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6/4/13 9:13 A

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When we went to DisneyWord many years ago, my son got a handicapped pass. He couldn't stand in lines. It was one of his accomodations at school that he always had to be at the front of the line, or be taken separately to events because lines caused severe anxiety. He had a visible, physical reaction to waiting in a line for too long. Without a handicapped pass, he would never have been able to experience Disney at all.

We didn't even know about the pass until he had a melt down in line. One of the "cast members" recognized the situation and helped us get the pass. It saved what could have been the most expensive mistake we ever made. We were on the verge of spending our $6000 vacation locked in a hotel room. Instead, Disney was able to make it into something my son still remembers as magical eleven years later.

If the handicapped pass had only allowed one escort, we would have had to separate the family for every ride. That's not Disney magic. It's not a family vacation if one family member always has to stay behind. Disney is all about the illusion of perfection, about family fun and doing things together. Their handicapped pass policy allows that magic for families that have probably had to put up with a lot worse than waiting in a line an extra three minutes while the kid in a wheel chair and his family go onto It's a Small World ahead of you.

It's messed up that people take advantage of Disney's policies to jump the lines, but it's such a small number compared to the people who actually need extra assistance I don't think it's a reason for Disney to change their policies.

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6/3/13 9:44 A

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6/3/13 9:29 A

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Penny, I am a Disney "veteran". No visits on July, December or January (Damn Brazilians flood the parks!), no holidays or weekends. Believe, I have the thing down to a recipe.. LOL

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6/2/13 10:27 P

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My husband agrees with you, Willam.

If you live close to an amusement park like Disney, you can take advantage of repeat trips, go on off days, etc. If you are coming from across the country, it's a different story but I can see both sides of this issue.



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6/2/13 9:00 A

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Shirley, a handicapped person in pain that “wants to do things” sounds extremely selfish to me.

Penny, I do understand your point, but I still think that one handicapped person giving free pass to another 5 is an abuse with the rest of the costumers.

I know that Disney is all about money (it is the happiest place on earth, but for what it cost, it had to be), but still, there should be a limit.

I have to confess that, since I live so close to Disney and go there often, my “limit” is 30 minutes. If a line is longer than that I simply do not try the ride. I can always try it next visit. But this does not change the absurd of this scheme.


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6/1/13 10:37 A

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Here it is

www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/05/14/we
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thy-nyc-moms-pay-1000-day-for-disablR>ed-tour-members-to-skip-lines-at-disney/






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6/1/13 8:46 A

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http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2013/05/14/w
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led-tour-members-to-skip-lines-at-disney/


Sorry my "Add a Link" button wouldn't work.

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5/31/13 4:06 P

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There are also people who are not visibly disabled and from what I understand due to friends who have such a pass, they are allowed to take advantage of this for their entire family. In the case of our friends, the daughter has a heart condition (the only way you's know is if you could see the long scars down her chest from her open heart surgeries). She is not in a wheelchair but she cannot tolerate hours and hours in the heat. If she were allowed to take only one attendant then the rest of her family would not be able to enjoy their vacation together...as a family. Disney appears to err on the side of family in this situation.

Sad to think that someone would exploit the disabled pass system. I don't feel sorry for the two disabled people who are profiting from their passes. They are doing the exploiting...not the other way around. That does not excuse the selfish people who hire these "guides". It's just abhorrent that anyone would stoop so low.



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5/31/13 3:02 P

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I agree Willam..one disabled person to one attendant..otherwise it would appear to be reverse discrimination.

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5/31/13 11:43 A

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I definetly agree that handicapped people need just one attendant but were you aware that handicapped people if not totally paralysed from the waist down do sometimes have pain?. Even though they have pain they still want to do things but can't tolerate activity as well as the healthy can.Being sl.handicapped myself due to knee problems,.More and more I understand this. emoticon .

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5/31/13 10:16 A

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I am a big Disney fan. In my first years in the US I went to Disney in Orlando multiple time (2003 the best, I went there 14 times!) and it always bugged me that the people in wheelchair would cut the (sometimes monstrous) lines. Also, it always called my attention the disproportional number of handicapped people in the parks.... Now, finally, somebody took to figure it out..

www.today.com/news/undercover-disney
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eplorable-scheme-skip-lines-6C10131266


I think Disney response was quite weak. And I do wonder about two things....

1. Why handicapped people cut lines? Aren't they already sitting? And, wouldn't that be discrimination in reverse?

2. Why one handicapped people gives free pass for FIVE other people?

A very easy and more effective response, since it seems Disney will keep the cutting line policy, is to limit ONE companion for each handicapped person.

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