Hiring Disabled Children To Skip Lines At Disney World

By Lisa J. on Tuesday, August 6, 2013
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“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing—that it was all started by a mouse.” —Walt Disney

In A Nutshell

Vastly wealth parents have found a loophole to jump to the front of the line in Disney World’s rides by hiring handicapped children for $130 per hour to accompany them on ride—Disney World has a policy of giving special treatment, such as special pass and free transportation, to handicapped children.

The Whole Bushel

To save time lining up for Disney World’s rides, parents in Manhattan have turned to Dream Tours Florida. The company provides the service of hiring out handicapped kids for $130 per hour or $1,040 for eight hours.

This shocking news was exposed by sociologist Dr. Wednesday Martin when she heard about this service from her grapevine of wealthy Manhattan families. However, without a referral, it’s very difficult to secure this service, so little information is known about the exact process.

While the general public sentiment is something akin to outrage, disgust, and disbelief at this exploitative situation, a few minorities have been less dismissive. In a way, the company provides employment for handicapped kids and the chance to go to Disney World at no cost.

Florida Dream Tours discontinued its VIP Tour when this news came to light and has made no comments regarding the matter. Disney World is also conducting its own investigation to ensure this will not happen in the future.

Show Me The Proof

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  • http://www.schvenn.net Schvenn

    This is horrible. The human condition never ceases to amaze me. Yes, the kids get a free trip, but it is exploitation no matter what way you look at it. Who monitors the treatment of these kids? Who goes with them? There’s a lot more to it than just a free ride. What about the psychological impacts these kids suffer by being taken along as a means to an end? I can just picture some ridiculous TV drama from the 70’s wherein the couple who brings the child won’t even look at them and treats them no better than “the help”, while using them for their disability to take advantage of others.

    Also, how exactly is Disney “looking into” this and how exactly can you stop it? As long as they permit the line-jumping, this type of abuse will exist. Wherever there is a loophole, people will find a way to take advantage.

    • Exiled Phoenix

      Handicapped kid gets a free Disney adventure and people get to cut in line. I see no issue with this if the handicapped kid is ok with it. Capitalism works on many levels for many different people!

      • gillybean

        You seem to be assuming that all the kids involved were aware of the situation they were being placed in. For many kids with disabilities even a slight change in the daily routine can be very stressful. And worse, the morality of the parents, renting their kids out ’cause I’m sure they made money out of it. And then, to the dark side, was anybody making sure that the grown-ups taking these kids were legit? Not paedophiles looking for victims who couldn’t easily relate their ordeals? Explore the possibilities for those kids before you say it’s ok.

        • Exiled Phoenix

          That’s not how this thing was said to work. Besides you can’t take some of these kids on some of the rides.

  • Shannon

    Ha what a bunch of idiots. Im assuming it works the same as at disneyland. If u go to city hall and request a Handicapped card they will give u one for your entire group. No questions asked, its some kind of legality where they cant ask u why u need one etc.

    • Shannon

      Oh AND its FREE!

  • Hillyard

    I have money, therefore I am entitled to act like an ass, and treat people as pawns to further my own gains. Some people are just assholes, and the really sad part is they probably don’t see why others are pissed about this.

    • FILOSOFY

      and the really sad part is they probably don’t *care* why others would be pissed about this.

      Fixed it for ya.

      • Hillyard

        thanks

  • anonymouse72

    What’s worse is that I doubt the larger portion of the money even GOES to the kids :/

  • patrick weidinger

    This is our new America – Any rule, made to benefit the majority or protect the less fortunate of society can and will be broken, and abused by the well-off minority.

    • FILOSOFY

      ‘Murica: Sorry I can’t hear you over my capitalism.

  • FILOSOFY

    “While the general public sentiment is something akin to outrage, disgust, and disbelief at this exploitative situation, a few minorities have been less dismissive. In a way, the company provides employment for handicapped kids and the chance to go to Disney World at no cost.”

    “To save time lining up for Disney World’s rides, parents in Manhattan have turned to Dream Tours Florida. The company provides the service of hiring out handicapped kids for $130 per hour or $1,040 for eight hours.”

    No disrespect to the disabled kids but… how is this remotely fair? So, I break a leg, and as a result I get free entrance to Disney Land, like more than double the friggin’ salary of half of the population (both my parents COMBINED is less than $130 per hour, man a doctor only earns a peak of what? $60? Dafuq is this?), all to go on a ride that should have COSTED money with someone else?

    Not that I’m against the employment of disabled people but am I the only one that sees this makes no sense? Free entrance into DL is enough, and reasonable, but $130 an hour? Wtf? These kids can easily make more than like surgeons and judges… how is this remotely fair?

    Just think about it… $130 per hour… over a thousand bucks every damn day, just to go on a RIDE with someone else.

    Think about how much money your family actually makes… I’m sorry but this is way over the top.

    • FILOSOFY

      Might as well hand them free won lotteries… well they do have a disability right? Obviously they deserve that much money.

      • flame821

        Why are you so angry with the disabled children? It is the moneyed adults and the owners of the tour company that are exploiting them that should gain your ire. And please remember a doctor can work everyday and that 60/hr is compounded over a lifetime. The disabled child is probably getting 20-30/hr and maybe getting 20 hours in a month.

    • person55

      Umm can I just point out that the tour company charged $130 an hour, it
      makes no reference to how much the disabled child was receiving, which
      was probably a lot less. Also your comparisons are invalid because you seem to be forgetting one thing, to quote Clint Eastwood.. Deserve’s got nothing to do with it. Sure a doctor deserves more money than a disabled child who simply goes on rides, but an abled bodied doctor can in no way get you to the front of the lines at Disneyland, whereas a disabled child can. Do firefighters deserve more pay than supermodels, sure, do all firefighters have the requisite attributes to be supermodels… perhaps not. It’s supply and demand bra!

      • FILOSOFY

        If the tour company is charging instead of paying then I’ve misread, thanks for the correction.

        But I don’t know what your point is after that; sure, desert has little correlation to what actually happens in real life… but it’s got everything to do with the concept of what should happen, does it not? There’s a reason why doctors get paid high in the FIRST place, your example is taking the original point out of context to prove something I wasn’t talking about in the first place… although I appreciate the reply.

        I also haven’t mentioned ‘deserve’ in the entire first post. Can you point out what exactly you disagree with? What actually happens depends on just about all factors and circumstances, not just what someone deserves, which is true… I don’t really understand what you’re trying to get at here.

  • rhijulbec

    The really, really sad point is that once this is common knowledge, actual parents with actual disabled kids will be under suspicion at these parks. My grandson has autism. He looks normal but is disabled. Should people get upset when they get preferential treatment? Its happened. The people who perpetrated this and used these services should be punished…just because this type of crap makes life harder for those who do cope with disabilities.