Theme Park Jobs Overview
For some, it’s a life-long dream. For others, it’s just a summer job. Whether you’re looking for short term or long term theme park jobs, the theme park industry offers myriad positions, benefits and experiences. Theme parks can be found in every state, as well as abroad, generating a large job market in each community. Some of the larger parks are found in Central Florida, but there are also notable locations in Colorado, New Jersey, California, and Ohio, just to name a few. Literally millions of tourists visit annually from all corners of the globe. Some of the largest international groups come from Brazil, England, and Japan. Additionally, guests of all different physical and mental abilities visit the parks, and many bring service animals with them.
The theme parks have gone to great lengths to provide an inclusive, accessible environment so that all guests will not only feel welcome, but will be inclined to return year after year.
In the JobMonkey theme parks section you will learn about both theme parks and amusement parks (there are differences!), hear from theme park workers, find out about jobs with Disney, get tips for interviewing, and find out about the many different theme park jobs. In the end you will know whether you want to work at a theme park and what type of job to pursue.
Each of the parks has a different “vibe,” cultivated by both the guests and the employees. Some are themed towards families, and offer entertainment and attractions geared towards a younger audience. Likewise, their employees are more tolerant of familial and youth concerns. On the other hand, many parks offer “thriller and chiller” entertainment for an older clientele. It’s important to understand the theme of the park prior to applying, and be prepared to tailor your guest service and communication skills towards those audiences.
A typical day for a theme park employee will involve a lot of interaction with visitors. Depending on the job, cash handling, food safety and service, or custodial duties may be included. Be prepared to work 8-10 hour shifts during the busy holiday season, standing on your feet in all types of weather. And be ready to answer repeat, tedious questions such as, “What time is the three o’clock parade?”