Get Your U-Bot: Universal Offers a New Ride Reservation system

Universal Orlando is testing a new ride reservation system at Islands of Adventure, but it might be best to bring along an Universal interpreter (and extra money) if you want to save a seat for the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.

“Team Members” will be located near the exit to Islands of Adventure to pitch the new system, which comes in two flavors, one for $39.99 and another for $49.99. Oh, and it comes with a “U-Bot,” which is an interactive pager programmed with the appropriate package.

We’ll let Aaron DelPrince of DISUnplugged blog explain the process.

The premise of the system is to allow guests to purchase a ride reservation packages, which will allow them enter an attraction through the Express Line. There are currently 2 ride reservation packages to purchase.  The first is $39.99 plus tax per person. This package allows you to make one reservation for each Express Pass attraction. Once you’ve cycled through these attractions you can no longer make any more ride reservations.

The second package is $49.99 plus tax per person. This ride reservation package allows you to make multiple reservations on Express Line attractions throughout the day.  It’s an unlimited reservation package.

When you purchase a ride reservation package you are given an interactive pager called a U-Bot. It has a key ring on it in case you want to hook it to your belt loop or key chain. When you make your purchase the Team Member programs your U-Bot with the appropriate package. As you go through Islands of Adventure it’s up to you to make your ride reservations. Once you’ve made your reservations you will be told when to return. The return time will be around the length of time you would have waited in the stand-by line.  For example, if you made a ride reservation with your U-Bot for the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman at 2:00PM and the stand-by wait time was 60 minutes the U-Bot would tell you to return to the attraction at 3:00PM for your ride time.  At 3:00PM you would be able to enter the attraction through the Express Pass queue.  You must show your U-Bot to the Team Member at the ride entrance so they can allow you into the Express Line queue. Currently, a refundable deposit is required for each U-Bot you are assigned.  Up to six guests can share one U-Bot to make ride reservations.

DelPrince says the timing of the experiment coincides with Walt Disney World’s X-Pass experiment, which selects guest at random. Apparently there hasn’t been much publicity about the system since he came across in leaving the park, while stopping to take a photo.

Would you spend the extra money to reserve your rides?




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