Disneyland Dismisses Disabled Program


Sad news for rich soccer moms: no longer can you rent a disabled person out for the day so your kids can bypass the line at Disneyland.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort will no longer allow visitors with disabilities instant access to rides after hearing widespread reports of abusing the policy. Now disabled people will be issued tickets with a return time and have to wait in a line (albeit a smaller line) similar to the FastPass system.

“We have an unwavering commitment to making our parks accessible to all guests,” Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said in a statement. “Given the increasing volume of requests we receive for special access to our attractions, we are changing our process to create a more consistent experience for all our guests while providing accommodations for guests with disabilities.”

New York Post reporter Wednesday Martin stumbled across the ruse to hire a disabled person to pretend to be a family member so the rest of the family could skip lines while researching a book about New York’s Park Avenue elite. The black-market disabled Disney guides will cost you about $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day – far more cost efficient than the actual Disney VIP guides which go for $310 to $380 per hour. Plus, with a “family member” who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter, Disney allows that person to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance.” Until Oct 9th…. then the free ride comes to a stop.

Well you can imagine these rich Park Avenue types aren’t too pleased now that their well laid out plans have been discovered.

But people who claim to have real disabilities aren’t too happy either. As NBC reports, Rebecca Goddard takes her sons, age 4 and 6, to Disneyland once a week. She claims both her sons have autism and therefore can’t stand in lines longer than a few minutes before they start pushing other people.

“My boys don’t have the cognition to understand why it’s going to be a long wait,” Goddard said “There are so few things for my boys that bring them utter joy and happiness – to mess with it just makes me sad.”

Here’s an idea: don’t take your autistic children to the most crowded amusement park in the world – EVERY SINGLE WEEK.

I should get a Disneyland disability pass too for my rare very common disease: impatientosis. Symptoms include hatred of waiting in hour-long lineups with autistic kids pushing me.

Via: CNN

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