Disney Tweaks Rules on Disabled to Curb Line Cheats

People were hiring guides with disabilities to avoid long waits
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 25, 2013 5:38 PM CDT
Disney Tweaks Rules on Disabled to Curb Line Cheats
File photo from Disneyland's theme park in Marne-la-Vallee, east of Paris.   (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

People with disabilities will no longer go straight to the front of lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World after growing abuse of the system. Under the change, visitors will be issued tickets with a return time and a shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that's offered to everyone. Currently, visitors unable to wait in the regular line can get back-door access to rides or go through the exit and wait in a shorter line.

The changes are in response to the phenomenon of disabled "tour guides" who charge money, sometimes hundreds of dollars, to accompany able-bodied guests and allow them to avoid long lines. Others who don't have a disability have been able to get an assistance card because no proof of disability is required. The changes take effect Oct. 9, and Disney says more details will be released as the date nears. (Read more Disney World stories.)

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