Early last summer, I wrote my about trip to Universal Studios.  If you are planning an upcoming visit, you can check out some of these older posts:

I made it clear that the Universal Express Pass (which grants you front-of the line access to rides and attractions) is worth it, especially if you stay at an on-site hotel.

Perk of the Universal Express Pass

There is a unique experience I hadn’t gotten to writing about, until now.  The Universal Express Pass also works on certain shows, including the Universal Orlando’s Horror Make-Up Show.

I don’t like horror films and they really make me cringe.  My sister, on the other hand, very much wanted to watch the live show.  I finally relented after …no shortage of guilt tripping involved.  We waited in the Express line, but I didn’t think it made any difference. It didn’t appear to be a packed show and the theater opens at the same time for everyone.

Apparently, there is a difference.  I quickly found out that Express Pass holders are led into the front row seats.  This is where things got interesting.  Given the way the seating is organized, the host can most conveniently pick volunteers from the front row.

Participating as a Volunteer

I don’t like to be in the center of attention so I didn’t volunteer. The joke was on us though, as the one of the hosts was intentionally looking to pick on non-volunteers.   And guess what?  My dear Mom, sitting next to me, was chosen.  She didn’t want to participate (she had her reasons), yet the host insisted upon it in a “I’m going to encourage you to change your mind by putting you on the spot” kind of way.

I could tell my Mom was getting upset about the whole thing.  Neither one is backing off.

Thinking quickly on my feet, I asked if I could volunteer in her place instead.   Luckily, the host readily agreed.  While I don’t like being in the center of attention, being on a stage doesn’t (usually) make me nervous.  It ended up being a comedic act.  I won’t go into the details to not ruin it for others who haven’t seen the show yet.  And of course, I got pulled back up onstage for the encore.

As we left the show, it was a little weird getting recognized by other guests on a first-name basis.  “Oh hey, it’s you (my nickname)!”  All in good fun, and it was quite memorable.

Major Tip:

If you happen to be one of those people who love to volunteer at a show, the Express Pass gives you the best chance for it at this show.  Conversely, you might want to skip the Express lane if you don’t want to be picked on. .

I ended up getting a kick out of it, but my sister knows she owes me one.  Big time.