What’s Wrong Wednesday: Hiring disabled people to pose as family members
Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front.
Disney World allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance.” There is a “black market” guide service called Dream Tours. One of the employees of Dream Tours has an auto-immune disorder and acknowledged that she uses a scooter on the job. The woman who was interviewed and hired Dream Tours used the “guide” to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction (one minute wait versus 2 ½ hour wait for those waiting in the regular line). Disney Tours offers a VIP guide and fast passes for $310 to $380 per hour. The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour or $1,040 for an eight-hour day. The women who hired Dream Tours stated, “Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?”
(First reported by Tara Palmeri, New York Post. May 14, 2013)