4 months ago, ACautionaryTale
Spooky: Guaranteed to torture you for hours!
I made the simple mistake of wanting to to go to USJ with my spouse during their Halloween event and attempting to give them hundreds of dollars of my hard earned cash. Little did I know that this would be the scariest Halloween experience ever! Simply trying to purchase tickets was a nightmare. Originally I tried to buy on their website (Firefox) but whenever I tried to pay, the screen would refresh until it turned black. I looked online and found so many others expressing all the forms of grief over this very problem. Like a cult trying to troubleshoot a demonic summoning, these hapless ancestors managed to cobble together a winning solution: download the app, use Apple Pay with a Mastercard or Amex. Because apparently the USJ ticket demon took umbrage with foreign issued visas, the most commonly used credit card worldwide. Our foreign currency is not worthy enough to summon it, despite the currently plummeting Japanese yen exchange rate. Thankfully after a few frantic moments of searching desperately for a non-visa card in our household, I found one and loaded it up in Apple Pay, thinking my troubles over. Dear reader, my troubles had only begun. The app would now reject my attempts with a large red “FAILED” banner. The only advice given online was “keep trying.” On top everything, every attempt would deplete the inventory of the selected express pass until I would no longer be able to buy that timed entry. But all was not lost! I was able to select a worse timed entry, and then a worse one, and an even worse one! All while fiddling with my phone # entry in a vague sense of hope. Even though USJ would not give me a single a ticket, I would deplete 3 of their time slots and attempt to buy 14 times before it inexplicably confirmed my purchase. At this point, it had been nearly 3 hours and I was weary and numb. An email confirmation merely arrived 10 minutes after this, a scant 9 minutes after I started to doubt my sanity and whether I had hallucinated everything. Of course none of the tickets loaded into the app where I purchased tickets from in the first place. I still have no idea how to get them on there, but that is for future me to worry about. I am done with this demonic app for today. I ask only that you save yourself dear reader! It is too late for me, but perhaps you can save yourself from this terrifying Halloween madness! Boo!