Why are #Disney Theme Parks Making Life Tougher for the #Disabled?

I would to wring the neck of those “handicapped” assholes who hired themselves out as tour guides at Disney theme parks and used a special pass to enable their clients to avoid the park’s long lines because they ruined a system that benefited scores of people including me.  Many parents of children with autism will have to scratch Disneyland and Disney World off the lists of things their kids can do.

As I wrote in MSN Money:

When my family and I went to Walt Disney World earlier this summer, I got a Guest Accommodations Card (GAC) because of my Parkinson’s disease…I probably won’t get this help on my next visit to the “Happiest Place on Earth” — whenever that may be –  because people were abusing the system.

According, to MiceAge, a website that tracks Disney, the company is discontinuing the GAC as of Oct. 9 at Disneyland and Disneyland California Adventure and replacing it with what the company calls the Disabled Assistance System (DAS). Though the MiceAge story doesn’t mention Disney World, it seems likely that the policy will apply there as well.

Unlike the GAC, which can be used throughout the park, only one ride at a time can be reserved using the DAS. Disney may be solving one problem but creating many others.

There has to be a better way to ensure that jackasses don’t take advantage of the system. Disney, for instance could require people provide a doctor’s note to get a GAC. I was stunned that I wasn’t required to prove that I needed assistance;

3 thoughts on “Why are #Disney Theme Parks Making Life Tougher for the #Disabled?

    • If someone has to get a doctor to certify that they are entitled to a handicapped parking pass, why shouldn’t they have to provide Disney proof that they are entitled to Disney’s assistance? The HIPPA law wouldn’t apply since the disclosure would be voluntary.

  1. A medical note would be fine for me and my wife. I do believe that disney is creating problems for itself. My wife is epileptic and has multiple seizures while we visit the park. If she has a tonic clonic seizure in line, shuts down the ride also scars every child that watched it as she may or may not urinate herself. If disney forces her in that position, why would I not consider legal action?

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