Posted Friday, August 11, 2000 6:43 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Universal's Islands of Adventure has offered VIP access to its attractions since it opened, where guests can pay extra to skip lines. A report on USA Today explores the market for these special admissions, as well as premium attractions like Sea World's Discovery Cove in Orlando.
Read the whole story on USA Today's Web site.
Friday, August 11, 2000 9:33 AM
I can see Dick Kinzel's point about fairness to other guests, but I would think that it would also be neat if they did
do VIP tours and rides, only have it limited to times before the park opens, or after it closes. If it is a way to spark the interest of Joe Coaster Enthusiast, and he's willing to spend the money, why not make a profit from it?
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Friday, August 11, 2000 9:51 AM
I'd be game for someting like that as long as it didn't interfere with the daily running of the attractions (ie. other riders).
Friday, August 11, 2000 5:24 PM
I don't like it at all...at CP especially, the ride capacity will dwindle for other guests. Why separate park patrons into classes like on the Titanic!!! This is America...home of the largest middle class population.
Friday, August 11, 2000 6:16 PM
Its not as bad as everyone thinks.Ive seen some of the groups while at Islands of Adventure,and the VIP tour doesnt hold up the lines to bad.On the coasters they usually take just the back row,or they have them fill in any empty seats.And they only take you on each ride once.And if im correst i think its only like 75 bucks more to go on the tour.Not to bad.
Friday, August 11, 2000 7:25 PM
If it was before the opening of the park or after the closing, the employees would have to stay longer or come earlier (unless the tour was very short)
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Saturday, August 12, 2000 3:51 PM
I've used the VIP thingie at IOA. It's a special feature that you can use if you stay at one of the Universal hotels. The only one up is The Portafino Bay hotel, but 2 new hotels will be opening soon. Only the hotel guests get early admisson. Till 10:00 am (then the parks open to the public). You also get front of the line access on paticular rides such as Incredible Hulk, Dueling Dragons, Jurassic Park the ride etc.
And you can choose where you want to sit before the park is open to the public. The pass is very handy indeed. I went on the Hulk 3 times, went on both the dueling dragons(in the front seat)and the Spider-man ride twice all before 10:00.(we got there at 7:00am) I would recommend this to anyone who stays at the hotels there. It's extremely helpful and time-conserving. As for Disney. They have a fairly similar system called "fastpass". Its pretty much like CP's first queue line problems solver, but its not very helpfull on extremely popular rides such as test track.
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Monday, August 14, 2000 3:49 AM
In response to zelix, just wanted to let you know that it's not just hotel guests that can enter the park at 7 am anyone who buys a multi-pass can enter early for the short line early riding. I also know that the try to restrict some of the rides to one ride within a certain time period.
Monday, August 14, 2000 5:28 PM
VIP passes sound like a good idea. I would only get one if the Park is really crowded!!
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