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.