Early last summer, I wrote my about trip to Universal Studios. If you are planning an upcoming visit, you can check out some of these older posts:
- Can You Do Universal Studios and Island of Adventures in Just One Day?
- Is the Universal Express Pass Worth It?
- Hotel Review: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel (On-Site Hotel at Universal Studios)
- Visiting Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Seeking Reader Tips and Advice
I made it clear that the Universal Express Pass (which grants you front-of the line access to rides and attractions) is worth it, especially if you stay at an on-site hotel.
One Little Perk of the Universal Express Pass
There is a unique experience I hadn’t gotten to writing about, until now. The Universal Express Pass also works on certain shows, including the Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show.
Horror films make me cringe. My sister really wanted to watch the live show, and I finally relented after …no shortage of guilt tripping involved. We waited in the Express line, but I didn’t think it made any difference. It didn’t appear to be a packed show and the theater opens at the same time for everyone.
Apparently, there is a difference. I quickly found out that Express Pass holders are led into the front row seats. This is where things got interesting. With the way the seating is organized, the host can most easily pick ‘volunteers’ from the front row. My family and I didn’t volunteer but the joke was on us. One of the hosts was intentionally looking for non-volunteers to participate. My dear Mom was chosen. She didn’t want to participate (she had her reasons), yet the host insisted upon it in a “I’m going to encourage you to change your mind by putting you on the spot” kind of way.
Thinking quickly on my feet, I asked if I could volunteer in her place instead. The host agreed. Being on a stage doesn’t make me nervous, and I could be a good sport. I was able to laugh through the wackiness and the comedic acts.
If you are into volunteering at shows, this is one perk you don’t want to miss. Conversely, if you don’t like to be chosen as a volunteer at a show, skip the Express lane.
While it was quite a memorable experience and I ended up getting a kick out of it, my sister knows she owes me one. Big time.
Source: Travel Gadget Reviews