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Rich Mothers Hire Disabled People to Skip the Lines at Disney World

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: May 14, 2013 08:56 AM EDT

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Want to skip the lines at Disney World? Hire a disabled person! That's what some wealthy Manhattan moms are doing for about $1,000 a day.

According to the New York Post, some rich New York mothers hire disabled tour guides to act as their family member so they and their kids can skip to the head of lines at Disney World.

The disabled guides go for about $130 an hour which can cost up to $1,040 for an eight-hour day at the park.

"My daughter waited one minute to get on 'It's a Small World' - the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours," one mother, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida told the Post.

People are using this ploy as Disney allows up to six guests to escort someone who needs a wheelchair or a motorized scooter  to the front of the line.
The mother hired a Dream Tours guide to help her, her husband, their 5-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son get through the park. They had a guide who used a motorized scooter with a "handicapped" sign on it and they were able to use a special auxiliary entrance to get to the front of the rides without waiting.

"You can't go to Disney without a tour concierge,'' she said. "This is how the 1 percent does Disney."

The trick isn't completely wait free as even disabled guests may face a brief waiting period before getting on rides, but most wealthy mothers who do this says it's worth it and it's cheaper than Disney World's VIP Tours. As part of Disney World's VIP Tours, guests are provided with a VIP guide and a fast pass to skip the lines for $310 to $380 per hour.

Once the rich mothers figured out this trick, they started to share the contact information for these disabled guides

"It's insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully," social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin told the Post. She found out about this trick while doing research for her upcoming book "Primates of Park Avenue."

"Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?" she told the Post. "So when you're doing it, you're affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information."

The Post tried to reach out to Ryan Clement who runs Dream Tours Florida with  his disabled girlfriend Jacie Christiano. The mother said that Christiano is their disabled guide by Clement said his girlfriend, who has an auto-immune disorder and uses a scooter, doesn't use her disability to skip the lines.

 

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