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The most unusual theme park job in the world?

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Published: August 25, 2009 at 7:46 PM

When I shot this photo at Holiday World, I thought I was capturing a glimpse of the worst theme park job in the world.

Wading around in a pool, getting smacked in the knees by a fleet of kiddie bumper boats? No thank you!

But the longer I watched, the more it became clear that the workers were having a great time with the kids.

Okay, scratch that then. Here's the most unusual theme park job in the world. (Though I am certain readers will point out far more unusual ones, in the comments.)

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on August 25, 2009 at 8:25 PM
Didn't you wade in the Pirates of the Carribean?
From Robert Niles on August 25, 2009 at 9:38 PM
Yeah, that's why I have an initial bad reaction to park employees wading with boats! Bad flashbacks.... :-)
From Raymond Sydowski on August 25, 2009 at 10:54 PM
I'd say it was the Dream Team from the Year of a Million Dreams. Your job is to find the family sitting in the back row of the first Everest train to come in after 12:55 pm (as synced with the Atomic Clock, no less) and tell them Cinderella would like to invite them to stay in her Castle for the evening. OR whatever else your secret agent instructions told you to do.

Or would that be awesomest job?

From Adam Clinard on August 26, 2009 at 8:00 AM
On top of having fun, I think it would be a fun job when it is 100+ degrees and you get to be in the water :)! I would enjoy that!
From Jason Jackson on August 26, 2009 at 9:02 AM
I think the person that follows the horses and sweeps up after them in the parade at the Magic Kingdom has to rank up there.
From 74.133.42.8 on August 26, 2009 at 9:03 AM
I actually thought those attendants were really nice at Holiday World. As a matter of fact, going down one of the rides with my cousin from Florida, the attendant asked if we were having a good time (and seemed sincere). My cousin said that would never happen in Florida. YMMV
From 98.170.226.228 on August 26, 2009 at 9:21 AM
I have gone to Holiday World every summer since I was about 3 years old! I loved those bumper boats, and the people are always SO FRIENDLY!
From 216.120.133.154 on August 26, 2009 at 10:07 AM
I just wanted to give bonus points to the guy in the background wearing the navy blue spaghetti-strap shirt. Awesome.
From 72.2.253.87 on August 26, 2009 at 10:09 AM
I have a thousand pictures just like this one above in my own family album. It's just how it is. They are happy because the park not only treats it's guests well...they treat their employees just as well. Every single employee I have talked to on our numerous visits are always so kind and dedicated.

Lanie Eden<3

From 98.212.210.128 on August 26, 2009 at 10:17 AM
I actually worked there and I know the person in the photo! You would be absolutely suprised at how many people WANT to be put in the boats! We love that position, and would do it any day!
From 74.141.18.177 on August 26, 2009 at 10:24 AM
Having just been to Holiday World 2 weeks ago, almost EVERY bathroom trip we encountered a bathroom clean up crew (along with a wonderfully clean and stocked bathroom!) and they were always pleasant and friendly. Actually every employee I dealt with was pleasant and friendly except for the locker key girl at Surfin Safari who was not happy that I requested a our lockers be in a certain block of lockers, so that it would be easy to find for 3 kids, 2 adults and 2 senior citizens. Every other single employee was wonderful! Thanks Holiday World for a super
From 75.81.223.227 on August 26, 2009 at 1:31 PM
My daughter works in the same area (little kid rides)and absolulty loves it. Her favorite ride to work is the bumper boats. In fact she enjoyed it so much during the 2008 season that she returned for the 2009 season. They are good to their employees and this makes for happy workers. The employees are respected and appreicated, they in turn respect the management. They (management) even offer a shuttle service for their employees. We actually live 45 minutes away and with out that service we could not afford to drive her to work everyday. They (theworkers) only pay $6 a day for a round trip ticket.
So this may look like one of the worst jobs but in reality its a great job.
From Andy Guinigundo on August 27, 2009 at 6:35 PM
It could be worse - he could be a lifeguard in the kiddie pool. These kids are safely in bumper boats!
From 99.138.63.139 on August 28, 2009 at 6:39 AM
i worked there this summer too in the same section. i loved working the bumper boats and interacting with the kids and plus on hot days the water really cools you off. and i know the guy in the picture haha hes a character probably one of my best friends i made this summer : )

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