Scandalous Manhattan Moms Use Wheelchair Bound People to Gain Access to Disney World Attraction
Scandalous Manhattan moms are using wheelchair bound people in an effort to gain faster access to attractions at Disney World according to a report by a social anthropologist who claims she uncovered the scheme.
Dr. Wednesday Martin says she discovered the outrageous organization while doing research for her upcoming book Primates of Park Avenue. According to Dr. Martin, the arrangement for procuring a concierge for a trip to the famed Walt Disney World theme park is very covert.
Allegedly, Dream Tours Florida, run by Ryan Clement and his girlfriend Jacie Christiano, hire out wheelchair bound guides for $130 per hour or $1040 for an 8-hour Disney Day. The wheelchair or motorized scooter allows them a special “more convenient entrance” when visiting any Disney theme park as a guest; they are allowed to bring up to six guests with them.
According to Dr. Martin, wealthy Manhattan families passed the knowledge of the organization on to each other like they were trading stock secrets. Shameless moms thought they found a loophole, the holy grail of Disney Dream Vacations. Clandestinely the mothers pass the Dream Tours Florida number to each other, then when calling you have to identify where you received the number before the accept your call.
One mother claimed Christiano was her guide at Disney World, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ – the other kids had to wait 2 ½ hours. You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1 percent does Disney.” (nypost.com)
Clement denies Christiano used her disability to help the Manhattan mother and her family, but did acknowledge she has a disability and uses a scooter. Disney has declined to comment on the issue.
Regardless of whether this particular case is true or not, it raises the issue about whether or not people with handicaps (and their entourage) should be afforded the right to bypass the entire line anyway. Never mind the deplorable attitude of the mother in this scenario and the reprehensible way she is raising her child if she exists in the story (some online accounts are questioning the validity of the black-market concierge service); should the practice of allowing a certain class on the rides first, especially in a world of equality?
I enjoy Disneyland, Disney World, and all theme parks as much as the next person (actually anybody who knows me would say I am addicted); however, the practice of allowing a wheelchair bound person in line in front of me, including their mother, father, sister, brother, next-door-neighbor, is absurd.
Before I get hundreds of comments from every activist in the country thinking I am not empathetic, please stop to consider the reasons for Disney employing the practice initially. It is not likely the fact that they are being benevolent and offering to keep their guests with handicaps from waiting in long lines like us common folk; no, it makes sense from a business standpoint.
Years ago, when we started to see an increase in our wheelchair-bound population and the motorized scooters were on the rise, guests would go to the “more convenient entrance” (typically the exit) of the ride, and usually wait with one person while the rest of their party waited in the lengthy line with everybody else. This way, when their party reached the head of the line, the person in the wheelchair would be waiting at the more accessible entrance and would be able to get on the ride with ease, but they would have essentially waited the same amount of time as the rest of the park goes.
Eventually, over the years, the procedure changed to allow the wheelchair bound guests and six other guests to simply board the ride without anybody waiting in line. More than likely, this came about because it became too difficult for the many teens and 20 somethings to manage as more people started to crowd the exit while waiting for the long lines.
As an avid park goer, it is frustrating as I see more Americans in wheelchairs for no other reason than the fact that they are obese, or families that are clearly abusing the system and rent a wheelchair at the park for the day. Over the years, the number of motorized scooters has grown exponentially.
The fact that Disney would not comment is not surprising, how does one comment on something that is wrong with society as a whole and not just a problem created by Mickey Mouse created.
By Dawn Cranfield
Senior Correspondent/Product Specialist