Vote of the week: How much would you pay to skip a line?
Written by Robert Niles
SeaWorld San Diego this week announced a new ride reservation system, Quick Queue. For $19.95, you get one pass to the front of the queue on the park's three rides, Journey To Atlantis, Shipwreck Rapids and Wild Arctic, a second pass through the line on your choice of one of those three, plus one free ride on both the park's SkyTower and Bayside SkyRide.Tweet
The combo ticket for the SkyTower and SkyRide costs $5, so you basically are looking at $14.95 for skipping four queues here. That works out to about $3.75 per queue.
SeaWorld says that the price for Quick Queue is seasonal, so it might go up or down based upon demand. Which makes sense, I guess. The more people in the park, the longer the lines are, which makes skipping those lines more valuable.
Which brings me to this week's vote. How much would it be worth, to you, to skip a queue at a theme park? Let's price this per hour of wait time skipped.
So if you'd be willing to spend $10 to skip a two-hour queue, vote for $5 in the poll below. (That $5 per hour of line skipped.) Round to the nearest dollar, please.
Let's do some math here. If you are spending $60 on a theme park ticket for the day, and getting on 10 rides, you're spending $6 per ride. If you spend an extra $20 to get on four more rides that you wouldn't have been able to fit in otherwise, then you've spent $80 for 14 rides, which works out to about $5.70 a ride, a better price per ride.
You'll have to work the numbers based on the parks you attend and how many rides you typically work in during a visit. But I'd be interested in seeing what you decide. (And, I bet, some theme parks would love to see these results, too.)
Talk about your calculations, in the comments, please. And have a great weekend in the parks!
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