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Amusement Park Top Secrets

In order to be a “face character” (not in a full-body costume), you have to be pretty quick on your feet. One cast member who was Mulan had children try to speak to her in Chinese on occasion. She would respond, “I bet Mushu if I could go an entire day without speaking Chinese, he’d feed the chickens for me tomorrow.” The same woman also played Silvermist the fairy. When kids asked her to fly, she would say, “I’m saving my pixie dust for later.”

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  • Disney employees have to enter the park with everyone else. They show an ID to the attendants to get in for free. But they do have their own “HUGE” Cast Member parking lot that shuttles them to the underground behind-the-scenes area.
  • The Six Flags Rides Department has employees who ride the attractions every day, and maintenance happens every day too. According to one employee, “The maintenance on the rides is required every day before any operation or person is allowed to ride. They will inspect tracks, ride units, safety systems, and ride operation thoroughly before handing it over to any operations team.” Another anonymous ride operator at an unnamed amusement park confirmed that their company’s employees do that too.
  • One former Six Flags employee explained, “People don’t throw up nearly as much as you would expect…I worked a majority of my time at a ride called Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth: a spinning wheel that raises and tilts with the guest against the wall. Couple people threw up.” A former Disney World janitor also wrote that he didn’t have to clean up puke “as much as you would think.”
  • A former ride operator at Cedar Point’s Top Thrill Dragster roller coaster had to listen to the song “Ready to Go” on repeat every day. Apparently the park’s management sometimes asked employees for song requests, but never actually played the songs.
  • When it opened in 2003, the Top Thrill Dragster was the tallest roller coaster in the world at 420 feet, and its ride operator dealt with terrified riders every day who asked, “Am I gonna die?” Their go-to reassurance was that the ride was “certainly safer than their shower/bathtub and their car.”
  • One redditor asked a Six Flags employee, “When working in Customer Service how many people would come complaining about ‘fake’ injuries they had sustained on rides and talked about suing?” Apparently, that’s not a good strategy to get what you want. When someone threatens to sue at Six Flags, the employee has to stop talking to that person and call security immediately.
  • It’s hard to not sympathize with employees working outside during hot Florida summers. But at least we know they’re hydrated: The former janitor wrote, “They actually require you to have a water bottle with you since it can be so hot down there.”

 

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