Rich Parents Hiring Disabled Guides to Cut Lines at Disney World?
A Celebration, Florida-based tour service assigns handicapped guides to wealthy families, so they can avoid long lines at Disney World, according to the New York Post.
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a policy that allows certain disabled visitors at its amusement parks to avoid notoriously long lines by entering a ride at a second entrance considerably closer to the start of the ride. Disabled guests, and guests in wheelchairs or scooters, are allowed to bring up to six friends with them. While disabled guests are not immediately allowed onto the ride, their wait is typically considerably shorter.
According to an unnamed customer interviewed by the Post, Dream Tours Florida, which advertises itself online as offering vacation services for people with special needs, will provide a disabled “escort,” who travels through the park with a motorized scooter and “handicapped” sign,” for $130 an hour.
“My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait two-and-a-half hours,” according to the customer. “You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the one percent does Disney.”
The unauthorized “escorts” are cheaper than Disney World's own VIP tour guides, who run $310 to $380 per hour.
Dream Tours Florida refused to comment to the Post; and Disney did not return requests for comment.