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  1. Because it's a seasonal position. Knowing the staffing issues that occur in such environments (parks, hotels restaurants, etc.), I don't believe that the park would absolutely 100% guarantee anyone of getting any ride they choose. If they do, then they seriously need to rework the wording of the contract. These positions are often being filled by people who obviously could care less, which you mentioned earlier, which is why something like this would happen. Would he put CP on his resume? Absolutely not, not only because he didn't really do anything, but because he's not obligated to include anything in there that he does not want to. But, a question such as "Describe a time where you were treated unfairly on the job, how did you go about resolving that issue?" could always be brought up in an interview. If the scenario about CP is used, that's the end of that interview. He has/had every right to turn CP down. And, because he's happy and confident about the decision he made, so am I. Hopefully everything will work out well for him, and he'll land a job that he really enjoys.
  2. That's definitely true, and I completely agree, but, how far is that going to get him or anyone else who does the same? What message does it send to a potential employer? From the way I see it, it says give me something to do that I like or I'll quit. Unfortunately, things don't work that way. We all put up with doing things that we don't necessarily like to do, and we all have different reasons for doing so. Just saying "I quit" without even trying sends a negative message, I think.
  3. While I agree with your advice, I would apply it to any job, not just in the amusement industry. I have worked at a park for two summers (Geauga Lake in '04 and '05), it was my first paying job. I felt that it was an excellent opportunity to not only gain basic work experience, but also discipline, teamwork, leadership, and so on. These are the fundamentals that will help you in future careers. About the park not telling about the change of where you'll work, they're able to do that. You were hired to accomplish tasks and goals set forth by the organization, not your own personal ones (working the ride that you wanted). They will put you where they need you, and don't think it's just parks that do it, I've experienced it working at General Motors, and have seen workers with years of seniority get moved from their original location. The point is, understand the meaning of a job, in that it's not all about you. My advice to the person who quit after one day is to get a reality check. You think Alabama is that far from Ohio when compared to the European or Asian countries where many CP employees come from? Just think about how much they've risked in coming there to work. Your unwillingness to accept challenges, naive attitude, and lack of maturity will really work against you.
  4. Great America's 2007 park map has been published to the website with no signs of the Knott's title or the Cedar Fair logo. That's not to say they can't change it though. Check it out below... http://multimedia.paramountparks.net/greatamerica/ga_map.pdf
  5. Wouldn't you think Cedar Fair would want to get as many people as possible to ride any of their rides? Why do you think they even bother counting the number of people that ride each ride? Height requirements are set by the ride's manufacturer, the park's insurance company, and whoever sets guidelines and regulates amusement attractions in the state where the park is located. For example, if you look at the raft rides located throughout the CF chain, you'll see that the height requirement varies from one to the other.
  6. Out of park revenue (hotels, restaurants, Challenge Park, etc.). Surprisingly, even with attendance falling or staying the same, out of park revenue always seems to be growing.
  7. This ride was created by KUKA, and if it's anything like their other robots, it uses electricity to turn and hydraulics to move up and down. I recently learned how to operate/control a KUKA robot where I work, and let me tell you, it's amazing how far technology has come. To anyone who's been on one of these (I know Mt. Olympus has one), what was the experience like?
  8. "RCPro: Over the years you have designed many different rides. How many of them do you actually get the chance to experience; and which offered the best ride experience you've had? Stengel: About 70% of all rides we’ve been involved to, I had the chance to ride. I prefer most: - Park rides: Millennium Force at Cedar Point and Colossos at Heidepark, Germany (Wood coaster with new prefabricated track) – Transportable rides: Olympia Loop (5-looper) and EuroStar (4 inversion, inverted Coaster)." Found here.
  9. Do you guys think they'll be doing this next year and the years to come? I think this is just a stint for the 45th anniversary.
  10. It's unbelievable that some airlines these days are charging for pillows, headphones, and even peanuts and a Coke. The sad thing is that people will continue to spend and buy no matter what. As for my favorite airlines, they are KLM and Lufthansa.
  11. These Christian extremists are no different than their Muslim counterparts, and should be treated exactly the same. And to those who are forced to go to these camps, it's time to reevaluate if your parent(s) really love you or not.
  12. That's the worst and most pointless ride concept I've seen.
  13. ^Mom's also tell their kids about Santa and the tooth fairy. What makes you so sure that she's right?
  14. Laws and regulations differ greatly from country to country. This, along with cultural differences makes it difficult for most companies to expand internationally. If it were sold, I'd expect it to be picked up (rides and all) by a private group of investors, such as Kingdom Holding. KHC already owns a 24% stake in Disneyland Paris, and has the experience and knowledge to turn Magic Mountain into a profitable business. Here is a quote from their site: "When Disneyland-Paris opened in 1992 at the Marne la Valle’e, the fledgling resort failed to attract the expected crowds. With share prices dropping to an attractive low, Prince Alwaleed came to the rescue. A year later in June 1995, the company announced its first profitable quarterly figures and by September 1998, Disneyland-Paris saw a staggering 34 percent increase in net income, reconfirming EuroDisney’s unrivaled position as Europe’s premier theme park attraction."
  15. The troops should stay, Bush and Rumsfeld should go. If stupidity were a weapon, these two should be on the front lines.
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