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2013-04-26 12:19:41 AM  
It isn't $300, it's $219 more than you'd normally pay.

And it's probably an awesome deal for couples without kids to pay for.
 
2013-04-26 12:28:16 AM  

Sid_6.7: It isn't $300, it's $219 more than you'd normally pay.

And it's probably an awesome deal for couples without kids to pay for.


Nah, you've still got to buy the tickets. And at Disney, it's 300 an HOUR. Still, I've heard it's an amazing experience, and pretty much the only way for recognizable celebs to do the parks.
 
2013-04-26 12:32:45 AM  
YES!

Assume my time is worth $25 dollars an hour, thus every hour I'm waiting in line is -$25.
The average wait in Tokyo Disney is 2 hours in the summer.

This means that a full day at Disneyland in the busy season each 2 hour line costs me about $50 in lost productivity just waiting to get to ther ride.

Now, let's talk utility. I'd pay $25 to do something fun for two hours that's not waiting in line. Be it a movie, a bar tab, or a few rounds of bowling. So the 2 hour line is costing me an aditional $50 in lost utility.

So each two hour line costs me $100 in loss to wait for. Thus if I ride three rides(or skip six hours' waiting) in a day, the fast past pays for itself. So if you hit many rides, totally worth it.
 
2013-04-26 12:36:13 AM  

doglover: YES!

Assume my time is worth $25 dollars an hour, thus every hour I'm waiting in line is -$25.
The average wait in Tokyo Disney is 2 hours in the summer.

This means that a full day at Disneyland in the busy season each 2 hour line costs me about $50 in lost productivity just waiting to get to ther ride.

Now, let's talk utility. I'd pay $25 to do something fun for two hours that's not waiting in line. Be it a movie, a bar tab, or a few rounds of bowling. So the 2 hour line is costing me an aditional $50 in lost utility.

So each two hour line costs me $100 in loss to wait for. Thus if I ride three rides(or skip six hours' waiting) in a day, the fast past pays for itself. So if you hit many rides, totally worth it.


Great..

You're the reason that marketing assholes think they can get away with 400% surcharges on concert tickets, and ON TOP OF THAT, charge $50 for "email delivery and convenience" fees..
 
2013-04-26 12:41:20 AM  

markie_farkie: doglover: YES!

Assume my time is worth $25 dollars an hour, thus every hour I'm waiting in line is -$25.
The average wait in Tokyo Disney is 2 hours in the summer.

This means that a full day at Disneyland in the busy season each 2 hour line costs me about $50 in lost productivity just waiting to get to ther ride.

Now, let's talk utility. I'd pay $25 to do something fun for two hours that's not waiting in line. Be it a movie, a bar tab, or a few rounds of bowling. So the 2 hour line is costing me an aditional $50 in lost utility.

So each two hour line costs me $100 in loss to wait for. Thus if I ride three rides(or skip six hours' waiting) in a day, the fast past pays for itself. So if you hit many rides, totally worth it.

Great..

You're the reason that marketing assholes think they can get away with 400% surcharges on concert tickets, and ON TOP OF THAT, charge $50 for "email delivery and convenience" fees..


No, I never go to concerts.

But if I had the money to buy a "Fark you, I'm cuttin' line." pass, I totally would.
 
2013-04-26 12:45:24 AM  

doglover: But if I had the money


You don't. Thus endeth the dream.
 
2013-04-26 12:52:47 AM  
I would gladly pay $300 to have the following people perma-banned from any public setting:

1.  People who congregate in groups in the MIDDLE of a farking walkway, full-well knowing they are blocking traffic.

2.  People who STOP AT THE TOP of a farking escalator, staring off in to space, oblivious to the fact that there are uncontrolled masses of people behind them that can't reverse course.

3.  People who, after standing in line for 15 minutes at a concession stand, with all that time available to review the menus posted every 6 inches, get to the front of the line and then take 10 more minutes to figure out what the fark they want to order.

4.  People who have no contextual awareness of their surroundings, and wander aimlessly, 2 feet in front of you, stopping randomly every 3 feet, and somehow managing to anticipate your every evasive move to get around their stupid farking asses...

/end of rant.
 
2013-04-26 01:17:06 AM  

NewportBarGuy: doglover: But if I had the money

You don't. Thus endeth the dream.


Actually I do, but I dislike other aspects of amusement parks.
 
2013-04-26 01:21:07 AM  

doglover: NewportBarGuy: doglover: But if I had the money

You don't. Thus endeth the dream.

Actually I do, but I dislike other aspects of amusement parks.


You know I'm not f*cking with you. Would you pay $300 per day, per person, to skip the lines? I have it and would not. I'd wait the 45 mins like an idiot. But, I would make comments "Why do those assholes get to skip?" I'm with the 99% who are waiting. It's not good PR when they see them cutting.
 
2013-04-26 01:36:58 AM  

kxs401: Sid_6.7: It isn't $300, it's $219 more than you'd normally pay.

And it's probably an awesome deal for couples without kids to pay for.

Nah, you've still got to buy the tickets. And at Disney, it's 300 an HOUR. Still, I've heard it's an amazing experience, and pretty much the only way for recognizable celebs to do the parks.


The one time I went to Disneyland the park was closing at 7pm for a private party. Because of that most people stayed away resulting in really short lines. We never had to wait more than a few minutes to get on a ride.
 
2013-04-26 01:41:14 AM  

NewportBarGuy: I'd wait the 45 mins like an idiot.


If you're LA local with some work flexibility you can really get your money's worth at Disneyland.   I find that if you can take a day off in say February when it's raining you basically have the run of the park.   For those that don't live in LA, LA February with rain is basically what you'd call a light drizzle in April in most of the country.

This works in other parts of the country too.  I once hit an amusement park in the south in the off season when it was overcast and the operators would only make you get off a ride if someone else wanted to get on.  I rode a double loop roller coaster so many times in a row that I farked up my back for weeks, and this was when I was a reedy twenty-something.
 
2013-04-26 03:39:06 AM  

NewportBarGuy: doglover: NewportBarGuy: doglover: But if I had the money

You don't. Thus endeth the dream.

Actually I do, but I dislike other aspects of amusement parks.

You know I'm not f*cking with you. Would you pay $300 per day, per person, to skip the lines? I have it and would not. I'd wait the 45 mins like an idiot. But, I would make comments "Why do those assholes get to skip?" I'm with the 99% who are waiting. It's not good PR when they see them cutting.


No, because I only ride one of the rides.
 
2013-04-26 06:14:31 AM  

markie_farkie: I would gladly pay $300 to have the following people perma-banned from any public setting:

1.  People who congregate in groups in the MIDDLE of a farking walkway, full-well knowing they are blocking traffic.

2.  People who STOP AT THE TOP of a farking escalator, staring off in to space, oblivious to the fact that there are uncontrolled masses of people behind them that can't reverse course.

3.  People who, after standing in line for 15 minutes at a concession stand, with all that time available to review the menus posted every 6 inches, get to the front of the line and then take 10 more minutes to figure out what the fark they want to order.

4.  People who have no contextual awareness of their surroundings, and wander aimlessly, 2 feet in front of you, stopping randomly every 3 feet, and somehow managing to anticipate your every evasive move to get around their stupid farking asses...


5. People who walk through crowds while texting/surfing/playing on their phones, never bothering to look up and forcing people to dodge them or be trampled.

6. People who wear large backpacks and have no concept of how this affects their girth and who turn quickly, without looking who will be smashed in the face by their Quasimodoesque protrusion.
 
2013-04-26 07:53:23 AM  
During a honeymoon trip to Los Angeles, Chris Hansen and his new wife, Shoni, decided not to skimp on their visit to Universal Studios Hollywood

I wonder how young she is...
www.kzoz.com
 
2013-04-26 07:59:22 AM  
No.

/next question?
 
2013-04-26 08:00:13 AM  

Sid_6.7: It isn't $300, it's $219 more than you'd normally pay.

And it's probably an awesome deal for couples without kids to pay for.


GODDAMN RICH PEOPLE ARGHHHH!!!!!

Actually it's not a bad idea if you have the money and don't have kids.
 
2013-04-26 08:01:08 AM  
Yes. Totally. Why would I wait in line with the common people?
 
2013-04-26 08:01:53 AM  
Fark it, if you're going on vacation, may as well splurge.  The $300 price for Universal sounds reasonable.  The $300 PER HOUR at Disney is absurd though.
 
2013-04-26 08:02:53 AM  
Maybe when I was 18 and making big money with zero responsibilities.

oday? I'd rather pay that for 4 hours of contiguous sleep.
 
2013-04-26 08:03:03 AM  

TheSelphie: Fark it, if you're going on vacation, may as well splurge.  The $300 price for Universal sounds reasonable.  The $300 PER HOUR at Disney is absurd though.


FTFY.
 
2013-04-26 08:03:44 AM  
I'm actually in line at the DMV right now. I'd pay $150 just to get to the front if this line.
 
2013-04-26 08:07:27 AM  

TheSelphie: Fark it, if you're going on vacation, may as well splurge.  The $300 price for Universal sounds reasonable.  The $300 PER HOUR at Disney is absurd though.


This.
 
2013-04-26 08:08:03 AM  

kingdd: I'm actually in line at the DMV right now. I'd pay $150 just to get to the front if this line.

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Brace yourself for a long ride, it's a weekday.
 
2013-04-26 08:10:42 AM  
Just got back from Disney & Universal.  The Universal "Fast Past" option (whatever they call it) was worth its weight in gold!
The only thing we had to wait for was Harry Potter (2+ hours) but everything else, Hulk, Spiderman, Jurassic Park, etc, was 5 minutes!  We were able to hit every ride in the park instead of waiting 2 hours per ride.

Disney's Fast Pass is great too but not as good as Universals
 
2013-04-26 08:10:46 AM  
Universal's not worth the normal $80/day ticket price, much less the $300 VIP package.
 
2013-04-26 08:11:16 AM  
I once got a "cut the line" pass at King's Dominion because I got stuck on a roller coaster for 20 minutes or so (I wasn't stuck, the ride was). It was the first one of the day too, so I had a full day of line-cuttery, and it was sweet.

I could see where it would be worth the cash for an enthusiast.
 
2013-04-26 08:11:21 AM  
Are Mustache Rides included?
 
2013-04-26 08:11:39 AM  
Busch Gardens in Virgina does this. Can't remember how much it cost, but you can buy individual cut passes. So let's say you don't want to wait in line for the coasters. You buy six passes. Or you can by just one if you like. My thing is though, what happens when more and more people start doing this. Then you'll have your long lines again.

/usually go on opening day for Hallowscream. It's a Friday which means a lot of folks are at work, and kids are in school. Didn't wait more than ten minutes for any ride.
 
2013-04-26 08:13:29 AM  
It's pretty disgusting to see how the rich buy their way through life, stepping all over the poor every day. It's a slap in the face of the very concept of equality.
 
2013-04-26 08:14:29 AM  
Yes, I farking hate sitting stupid lines at amusement parks.
 
2013-04-26 08:15:47 AM  

miss diminutive: kingdd: I'm actually in line at the DMV right now. I'd pay $150 just to get to the front if this line.



Brace yourself for a long ride, it's a weekday.


You know you're screwed when the line wraps around the building before the doors even open. This place is just a lake of fire away from being actual hell on earth.
 
2013-04-26 08:15:50 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: Or you can by just one if you like. My thing is though, what happens when more and more people start doing this. Then you'll have your long lines again.


Came here to say this. Seems this is just a fee to wait in a different line with a slightly wealthier kind of asshole.
 
2013-04-26 08:19:28 AM  
This is one of the early signs of America's two-tier future. Rich? Allow me to kiss your ass. Not? Shut up and wait, nobody cares, prole.

I don't question a park's right to do this kind of thing, but it extra-guarantees I would never go. I'm more in the top tier than the bottom (not rich but fairly well off) and I hate this kind of thing. But then I hate huge, crowded, e. coli-producing theme parks.

You can find me at the local minor league baseball park on a sunny afternoon, enjoying the hell out of life. $10 for a ticket, parking is free, and the crowd is families instead of the rabid screaming drunks at big league games. When people pay a lot, they feel entitled to be jerks.
 
2013-04-26 08:19:33 AM  

markie_farkie: I would gladly pay $300 to have the following people perma-banned from any public setting:


7. thin-skinned whiners
 
2013-04-26 08:20:08 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: It's pretty disgusting to see how the rich buy their way through life, stepping all over the poor every day. It's a slap in the face of the very concept of equality.


The poor should rise up and fight there way to the front of the line.
 
2013-04-26 08:20:31 AM  
I would pay $300 for the permission to punch every person in those huge groups wearing the same t-shirts that take up the entire walkway.
 
2013-04-26 08:21:08 AM  

Sid_6.7: It isn't $300, it's $219 more than you'd normally pay.

And it's probably an awesome deal for couples without kids to pay for.


If you are a childless couple, just go during the off season in late September. No lines at all.
 
2013-04-26 08:21:15 AM  

miss diminutive: markie_farkie: I would gladly pay $300 to have the following people perma-banned from any public setting:

1.  People who congregate in groups in the MIDDLE of a farking walkway, full-well knowing they are blocking traffic.

2.  People who STOP AT THE TOP of a farking escalator, staring off in to space, oblivious to the fact that there are uncontrolled masses of people behind them that can't reverse course.

3.  People who, after standing in line for 15 minutes at a concession stand, with all that time available to review the menus posted every 6 inches, get to the front of the line and then take 10 more minutes to figure out what the fark they want to order.

4.  People who have no contextual awareness of their surroundings, and wander aimlessly, 2 feet in front of you, stopping randomly every 3 feet, and somehow managing to anticipate your every evasive move to get around their stupid farking asses...

5. People who walk through crowds while texting/surfing/playing on their phones, never bothering to look up and forcing people to dodge them or be trampled.

6. People who wear large backpacks and have no concept of how this affects their girth and who turn quickly, without looking who will be smashed in the face by their Quasimodoesque protrusion.


All this is why I live in a rural area and don't leave the house unless I have to. People...they're the WORST!
 
2013-04-26 08:21:32 AM  
Boy, I used to grumble when looking at the price of a regular daily pass at our local amusement park (37€), but after seeing the prices mentioned in this thread I think I'll smile this summer.  Plus the lines are pretty short anyway.

Also no fast passes.  That whole idea would not go over well in this culture.  Mix that with the fact that all the snack stands sell alcohol and one of them hard liquor and, well, come to think of it, that might turn out to be pretty awesome.  As a spectator, of course.
 
2013-04-26 08:21:50 AM  

doglover: YES!

Assume my time is worth $25 dollars an hour, thus every hour I'm waiting in line is -$25.
The average wait in Tokyo Disney is 2 hours in the summer.

This means that a full day at Disneyland in the busy season each 2 hour line costs me about $50 in lost productivity just waiting to get to ther ride.

Now, let's talk utility. I'd pay $25 to do something fun for two hours that's not waiting in line. Be it a movie, a bar tab, or a few rounds of bowling. So the 2 hour line is costing me an aditional $50 in lost utility.

So each two hour line costs me $100 in loss to wait for. Thus if I ride three rides(or skip six hours' waiting) in a day, the fast past pays for itself. So if you hit many rides, totally worth it.


So the only time you are productive at the theme park is when you are on a ride?  If your time is so valuable and that you can't waste time, why are you at a park in the first place?

Now when I am on vacation, I'm paid via my saved PTO wages regardless if I in line or not.  And since I can pretty much set my hours, maybe I'll 'charge' my productivity time when I am spending a hour eating a nice meal 'after work' instead.  In short, when you are not on the clock, complaining what you lost in 'productivity' it farking stupid.

Now is it worth it to not wait in line.  Hell yeah.  Personally instead of paying extra, I try to go in the off season when lines are short and rooms are cheaper.  This is extra good if you go to Orlando because central Florida is farking ball sweat nasty hot in the middle of the summer.
 
2013-04-26 08:22:45 AM  
I am pretty sure that this is just another example of me slipping into old farthood, but I don't mind standing in line.  It helps build antici.....................pation for the ride. You get a chance to talk to the people you are riding with and plan what you're doing next.  You get to check out the tatas on the young mom who is in line about 20 people in front of you and sat in the front of the log flume...I am not saying I am up for the hour long line....but with planning you can generally avoid long waits...not all that complicated...get there early, stay late. Ride the popular rides first/last.
 
2013-04-26 08:23:40 AM  
I did this at Seaworld Orlando years ago. Worth every penny.
 
2013-04-26 08:25:02 AM  

Richard_The_Clown: what happens when more and more people start doing this. Then you'll have your long lines again.


I think they only sell "X" number of these fast pass things a day for this very reason.
 
2013-04-26 08:25:24 AM  

EnviroDude: I did this at Seaworld Orlando years ago. Worth every penny.


You really want to be up front so you can get that mixture of whale feces and dolphin semen splashed all over you.  A lot of people are into that.
 
2013-04-26 08:25:31 AM  

Cubicle Jockey: If you are a childless couple, just go during the off season in late September. No lines at all.


Fark that noise, pull the kids out of school.  Get the work lined up in advanced and make sure the kids take care of their shiat.  If anyone give you the lines about what you teaching kids taking them away from their work, just say you are preparing them for real life where you plan vacations whenever and make sure your responsibilities are taken care of in advance.
 
2013-04-26 08:25:49 AM  
Yes.
 
2013-04-26 08:27:14 AM  
 It is no different that using HOT lanes.   You are effectively paying to cut in line.
Yesterday, I paid 1.25 to use our local one, and bypassed a good 45 minutes of traffic.

If money was tight that month, I would eat ramen for a day or two.  3 traffic jams a week bypassed is 2 hours I can do some gardening or bang the neighbors wife while he sits in the traffic I bypassed.

I guess you miss out on feeling like cattle in the serpentine rope lines.
 
2013-04-26 08:27:21 AM  
I'd pay 300 just to know that the peons paying 80 are paying that only to see me ride.
 
2013-04-26 08:28:28 AM  

miss diminutive: markie_farkie: I would gladly pay $300 to have the following people perma-banned from any public setting:

1.  People who congregate in groups in the MIDDLE of a farking walkway, full-well knowing they are blocking traffic.

2.  People who STOP AT THE TOP of a farking escalator, staring off in to space, oblivious to the fact that there are uncontrolled masses of people behind them that can't reverse course.

3.  People who, after standing in line for 15 minutes at a concession stand, with all that time available to review the menus posted every 6 inches, get to the front of the line and then take 10 more minutes to figure out what the fark they want to order.

4.  People who have no contextual awareness of their surroundings, and wander aimlessly, 2 feet in front of you, stopping randomly every 3 feet, and somehow managing to anticipate your every evasive move to get around their stupid farking asses...

5. People who walk through crowds while texting/surfing/playing on their phones, never bothering to look up and forcing people to dodge them or be trampled.

6. People who wear large backpacks and have no concept of how this affects their girth and who turn quickly, without looking who will be smashed in the face by their Quasimodoesque protrusion.


I need both of you to sign me up for your newsletters.
 
2013-04-26 08:28:54 AM  
The 1% have no desire to stand in line with the rest of us,
 
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