Disney Tweaks Rules on Disabled to Curb Line Cheats
People were hiring guides with disabilities to avoid long waits
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
File photo from Disneyland's theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of Paris.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

(Newser) – People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after growing abuse of the system. Under the change, visitors will be issued tickets with a return time and a shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that's offered to everyone. Currently, visitors unable to wait in the regular line can get back-door access to rides or go through the exit and wait in a shorter line.

The changes are in response to the phenomenon of disabled "tour guides" who charge money, sometimes hundreds of dollars, to accompany able-bodied guests and allow them to avoid long lines. Others who don't have a disability have been able to get an assistance card because no proof of disability is required. The changes take effect Oct. 9, and Disney says more details will be released as the date nears.

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angelakolios
Sep 26, 2013 12:31 PM CDT
My flight from Greece to Florida is not as long as those dam-- lines at Disney World.
sickdaddy
Sep 26, 2013 4:49 AM CDT
Disney twerks?
dmauk
Sep 25, 2013 10:22 PM CDT
My wife and I went to Disney World and Epcot in August. Hadn't been there for about 8 years. While we always enjoy it, I hated the experience this time because of that stupid FastPass. Not understanding the system, we took the long lines, but I noticed that where lines used to move fairly well, that the FastPass actually caused the regular lines to take 2-3 times as long as it used to because what appeared was too many FastPass tickets being handed out per hour. In addition, if you happen to be in line for another ride, when your time comes up, then you're out of luck on the other line. Some may enjoy the FastPass, but my opinion was that it screwed up the whole system. The Space Mountain - we were in line for over 2 hours.