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What is an Amusement Attendant?

Also known as: Amusement Park Attendant, Amusement Ride Attendant, Amusement and Recreation Attendant, Ride Operator.

An amusement attendant is responsible for the operation of rides, maintenance and safety inspection of rides at theme parks and attractions. It is a popular choice as a seasonal or part-time job. Attendants can work together or alone to operate a ride, but will interact with people of all ages who attend the attraction or ride. They may also run booths, which range from selling concessions to managing small games and prizes.

What does an Amusement Attendant do?

The duties of an amusement attendant will vary depending upon the type of ride, attraction or booth. Some attendants are trained to work at only one location for the entire shift, while others may be trained to work at several or all locations at the park.

Some general responsibilities of an amusement attendant are:

  • Selling food and drinks to customers
  • Handling money
  • Selling and handing out tickets or coins
  • Operating game booths, including setup and prize distribution
  • Cleaning equipment, rides, booths, or grounds
  • Answering any questions that people may have regarding rules, prices, times, etc.
  • Directing people to attractions upon request
  • Monitoring and admitting people to rides, usually by collecting tickets or money
  • Managing lines of attractions
  • Informing riders of any rules, safety regulations, or prohibited items on the ride
  • Insuring that all riders of an attraction are safe and are complying to park rules
  • Fastening or providing riders with safety equipment, as well as providing instructions for safety devices
  • Dealing and removing unruly riders and attraction goers
  • Keeping a record of attendees, sales
  • Making notes of needed maintenance
  • Being prepared for an emergency evacuation and being prepared to inform others about it
  • Working collaboratively with other staff to operate rides or sell at booths
  • Training new employees on the operations of the park and rides

Attendants may also use the following tools and equipment:

  • Ticket punches
  • Cash registers
  • Sporting equipment
  • Loudspeakers or microphones
  • Telephones
  • First-Aid supplies

What is the workplace of an Amusement Attendant like?

Amusement attendants are found at major theme parks around the country, such as Six Flags, Disneyland, Disneyworld, Legoland, Orlando Studios, and Seaworld. They are also found at recreational facilities such as ski resorts or water parks. Attendants must be able to stand for long periods of time and will often need to interact with customers. Hours are irregular and there is often evening and weekend work.

How can I become an Amusement Attendant?

There are no specific guidelines for becoming an amusement attendant; typically a high school diploma or equivalent is enough. Most of the required skills will be learned during on-the-job training, usually provided by another employee. Attendants should be able to handle stress well as amusement parks tend to get busy, especially during vacation times.


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