The minimum wage does not stop Legoland from paying its staff a decent wage. I dread to think what Merlin would pay its staff if they were not compelled by law pay a minimum wage.
It was interesting being in the states recently - all the Disney staff seemed to be over 25 and were extremely efficant and friendly and a Stark contrast to the 17 year old seasonal lot you get at the merlin parks, especially the London ones. Wounder if it's due to wages diferece or area
Having family members who live in America more north not Florida , they say Florida is great for a holiday but NOT to live , work is hard to come by and mostly very low paid hospitality work and theme park work , apparently it has high levels of unemployment which my account for older ride ops etcSome of the people I worked with at Chessington had worked in the British area at Epcot. Apparently the wages at Epcot were woeful.
That's most likely weather related. When the weathers good like it is as the moment the outdoor attractions do well, when it's bad the reverse. My Girlfriend works for Ikea and the number of customers they see also varies wildly based on the weather*....
On another note I was at Trafford Centre at 2 pm yesterday and son wanted to buy a lego set. LLDC was very quiet as was sealife so the midways seem to be having problems too (after all that diverted investment from theme park division ) poor merlin! However Alton Towers was buzzing midweek with over 30 to 60 minutes wait on most rides
A good majority of American parks have much older staff members, it is variable depending on park, location and operator (Six Flags and Cedar Fair have more youngsters around) of course, but there's seemingly more of a career there...
That or the options for other jobs are just dreadful, which is just as likely given the state of the place...
I'm not sure that's true now though, at least not at Legoland - they've been shouting a lot recently about their new 'permanent variable' contracts, which sound like hourly paid permanent contracts, i.e. year-round.What is Important to remember too is that working at Disney and Universal means you are guaranteed hours all year round not just seasonal like at Cedar Point or at the Merlin parks over here.
I have a met a good few people who have worked at Merlin parks and then gone and done a ski season in the alps or something random like that to fill in the gaps.
There isn't a career to be had at a Merlin park really. The jobs that last 12 months are almost non existent.
So ultra-constructive...LEGOLAND Windsor is a dump.
I don't think that's fair, I mean I was pretty peed off yesterday with the closures and availability but to be fair to them the Park has looked the best it has done in a long time. Many areas of the Park have been refurbished, with new signs and theming added. So to say the Park is a dump is a little OTT.LEGOLAND Windsor is a dump.
What is Important to remember too is that working at Disney and Universal means you are guaranteed hours all year round not just seasonal like at Cedar Point or at the Merlin parks over here.
I disagree but interested why do you think this? It certainly has one of the best settings of any British park but its overcrowding, worn out scenery and charmless vinyl everywhere let's it down. I think it could be an awesome kids park all season otherwise.The park is far from a dump; it's probably the best looking Merlin park in the UK.
That's a fantastic improvement this season then and more in line with local costs of livingRides staff over 18 are on £9.50 an hour this season with many on permanent variable contracts
I disagree but interested why do you think this? It certainly has one of the best settings of any British park but its overcrowding, worn out scenery and charmless vinyl everywhere let's it down. I think it could be an awesome kids park all season otherwise.
Fair enough. Maybe I just remember it best from the early 2000s. If you think there's only a creeping cheapness about it now, in comparison to then it's totally charmless today. They've crammed in so much already!Give it another few years and another major investment or two and I suspect the cheap nature of the theming will have much more of an impact than it currently does. But in comparison to the rest of the UK Merlin parks, Legoland is the least tired looking in my opinion.