New ride reservation system at SeaWorld Orlando

Sea World Orlando: The park is testing a pass for express entrance to its rides and shows, for 30 bucks a day.

From Robert Niles
Posted August 22, 2008 at 5:05 PM
Just got word from SeaWorld Orlando that the park is testing a new ride reservation system.

Quick Queue includes express-entrance access to our thrill rides -- Journey to Atlantis, Kraken, and Wild Arctic – and early entry to each of our most popular shows – Believe (killer whale show), Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island (sea lion show), Blue Horizons (whale and dolphin show), Pets Ahoy at Seaport Theater, Shamu Rocks (nighttime killer whale show), and Sea Lions Tonight (nighttime sea lion show).

Also, guests can choose an extra ride – still getting the express entrance - on their choice of either Kraken, Journey to Atlantis or Wild Arctic.

As a bonus, Quick Queue holders can choose fast and free admission to one of the following – the Sky Tower, Xtreme Zone (rock climbing and bungee) or Paddle Boats.

A limited number of passes are sold each day, making sure Quick Queue stays a special experience.

Price is $29.95 per person (tax not included). Quick Queue is sold only at the park.

The test runs through Sept. 1.

From Gareth H
Posted August 23, 2008 at 6:21 AM
I was just about the blog this but you beat me to it once again ;)

Yep, Interesting stuff, I just purchased my Platinum Pass online with one feature being the preferred seating at shows and re-ride. Hopefully this won't change that.

Will be going to SeaWorld for a couple of hours tonight so I will check out any new queues that may be in place.

From Gareth H
Posted August 24, 2008 at 6:18 AM
If this works they will need some major tweaking.
I went, and took a look at the signs. They are cheap standalone signs that point you in the direction of the entrance/ There is one specific entrance for each ride/show. Not the best at shows as there are normally many entrances (Example, Shamu) and you go to one far end for the line.
Shamu didn't have any set seating for the Quick Queue guests either (The same way Platinum Pass priority seating didn't exist at Shamu rocks). All I can guess is that they let you in first and you can select the seat you want before the millions rush in.

There really isn't anything else on this to add, except that this may have been the worst tims of year to launch it. The Americans have gone back to school and the Brits just don't buy "Fast" passes. I didn't see anyone using one...

From quinn day
Posted February 3, 2009 at 2:06 PM
I really don't see this being a huge seller and i agree, there couldn't be a worse time to try to release it. I guess they are feeling the crunch and need to try to do whatever they can to attract biz and revenue.

Q. Day
Hilton Hotel Orlando

From Adrienne McDonald
Posted February 10, 2009 at 4:56 PM
They had this (or something like it) at Seaworld SA which included the same, early ride times w/one re-ride of your choice (on the list) & included seating for shows. We only made it to the Believe show so we don't really know about the others but we just went on in & sat where we wanted, no one was checking for passes of that nature & although the ride lines weren't really crowded, we still got them & as always, worth every penny! ;)

From Rob P
Posted February 12, 2009 at 3:54 AM
I think Gareth's right. I'm a regular British visitor and have never bought a fast pass at any Park. ( I know there's that option at Universal).

We normally stay onsite at Universal so you get fast pass access with your room key anyway. At Disney the system works fine for us. There's so much to do in between that it doesn't have be instant access.So having a designated return time is great.

So I'll be interested to see what develops at SeaWorld. They should introduce a free fast pass system for the rides and limited number priority seating for a couple of the shows but charging $30 is a bit steep and possibly unrealistic during an economic downturn.

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