Disability scam ruins it for everyone at Disney
Being at Disneyland, standing in an endless queue of idiots overseen by a guy dressed up as Goofy, is often a disability in itself. But able-bodied cheaters are pretending to be with disabled punters to skip the queues and are spoiling the Disney ‘magic’ for everyone.
At the moment, disabled people get priority through a backdoor system which allows them to join shorter queues for rides. But Disneyland and Walt Disney World say that approach has been ’problematic.’
It’s all down to a popular scam which involves disabled tour guides, who are paid to accompany able bodied people so they can get easier access to the rides. The practice is popular with rich, awful families, with the genuinely disabled guides commanding hundreds of dollars for the low down and dirty service. Nobody has turned up with seven disabled dwarves yet, but if the scam continues, it's only a matter of time.
So from the 9th October, disabled people will have to carry Disney approved disability cards. The card will work like a restaurant reservation, with a shorter wait time and a return time.
However, I'm not convinced that this scheme is the most jazzy Disney-esque solution to the problem. How about issuing a magically extending Pinocchio nose that starts to grow every time a punter cuts in with a paid-for wheelchair companion?