Vote of the week: What's the best theme park job?
Written by Robert Niles
I'm feeling nostalgic today for my old gig, working attractions on the west side of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom. Not that I'd want to go back - I couldn't come close to making ends meet on that pay anymore. But driving rafts, rolling out the parade route and hanging out around Pirates and Big Thunder was a blast.Tweet
As theme park fans, we're likely all familiar with the roles that theme park employees play. But which would you most like to do for a day, in lieu of your current job, and for the same pay? Let's limit the options to top jobs in the attractions and entertainment departments, leaving out the many merchandise, food, custodial and support jobs for now.
Here are the options:
Ride attendant: The folks who stand on the loan and unload platforms, push the buttons at dispatch and tower and watch the camera monitors for, um, inappropriate activity.
Ride driver: For me, it was driving a Tom Sawyer Island raft, but for others, it can be driving monorails, fire trucks or even horse-drawns stagecoaches.
Spieling attractions host: Think Jungle Cruise, or any other of many spiel-driven tour attractions.
Dancer/parade performer: Whether it is a stage show or an afternoon parade, these are the folks working the crowd, dancing and burning more calories than Homer Simpson consumes in a month.
Rubberhead character: Mickey, Homer and any other person who climbs in a suit and dons the big rubber head to play a theme park 'toon.
Describe your dream theme park job, in the comments.
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