My summer at Cedar Point

My summer at Cedar Point

After browsing around Cedar Point’s website today to see what’s new this season, it dawned upon me that almost 5 years ago I started my job there in Park Operations, and it was the first of many amazing experiences I would have up until this point of my life. Way back when I applied for Cedar Point, I had no idea what an impact it would have on my life, or really what I had signed up for. I simply applied for a work visa, got hired by them and at the end of May 2005, packed my car up and moved to Ohio. I’ll never forget moving into their version of housing: a scarcely furnished room with no heat or air conditioning. Simply another persons stuff I had yet to meet. Eventually I ended up meeting my new roommate, a few days before he got fired. I then lived with another guy who was missing a few marbles, until I moved into another guys place next door, now my best friend Nick. How my life changed in 3 months. It was my first experience living away from home. Having to buy food, do laundry and all those simple tasks that at the time seemed like a big deal. No one was there to wake me up or make excuses for me not going into work. I had so much fun that summer, a time when I had just finished my 2-year Advertising program and had not a care in the world. We saw lots of movies, went to the mall, had late night dinners at Steak-N-Shake, and simply made the best living at an amusement park. Midnight dance parties, employee ride nights, and of course the nightly laser show made the whole place a dream to live in. Although I made no money and lived in really crappy housing, it was the best summer of my life. If I had the chance to do it over, I would in a heartbeat. At the same time Cedar Point happened, I got hired for my first Disney Program. I knew that after working at Cedar Point, Disney could only be better. My Disney program from 2005-2006 was incredible, everything I expected and a million times better. But it was not Cedar Point. Disney was and is still amazing, tons to do, great weather and of course magic. But Cedar Point was a cultural experience, more rugged and old fashioned. They didn’t try to make magic,  that just wanted to have fun. I will always look back at the 3 months I had working in Sandusky, Ohio and remember the simple pleasures of laughing with friends, taking a load off at the Stockade break area, and driving off to random places just because we could.


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Its so ironic that you posted this, I was just telling someone yesterday that they should go work at CP next season. I was telling them all about how much of an impact it made in my life, and how, even though I will NEVER go back to work there again, I'm glad that I did for the experiences I have. Every now and then I get a whiff of that "housing" aroma and it takes me back…good times…good times

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