Working at a Theme Park:
Making the Most of It
Experience is a tough teacher. Some will look back on their theme park employment as the best experience they've have ever had, and some will
On the other hand, there are several things you can do to make yourself stand out from the crowd and get noticed as a prime candidate for promotion. Appear approachable by managers, peers, and guests. Smile and make eye contact. Keep conversations professional and positive. Be punctual to all shifts and meetings. Resolve conflicts with coworkers in person and not onstage in front of guests or backstage in front of coworkers. Talk with your managers about shadowing them for a day and learning what they do. If your company offers them, take leadership classes to improve your skills. Show initiative by actively seeking ways to improve your department, such as identify possible cost savings, productivity, or something as simple as moving heavy objects to a more accessible area thus reducing the risk of accidents.
Within a work area, there are always areas for improvement. One former merchandise employee reports:
"I talked to my manager about utilizing the kids' playground at the base of a nearby attraction.
So, you have a choice. Do the bare minimum and stay in one role your entire employment, or put a little more energy, creativity, and professionalism into your job, and see where it takes you.