Thanks Watercraft!

Working in Watercraft is awesome. Sometimes I forget that when I’m hot and my feet hurt and I’m wondering why I haven’t gone on break yet after riding to Fort Wilderness and back 5 times. But here are the facts: I work for 6 hours at a time, and at least 45 minutes (more like an hour) of that is spent on break. (I get two 15 minute breaks, but that time starts when I enter the break room and ends when I leave, so there’s additional time for walking. They also let us off before our end times to make sure we’ll clock out on time.) I’m only outside in the heat for 2 hours at a time, and more often less than that. When I am outside, I’m mostly in the shade on a moving boat. The only actual work I do involves docking, and on the cruisers that only happens once every 15 minutes or so. I have a water bottle and I’m allowed to go in the pilot house on the cruiser for air conditioning if I need it. Deckhanding is a really nice job.

What really amazes me though is how great Watercraft is compared to some of the other roles in College Program. A lot of people are standing still in the sun for 3 hours at a time. And the worst part of those jobs is that those are the people that have to take rage from guests. Guests on watercraft are generally quiet and happy. They’re either just starting their day, excited to see Magic Kingdom, or they’re exhausted and glad to be heading back to the hotel or the car. We don’t get too much grief from guests. On the other hand, CPs in attractions or food service get angry guests who are tired of waiting in line or hungry. I meet CPs from all different jobs in my classes, and it makes me so grateful for my role.

For that reason, if you are considering applying for the College Program (which you should), I highly recommend considering Transportation. I can’t praise Monorails or Buses in the same way that I can Watercraft, but I’m sure they’re less stressful than working in a park.

Here are some of my boats:

The Mermaid

The Mermaid is a motor cruiser, shown here docking at MK after coming from the Wilderness Lodge.

The Fowler

The Fowler is a ferry boat shown en route to the TTC from MK.

I love my job. I am so proud to work here. But I’m also grateful that this is temporary, and I’m so excited for the future.

2 thoughts on “Thanks Watercraft!

  1. Hi!

    I was wondering if you could tell me anything about watercraft as far as people being placed into it as opposed to bus greeter. I got accepted for Transportation for Spring Advantage not too long ago and was wondering what my odds are for getting watercraft.

    My interview consisted mainly of Attractions questions as I had that as my top role and was a rides supervisor for a couple years at Six Flags but as I mentioned before, I got accepted for Transportation. Of the few questions I had for Transportation, I was asked if I had any experience driving a boat (I told my recruiter I did but it was minimal), if I would feel comfortable learning how to operate a boat, why I wanted to work in Transportation and what I would say to guests who were waiting for a bus.

    I was also asked if I was a strong swimmer, but not quite sure what role that question was directed to.

    It seems rather difficult finding much about the Transportation role elsewhere on the internet so this blog has been an awesome read.

    Thanks!

    Joe

    • Hi Joe!

      We used to joke in Watercraft that casting looks for two qualities in potential Watercraft operators: gray hair and experience with boats. If you said you have experience driving a boat, you might have a good chance.

      That being said, I really have no idea what your chances are of being in Watercraft. I can tell you that most Transportation CPs I knew were in Watercraft (there aren’t many Transportation CPs to begin with). So I don’t think it’s a 33% chance, I think it’s probably higher.

      I also think it’s important to look at the other possibilities: say you get assigned Bus Greeter or Monorails. The only CP I knew who worked as a bus greeter loved it so much that he’s still working for Disney a year and a half later. As for Monorails, my sister works them and loves it! So even if you’re hoping for Watercraft, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get it.

      I’m so glad you’re getting something out of this blog – I started it because there was no information out there about Transportation! So it’s awesome that I can help.

      Another helpful hint – being assigned Transportation means you will be drug tested on the morning of check in. Just FYI. We had several potential Watercraft CPs not show up last Fall because of failed drug tests.. and it’s not a bad thing to drink a lot of water that morning haha

      I hope you accept your offer! I know you won’t regret it. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      – Leslie

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