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  1. That’s cool that you seem to be a fan of Wendover Productions, they’re a really solid channel

  2. RE: elite status and fast pass. Of course these exist, even at the DMV, they’re just unpublished. You think top execs and Hollywood A-listers are taking a number, waiting in line, then being unceremoniously sent home because their proof of whatever document wasn’t notarized? Public figures — or, really, anyone with the means — go through back channels to get what they want with no commingling with the schmucks (staff or patrons).

    If a billionaire wants to visit a national park and is spotted by paparazzi in the line of vehicles waiting to enter, it’s staged for PR reasons – “look, billionaires are just like us” – when in fact, the 10 vehicles ahead of and behind him are undercover private security.

    Otherwise, a billionaire who wants to visit a national park is already choosing the Instagram filter for his selfie before any normal folk find the keys to their car.

  3. When we were at the Grand Canyon c.2013, there actually was a fast pass lane at the Tusayan South Rim entrance station for people who had a National Parks annual or lifetime pass. We had our America the Beautiful pass and I remember making a joke then about how that made us NP Elites.

  4. Rocky Mountain National Park has a fastpass entrance. While the main entrance in Estes Park consistently has lines to enter, the Grand Lake entrance was pretty empty yesterday. And Grand Lake is much more enjoyable to drive through than Estes Park. And you can even explore a resort from the 1920s on that side of the park as well.

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