Theme Park Employee Pay and Benefits
Pay rates vary depending upon the location and role you have. Entry level jobs at theme parks typically pay minimum wage or just a bit above.
One benefit of working a summer job for theme parks is the ability to apply for different types of employment. Each operation will be hiring for a variety of jobs, giving you a choice of positions. Also, you can choose to work Full Time (40 hours per week), Part Time (32 hours per week), Seasonal (working shifts during the busiest vacation times), or take on an internship. Most student internships run for a set length of time, the standard being four months, and require the applicant to be a college student in good standing with their university and have a GPA above their minimum guidelines. Many universities offer internship credit, so this option provides college credit, work experience, and pocket money.
Another perk of working in the theme park industry is their tendency to promote from within. If you're looking to make a career with one of these corporations, the networking you'll receive as an entry-level employee is the best way to get your foot in the door. One theme park employee states:
"I think it's fantastic that the president of Magic Kingdom© started out as an attractions host on Pirates of the Caribbean©.
There's something to be said for knowing that you are part of the reason tourists have a memorable vacation. Each year, thousands of guests write to the public relations department of the parks they've visited, and comment on the employees they interacted with. Think about this for a moment: A family of four spends thousands of dollars to visit a theme park, and then is inspired to write a letter about how a certain employee impacted their vacation. Of all the rides and shows, restaurants and shopping, it's a person who they remember the most. That's the power of working in a theme park.