Vote of the week: Have you worked in a park?
This week's question just popped into my head. It doesn't really have anything to do with trip planning, but as a former Disney World cast member, I am curious:
By "worked in a park," I am talking about fixed-site theme and amusement parks, where your primary job assignment was to work inside the park -- and not for a parent company or subsidiary elsewhere. (So, for example, working at Disney-owned ABC and being assigned to go down for a shoot one day at Disneyland doesn't count.)
If you have worked in a park, please share a favorite story from your time as an employee, in the comments. And if not, share a favorite story about a theme park employee. Heck, maybe s/he's reading!
i never work in the parks but i have friends who work in wdw, and is a kind of bittersweet relation betwen them, but i'm happy because the last year we could enter free to all the disney parks ;D
Actually, yes. Many years ago, I was a volunteer at the dolphin show at SFMM (this was back when they still HAD such). It was a contract show, animals and staff provided by Marine Animal Productions and facilities provided by the park itself.
No. But my brother is a higher-up at a major theme park here in the US. Maybe he'll come and post. :)
Many years ago I was fortunate enough to work for Kings Entertainment Company. Boy do I miss the good old days when their parks actually had themes. I actually worked for 3 of their parks during the 7 years I was on staff. Who knows maybe some day I can return to the industry.
I worked on the Palace Pier (Brighton Pier) in Brighton. That is regarded as an Amusement Park. Does that count?
Not yet but as soon as I turn 16 I'm going to work at Howl-o-Scream BGE.
Yes. 4 years at SFGA in Chicago and 2 years @ WDW, all in the entertainment dept. I have to tell you all that the best time I had while working in the parks was during rehearsal periods for shows and parades. They always took place after the parks had closed between 9pm and 1am. Walking through a completely empty theme park is one of the most serene things you'll experience. If anyone has the opportunity to work at a park, just once, I highly recommend it.
I haven't worked in the theme park, but I have worked in the Disney Resorts in Orlando (mostly the All Star and Boardwalk resorts). Best part was for me working with the other cast members and meeting people from around the world.
I think it would be fun and I'd get a kick out of helping to make other peoples' trips a bit more enjoyable. I've certainly benefitted from others' efforts on my behalf, and the universe demands quid-pro-quo.
I spent near to 7 years at Warner Bros Movie World here on the Gold Coast - Australia in various roles, from pre-opening of the park, cast member in Retail, nightfill, food & beverage to trainee supervisor.
Yes, I have. Started with Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ,,before SF took over...And actually had the pleasure of working with Waner LeRoy, designer and creator, during that time...And then moved on to Dorneypark,,and worked there during there transition to a major theme park. As well as a t Ghosttown in the Glen in NE pa. ANd Wild World in Largo, Md, again before, SF...Have also worked at Walt Disney World, And Seaworld, in Orlando..AS Well as at Old Town in Kissimmee Fl..Been both host, trainner, and operations managment, as well as in design and development..with a few of them...And would return to the bussiness.
I went through a series of internships through the Walt Disney World College Program, finishing up as a management intern in Magic Kingdom Custodial in 2004. That summer we had three hurricanes that forced an early closure of the parks. All three times I was the closing manager in MK East (Tomorrowland & Toontown) so I had to make sure that all of the trash cans and other things were secure in my lands. By the time Jeanne hit us we were old pros at securing the park!
I spent one summer during my high school years employed by Busch Gardens Europe. I worked as a cashier in a gift shop, and enjoyed it very much. I would have returned the following summer, but I found a retail job that would work me part-time all year, and I really wanted the extra spending money around the holidays!
I've worked at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios Florida.
Well, can't think that far back to think of best other than free admissioin, and working for dirt, but worked Magic Kingdom back when 20K actually was there, Mission to Mars (way to go Mr. Johnson) Delta Dreamflight, and Circle Vision, yep, long time ago and oh yeah the sky way cars, those were fun actually to work.
i worked at disneyland on the indiana jones ride about 7 years ago. i have so many good stories, had a lot of fun.
No, not at this point anyway. I would like to work my way to high end managerial position, like Al Weiss who started by closing cash registers at the end of the work day at age 18 and is now president of worldwide operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
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