Is it worth all that money?
You could always figure out the level of celebrity by their entrance to the ride, like if they just used unlimited fast passes, came through the wheelchair-accessible line, or very rarely if they closed down one side.
When Jimmy Carter came through with his family we shut down one half so they could ride on the train alone. A kid in line saw that the train was basically empty and was clearly upset as his mom said “That’s Jimmy Carter!” Kid yells “Who the F**K is Jimmy Carter?!”
Jimmy Carter salutes the kid, and we dispatched the train so fast. (roux_smalls)
Big UK theme park based on bricks. Most celebs get the usual best line skipping products, free stuff, backstage tours. However, we also had someone visit who was royalty from a very oil rich country, so money-no-object-type deal. The team I worked in had to run around with radios ahead of his family plus 20 strong entourage, trying not to be seen, to predict his movements.
When they arrived at a ride, we’d clear out the exit line of plebeians, and let them all waltz in and go straight on. Rumor was, for this service, was a five figure sum. They didn’t want to speak to, or even be near staff so everything went through their minders. That’s all the antics I was involved in, but I’m sure there was more as they all stayed in the hotel on site. (benhina)
Following the Rules
Work at Sesame Place, in a suburb outside of Philadelphia, specifically in the Rides department. Every theme park has those “cut the line” passes. Cost maybe like $29 for unlimited uses. When you buy that pass, they explicitly say “You may have to wait one or two ride cycles.” Oh these parents couldn’t care less about those rules.
Since I’m one of the supervisors, I get to deal with all of those complaints. Three best entitlement stories are someone trying to use it after we closed all of the rides. She made her child cry to try and get on. That was a fun one to say no to. Another one was a dad who let a child spit on my shoe for saying they had to wait a ride since that one was full.
Final one was a parent WHO HOPPED THE FENCE WHILE THE RIDE WAS RUNNING because he didn’t want to wait and one of the cars was open on this ride. Not to mention the countless dads who have threatened to punch me in the face for making them follow the rules. (practicallybert)