On the last page of the September 10, 2007, issue of Time, there is an essay by Steve Rushin about rich people avoiding lines. In paragraph 4, he wrote,
"At amusement parks, too, you can now buy your way out of line. . .[6 Flags & Universal examples omitted]
. . .WDW, where haves get to watch the have-mores breeze past on their way to their seats, as if Space Mountain were Spago."
This makes WDW's Fastpass seem like the VIP front-of-the-line passes for sale at Universal and (according to the unreliable Rushin) Six Flags New England.
That's a pretty serious erroneous dis against America's most popular theme park, and he got it wrong in one of America's most popular & prestigious magazines.
I believe that at Disneyland the VIP tours skip lines
and that some "have-mores" avoid waiting for parades and Fantasmic with VIP seating.
(Is that the same at WDW?)
But I thought that the only other way to avoid lines was by using Fastpass--not $$$$.
If I believed Time/Rushin (that rich people could walk right past me in line all day when Walt Disney World was crowded) I would be less likely to travel there. I seek out flights on Midwest, JetBlue, and SW airlines because their one-class policy makes me feel like I'm getting their best service. I don't want to feel like I'm stuck in coach in Walt Disney World's parks. Hotels, sure, but not in the parks. (Disney should note that JetBlue, MW, & SW outperform American and NW in customer satisfaction, and that--in the long run--customer satisfaction is rather important.)