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Looking for a job in a theme park?

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Published: April 14, 2010 at 8:12 PM

Many seasonal parks already have had their big job fairs for 2010, but hiring continues at the year-'round parks in Orlando and Southern California.

Universal Studios Hollywood announced that it is holding a casting call for Studio Tour Guides on Monday, April 19 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Universal's looking for approximately 40 guides, including ones who speak Spanish in addition to English. Parking is available in the Frankenstein parking structure and the casting call is in the USH VIP Lounge, near the entrance to the theme park. More info is available at ushjobs.com.

Walt Disney World is running an online job fair, now until Sunday, April 18. You can apply online for a variety of open positions at the resort, without having to come down in person first.

My tips for in-person theme park interviews: Cut and style your hair like the people you see working in the parks now. Then walk into the facility wearing a big smile and don't stop being friendly at any point. Even the employees whom you don't think are interviewing you might still be evaluating you. Friendliness - smiles, eye contact and clear speaking - gets you hired at theme parks.

Readers' Opinions

From Anthony Murphy on April 14, 2010 at 8:30 PM
Good stuff!

Six Flags is also apparently hiring

From Joshua Counsil on April 14, 2010 at 10:22 PM
Go figure. The one summer where I have a job lined up. Every summer prior to this, I have searched for theme park jobs to no avail.

Two years ago, I was told I was "hired" by Walt Disney World through the International College Program, but then they phoned back after two months and said they overestimated the amount of Canadians they could hire and didn't have any available positions to fill.

When I finish my masters, I think I'm going to be gutsy, move to Florida/California, and apply to theme park jobs. Any advice on applying to full time theme park jobs, particularly involving engineering, would be more than appreciated.

From Anthony Murphy on April 15, 2010 at 8:11 AM
From the tours I took at Disney, they started out on the low rung part-time and went on as full time. Disney likes to promote from within.

Another thing to look into, which I did, is Professional Internships at Disney. I applied, interviewed, but not picked.

They might have one for you, but if you want a Disney job, just keep at it because their website changes often.

From Joshua Counsil on April 15, 2010 at 12:31 PM
I did want a low-rung job to start, just to have an "in" (not to mention it would have been an excellent experience). Hence why I applied to the International College Program. Six months after I finish my masters, my extensive student loan payments begin, so I won't be able to afford paying them off with a low-rung job. I could get another engineering job for a few years until the loans are paid off, but then I'll be specialized in a certain field of engineering and may not be useful to a theme park company! I'm in quite the dilemma.
From 24.90.249.214 on April 15, 2010 at 6:47 PM
In NY it is 16 to operate a kiddie ride

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