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Disney Pulls Plug on Program Allowing Disabled People to Go to Front of Line Bloomberg

The Walt Disney Co. is pulling the plug on its program that allowed disabled people to go to the front of the line for attractions at its theme parks, partly because of abuse of the plan, reports Bloomberg.

Instead, guests with disabilities will be given appointment times based on current waiting times for the rides, the story says. Previously, disabled guests received a "guest assistance card" that allowed them to move to the front of a line. The new system will be go into effect Oct. 9.

Earlier this year, the New York Post reported that wealthy Manhattan parents were hiring disabled people to pose as family members, allowing their children to cut the lines at Disney World.

One mom who reportedly hired a disabled "guide" was quoted at the time saying: “My daughter waited one minute to get on It’s a Small World -- the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours. ... You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”