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What Are Front of the Line Passes? | Easily Explained

Any time that you visit a theme park, you'll see some visitors that are able to quickly get to the front of the line.

In this page, we will explain what front of the line passes are, how they work, when to get them, and which theme parks offer them.

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What Are Front of the Line Passes?

Waiting in line can be one of the most time consuming parts of your visit, but it doesn't have to be.

A Front of the Line pass provides visitors access to a separate and quicker line for the most popular rides of the theme park at an additional cost.

universal express pass

Depending on the theme park, the entrance will either lead to a different line, or allow you to cut to the front of the regular line.

You can purchase front of the line passes directly from the theme park's website.

After you've purchased a Front of the Line pass, you'll receive either a wristband, a separate pass, or a mobile pass that will signal to the park staff that have purchased the pass.

When to Get a Front of the Line Pass

If you're only visiting the park for one day, and the only time that you can go is on the weekend (when the park is most busy), so you'd like to maximize your time.

Or, if you just hate waiting in lines in general. 

You'll be able to save time and experience the park without dealing with having to wait in any lines.

One of the few unavoidable downsides of visiting a theme park, is having to wait in lines.

The most popular attractions will typically have a line that you will have to wait in, but you can bypass this with a Front of the Line Pass.

long lines at theme parks

When to Not Get a Front of the Line Pass

When you're able to visit the park during the weekday, the park is normally less busy, which means less lines.

If this is the case, you won't need a Front of the Line pass, as it may not be the best investment if the lines are already short.

What Theme Parks Have Front of the Line Passes?

Almost every major theme park has their own version of a front of the line pass, as wait times for their most popular rides can reach several hours.

Smaller theme parks typically do not offer these passes, as the wait times are usually under 30 minutes.

Disney World Resort & Disneyland

Lightning Lane is an upgrade that costs $15 that allows riders to skip the regular line and access to the 'Lightning Lane' entrance.

This is essentially the new fast pass.

Lightning Lane selections must be made on the same day of your visit and can be used across several theme parks, which is extremely convenient for those with the Park Hopper options.

disneyland rides

SeaWorld & Aquatica & Busch Gardens Parks

Quick Queue is known as SeaWorld, Aquatica & Busch Garden's fast pass system.

SeaWorld Quick Queue

Aquatica Quick Queue

You can receive a wristband or you can also have it on your mobile device as a Quick Queue eticket.

Most Quick Queue lines actually bring you right next to the rider loading station, which is a nice perk as there's much less walking (and waiting).

Cedar Fair Parks

Cedar Fair parks feature Fast Lane passes as their front of the line system.

Knott's Berry Farm Fast Lane

Dorney Park Fast Lane

Cedar Point Fast Lane

Kings Dominion Fast Lane

Kings Island Fast Lane

Carowinds Fast Lane

Valleyfair Fast Lane

Worlds of Fun Fast Lane

Michigan's Adventure Fast Lane

Legoland California Resort

Legoland's Reserve and Ride program allows you to reserve a ride at a certain time slot, and then use a separate and faster line to get to your ride when it's your time to ride.

This feature requires guests to download the LEGOLAND Resort app in order to make a reservation.

legoland resort app reservation

Universal Studios

Universal features the Universal Express pass as their fast pass system.

Six Flags

A Six Flags Flash Pass provides visitors access to a separate and quicker line for the most popular rides.

flash pass entrance

An employee will scan the Flash Pass to confirm your reservation, and then you can enjoy your ride with little to no wait time.

Elitch Gardens

Rapid Ride is Elitch Garden's fast pass system.

rapid ride elitch gardens

The Rapid Ride Pass is valid during your one day of visiting.

Sesame Place

Sesame Place offers a Magic Queue pass as their fast pass.

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