Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front. By hiring non-Disney disabled tour guides, otherwise able bodied families benefit by jumping to the head of lines because handicapped guests in scooters or wheelchairs and up to six family members are often sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.
Read more about it HERE.
I use a scooter when I go to theme parks because my hip would never survive an entire day of walking. I last visited EPCOT in 2011, rented a three wheeled scooter but I don’t recall being shuttled to the head of the line. There were special gates for easier access by wheelchairs and scooters to the attraction and some rides require a cast member to move the scooter/wheelchair from the entrance area to a totally different exit area. However I recall waiting in line just like everyone else until we reached the head of the line. Particularly at Living Seas where I wound my way through the long lines with the rest of the waiting guests. Ditto for Test Track, the water ride in the Mexican pavilion and Norway’s Maelstrom. It may be different at the Magic Kingdom but 2 years ago at EPCOT I did not experience any benefit of being in a scooter other than the obvious one of sitting through most of my visit as opposed to standing. Considering that the article contains an obvious rant against the “1%”, I question whether this story is even accurate based on the bias being demonstrated instead of straight, factual reporting.