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Old 05-26-2008, 08:31 PM   #1
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Busch Gardens Africa introduces Quick Queue

I was at BGA yesterday and they were selling Quick Queue passes, BGA's version of Fastpass and Universal Express. It costs $24.95 and $19.95 for passholders. It gives you express access to Sheikra, Kumba, Montu, Gwazi Lion, Gwazi Tiger, Rhino Rally, and Congo River Rapids.

In most rides, you have a special Quick Queue entrance (much like Fastpass). At Montu, it looks like they blocked off row 2 for Quick Queue. The ride ops will still fill empty seats in row 2 from the regular line. Rhino Rally, Congo River Rapids, and Sheikra had a special line for Quick Queue. I didn't see any rows blocked off on Kumba and I'm not sure how they load Quick Queue for it. I didn't ride Gwazi to check out the Quick Queue access. I haven't seen Quick Queue make the regular wait longer, as not too many people were using it. Besides, Kumba, Montu, and Rhino Rally had less than 5 minute waits when I rode. Sheikra had a 20 minute wait. You might have used Quick Queue for that, but the wait wasn't too bad.

From what I've heard, it is currently in test mode. With the busy season coming up, it might be a worthy investment to buy the Quick Queue passes. Still, $25 to me is lunch and souvenirs. I think $25 is better invested in food and drinks. However, since the busy period is around the corner, I can see the park getting a lot of sales with Quick Queue.

Quick Queue is available for purchase at any Admissions window or the Desert Grill information booth.
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That will be a great benefit for passholders who want to squeeze even more out of their frequent visits. I'm not sure if "day guests" will be too interested in paying an extra $25 for a Quick Queue, though.
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Thanks for the heads up about this.
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Wow! thats $100 for a family of 4, for 1 day. I really don't agree with the trend for the parks to be selling the fast pass option. Next thing WDW will be too. It's just not right. But that's just MHO!!
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Wow! thats $100 for a family of 4, for 1 day. I really don't agree with the trend for the parks to be selling the fast pass option. Next thing WDW will be too. It's just not right. But that's just MHO!!
Only a matter of time before Disney does it too.
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Me neither. We spend enough money just to take the vacation. That's adding insult to injury IMO. You paid x amount of dollars. Now spend more and you don't have to wait in lines. Gee, if I had that kind of money, I wouldn't be staying in the cheapest hotel I can.
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Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg just started testing the Quick Queue passes recently as well.

We went up this past Sunday and got a flyer about it as we came through the parking toll booths. They have the same pricing of $24.95 for day guests/$19.95 for pass holders.

As passholders, we would rather have a season pass of sorts where we could pay an additional amount for the length of our park season passes . . . much like Universal's Front of the Line pass they offer with their annual passes.

$20 per person per time we visit (which can only be between mid-March and earl September, as that is the only time of year the park is open) is pretty spendy!
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Maybe we should start a boycott of buying fast passes!! Maybe if we didn't buy them they'd stop selling them & go back to the old way.
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I cant Sue!!! I would rather pay than wait in lines!
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When are you going? I'm interested to hear how things worked out for you. We are leaving Aug 4 for Florida, but not getting to orlando until Aug 18. Universal/Seaworld/Aquatica. After our 1 night at HRR, and our 2 days of the Univ. guest express pass, we weren't going to buy the "pay for" passes for the other 2 days. The plan is to see each park with the Express pass from the hotel, then the other 2 days alotted to Univ. parks just do our favs. We're also going to Seaworld 2 days & Aquatica for 1, or visa versa.
So I would be interested to know if you thought buying the pass worked well.
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