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(LA Times)   Is $300 really worth it just for "front of line" privileges at your local amusement park?   (latimes.com) divider line 169
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2013-04-26 10:09:54 AM

bbcard1: 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.


I hate standing in the lines, but one thing I think is comical is the way the length of the line is intentionally hidden on some of these rides. Just when it looks like you are just about to the end you turn the corner and you see there were 12 more rows of gates hidden behind the hedges.
 
2013-04-26 10:14:15 AM
Running past the same patrons over and over again was well worth the price of the upgrade.
 
2013-04-26 10:15:10 AM
I wish parks wouldn't sell dirt-cheap annual passes to state residents.
FL locals come and gum up the works by dropping off their kids on days that would otherwise be low attendance at the parks.

/that's what Disney recently figured out - and they now stop underage kids from entering parks w/o an adult
//thinks Disney also figured out that the local kids they were 'babysitting' became immune to their extra-profit stuffedtoys&concession come-ons...
 
2013-04-26 10:23:06 AM

nanim: I wish parks wouldn't sell dirt-cheap annual passes to state residents.
FL locals come and gum up the works by dropping off their kids on days that would otherwise be low attendance at the parks.

/that's what Disney recently figured out - and they now stop underage kids from entering parks w/o an adult
//thinks Disney also figured out that the local kids they were 'babysitting' became immune to their extra-profit stuffedtoys&concession come-ons...


Disney does good business.

For example, they don't sell a Fast Pass that gives people cuts for a fee. They include a Fast Pass system in all tickets that essentially 'save a spot in line' and are expended while waiting in that virtual line. I got back from WDW a few weeks ago and the Fast Pass system worked great. We got passes for the big lines and filled in the 2-5 hour waits in between riding the less popular rides. Never waited in a line longer than 20 minutes on all five days in the parks and rode every ride that was offered. As a bonus, the wife and kids chickened out of Everest, so I got to ride that four times in a row. Good times!
 
2013-04-26 10:39:13 AM
Nope. It sucks wait in line ya lazy farks.
I hate being around lots  of people when they are crammed into parks ahole to bellybutton, so I learned just go on the off season or during a weekday. We took a Disney trip in the 90s and the lines there seemed to move pretty quick, dunno if that is the case anymore.
 
2013-04-26 10:43:43 AM
Go to a seasonal park at the beginning/end of season on a weekday when a lot of the kiddies are in school.  You can basically walk onto the rides.
 
2013-04-26 10:45:36 AM

groppet: Nope. It sucks wait in line ya lazy farks.
I hate being around lots  of people when they are crammed into parks ahole to bellybutton, so I learned just go on the off season or during a weekday. We took a Disney trip in the 90s and the lines there seemed to move pretty quick, dunno if that is the case anymore.


Disney INVENTED the fast moving line. They can get people on/off rides faster than anyone and they entertain them while they wait. There are big screens for patrons to play video games while they wait in line at Space Mountain now. The reason there are long waits is because the lines are so long. That's why you time your visit the best you can.
 
2013-04-26 10:46:28 AM

12349876: Go to a seasonal park at the beginning/end of season on a weekday when a lot of the kiddies are in school.  You can basically walk onto the rides.


Those parks aren't open until schools are out. Where do you think they get most of their employees?
 
2013-04-26 10:46:30 AM
not that amusement parks should expected to be the barometers of social equality, but i find it fitting that class privilege extends even there.  invariably, if you're being shuttled to the front of the line, you're putting other people out.  been waiting for 2 hours?  wait 3, because the Rockefellers just got here and they all want to go on this ride.  imagine if we prioritized healthcare and education and basic rights based on one's access to money.  oh...

can't wait to see this morally bankrupt, inefficient, needlessly competitive joke of a social system break down for good.
 
2013-04-26 10:54:09 AM
hmm...

The only line that comes to mind that would be worth paying $300 to be at the front of would have to be the line for a train...

...if you're into that sort of thing.
 
2013-04-26 11:00:38 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...

/end of rant.


People  who try to get in the elevator/subway/monorail before you have a chance to get out, which would make the room for them to enter in the first place.

People who walk 5 abreast at .34 miles an hour blocking the entire walkway you are trying to travel.

People who don't treat walkways like traffic and walk on the right side (or left if you're in one of those stupid countries) like in the mall which usualy has a median (made up of e cigs, t-shirts, dental floss hair removal, women who stop you to sell you lotion and hologram balance bands). There is always the one group of people who have to fight the flow of walkers going the other way.
 
2013-04-26 11:07:40 AM

ChaoticLimbs: If the park does this, I don't go. This is because when they pay the park this extra thing, the park is selling my place in line, which I paid for, without compensating me for the fact that I have to wait. Selling cuts is NOT cool.
It's one thing for the rich to be able to pay for things I can't- and quite another for them to be able to take from me without my permission based on their wealth.


Your compensation is that they didn't raise your ticket prices.

But I agree, if you don't like it, don't go.
 
2013-04-26 11:08:53 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...

/end of rant.


You forgot at least one.
5. People who insist on entering the elevator before you've had a chance to exit the elevator.

/works in a hotel and feels your pain
 
2013-04-26 11:10:33 AM
Are there adults without kids that find amusement parks to even be worth their normal entry fee?  It's like you are paying money to be bounced on daddy's knee and thrown in the air and caught.
 
2013-04-26 11:13:25 AM
You know what else was a premium theme park for the rich?

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2013-04-26 11:14:27 AM
I wouldn't mind paying for the privilege of cutting ahead.

When I took my boy to Disney World Hollywood Studios (among other places that week), we were first in line for Lights! Motors! Action! We picked out where we were going to sit (we could see the grandstand) and got up there to find out it was reserved for VIPs. No big deal because we just sat in the rows behind it and still had a great center view. There were only like six or seven VIPs in a space that would have held about 60-80, but whatever.

I like the Disney Fast Passes and used them where possible. My boy changed his mind and didn't want to ride a ride again, so we gave them to a Cast Member (a dead ringer for a young Eddie Murphy!) to give away to somebody.

If somebody pays to cut ahead of the line, good for them. Some people use free Fast Passes, some pay for the privilege. No big deal.
 
2013-04-26 11:16:01 AM

Krieghund: ChaoticLimbs: If the park does this, I don't go. This is because when they pay the park this extra thing, the park is selling my place in line, which I paid for, without compensating me for the fact that I have to wait. Selling cuts is NOT cool.
It's one thing for the rich to be able to pay for things I can't- and quite another for them to be able to take from me without my permission based on their wealth.

Your compensation is that they didn't raise your ticket prices.

But I agree, if you don't like it, don't go.


That's about it. If people don't like the way the park manages things, then don't go. Life is unfair.
 
2013-04-26 11:16:15 AM

internetuser1080: not that amusement parks should expected to be the barometers of social equality, but i find it fitting that class privilege extends even there.  invariably, if you're being shuttled to the front of the line, you're putting other people out.  been waiting for 2 hours?  wait 3, because the Rockefellers just got here and they all want to go on this ride.  imagine if we prioritized healthcare and education and basic rights based on one's access to money.  oh...

can't wait to see this morally bankrupt, inefficient, needlessly competitive joke of a social system break down for good.


It won't be long.... I'll see you then otfl
 
2013-04-26 11:16:52 AM

FilmBELOH20: Last year when my youngest kid turned 10 we took a trip out to L.A. to finish up his SCUBA certification over on Catalina, where I had finished his brother's certification the year before.  After the dive trip we gave them the option of Universal / Disney,etc or go sightseeing.  We ended up hiking up to view the Hollywood sign, people watching on Venice Beach, went to 3rd. St. Prominade to people watch some more and then did the pier afterwards.  They've got memories of LA that will last a lifetime, whereas most kids won't remember a thing about a visit to a theme park other than how cranky mom and dad were at the end of the day. For farks sake - take your kids and do something meaningful.  If, as a family of four, I had budgeted $1200 to blow for a day of fun, it sure as fark wouldn't be spent with 10,000 other people.


I remember my parents taking me to Disney World 35 years ago, when I was 4. My dad rode the teacups and the Dumbo ride with me, and we rode the Jungle Cruise and the Pirates of the Caribbean and the Small World rides as a family. And the monorail from the parking lot was awesome. I'm sure we all got cranky and tired by the end of it, but I don't remember that part.
 
2013-04-26 11:16:54 AM
YES.
 
2013-04-26 11:18:05 AM
After a Disney cruise last year, we spent a day at Universal Islands of Adventure.  My son was 41.5 inches, so not quite tall enough for Jurassic Park (they wouldn't let him on even though he was THAT close), or the Dudley-do-right ride.  However, he was tall enough for the Flight of the Hippogriff ride in Harry Potter land.  The fast pass was the best thing we bought that day, even if we couldn't use it on everything because of the height requirements, but to get to the front with a 4 year old at Flight? Yup, totally worth it.
 
2013-04-26 11:21:24 AM

roughridersfan: Krieghund: ChaoticLimbs: If the park does this, I don't go. This is because when they pay the park this extra thing, the park is selling my place in line, which I paid for, without compensating me for the fact that I have to wait. Selling cuts is NOT cool.
It's one thing for the rich to be able to pay for things I can't- and quite another for them to be able to take from me without my permission based on their wealth.

Your compensation is that they didn't raise your ticket prices.

But I agree, if you don't like it, don't go.

That's about it. If people don't like the way the park manages things, then don't go. Life is unfair.


It's that attitude that allows stuff like this to happen, if nobody stands up it's easier to step on their face to get over them.
 
mjl
2013-04-26 11:26:58 AM
I'm  a big fan of the virtual queuing systems .... I get to wander round and try some of the lesser rides, but I'm still waiting my turn.

The thing about the VIP pass is that it would break down if everyone bought one... virtual queuing would work fine.
 
2013-04-26 11:30:10 AM
"The lunch alone was worth it," Chris Hansen said.

So rich people can get yet another "one up" on everyone else.
I hope they see a dramatic drop in regular joe entry that doesn't cover the gains on sucking the rich persons crotch.

I won't pay 80.00 to stand in line for two hours to ride one ride, to amount to perhaps six rides for the day at most.
I'd rather fap.
 
2013-04-26 11:30:39 AM
Just got back from Disney/Seaworld with twin toddlers and a 6 year old.  I still don't get why anyone likes Disneyworld.  My brother asked what it was like and I just told him it's like standing in line all day and throwing $100 away every hour.

Seaworld was pretty damn cool though.

You know it's bad when the 6 year old wants to leave Magic Kingdom early to go back to the hotel and swim and "do something fun".  Even with the fast pass option the wait time are ridiculous.

On a plus note we are just under 2 hours away from this place in Green Bay. Tickets are $0.25 each and lines are virtually non-existent.  I tried to spend $10 on my daughter there and I couldn't do it.  Only a few of the bigger rides had any line.  We do it once or twice a summer - worth the drive if you're in the WI or UP of MI.

http://greenbaywi.gov/baybeach/rides/
 
2013-04-26 11:32:46 AM
CSB: I have been to Orlando 58 times (I think? Lost count at one point...).

The first 52 were for work over the span of a year and a half.  The others were post-marriage family trips - I made a lot of friends down there too.

I never went to Disney until trip 57.
 
2013-04-26 11:36:11 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...

/end of rant.


You must have been at my daughter's track meet last night as you just described 80% of the people there.

/made me stabby
 
2013-04-26 11:42:36 AM
I am made of money and bought the VIP pass for Great America last summer.  It was worth it just to look at the poors' faces as I cut through the lines.
 
2013-04-26 11:43:49 AM

a_room_with_a_moose: You must have been at my daughter's track meet last night as you just described 80% of the people there.


Forgot to add:

People who drive diagonally through parking lot lanes, and then get pissed and honk because someone driving correctly according to the painted lines "gets in their way"..
 
2013-04-26 11:51:50 AM
doglover:
YES!

Assume my time is worth $25 dollars an hour, thus every hour I'm waiting in line is -$25.


I'm sure this has been pointed out but nobody is paying you for your time on the days you hit the amusement park. Much like home repairs that would cut into your leisure time, this sort of comparison doesn't really work for most people.

I farkin' hate amusement parks but sometimes my wife drags me to them. If I could pay $300 to be at the front of the line all day long I would do it in a heartbeat, but I doubt it works like that.
 
2013-04-26 12:00:34 PM
Yes... yes it is.  The wife and I have done this at Six Flags California and Cedar point.  We live in a region where there is only one decent rollercoaster and its a 3 hour drive away.  We had one day at Six flags, and the same for Cedar Point.  The only reason Cedar point was accessible is because we were on a week long drive across the country and we needed to break the monotony.  When you've got one day to make the most of it, its worth it to not have to stand in line.  20+ rides at each park in a total rollercoaster binge.  In the end its about the same cost as having to stay a few days to get our fill of the fun, so might as well not spend it to not stand in line.  If I lived somewhere with decent access to rollercoasters... probably not.
 
2013-04-26 12:00:35 PM
RIchard_the_Clown: "what happens when more and more people start doing this"

The park operators roll around in their giant piles of money, cackling-madly?
As pointed out, they just introduce a newer-better-er VIP pass for even *more* money.

The thing with the lines is: they're not necessary. A park could easily do the RFID bracelet reservation thing. And then while you're still *waiting* for 2 hours for a ride, you can wander around and do the other shiat at the park.

But most parks suck but for the rides. And the non-ride shiat is expensive. Letting people wander around just emphasizes this. And if you give people 6 more hours to wander the park, they don't magically find themselves willing to spend even *more* on overpriced food/games/tchotchkes/etc. They just wind up loitering out in the open, creating problems. (traffic, social, etc)

So the lines aren't necessary. They're essentially a solved problem. But the solution makes business more difficult for the parks, so they don't want it. And if they can sell you a hack (line-cutting) for a premium? That's just icing on the cake.
 
2013-04-26 12:04:51 PM

ManRay: You can go the scumbag route and put someone in your group in a wheelchair. Everyone gets to skip the lines that way.


I went to a Six Flags with a wheelchair-bound friend once.  Best amusement park experience of my life.
 
2013-04-26 12:09:47 PM

Kibbler: 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.


And how is this any different than America's present?  Or past?
 
2013-04-26 12:13:39 PM

spentshells: roughridersfan: Krieghund: ChaoticLimbs: If the park does this, I don't go. This is because when they pay the park this extra thing, the park is selling my place in line, which I paid for, without compensating me for the fact that I have to wait. Selling cuts is NOT cool.
It's one thing for the rich to be able to pay for things I can't- and quite another for them to be able to take from me without my permission based on their wealth.

Your compensation is that they didn't raise your ticket prices.

But I agree, if you don't like it, don't go.

That's about it. If people don't like the way the park manages things, then don't go. Life is unfair.

It's that attitude that allows stuff like this to happen, if nobody stands up it's easier to step on their face to get over them.


Life is cruel. Don't like it, don't go. You can't get stepped on if YOU'RE NOT THERE.


Since you don't like people cutting ahead, maybe nobody should be allowed to spend money and reserve plane tickets. Everybody should just wait until they get to the airport and all stand in line. That way nobody can take advantage of discounted seats because all the seats will be the same price. And no seat selection! And no presales for concerts because you have a certain credit card or code! No benefits to ANYBODY!!!!!
 
2013-04-26 12:16:41 PM
Mitt Romney explained to me that $300 is the real cost of the ticket. The $210 regular fee is a gift to the 47%.
 
2013-04-26 12:16:52 PM
You must have been at my daughter's track meet last night as you just described 80% of the people there.

Forgot to add:

People who drive diagonally through parking lot lanes, and then get pissed and honk because someone driving correctly according to the painted lines "gets in their way"..


Lines? The lot's obviously empty. Don't be such a sheep.
 
2013-04-26 12:31:12 PM
Amusement parks -  hours of waiting followed by moments of terror, my kinda place.  Not to mention a $4.00 bottle of water.
 
2013-04-26 12:35:44 PM
I'm sure you can get a shiatty wheelchair for cheaper and escort a "handicapped" friend to the front of each line.
 
2013-04-26 12:36:26 PM

Ivandrago: My wife and I paid $200 extra for a meet and greet with a band that also allowed us to get into the venue early and get the best spots for a GA show. It ended up being the best concert we ever saw because we had perfect spots where it sounded great and we could see the band. We decided that from now on we will always drop the extra cash if it's available because the experience was so much better.
I could absolutely see doing that for an amusement park. Personally, I'm a big pussy and I can't go on roller coasters so in a park it wouldn't matter to me. I'm the designated wait with the baby carriage and purses guy while everyone else goes on the ride and I'm totally okay with that.


Great White?
 
2013-04-26 12:45:57 PM

CalvinMorallis: First time I saw someone with one of these fast passes, at King's Island in Ohio, yeah, I was pissed.  But now my wife and I are planning a trip to Cedar Point this summer, and we've decided to splurge on the fast passes--I went there once, years ago, and my single most vivid memory of the day was standing in line for 3 hours to ride the raptor, right around closing time.  Thanks, but, it's worth my money to spend an extra 60 bucks a ticket so that driving 6 hours to a theme park doesn't suck donkey balls.

Side note--have any of you been to Cedar Point with the fast pass this year yet?  How big of a difference does it seem to make?


The difference depends on what day of the week you go and the weather. A sunny Saturday in July? You almost HAVE to get Fast Lane passes if you want to ride everything in 1 day. Cloudy weekday in September? Prob a waste of money. Keep in mind that if you know the exact date you are going to be there that you can buy the pass online months in advance for that day. So rather than paying double the admission (about $50 or $100 with the line pass) you can get them for $30-40 depending on how early you get them and how many.

As for the "What happens when everyone starts buying them?" crowd, this is not an issue at Cedar Fair parks (CP, King's Island, etc.) They limit the amount of passes that can be sold on any given date and even if the limit has not been reached they quit offering them at noon each day. Yes the people that run these billion dollar parks are smart enough to realize no one would buy them if there was no benefit to it.
 
2013-04-26 12:48:38 PM
The Mr and I splurged for the front of line passes at Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights, not the VIP ones, and it was 100% worth it. We got to go on almost every ride and did all the mazes, some twice. I'd never buy a regular pass after that experience.
 
2013-04-26 01:11:54 PM
I've done several of these things and will continue to do so.  My wife has a bad knee from a car accident and can't/won't ride the big rides, so my motivation is two fold.  One, my time is valuable; two, I don't want to make her wait for me to sit in line.

The other thing is some of the extra perks are cool.  At busch gardens, it includes photos, so the person taking you on the tour takes tons of photos of you and then you get a DVD of them at the end of theday.  Great since without them, all our pictures are either of just her or just me with a few where we asked someone to take pictures of us.  With the tour, almost all the photos are both of you.

They frequently will include meals and other things that we were going to buy anyway, so it's not usually as expensive as the ones above, plus I don't buy the all out one, I tend to stick to the smaller one.  Oh... and some come with the hotel.  At universal studios orlando, if you stay in their hotel, you don't wait in lines for the rides. (Other than the two newest ones.) Sure, their hotels cost more, but they aren't that much more and they have a boat that drops you off right in front of the park which is also good for my wife with her bad knee.

/theme park junkie
//currently has season passes to disneyworld, universal orlando, busch gardens, seaworld.
 
2013-04-26 01:16:06 PM

germ78: I'm sure you can get a shiatty wheelchair for cheaper and escort a "handicapped" friend to the front of each line.


many of the parks are getting rid of that perk.  All the newer rides have handicapped accessible queues and you can wait in line in your wheelchair.  It still works on some of the older ones, but some are putting a time on those so they'll give you a card with a time that is the same as the length of the line and you can't get on until that time.  Sure you don't wait in line, but you have to hang around that portion of the park waiting on your time.
 
2013-04-26 01:23:42 PM

roughridersfan: Since you don't like people cutting ahead, maybe nobody should be allowed to spend money and reserve plane tickets. Everybody should just wait until they get to the airport and all stand in line. That way nobody can take advantage of discounted seats because all the seats will be the same price. And no seat selection! And no presales for concerts because you have a certain credit card or code! No benefits to ANYBODY!!!!!

-=-
We're talking Amusement Parks here. They are not as common as airports with multiple vendors and classes to choose from.
This is a public venue where everyone gets the same experience equally. There should be no reason to treat some above others.

Ya snob.
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2013-04-26 01:24:20 PM
CSB: many years ago, I waited in a long roller coaster line behind Tia Carrere. I was OK with it.
 
2013-04-26 01:46:10 PM
There is an easier way.

www.imfdb.org
 
2013-04-26 02:01:44 PM

CalvinMorallis: First time I saw someone with one of these fast passes, at King's Island in Ohio, yeah, I was pissed.  But now my wife and I are planning a trip to Cedar Point this summer, and we've decided to splurge on the fast passes--I went there once, years ago, and my single most vivid memory of the day was standing in line for 3 hours to ride the raptor, right around closing time.  Thanks, but, it's worth my money to spend an extra 60 bucks a ticket so that driving 6 hours to a theme park doesn't suck donkey balls.

Side note--have any of you been to Cedar Point with the fast pass this year yet?  How big of a difference does it seem to make?


I had a friend who was hit by a car back in high school. Not too serious, but due to various surgeries he was on crutches for a couple summers while they fixes something about the growth plate in his knee.

We always took him with us when we went to Kings Island (grew up about 4 miles from the park). Can't say it was totally altruistic.. He got to go for free, and we never had to wait in line because he would get a wheelchair at the start of the day.

They never question it at the rides, even if it does have that ""Recent back, neck, or bone injury" disclaimer.
 
2013-04-26 02:22:02 PM

Stoker: roughridersfan: Since you don't like people cutting ahead, maybe nobody should be allowed to spend money and reserve plane tickets. Everybody should just wait until they get to the airport and all stand in line. That way nobody can take advantage of discounted seats because all the seats will be the same price. And no seat selection! And no presales for concerts because you have a certain credit card or code! No benefits to ANYBODY!!!!!
-=-
We're talking Amusement Parks here. They are not as common as airports with multiple vendors and classes to choose from.
This is a public venue where everyone gets the same experience equally. There should be no reason to treat some above others.

Ya snob.
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lol, I understand. I enjoy the perks when I can afford them. When I took my boy down to Florida, we weren't guaranteed seats together on the plane, so I paid for the seat selections. Well worth it because the plane has seats with two on one side and three on the other, so my boy didn't have a stranger sitting beside me.

As somebody noted, the parks will only sell a limited number of these privileged passes. Would anybody turn down these privileges if somebody offered them as a prize? I sure wouldn't.

I loved the Fast Passes at Disney. It helped teach my boy think about planning where to go. "Alright, these passes aren't active for 90 minutes and then expire an hour after they become active (or whatever it was), what do you want to do until then?"

I guess I am a snob because I paid for the Fantasmic Dinner Package at Hollywood Studios. I reserved a lunch time at the Hollywood Brown Derby. When we got there, the waiter explained how it worked. My bill would be $60, my son's would be $30. We would get our choice of an appetizer, entree and dessert (my son got the same choice on the kids' menu). We would get a pass that we could use at a separate entrance (near Twilight Zone Tower of Terror) - that would let us into a roped off area that gave us a nice centered view of the performance area.

It was worth it because we didn't have to hurry to get rush seats really early. By the time we got to Fantasmic, the rush f area was pretty full of people who had been sitting and waiting for a while while our area was pretty empty (some people at the bottom, but my son wanted to sit higher up).
 
2013-04-26 02:40:35 PM
I don't know why this is unlikely, I would totally pay a $300 flat rate for a VIP day pass to skip all the lines and whatnot.  I would not pay $300 an hour, I don't like to feel rushed.  I wouldn't do it all the time and it depends on the time of year, but if it was my one trip a year and it was in during a busy time like summer, I absolutely would pay it.
 
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