- Jul 5, 2017
Man they really aren't selling me on a pass this year.
2-3 years? Hopefully, I have hit the jackpot by then and opened up my own park. 😀
Why do you think it will take 2-3 years? Remember; the park is now open and vaccination numbers are up. We still have big events like 4th of July and HAUNT. If the park wants to make any money, they will have to find a way to staff the park so that they can operate like they generally would. Maybe not 12 midnight; but hopefully the park can pull off an 11:00pm closing hour on Saturdays for HAUNT. As for 4th of July, we will have to see. 9pm seems safe for the park and they probably won't change it until they see otherwise.
They also won't be trying to Staff Soak City at that point. It's not the least bit uncommon on a typical year to see staff in Lifeguard uniform that transition over to other duties in the fall.Something important I'd like to bring up about staffing is the park typically employs hundreds of international workers during the summer months, and those workers aren't here this year because of COVID. Those workers usually leave by late August, so Haunt is never really staffed by internationals. That's not to say the park won't struggle with staffing when Haunt rolls around, but keep in mind that staffing this summer is especially bad because of a missing workforce that's never used for Haunt anyway. So I don't think the staffing issues we're seeing now will necessarily translate over to Haunt, at least not to the same extent.
Although I stand to be corrected if it doesn't pan out this way, I'd presume the park isn't going to magically fix staffing issues by Haunt.
This leads me to believe that if anything we may see that whole section of the park walled off since it still takes at least 3-4 staff for FoF, and maybe only a couple more for the house in the queue. They do that they can move their existing ops staff over to other attractions and ensure the main food/drink and merch locations are well staffed and ready to make money.
None of this has anything to do with the Operating Calendar. That said, I can’t figure out where to move any of it, since there appear to be about three conversations happening at once.
So, please continue these debates in the appropriate threads.