Weird Non-TV Story of the Day: Wealthy Moms Hiring the Disabled to Help Their Kids Cut Into Line at Disney World NY Post
A new report says wealthy Manhattan mothers are using people with disabilities to avoid waiting in long lines at Florida's Disney World.
“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 New York Post reports. The piece says the “black-market Disney guides” work for $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.
One mom, who reportedly hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida, is quoted as saying: “My daughter waited one minute to get on It’s a Small World -- the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.”
She reportedly added: “You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”
“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,” the Post reports. “Disney allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a ‘more convenient entrance.’”
The scam was reportedly uncovered by Wednesday Martin, a social anthropologist, while doing research for an upcoming book, “Primates of Park Avenue.”
Said Martin: “It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully.”
She added: “Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together? ... So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information.”
Disney World also offers something called VIP Tours, with a VIP guide and fast passes, the report notes. But at $310 to $380 per hour, this service is more expensive than the “black market” disabled guides.
“Passing around the rogue guide service’s phone number recently became a shameless ritual among Manhattan’s private-school set during spring break,” the story reports. “The service asks who referred you before they even take your call.”