Tara Palmeri reported in the New York Post that wealthy individuals wanting a pass to the head of the long lines at Disney World are hiring disabled people to pose as family members.
For the cost of $130 per hour, the disabled “guide” leads the family of up to six members, to the special entrance for disabled guests, giving them top priority in the attraction’s line. Anyone who has been at Disney World during peak tourist season knows that this saves the family up to three hours of waiting time per attraction.
I bet this makes the VIP pass holders angry. Holders of this type of speed pass pay up to $380 per hour for front-of-line service, but even they are secondary to the disabled guests and their families. As an unnamed source in the article says, “Who wants a [VIP] speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?”
I hope since this black market practice has come to light, that the prices charged by the disabled guides have tripled. Call it hazard pay for having to put up with the insufferable families who are benefiting from their disability.
Meanwhile, I'm guessing that Disney execs will lay low and remain mum about this practice and hope the media attention passes, even though they claim to be "looking into [the] reports." CNN
Hm. I guess that in the self-proclaimed happiest place in the world, money can buy even greater happiness.