How to audition for amusement parks

Amusement parks are always in need of musicians, actors and dancers. Each park tends to have an average of four different shows going on at the same time, with between six to twenty people working on any given show.

Many auditions are happening in the upcoming weeks for the following parks:
  • Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA and in Tampa, FL. They need people year round, as they have Christmastown in December. Pay is about $450 per week.
  • Disney. You can do a search per location. Auditions are this month and in February in Florida, California and New York. They do not accept video submissions.
  • Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH: their website indicates pay rates to be around $500 a week.
  • Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA. Pay rate start at $7.80/hour
  • Six Flags covers a lot of the US, with locations in Chicago, Georgia, LA, San Francisco, DC, Kentucky, Missouri, etc. They accept video auditions. 
  • Elitch Gardens in Colorado. Auditions are in February, and they accept video submissions until the end of March.
  • Dollywood in Tennessee, the amusement park of country singer Dolly Parton. Auditions are this month in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Nashville and at the park. They also accept video auditions. The average pay is $400 a week, but you only work five days a week, which is better than other parks.
  • Hershey Park in Hershey, PA. They haven't posted their audition dates up yet, but they have a list of producer's contacts from last year's shows. They pay approximately $500 a week for performers, but they do not provide housing. They do have housing, but you have to share a room, and pay $340 a week for it. 
Working as a performer in amusement parks is best for summer work if you are in college or right out of college and are looking for professional experience.

The show's schedule is usually intense, playing four to six times a day, six to seven days a week. Pay varies from park to park, from hourly wage to weekly wage, and what truly makes the difference is whether the park provides housing and food or not.

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