Reporting back that the RIP was awesome. We went to front of line, no waiting in line. Instead, had heavy hors d'oeuvres before touring with a free water ($ for EtOH), private potty stops and bars for more EtOH if desired (I mostly needed water as it had been a hot day and for some reason screaming seems to make my mouth dry!). Also dessert snacks afterwards. Bill n Teds included, and got back for last showing of Academy of Villains. Also took us thru all the scare zones and we went backstage several places to gain entry (saw Hogwarts express between parks). Well worth the price, especially after seeing the lines and even with express pass would have been long lines (which is 1/2 the price). Might be pricey though if you had a large group.
FYI I did Shining and Fallen out of the Finnegan's Bar holding area before getting to my 7:15 RIP departure at La Bamba (got there around 6:50-7pm and ate some snacks)
Favorite houses were Scarecrow (last room!), Shining (I got little lost amongst the mirrors), Fallen (cool new effect with bungee), and Dead Waters (the initial set with the paddleboat was just well done).