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Parents allegedly hire disabled people as means to cut lines at Disney World

Parents hire disabled people so their kids don't have to wait in line at Disney World. Photo via Disney press material.
Parents hire disabled people so their kids don’t have to wait in line at Disney World. Photo via Disney press material.

No, it’s not a story from The Onion. Wealthy parents, mostly moms, are boasting about the practice of hiring disabled “tour guides” so that their own children may receive VIP treatment at Disney World, reports the New York Post on Tuesday.

The act of hiring a disabled “tour guide” for your Disney World vacation is gaining popularity among the most privileged families in the U.S.. Many are allegedly using a company called Dream Tours Florida to circumvent the long waits at Disney World. A less nefarious means of skipping the lines is buying the Disney fast passes, which run about $310 per hour. By contrast, hiring a disabled ” tour guide”, costs about $130 an hour.

One source said of her disabled tour guide experience, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’, the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.”

“This is how the one percent does it,” the anonymous mom continued.

Disney makes special concessions for people with disabilities, allowing children or adults in wheelchairs special access to attractions. A disabled person can be accompanied with up to six people and gain access to special entrance points, reported the NY Post.

On the Dream Tours website, under VIP tours, where the organization allegedly provided disabled tour guides, a message now reads:

“Due to inaccurate press and slander, Dream Tours is not offering VIP tours at this time. Our focus has primarily always been providing magical vacations for adults with special needs and helping their dreams to come true.”