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The 5 WTF Moments Of The One Percent Moms Using Handicap Tour Guides At Disney World Story

disney world signThere’s a lot to be irked about in The New York Post‘s story about “wealthy Manhattan moms” cutting Disney World lines with the hired help of “handicapped tour guides.” While I kept quadruple checking to make sure I wasn’t reading The Onion, I also found myself unable to get past a few particular details. And it wasn’t just the echoing of, “This is how the one percent does Disney.”

The first line undoubtedly says it all, as the Post reports:

They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.

Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned.

The “black-market Disney guides” run $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,” crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida…The woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.

Ok, so let’s go through this piece by piece for a second.

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  • ScottA

    These “people” need to be called out by name. Put their pictures on bus stop benches and above the urinals in the men’s room. They need to be publicly shamed, egged and on signs in the outfield of every baseball field in the country.

    And yes it is good money for people who need it but it’s exploitation to the nth degree.

    • Unhappy gilmore

      Woah calm down bro. Of all things to get disgusted about. I’m guessing none of these disabled people are complaining about the extra cash. And I highly doubt they’re working against there will. This isn’t the new sex trade.

    • ScottA

      I’ll never condone taking advantage of someone else’s disability for your own personal gain.When I volunteered with Special Olympics there was a large number of athletes who couldn’t make that kind of decision.

      I’m glad you’re okay with the slimy practice of exploiting people with disabilities. Even for the few who may be okay with it.

      Do you know people with disabilities can lose their government benefits if they have too much in money or assets? Wonder if this was explained to them on a case by case basis.?

      But since we don’t know the particulars, you’ll be okay with it and I’ll think they’re being exploited by scumbags.

    • ScottA

      Maybe people can start hiring them so they can park closer to the grocery store, too.

  • Michelle

    The thrifty way to do it is just to take a baseball bat to your husbands knee right before the trip.

  • A. Levy

    Or you can just rent a scooter for $80 yourself. Geez…Plus, having done Disney with someone in a scooter, I can tell you that it’s a crap shoot. On Small World, they can only allow a certain number of wheelchair/scooter riders in at a time, and the wait for an empty slot can be longer than the standby line.

  • Tea

    Having done Disney while disabled (Wheelchair because I was dealing with respiratory distress and couldn’t walk for long periods of time, normally us blindo’s get to wait with the sighted folk.) Sometimes it was shorter, sometimes it was still a good wait. I’m a mix of disgusted, and kind of impressed that someone made a market out of this, but mostly disgusted.

  • Deena

    On the bright side, people with disabilities often have trouble finding work so good for them for finding a way to make over $1,000 for a day of going on rides.

    • AS

      I don’t know. I think it is kind of disgusting that the folks with disabilities are going along with this. What they are doing has the potential to make things more complicated for other guests with true disabilities, and seeing how they know first hand what it is like, I find it shameful.

    • Justme

      I think Deena’s comment was more tongue-in-cheek.

  • Renee J

    I question this article because, one, it’s the NY post. Two, there is already a way to get a personal tour of Disney World without waiting in lines if you have the money. When famous people take their kids there, they don’t wait in line. They have personal assistants led them around the place.