What does the upper crust at Disney World look like? According to the New York Post, they're rich Manhattan moms who hire disabled tour guides so that they (and their non-handicapped children) can cut in line.
To be a part of the elite 1% who get to feel nauseous after a whirl on the Mad Hatter's Tea Party or get delightfully drenched on Splash Mountain without waiting in line for hours, these "black-market tour guides" cost about $130 an hour, or more than $1,000 for an eight-hour day.
Disney's message to these line-cutting moms: Cut it out.
"It is unacceptable to abuse accommodations that were designed for guests with disabilities," a Disney spokesman told CNN.
Aside from the abused exercise of privilege, unfair deceit, and, well, rather disgusting behavior that these Park Avenue moms are exhibiting, what else is wrong about this?
Plenty. For one, accommodations for the legitimately disabled are there for a reason. It's the reason why the Americans with Disabilities Act exists in the first place. Enacted by Congress, the ADA is a whole slew of civil rights laws that are specifically meant to prohibit discrimination against those with disabilities.
Title III of the ADA in particular ensures that individuals don't face discrimination at any place of "public accommodation," which includes theme parks like Disney World.
The ADA is exactly why those who are disabled get to use another entrance, why wheelchair ramps exist in front of certain buildings, and why disabled guests often don't have to wait in line with the rest of the masses. The purpose of the Act is to take into consideration each individual's capacity based on their disability.
The only disability these rich line-cutting moms seem to display is a lack of regard for those who actually need tour guides to help them manuever through the park and properly access the rides. Hopefully it will make some difference to remind them that a place dubbed the "Happiest Place on Earth" is worth the wait.
- Disney World Scam: Wealthy Moms 'Rent' Disabled Guides To Skip The Lines (And Shame Humankind) (The Huffington Post)
- Disabled Man Stuck on Disneyland Ride Wins $8K (FindLaw's Injured)
- Disneyland Segway Ruling Stands as Victory for Disabled Mom (FindLaw's Decided)
- Disneyland Character Refused to Hug Black Kids, Lawsuit Claims (FindLaw's Legally Weird)