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Alumni events for former theme park employees?

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Published: July 29, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Cedar Point's inviting its former employees back for a reunion.

The event is slated for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 1. A Toledo Blade story reports that tickets for alumni will be $24.95 and available online, though it does not provide a URL.

Cedar Point includes an alumni section on its website, where former employees can search for one another and reconnect. As a former Walt Disney World cast member, I've wondered why other theme park companies don't do the same thing. After all, many of us remain loyal fans of the parks where we worked, and could be encouraged to return for visits more often, as well as to continue being ambassadors for the park, encouraging family and friends to visit as well.

If Disney can have special programs for family reunions, weddings, honeymoons, quinceaƱeras and other events, why can't it do something targeted at alumni? If you are a former theme park employee and know about, or have participated in, a park-sanctioned alumni event or club, tell us about it in the comments.

Readers' Opinions

From Larry Zimmerman on July 29, 2008 at 11:14 AM
$$$, Robert. There's no return in devoting time and $$$ towards such unproductive fluff. C'mon, Disney took down VMK for the same reason -- no return, despite the tremendous (but unquantifiable) "good will" it engendered in their target audience.
From Ted Heumann on July 29, 2008 at 12:37 PM
There is an unoffical but company "friendly" alumni club for Disneyland cast members.
From Robert Niles on July 29, 2008 at 12:41 PM
From Derek Potter on July 29, 2008 at 8:07 PM
I know that they have an end of season party for the employees around that time, but they say that this is the first reunion. I wouldn't necessarilly call it the first though. A lot of people don't realize, or they forget, just how long Cedar Point has been around. Thousands of high school and college kids have been working Cedar Point since the late 1800's, and I've read and heard a lot of fond memories from various people who have worked there over the summers. There is a huge market for a function such as this at Cedar Point, so I wouldn't call it nonsense.

A good read for those not up on the history of the point is "Cedar Point, Queen of American Watering Places. The latest edition covers Cedar Point from it's inception in the 1870's to around 2000. I think that any park fan would appreciate the story.

From Mike Duchock on July 30, 2008 at 6:58 AM
I did my first WDW College Program in Summer/Fall of 2001. I was already planning a trip back to Orlando for May 2007 but I luckily found a listing on MySpace for a CP reunion for the same week that I was there. It laid out a day-by-day schedule and many people commented so I thought I was bound to run into someone I knew. No such luck!

WDW CPs would be primed for an alumni gathering more than any other former employees given how we not only worked together but also lived together, partied together, and lots more.

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