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News Summary: VIP theme park tours eliminate waits

The Associated Press

RED CARPET: Disney, Universal, Six Flags and regional theme parks now offer VIP tours with perks like private tour guides, no waits for the biggest attractions, reserved seating and behind-the-scenes peeks at off-limits places.

PRICEY TICKETS: The tours are expensive, but skipping lines can mean seeing everything in a day, which can save an extra night or two at a hotel. The tours appeal to people on a budget and those limited by time.

GROWING TREND: The money generated is small but growing. Parks are designing new rides with special entrances, so ordinary ticketholders won't notice when they are bypassed.