Yesterday, Ryan and I decided to bail on cleaning the apartment. We hightailed it to Universal Studios for the day. Before we left, we bought Annual Passes because it was only $5 more per ticket! We printed out our ticket vouchers and headed to the looong parking line on the hill.
After waiting in line to park for about 45 minutes, we finally made it through the ode to capitalistic America that is Universal City Walk and we arrived at the Universal Studios Hollywood Gate. Over to the left, past Group Sales, sat the Annual Pass Center, and another line.
At the Annual Pass Center, they handed us two lanyards. Encased within were cards which read “All Access Pass.” These were our golden tickets.
We headed immediately to The Simpsons Ride. About to get into line, Ryan was hailed from behind, “Hey you in the green shirt! Yeah you!” This “Cast Member” had caught a glimpse of Ryan’s “All Access Pass.” He queried, “Where are you guys gettin’ all these passes?! You’re supposed to go down here.” He directed us down the “Front of the Line” passholders path. We waited for a total of five minutes. The Simpsons Ride is foundationally, fundementally, and freakishly awesome by the way.
But we wondered, what have we around our necks? We didn’t intend to purchase “Front of the Line” annual passes. Did we? We headed to another ride and waited in line there. Then at another ride, we were invited to the front of the line. And again it happened. And again! We walked right onto the Mummy roller coaster when it had a 30 minute wait time. This is good because the Mummy roller coaster is supremely wretched. If you have an opportunity to ride it, pass. Go ride The Simpsons Ride again instead.
In the middle of the day, we were so confused about our Annual Passes that we stopped at an Info Booth and asked about them. Nope! We were right. We’d purchased simple Annual Passes – no “Front of the Line” privilages except for the Studio Tour.
But as continued throughout the park, people kept ushering us to the front of the line! Ah well. We enjoyed a line-free efficient, entertaining friendly day at the theme park because of a few confused college students and wanna-be actors. Perhaps when we return to ride The Simpsons Ride again and finally see WaterWorld, we’ll be treated once again as the plebeians we are.
On a specific note, I sat mezmerized through the Terminator 2 3D show for the first time. Very fun!