Universal Orlando testing Q-bot in Islands of Adventure

Posted Wednesday, August 8, 2012 9:43 AM | Contributed by rollergator

Universal Orlando is testing a new system to skip the lines at select attractions. Instead of their Universal Express pass, the Universal Ride Reservation System lets guests reserve the time they want to ride using a Q-bot, which they're calling a "U-Bot."

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:09 AM
Vater's avatar

No fair.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:17 AM
Jeff's avatar

As long as they don't ditch Express for resort guests, whatever.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:17 AM
rollergator's avatar

Hard for me to believe the price difference between a "one-time use" bot and the "all you care to ride" bot is 10 bucks. Enthusiasts clearly are a VERY small minority, or the price jump would be $20-25...

I'll have to report back on implementation - because that's where the concept meets the reality of daily operations...

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:43 AM

They have been testing these out since May, if not earlier. They had a sign by the main gate for people to buy them. Our buddy who works there also explained the details about it all during our visit.

I also hope they don't eliminate express. I really liked that system (although I admit I never bought it, only used it when stayed on site). Otherwise we just single-rider everything and don't require it as we generally never wait in line. Not sure why they feel the need to do the Q-Bot stuff, but I am sure there is a reason. Our friend explained, but I forget at this moment.

Last edited by SteveWoA, Wednesday, August 8, 2012 10:44 AM
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Wednesday, August 8, 2012 12:55 PM

rollergator said:

Hard for me to believe the price difference between a "one-time use" bot and the "all you care to ride" bot is 10 bucks. Enthusiasts clearly are a VERY small minority, or the price jump would be $20-25...

I'll have to report back on implementation - because that's where the concept meets the reality of daily operations...

I've been to the park a few times since they started, and I haven't even noticed how they're using it at the attractions (but I also wasn't paying much attention). As for worrying about the price difference between the one time and unlimited, most of the locals/regulars who would go for the unlimited probably already have the Premiere AP that gives them Express after 4PM anyway. I know I've been considering upgrading my Preferred since I go mostly in the evenings, plus there's the included preferred/valet parking as well.


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Thursday, August 9, 2012 8:43 PM
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I agree that they need to keep something for the resort guests or those places will be pretty empty IMO. The onsite hotels are way overpriced for what you get room wise. We decided to stay one night so that we could get the express passes for our 2 days at the parks.

I would do that again because of the express passes, but if they dropped that perk, I would be sleeping somewhere else.


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