Working at a theme park?

Thursday, August 30, 2001 9:05 PM
Does anyone work at a theme park? Is work at a theme park fun or just stress full? I was offered a job at SFGADV and just being in the park is enough to keep me working but is it worth it? This year SFGADV was under staffed! Plus they have this thing where if you work for 30 days you get free tickets! Are they trying to keep their employees?
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Friday, August 31, 2001 10:25 AM
I work at SFMM,  It is fun if you like theme parks, some days it can be an a**. Try it, either be a park sevice, or ride operations.  Parks sevice is easy and they train you really well, then change over the operations when your 18.  That what i did now i work on operations 

Be 16 to be a ride attendent, but to use the controls 18.  Park sevice is "Kids who clean up the trash"

*** This post was edited by Apollo15 on 9/1/2001. ***

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Friday, August 31, 2001 11:23 AM
What is park service?  And you have to be 18 to do Ride operation?
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Friday, August 31, 2001 12:04 PM
Depends on the park. When I worked at PGA, they had 15 year-olds working in rides. They were only allowed to check lapbars though. A few of the rides required a minimum age of 18.
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Friday, August 31, 2001 12:29 PM
I wanted to work at SFMM during the summer, but then i had the problem of being in Summer School, so i couldn't make it happen this year. Next year i'm off to college so i won't be able to either :(
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Friday, August 31, 2001 1:23 PM
Ive been a ride op at two parks. First at MGM Grand Adventures now called the Park at MGM, you have to be 17 run rides. The only exception is SkyScreamer where you have to be 18 for an attendant, 19 for a Site Controller. I became a lead in the middle of the season.
Also Ive worked at Adventuredome. You have to be 17 to be a ride op. I did that for a while then I got promoted to work in ride operations base.
As for stress its there, but it all depends how you deal with it. I found more stress came from the other employees than guests. Sure you have dumb people, but other employees not doing thier job makes working miserable and can make a 13 hour shift go really slow.

*** This post was edited by baddboy on 8/31/2001. ***

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Friday, August 31, 2001 1:37 PM
Example if you work at Valleyfair hears some ideas: 18 Security Department, 18 Ride Operations, 18 or 16 for park services, Any age for Food Departments 14 or up, Games and Merchandise 16 also Physical Plant and Maintence have to be 18. If you are 14years of age working at Valleyfair they do have limited hours you can work its the law. I personaly do think its well worth working at theme parks great pay, you meet a lot of people, free admission, directing traffic on busy Saturdays in July & August, ride nights, management, water park nights & dance nights plus we take trips out to Cedar Point this is what happens when you work at Valleyfair. I have been there for 9years just got accepted to work downtime for night security full time go for it give it a try! Valleyfair staff's annual 1,500 employees every year this also includes internationals. The other thing is I like the big crowds on Saturdays we normaly draw about 18,000 on a midnight close. Also the reason I keep coming back each season hopefuly for a new thrill ride & rollercoaster when we get those at Valleyfair I just cant wait to see all the guests coming into Valleyfair just to ride them I have seen traffic back up from Valleypark drive all the way in a single lane to I-169 thats what I like to see at Valleyfair happens every two years or so. Come and work at Valleyfair and find out what its all about!

*** This post was edited by VIPER on 8/31/2001. ***

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Friday, August 31, 2001 2:22 PM
Well I was offered a job to check lap bars on The Scream Machine and (cause I like B&M coasters and asked) Batman the ride + flat rides. They said it's easy to check lapbar and would be a good job for a roller coaster fan but you have to be 18 to operate rides. So far all I have to do is find a way to get to the park every morning!
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Friday, August 31, 2001 2:29 PM
I heard that if u work at a theme park u and ur family get to ride the rides first.
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Friday, August 31, 2001 2:55 PM
Cedar Point has the most depressing workers ever. I talked to a few of them and they were like, "You don't want to work here"
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Friday, August 31, 2001 3:30 PM
I work at a Six Flags park, and I absolutely love my job as a ride op.. Like any job, it has it's bad parts, but they are very, very few. The only bad parts I can think of are really hot days, rude guests, employees that don't care, and..... that's it!

Without a doubt, I will return next year, and probably a few years after that...

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Friday, August 31, 2001 5:45 PM
I would like to work at a themepark as a summerjob for a while.
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I am sorry to anounce that mf will be closed. But if you really want experience it in the rain drive down the cause way going 90mph and stick you head out the window
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Friday, August 31, 2001 6:12 PM
I think that it would be a neat. I worked this summer at a fair so I know what you mean when you go on about other workers.

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Friday, August 31, 2001 7:57 PM
I am considering working at Great Adventure next summer, I'll be 17 by then, but I just don't want to do anything like games, photos, and cleaning up the park.  Does anyone know that age requirements for the good jobs?
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Friday, August 31, 2001 8:06 PM
They seem to keep that stuff in web sites or call the park, talk to a HR person.  When you first start out at a theme park my advice if your under 18 is to be a park service,  another words sweep up the litter has the best trianing and you can work your way up were you want to be, and find out if you like working at theme park.
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Friday, August 31, 2001 8:10 PM

Goliath 18 said:
"I heard that if u work at a theme park u and ur family get to ride the rides first."

If you say so...
I wait in line with everyone else!
Unless you know some ride ops who can hook you up.

I really like working at Knotts. It is a lot of fun for the most part. Who among us wouldn't want to be at a park almost every day? :)

There are times when it is tough, but overall it is a rewarding experience. (meaning that I get in free and hope to ride our 2002 coaster and Vertigo first! :) )
Now that makes it all worthwhile!
By the way, I work in the games department. I usually give breaks now, but I also work in Lazertag and the lockers in Ghost Town.
It is pretty cool.
At least until I am old enough to be a ride op next year!
Calico Mine Ride!!
To be a ride op, you have to be 18 or graduate high school. For me I will graduate before i am 18.
Knotts is a cool park, and nice to work at.

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