The perks of the VIP theme-park pass
If you’ve ever wanted to get the star treatment, at least while riding a roller coaster, now is your chance. Many parks now offer a VIP package that lets visitors skip long lines and crowds. But that kind of perk comes with a price. Here are some of the offerings. (Keep in mind that the prices listed don't always include the park entry fee.)
The park offers visitors who pay $299 per person the VIP experience.
In return, the tour of the park and adjacent studio back lots promises that guests will be "pampered like a star." The day includes breakfast and lunch at the VIP dining room, valet parking, front-of-line access and exclusive access to the back lot that is not open to the general public.
For those who just don't like long wait times at the park, a less expensive way to go is the "Front of the Line Pass," which starts at $129 per person.
According to the website, Disneyland's Premium VIP Tour provides a personal guide for you and 10 guests around the park, wherever you'd like to go. Along with front-of-line access to rides, VIP-ers get front-row seating at parades and valet parking.
This special treatment, favored by celebs, does not come cheap: The tour charges a rate of $315 an hour, or $355 an hour for holiday visits.
For $299, the escorted VIP tour includes theme park admission, front-of-line ride access, all you can eat, reserved show seating, and a "private animal experience." A spokesperson for the Valencia-based park told the Los Angeles Times that they can't keep up with demand for the passes. "Especially in the summer, they sell out."
Sea World San Diego
SeaWorld San Diego offers an exclusive tour for a group of up to 15 people for a cost of $1,200. The customized experience includes the chance to feed endangered turtles and touch bottlenose dolphins.