5 Special Housing Needs of Assignees in Amusement Parks

Amusement and recreational parks are reinventing themselves to draw in even larger crowds. With a more enthusiastic customer base, employment is bound to increase.  Innovation experts who have a gift in understanding what makes people happy will find that their talents are in demand in northern California, the home of these family-friendly recreational centers.

These parks are undergoing tremendous changes, and a lot of them is influenced by technology.  Six Flags is reportedly adding a VR (virtual reality) component to its roller coaster rides. Riders will feel the twist and turns as they get hurled in that steel track hundreds of miles above the ground. However, those VR helmets will make them believe they are onboard a spaceship fighting evil aliens.

Great America can offer a similar simulation in the safe confines of the Action Theater. While a stage performer narrates the epic battle that will determine the Earth’s future, motion-based seats and 3D-glasses hurl one into the middle of the action as one of the star warriors.

The pressure to keep on producing entertaining fantasy scenarios has become part of the lifestyle of the workforce who keeps the wonder in these places alive and well. Everything has to work at all times and at high standards.  Inspection of the rides and every piece of machinery happen every single day.  The costumes of the actors playing animated characters must always look as shiny and as radiant, as if they had just stepped out of the movies or the comic books.

Professionals who maintain these high standards value work-life balance.  Home is not just a place to crash and sleep but a haven where they can shut out the rest of the world and recharge. For this reason, global mobility professionals must remember the five special housing needs of assignees who work in amusement parks:

1. Their new place of residence must be suitable to a 24/7 work schedule.  The recreational center workforce alternates shifts. Some of them  rise very early in the morning, while others report after lunch or late afternoon.  They must be able to come and go in their apartment as their shift demands, without having to worry that they are bothering their neighbors.

2. Clinics and other medical centers should be nearby.  The strain of pleasing huge numbers of people at all hours can lead to stress.  During their hour of duty, the assignees can also walk wide swaths of land or climb elevated surfaces. They can also be exposed to climate excesses like the harsh glare of the sun.  Assignees can relax easier if they know that health centers or professionals are just around the block.

3. Cultural centers close to the park can also help them do their homework.  Amusement park assignees with obvious ethnic ancestries may sometimes be called on to add a bit more authenticity to their performance.  One actress who played the Disney princess Mulan was asked by children to speak in Chinese.  During their off duties, these assignees might want to brush up on the culture of the characters they are playing.  If some of them are actually foreign nationals or second-generation immigrants, they would appreciate visiting places where they can ignite their cultural roots.

4. Many assignees unsurprisingly bring in their families with them to their place of work.  Where’s the joy in working in a recreational park if you can’t share the fun with the people you love?  Schools, day care centers, playgrounds, youth organizations — a relocating parent would definitely want this on his or her “where-to-move-to” list.

5. The beach, a garden, or a place of solitude.  After working like a bee in a place where people are always buzzing, assignees would just like to chill out.  Chances are they would look for a far simpler location where they can just breathe in the air, read a book, or sleep for hours with no one bothering them.