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