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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Adventureland workcamping review, season 2

Season two at Adventureland in Altoona, Iowa is over for me.  I left as soon as the full time work ended (6 days a week) and weekends only started.  I went back to Washington to take care of a few things.

Hood Canal in Washington state
There is a penalty for leaving early, I had to pay for the RV park time I was there after July (that 17 days came to $87.74) and I lost the 25 cents a hour bonus (689 hrs when I left) that I would have gotten if I'd stayed for the last six weeks.

I worked the rides @ $7.50 and hour, we were seasonably labor so the overtime rules did not apply, it was all 'regular' hours.
After the first four "weekends only" we started full time.
The RV space with full hookups was provided between 1 April and when they closed in October, the cost was $160 for June  & $160 for July if you stayed for the whole season.
Broadcast television is what I used & the RV park provided Wifi (too many on it during the weekend days, I had a solid 4 bars of Verizion on my mifi for those times).
I used the bathhouse for showers the entire time and they have great showers.

This year I chose to work the PM shift (2:40 until close at 8 or 9 or 10pm) and I volunteered for AM shift reliefs 5 days a week (the AM lunch started at 11am and usually was finished between 1 & 2 in the afternoon).
This averaged out to 48.5 hours a week for the 13 full time weeks.

The work was fun, the people I worked with (and for) were great and the guests were all there to have a good time. No complaints at all.

The money... Between the 7th of April and the 18th of August they deposited $3,959.24 to my account and withheld $407.74 for rent.

This second season was at least as good as last year.

The best rides for me this year were the train (as long as it wasn't raining), the SpaceShot as an assistant and running the ferris wheel. Running the Outlaw (a roller coaster) was fun too....


  1. It is always great to have a fun job that you love. That way the job isn't work.

  2. After a month or so of 6 day weeks things do start to get a little old & there is nothing like a shift out in the rain (with darn few riders) to dampen ones enthusiasm :)
    But all in all I enjoyed it.