Central Fla. theme parks looking to hire thousands

SeaWorld, Universal, Disney all hiring for summer

Published On: May 14 2012 03:44:37 PM EDT   Updated On: May 14 2012 05:54:27 PM EDT

Job-hunters may be in luck for the summer, as the Central Florida theme parks announce thousands of job openings.

SeaWorld spokeswoman Christine O'Neal said the park is looking for hire 50 percent more people than this time last year, totaling around 300 positions of all types.

"These are positions of various levels, they include seasonal positions part time positions certainly, some full time and entry level leadership and also some salaried and professional positions," O'Neal said.

Universal Orlando is looking to hire more than 1,000 people for summer and part-time work. The seasonal jobs pay between $7.75 and $10.75 an hour, ranging from attraction operations to food service.

Dr. Abe Pizam, an expert in the hospitality industry, says the theme parks could be headed toward a record summer with all the positions.

"That tells me they are doing very well and the economy, as far as they are concerned, has recovered," he said.
Disney officials said it has hundreds of jobs available from housekeepers to performers.

The hike in open positions is good news for those on the job hunt, like Shanna Halfon.

"I've been out of work for about 12 years staying home with the kids, I actually haven't interviewed in over 20 years," she said. Halfon said she figured it was worth a shot to apply.

"I didn't really have any hesitation i thought we'd have some fun," she said.

Park officials said some of the positions come with benefits packages, but many come with perks like discounts and complimentary guest passes.