Beginning next month, Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resort no longer allows visitors with disabilities instant access to rides, why? It is all thanks to those who have abused the policy— Disney visitors were able to get guest assistance card to get quicker access to rides, either by entering through exit doors or by bypassing the main lines.
While researching a book, a social researcher, found out that some wealthy park visitors were hiring disabled people to pretend to be family members so they could skip lines.
Why can’t disabled guests show proof of disability and just keep doing what they are doing? Well, confidentiality laws prohibit pertinent questions to be asked, Disney has worked with disability groups, such as Autism Speaks, to develop this new process.
It has been rumored that starting October 9th, guests with a new disability access card will be issued a ticket with a time to enter an attraction, so they don’t have to stay in line– much like a fastpass… but not.
How is it different? Well, FastPasses are issues a limited number per hour for certain attractions, but guests using the new disability card would get a return time based on the actual wait time for the ride.
Disney will release more details of the program as soon as we get closer to October 9th.
UPDATE: Info on the new program can be found on the Disney Parks site at http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/disney-parks-disability-access-service-card-fact-sheet/
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