A recent story, reported in the New York Post, has come out claiming that wealthy Manhattan mothers have found a way to cut those long Disney lines by hiring disabled people (through Dream Tours Florida), posing as family members. Disney has a rule that a guest with a scooter or wheelchair can bring up to six family members to the front of the line, at an auxiliary entrance. An eight-hour day will cost over $1,000. Fast passes are more expensive than this.
It appears that this is a very underground operation, only known by certain people, who share the contact information for this tour guide with each other. Dr. Wednesday Martin, a social anthropologist, discovered the scheme happening amongst the Manhattan moms while doing research for her new book.
One mother states, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’- the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.”
I hope that it is worth it, because what has your daughter learned from this??? That it is ok to use people’s disabilities for your own convenience? What kind of overly entitled children are we raising here? This is wrong on so many levels and I have not been able to stop thinking about it all week.
Sometimes we have to wait in line. Sometimes we have to practice patience. I’m thinking all of these children involved in this story need a lesson in patience (so do their mothers). And that is the least of what they need to learn. They need to learn that not even money can buy you certain things, because not everything is for sale. I would hope that if I had a lot of money, and was offered this tour guide, I would say no, because I would never want my children to feel that doing something like this is acceptable.
Being able to afford expensive things is great. I do not have a problem with that. It is just disheartening to see such a lack of morals being taught to children, who will one day, be running our society.
Am I wrong? Am I being overly dramatic? What do you think?
- Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World (nypost.com)
- Wealthy avoiding Disney World lines with disabled guides (krem.com)