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blackjackdelta
06-23-2006, 03:51 PM
Anyone have had a VIP experience at USH. I know it is expensive, but like the Fantasmic balcony experience, you only go around once. What are your opinions and any suggestions.

Jack pirate:

heidimn
06-24-2006, 10:47 PM
Not sure about the VIP - but the Front of the line is great - can get through the park and not wait around, in much better time. We liked it so well we are using it again next Sunday.

DCA_MillionaireFreak
06-24-2006, 10:52 PM
Front Of The Line is essential guys, I wouldn't do USH without it.

blackjackdelta
06-25-2006, 12:17 PM
The VIP has FOTL and your own private tour of the studio, prop rooms, the sets ie crossing jordan , war of the world, Desp Housewives, etc. From what I was told the whole exp last about 6 hours including behind the scenes at the shows. Was just looking for opinions. Would never do USH, especially on a weekend without FOTL.

Thanks,

Jack pirate:

Hambletfamily
06-26-2006, 03:40 PM
We went to USH in 2003 and didn't do FOTL or VIP - but in 2005 we did VIP and had a blast. You get to See all the backstage stuff, a TV show Set - We saw the show Crossing Jordan, you get to walk around and view other things. Don't want to spoil too much because It's pretty cool. Then you get to ride the rides- You don't have to wait in line because your group goes first. Nice!When you done the park isn't closed so you can ride the rides again and you are a VIP and they treat you like that. VIP!!!!!!!! You get a special lanyard keepsake and we got a free upgrade - the VIP passs was good for they whole year. Great if you live near by or can go twice in the same year. We took our 3 teenagers and they loved it. If we did it again this is the only way we will go. Have fun! :banana:

blackjackdelta
06-29-2006, 09:50 PM
Thanks for the replies, made the ressie..I like their cancelleation policy, very fair.

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simba_one
06-30-2006, 12:53 PM
Hey blackjackdelta,

We FINALLY made our reservations too. It all seems so real now. I'm so excited. When you going? Hopefully before us so you can give us an idea of what it's like. :rotfl: There'll finally be a couple of first-hand experiences with the USH VIP Experience at The DIS when we've both been!! :thumbsup2

blackjackdelta
06-30-2006, 05:42 PM
We will be at USH on August 19th...it will be fun. Did you ever get the schedule on DH?

Jack pirate:

simba_one
07-02-2006, 04:14 AM
Ahh, we'll miss you by 10 days. We'll be there on August 9 - my birthday. I never got the schedule, no. I asked the guy I spoke to on the phone at the VIP office and he said that it really is a chance thing. If they're not using it, someone else might be so it really is unpredictable. Best thing to do is just hope for the best and mention it to your tour guide when you arrive and if they can, they'll do their best to accomodate you.

I was taken back when the tickets arrived. All swish in that glittery elvelope. I hope that's a sign of things to come with the tour!! :thumbsup2

blackjackdelta
07-02-2006, 11:59 AM
My birthday is Aug 20th. We made the ressies but will not be getting tickets..we just have to check in with a voucher and then pick up the VIP stuff. Ought to be fun..

Jack pirate:

simba_one
07-02-2006, 01:41 PM
We're both Leo's Does the 20th make you a Leo? I'm bad with starsigns except for my own. :confused3

Ahh, the tickets are really nice. Well, the tickets themselves are nothing that special but the envelope they came in and the VIP headed letter we got with them in the FedEx envelope is really nice. I'd scan them and show you but you probably won't even see the shiny bits. Hell, I'll do it anyway. :)

blackjackdelta
07-02-2006, 08:43 PM
I will be having my 60th birthday at DLR. You know, I still feel like I am 30 at the most. I get back from Iraq on about the 4th of August and leave for SoCal on the 13th. 1300 mile drive from the home town. Yes I am a Leo..probably more than I should be. 42 days.

Jack pirate:

simba_one
07-04-2006, 04:39 AM
We're both typical Leo's then... like to be extravagant. :goodvibes It was a toss up between Universal, Disney or Warner Bros. for me. I had my birthday at Warner Bros. in 2004 and I've spent so many birthdays at WDW and DLRP that I thought it'd be nice to do Universal on my b'day for once.

Your tour is the day we leave. :( I hope you have a good one!! :thumbsup2

I scanned the tickets for a friend so thought I might as well post them here too just incase you was interested.

Letter:
http://img82.imageshack.us/img82/854/ushvip14fg.jpg

Ticket (front):
http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/7084/ushvip29oz.jpg

Ticket (back):
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/5351/ushvip30aq.jpg

Envelope:
http://img210.imageshack.us/img210/1519/ushvip45kr.jpg

Snazzy huh?? Hope it's a sign of what we can be expecting from the tour itself! ;)

*EDIT*
Something I just remembered too... the prop warehouse is only available Monday through Friday (you can read it at the very bottom of the ticket - kinda small but it's there) so I guess you'll get to something we won't considering you're going on a Saturday?

edge0329
07-04-2006, 10:15 PM
We were thinking about doing the VIP Experience on our trip down in September. Looks like a fantastic opportunity. We only have 1 day scheduled for USH and the tour looks like it is about a 6 hour experience. The park is open from 10-6 when we thought about going - does that leave enough time to experience the rest of USH? Any thoughts would be appreciated! :wave2:

simba_one
07-05-2006, 04:23 AM
We were thinking about doing the VIP Experience on our trip down in September. Looks like a fantastic opportunity. We only have 1 day scheduled for USH and the tour looks like it is about a 6 hour experience. The park is open from 10-6 when we thought about going - does that leave enough time to experience the rest of USH? Any thoughts would be appreciated! :wave2:
I'd say you be pushing it and cutting it EXTREMELY close (considering 6 hours of your day would already have been spoken for) but with your front-of-line pass, you'll be able to do all the rides. IMO you can cut out all the shows except Waterworld (and maybe Animal Planet if you have kids?) so that'll save you time. I'd say do everything on the lower lot except for maybe the special effects stages as they are a little tedious.

You'd HAVE to do the earliest tour of the day though to make the most of everything... 10AM. :thumbsup2

blackjackdelta
07-05-2006, 11:08 AM
Simba one - thanks for the scans, all we have to do is check in, since we made the ressie's over the phone.
Edge0329- I also think you would be cutting the timing pretty close. We did FOTL last year and had a fair amount of time to do anything we wanted to, but the park had longer hours.
Alot also depends on your group size. There are 6 of us and we have to try and cater to everyones needs. We did book the 10 AM tour.

Good luck and have fun,

Jack pirate:

edge0329
07-05-2006, 10:07 PM
Thanks Simba one and blackjackdelta for your responses - looks like we may just need to for an excuse to head down there when the park has longer hours.

blackjackdelta
07-05-2006, 11:10 PM
Just another note: GF talked to USH VIP and the prop warehouse is open on the weekends...she said there is alot of old stuff being published.

Jack pirate:

Hambletfamily
07-07-2006, 08:29 PM
When we did the VIP Experience in Feb 2005 we saw all the shows except Animal Planet because we were behind. The tour gets you into the shows and the rides. They were open until 6pm when we went during the week and we were still able to catch a few rides after the tour.

goldmickey
07-12-2006, 11:19 AM
For anyone who is trying to decide whether or not to do the VIP tour. . . do it!! I know it seems expensive, but it is great!! Our family of 4 just did it on 6/29 and loved it. I debated for months about spending the money on it. I finally decided to just go for it and was very glad I did. We got so much out of it that we never felt like it was a waste of money at all.

From the start everyone else in the park is looking at you as if you must be someone famous to be getting such special treatment. Our tour guide was Eric and he was very good. You start out with a great backstage tour of things that only VIPs get to see. After that he took us to the upper level to have lunch at Mel's. They had just started doing a special fast lunch for VIPs. You go through a seperate line and place your order (25% discount for food and merchandise w/VIP). Eric saved tables outside for us. We went and sat down and our food was brought to us. This was a great perk because the regular lines were very long. After lunch we were guided to all the rides will no wait. We also attended the Waterworld show in the VIP area.

Our tour started at 10 and we ended about 5. The park was open until 8 that day so we stayed and rode many rides over and over again with no wait at all. We also were given a voucher for an annual pass. Eric did give us time to redem them if we wanted to. We decided not to as we have no plans to be in CA over the next year. We were told if we changed our minds we could turn them in still over the next year.

Again this was a big splurge, but so worth it. My DS turned 20 on 6/25 and my DD 17 just graduated from HS so this was a celebration/vacation for us. I am the big vacation planner like everyone else on the DIS boards. My family thought I was great for finding this tour and making them feel like true VIPs for the day!! I hope this helps anyone out there who is planning their trip and trying to decide if this tour is right for them. :)

blackjackdelta
07-12-2006, 01:21 PM
[QUOTE=goldmickey]For anyone who is trying to decide whether or not to do the VIP tour. . . do it!! I know it seems expensive, but it is great!! Our family of 4 just did it on 6/29 and loved it. I debated for months about spending the money on it. I finally decided to just go for it and was very glad I did. We got so much out of it that we never felt like it was a waste of money at all.

Thanks, this is just what I was looking for. Kids are 20,17,15,13 and it looks like yours really enjoyed themselves. Did you get the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the SFX or Backdraft shows??? Any other special places that you thought were more interesting than not.?

Thanks again,

Jack pirate:

isyt
07-13-2006, 10:31 AM
I would love to do this VIP tour since I have only 1 day at USH but my son is not old enpugh. Does anyone know if I can get a fotl pass if I have the city pass tickets? I would still love to at least do that for this trip!!!

goldmickey
07-13-2006, 03:21 PM
blackjackdelta, We did visit Backdraft, but not on the tour. We were able to use our VIP to get front of the line for it though. They have a seperate waiting area for FOTL and we were let in before the regular line. We didn't do the Special Effects because my family didn't feel like it. We decided to ride The Mummy and JP repeatedly instead! We really enjoyed everything that we did that day. We have been to Universal in Orlando many times and it was nice to have some things the same along with many things that were new, especially a real working studio. I think that was a big highlight for my kids being 20 and almost 18. Of course they loved the rides too, but a real studio was pretty exciting! We were in So Cal for 12 days and did many things besides this, including Disney, Newport Beach, Santa Monica, touring Hollywood, San Diego, etc. If you are looking for any other ideas for your family, I would be happy to share our trip highlights with you :sunny:

Claire L
07-13-2006, 03:46 PM
We did this tour in 2003 and it is excellent. For the backstage tour you get your own tram for the group which can be up to about 15 people, and it will be able to stop unlike the general tram ride :teeth: So we saw alot of things we wouldn't of normally seen and got FOTL which really was FOTL as the guide makes sure if it :)

Claire ;)

blackjackdelta
07-13-2006, 07:11 PM
I would love to do this VIP tour since I have only 1 day at USH but my son is not old enpugh. Does anyone know if I can get a fotl pass if I have the city pass tickets? I would still love to at least do that for this trip!!!
I would call USH CS and ask, too many people have speculative opinions.

Jack pirate:

simba_one
07-15-2006, 04:28 AM
Wow!! Thanks for your fantastic info. on the VIP Tour. Like you, we were hesitant at first but decided to just go for it. It's something I have ALWAYS wanted to do and I'll turn 20 the day of our tour so that should make it even more special. We're excited already but reading that post has just pushed me over the edge!! :rotfl: I remember looking at the VIP people back in 2004 (we knew who they were 'coz we were thinking of doing it then - never did though) and being amazed at just how well they were treated.

No doubt it'll be a great day!!! Thanks again for your delightful little report. :thumbsup2 Sounds like you and your family had a day to remember. :goodvibes

isyt
07-17-2006, 05:58 PM
I would call USH CS and ask, too many people have speculative opinions.

Jack pirate:


Thanks I finally called today and you can not upgrade your pass but buy a seperate fotl pass for $39, fyi if anyone wanted to know!!!

blackjackdelta
07-18-2006, 11:20 PM
Thanks for the info.

Jack pirate: