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Run far FAR AWAY!!! I was extremely mistreated. we started with 30 cast members by the end there were 9. it was the racism and homophobia but also getting lied to saying we would perform instead we were forced to operate rides
I can't recommend working for this company. I worked for RWS during COVID and we were so horribly mis-managed and abandoned throughout the contract despite multiple conversations with higher ups about our concerns. Our show was also heavily tech-reliant and we were left to troubleshoot tech on our own without anyone who actually knew how the tech worked. Awful.
I can't even lie I had suchhhhh an incredible experience with this company as a studio singer so if you get the opportunity I highly recommend!! It was one week, 1000 dollars, housing and an amazing time! Definitely so worth it and Id do it again in a heartbeat!
I also had a great experience working a theme park contract for them! It paid very well for a pretty minimal time commitment. (3 to 4 days a week when we weren’t busy and about 6 hours a day every day when we were) On the other hand a friend of mine ended up just operating rides on a different contract. I would say be very careful and make sure you are on a performer contract and not anything that says “fun crew”.
I worked there during COVID. It was horribly handled from the highest higher-ups and venue management. Every single person I worked directly with was wonderful.
I had a really good experience with RWS! My contract paid well and the housing was pretty good (no oven/stove, just a hot plate, microwave, and mini fridge, which meant lots of frozen dinners or eating out). My only complaint is that I came in as an immediate replacement and didn't get adequate rehearsal time. But it was an 18-minute theme park show, so it wasn't overly complicated material to learn. Would definitely work with them again.
I am not sure about their cruise contracts, but had multiple close friends/classmates work at Hershey Park for them last year. None of them finished out their contracts because of treatment. There was no "performance opportunities" like promised in the auditions and interviews. The hours were ridiculous for not enough pay and they all ended up only being ride operators or food stand workers, with very little time off. Housing was cramped with multiple people per room and 10 people in a house (at least for my friends). They kept telling staff there would be chances to be in shows or be character performers, but never followed through. There was a group meeting led by RWS reps where the staff could share their frustrations. The next day almost everyone who complained was let go. Like I said this was a specific contract at a specific location, but it was very alarming.
the worst and i mean single worst thing you could do to yourself is accept a contract from RWS. i am still in therapy over the trauma i endured working for this company. horribly mismanaged. the operations team at any given moment is practically a revolving door due to people being fired or forced to quit from mistreatment nearly every month. you may also be fired at any given moment mid-contract due to mishandling their own operations. run far away.