’1 percent’ moms hire disabled guides to cut lines at Disney

By David Edwards
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 11:07 EDT
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Wealthy mothers are foregoing FastPasses and hiring disabled tour guides so their families can skip long lines at Disney World.

The New York Post reported on Tuesday that rich Manhattan mothers were paying “black-market Disney guides” as much as $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,” on mother bragged, according to the Post. “You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge… This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”

The guide provided by Dream Tours used a scooter with a “handicapped” sign to escort her 1-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and husband through the park. At each attraction, the family skipped the lines and entered through a auxiliary entrance reserved for disabled people.

DIS, an online guide to Disney World for disabled people, explains that up to five companions can accompany someone in a wheelchair or with a service animal at the auxiliary entrances at some attractions. Disney also offers a FastPass system that allows any customer to enjoy the park while their place in line is saved, but it does not allow skipping the line completely.

“It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully,” social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin told the Post. “Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?”

“So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information.”

[Photo credit: AFP]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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