Working at a Theme Park gives you a different kind of perspective on things. I love to people watch and boy do I have plenty of people watching. Something I have noticed is adults in theme parks are all there for different reasons. Take the mom and her kids. Sometimes the mom is there to have just as much fun as the kids but there are some who would rather be anywhere else in the world then at Adventureland. This is a concept I just can’t understand. First off who doesn’t like a theme park? There are fun rides, tasty food. Just the excitement level of the people around you should make the average person happy.
Then there are the adults that don’t have kids. They come to theme parks for a variety of reasons as well. You have the thrill seekers that want to ride the rollercoasters. You have the meanderers that just enjoy the environment. You have the people watchers that just like being around people.
Having grown up in Florida my life perspective is a bit different then many. I grew up in vacation mode. When you go to the grocery store there are entire sections of post cards and t-shirts, all the things a tourist would want. Honestly you walk into any type of store and you can pretty much find a shirt to buy with a sunset or a mouse on it.
When I was 13 my parents moved me to Massachusetts. When I got there we went to the grocery store and there was no tourist section. What is this? Where can I get a postcard? Turns out most areas the only places you could get a postcard were in actual tourist attraction areas and never in a grocery store. Things have evolved quite a bit in the last 25 years and Walgreens has taken over. Walgreens nearly always has touristy items for whatever area you are in.
So for me being in a tourist environment is much like being at home. My first trip to Las Vegas I thought I would hate it because I am not much of a gambler. When I arrived it was like going home. The bright lights, laughing people, relaxed atmosphere. More people in Vegas are on vacation then not. It was just like being in Florida. I loved it.
Now working at a theme park is not always peaches and cream. The last week we had over 100 degree heat indices and working in that truly was not fun but I love the people (for the most part). The people are there to have fun. It is there goal to enjoy every moment. They smile more, laugh more, enjoy more. Now granted they still aren’t as happy as people at Disney but that is simply because Disney takes theme parks to a different level. While kids may be excited to see Bernie the Bernard there is not the excitement level of kids seeing Mickey for the first time.
Overall working at a theme park has been a fun experience. Working at a theme park in Iowa… has been a challenge. Maybe some day I will work for the Mouse. Only time will tell. At least working here has given me a taste of what it would be like.