Disney’s Disability Dilemma


So the link above brings you to an article about Disney’s new policy change on their disability program. Based on what I’ve read, the policy used to be that those with a disability are able to bypass the lines and head straight to the front. Unfortunately, it was discovered that wealthy guests would hire people with disabilities so that they would pose as part of the family in order to avoid the lines. In another article on the same topic, there was even a comment made by someone who abused the system. A rich mother said, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’- the other kids had to wait two and a half hours. This is how the one percent does Disney.” It amazes me at how ridiculous people are. I have no right to tell others how they should spend their wealth, but to abuse a system and ruin it for everyone else just because you and your daughter can’t wait two hours is plain insanity. And then to brag about it on top of that is plain stupid.

Well now thanks to people like the woman quoted above, Disney’s new policy change starting in October is that those with a disability card will have a specific time stamp on the pass (based on the current wait time), and I’m guessing they have to wait until that time in order to access the ride. More details will come later once the policy is implemented, but I find it frustrating that such measures have to be taken. My friends and I had a discussion on this topic, and we question how effective such changes will be. The article brought up why doesn’t Disney require disability guests to prove that they have a disability. Well, the problem isn’t whether someone really has a disability or not. The issue is if that disabled person really is part of that family or are they hired. Obviously, Disney can’t interrogate and start accusing families left and right on whether a member with them is related to them or not, so how discouraging can these new rules be to the real liars? A friend of mine brought up the idea of Disney only allowing certain disabled people to go straight to the front of the line. Like those in wheelchairs can wait a bit longer vs those who have trouble standing in line for long periods of time. Well then that raises up more issues on where to draw the line, along with the fact that it can count as discrimination against certain types of disabled people. There is also the issue of disabilities that aren’t visible, so how do we account for that?
What are your thoughts and ideas on this issue?