I gave up my expensive office space to work in a theme park instead
HAVE you ever dreamed of being able to work from the happiest place in the world?
Well for Carly Camarra, she made the dream come true as the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park became her office.
Now that many of us are working from home, there’s no reason to limit ourselves to working from our bed or kitchen table, as many are finding out.
Carly said, “I didn’t miss my office space much when I was typing alongside Beetlejuice and taking walks on my breaks.”
As a freelance writer, she can take her work wherever she wants, so she chose to work at a theme park within walking distance of her home.
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In 2020, Carly swapped her shared office space that she rented for $550 or £405 a month for a Universal Studios Hollywood gold annual pass that cost $290 or £213.
Her only job requirement is a strong internet connection, so instead of setting up an office at home, she used the blazingly fast and free Wi-Fi at the parks.
In addition to the excellent WiFi, Carly was immediately surprised by the number of outdoor and indoor workspaces.
She now has her favorite areas that she enjoys working in, including the cozy Parisian courtyard, decorated with old-world European charm, and the delicious cold beer The French Street Bistro.
She has characters that interact with her while she works who work in the park and admitted that: “My favorite part of working in the parks was interacting with the traveling characters, like Beetlejuice, Frankenstein and Dracula.”
When it came to her lunch break, Carly had her pick of restaurants and even enjoyed joining a quick studio tour on a 45-minute trolley ride that has been running since the 1960s.
She said it: “It’s a relaxing way to unwind while visiting Universal’s movie and TV lot of work.”
His pass includes a behind-the-scenes tour, which allowed him to see many productions of hit shows as well.
A stressful day can end with a relaxing bath or a trip to the pub, but for Carly, she often ends her workday by catching a thrill on a roller coaster.
She was often able to take advantage of the single-seater lines, which shorten the wait for those who leave solo, what a great way to end the day.
However, if Carly ever fancied a drink, she had her pick of spots ranging from The Simpsons’ Moe’s Tavern to Harry Potter’s Three Broomsticks Pub and Hog’s Head.
Sharing her epic daily adventures on Instagram, Carly shares her incredible experiences with her thousands of followers.
She also got to know the park staff better over time, as they added to her unique workplace and took advantage of the parks’ many happy hours.
Carly also had her parking included free with the pass and 15% off most food, drink and merchandise. I often bought lunch in the park
She enjoyed watching the park change with the seasons, especially the past Christmas, Halloween and holiday seasons.
It has become another of her favorite parts of the park so often that she has seen the decorations and atmosphere change throughout the year for the celebrations when different foods and entertainment take over the park.
Carly found she got what she paid for and the pass was definitely worth the price, especially since she’s used it countless times.
The writer also used his annual pass to visit the park for fun and loved being able to visit anytime, even for just a few hours.
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