The good thing for the parks is that they indeed will have a better pool to choose from. The new applicants range from high school to out of work professionals looking to pick up some cash. Hopefully it translates to better service and a better product, because it sure has a chance to. I doubt that it spells trouble for returning employees who do their job well, but it will weed out slackers and potential bad hires for the sake of filling the position.
They are offering a summer college program for cp alumni, and I applied (still waiting to hear back, its been more than 5 weeks! ugh)..which means they figure they will need help for the summer...but apparently the program had only 200 openings and 800 applied, which goes along with your story Robert
I wonder if they will stop once they "open" jobs are full or, will they continue and keep them on "retainer" if they can improve the state of the park and add to the customer value.
Now, I admit last season I was not impressed that the largest theatre in the park had a "video" show. But, after lengthy discussion with folks who work there, I understand why now.
The costs was too high and it was cheaper to have more street-mosphere and cheaper shows in the smaller venues. Hopefully, in the future they will be able to afford to bring it back.. But, I have to say that this was the right idea even if I didn't agree with it at first.
Six Flags in the list of companies to watch go under this year. Disney loses its top chef. Failing economy. Too many park applicants. Dubai projects frozen or cancelled. Give me some good theme park news, please.
Another piece of good news Joshua. Theme park managers have to know that this would just be a job to many of those people. If I was in their position, I would hire someone with a passion for, and knowledge of the business over someone looking for a paycheck. I assume that you have that particular quality....along with knowledge and willingness to learn. Don't forget that when you go to the interview.
Seriously...I go to theme parks to have fun with people who work there because the place IS FUN. Not to hang out with a bunch of cranky sourpusses who are there because it's the best job they could find.
Seriously: there's a reason Disneyland used to hire kids. Sure, they were cheap. But they also had that youth thing, and it brought an energy to the park. Who wants to deal with Ozzie Nelson when they could hang with Ricky?
Just hire good candidates, young or old.