family pretty much says, why make the drive (it's about 15 min away) for such a low paying job, but I WANT to work there because I had a blast working there. There was never a day i left the park truly dreading my day, and I always left w/ a smile on my face (i think i'm the only on there in that park, lol)... it was a drag in the kiddie section the first few weeks, but once i turned 18 and they stuck me on the comet permanently, it made working so much more enjoyable. There are some things i DON'T like about the park, the way it's run, and a lot of the employees, so I always try my best to make the day that much more enjoyable for guests.
I would say try it out, everybody is different. If you think youw ould have a good time, then go for it, but if you know going into it you don't like working hard for low pay and being out in the sun, I wouldn't bother.
-- alan "shaded in the booth" jacyszyn
I wouldn't trade those days for anything.
* Long shifts-sometimes doubles are required due to lack of staffing during the spring/fall seasons
* Parents-They can be very pushy when it comes to getting their child on a ride, even if you point out the height limit.
* Ride breakdowns-It's no fun when everyone's looking at you and your waiting for maintenance to show up
* Vomit-Whether or not you're the one who has to clean it up, who wants to even look at it?
* Not being able to ride-When a whole group of enthusiasts come by and say "Rob will you come and ride with us?", knowing damn well that you can't, it sucks.
* Temperature-This can really suck. Sometimes it's so hot you want to rip all your clothes off and run to the waterpark, and other times you're freezing cold due to either the time of year, or a steady downpour
* Open gate/let passengers on/check restraints/run ride/let passengers off–repeat
I've worked at a SF park now for 3 years, and have met many people and learned many things. And I will keep doing it as long as I can afford to do so.
My main complaints come from working at the Adventuredome...not once, but twice (still dont know why I went back). I hated: the way the training program was so random in nature, an ineffective rotation schedule (its not a rotation at all), and riduculous policies which all contributed to low employee moral. Its no wonder the park still has such a high turnover. I guess I would have thought things would have changed since the first time, but it had only gotten worse. Nothing sucks more that standing in a single position for 6 hours with a single 20 min break, then back to same position.
But I agree with the statement about advancing to leadership. Its the best way to treat people the way you'd want to be treated. Often leads, coordinators, or whatever you want to call them are given a position without true leadership skills which in turn pushes people away.
At Adventuredome, I always thought it was funny how they felt the need to threaten people. They always threatened to freeze rotation...how can you freeze whats already frozen? If you constantly back a puppy up in a corner, he will get mad and bite! And that's why so many grumpy people work there! *** Edited 5/31/2005 8:08:37 PM UTC by haiderodes***
- Meet cool people *Interesting is more like it
- Fun eviroment *gotta love to wildlife
- advancment oppurtunities *Supervisor by the time I was 17
- You work outside in the sun(con for some)
- Great for hs or college kids
- Learn a little more about the industry(not the park, seasonal employees contrary to belief usually know as much as the gp) *You can learn alot, if you work there long enough.
- Dealing with people
- Many hours (at DP no overtime pay)*God I loved OT
- Jobs get repititive and boring*Not if you make them not to be.
- You dont make any real money *I wouldnt say that from the age of 15 till 19 I made around 35 to 40 thousand dollars, working "seasonal"
- The internal seasonal politics*Dont ever have a girl freind work there
- No health coverage (seasonal) *Mommy and Daddy
- dealing with people
So I dont see any truly bad parts, other then if you dont mind the stress if you become a supervisor/maneger, and the negative effects on your body.
The best and the worst times of my life...
Same here. Unfortunately many of the good times are clouded by the bad times of booze and loose women... Or were those the good times? ;)
Disney is pretty fun...they are strict on the rules here. But we do get overtime...and up until this week doubletime...dont get me starteed on how they can take away College Program doubletime without even telling us, they did it so they can work us over 15 hours without worrying about doubletime and to make some people come into work less than 8 hours after their previous shift.
But I do still love my job here.
Here at Disney they have all of the College Program Cast members live in three different apartment complexes. Vista Way (where I live), Chatam, and the Commons (for the international program) The apartments are not run by disney but your rent is deducted right from your paycheck every week. THEY RIP US OFF! 69 a week! for a three bedroom with 5 other roomates *mutters*
Each spring for several years my mother and I would make the pilgirmage to Kalamazoo, Michigan, so that I could interview for a job at my favorite amusement park. Finally the call came... and I was off to work at Stockade Refreshments in Frontiertown.
I met some wonderful people, and had some great times... but I had the bad luck to be under two levels of management that had, oh let's call them management skill deficiencies.
The one fellow was a living example of the Peter Principle ([expletive deleted] floats), while the other was just odd. Spent a week calling me "Wilhelmina" (punning on my name, Will) before I started calling "Trixie" (punning on his name).
Anyways -- Overall I had a wonderful time and would not ever, ever go back.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
-- Groucho Marx
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