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If there's one thing Mom and I love, it's vacation. However, since COVID fell upon the country like an invisible tsunami, we've been staying home instead of traveling, unwilling to pay the same money for slashed amenities and service while having to wear masks. To us, it's not worth it, a lesson hard learned when we went to Disney during COVID. That said, when theme parks in our area dropped their mask mandates, we were all in and ready to go. For one of our first forays out since late 2019 (aside from Disney) we hit up Seaworld in San Antonio and we spent the money on Quick Queue to see how much it added to our experience. (read more)
HOW MUCH IS SEAWORLD QUICK QUEUE?
I'm going to take you through the process just in case you aren't sure how it works.
I purchased the Seaworld tickets for Mom and I, so I handled everything with Quick Queue. It's quite simple to log into the Seaworld website (make sure you pick the right park so you don't end up with tickets to Orlando or another city) and add your tickets to your cart.
Seaworld (like many theme parks now) sells tickets based on the date. You can buy an open ended ticket, but they cost more, so if it's better if you know the date you want to go. I'm not even sure you can purchase Seaworld San Antonio Quick Queue without selecting a specific date, unlike a general admission ticket.
Purchase your ticket and then it should direct you (below your purchase) to addons you can purchase. These addons will include things like all day dining, shark experiences, dolphin encounters, and of course Quick Queue.
The prices start at $19.99 and go up from there, but you're generally not going to find the $19.99 price unless you travel in the off season. Even with us, homeschooling since before the pandemic made it a normal thing, our off season travels aren't quite off season enough, so we paid $24.99 per person.
This is in addition to the park ticket price, which for us was $69.99 per person.
That's a total of $94.98 per person.
Once you've completed the order online you can print your tickets and carry them with you to the park.
One question I've gotten a lot is "Can you buy quick queue at seaworld?" The answer is yes. You can buy park tickets and Quick Queue passes at the park when you arrive. There are kiosks at the front and lots of people to help. The only thing I'd say is that, if you're going during a busy period (holidays or during summer vacation), the number of tickets and Quick Queue passes sold will be limited and could sell out before you get there. So, if you are going at peak time, I recommend purchasing online, in advance.
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HOW DOES QUICK QUEUE WORK AT SEAWORLD?
Since I was so used to going to Disney and using their Fast Pass system I hadn't had a lot of experience with other forms of the same thing. We had been to Seaworld Orlando a couple of times, but normally just for a single day visit in between hitting all the Disney parks.
When we went to Disneyland in California we didn't go to Seaworld at all, instead opting for Knott's Berry Farm, who had their own version.
We quickly realized that they are all very similar, and also all a little bit different.
The first thing to know is that you will need to have your Quick Queue pass printed out and on your person at all times. This is different that Disney World where your Fast Pass is loaded into your Magic Band.
Your Quick Queue paper will have a barcode on it and you will need to show that to the line attendants so they can scan it. Often times the scanner machines will be down though, so you'll need to be able to quickly show them the printed pass with the date clearly visible.
I recommend grabbing a lanyard with a clear laminate card holder. It's easy enough to fold your Quick Queue paper and slip it inside the holder so you can just flash that lanyard whenever you need to, and you can tuck it into your shirt on the wilder rides.
We used something like this, cheap and simple.
I highly recommend going the "wear it on the neck" route simply because there are a few rides where you will not even be allowed in line if you have any bags on your person at all. So, while I was walking around with my lanyard looped through my fanny pack (yes, I wear one, it's simple, if not fashionable), I had to take it off and put it around my neck for these rides. This isn't a huge deal unless you forget that you have it on your bag, rent a locker, stuff all of it in, get in line, and then realize that you don't have your Quick Queue on you.
After doing that once I started wearing it on my neck, period.
If you need a fanny pack recommendation let me offer the advice that you get one with a built in water bottle holder, it helps a lot! You've got to stay hydrated in the parks, so don't skip keeping a bottle of water on you at all times. The last thing you want is heat exhaustion ruining your day.
Once you've scanned your Quick Queue pass at the Quick Queue entrance (we'll talk more about this later) the attendant will let you in and direct you to sit wherever you want. It's not at all like Disney where they assign you places. So if you want the very front or the very back, have at it.
Time to find the line!
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QUICK QUEUE PASS SEAWORLD SAN ANTONIO