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, The Post has learned.The New York Post is admittedly not the best choice for a source. Via Reddit, where the thread included these comments:
The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day. “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,” crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.
“You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’’ she sniffed. “This is how the 1 percent does Disney.” The woman said she hired a Dream Tours 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.
"Former Disney employee here. The only thing new here is the way people are getting to bypass lines. To me, this is actually more honorable than what I usually see. Typically, average joes and obese people complain they can't walk or stand in line due to some BS medical reason. Disney doesn't want to look bad so they give away wheelchairs. People fuck the system like the liars they are to wait less. I know most redditors aren't rich and I'm sorry to bring another side of the argument to people, but think about it like this; these moms are hiring people who want a job, and are taking them to fucking DISNEY WORLD. Ya it may be a shitty sounding tactic, but it's a lot more honest than other people I've seen while working. "
"It is actually shady for the handicapped person. They are selling ADA access. Kind of sick, when the ADA is there for them to function in society, not exploit for money. My guess is disney will just start logging these people and banning them from the park, since they are undermining the VIP access that disney sells."
"It sounds like a secretive and highly sketchy operation with folks pulling in quite a lot of cash. If the disabled tour guides are paying FICA and income taxes, fine. They might only have a problem with Disney. If they are working under the table while collecting disability insurance payments they might have a bigger problem. Social Security Disability Insurance (and Medicare coverage before age 62) require people to be unable to work. Income from work would have to be disclosed and might disqualify them from disability benefits, not to mention the problems with the IRS. "