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Rich moms hire handicapped tour guides to line-jump at Disney

Posted by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:48 AM
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http://m.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/disney_world_srich_kid_outrage_zTBA0xrvZRkIVc1zItXGDP


Rich moms shamelessly hire disabled tour guides so their kids can cut long lines.

The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

“My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,” crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.
“You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’’ she sniffed. “This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”

The woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.

Disney allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance.”
The Florida entertainment mecca warns that there “may be a waiting period before boarding.” But the consensus among upper-crust moms who have used the illicit handicap tactic is that the trick is well worth the cost.

Not only is their “black-market tour guide” more efficient than Disney World’s VIP Tours, it’s cheaper, too.

Disney Tours offers a VIP guide and fast passes for $310 to $380 per hour.

Passing around the rogue guide service’s phone number recently became a shameless ritual among Manhattan’s private-school set during spring break. The service asks who referred you before they even take your call.

“It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully,” said social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin, who caught wind of the underground network while doing research for her upcoming book “Primates of Park Avenue.”
“Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?” she said.
“So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information.”

Ryan Clement runs Dream Tours Florida with girlfriend Jacie Christiano, whom the rich Manhattan mom indicated was her family’s guide.
A working phone number for Christiano couldn’t be found, and Clement refused to put The Post through to her. A message left on Facebook was not immediately returned by Christiano.
Clement denied that his gal pal uses her disability to bypass lines. He said she has an auto-immune disorder and acknowledged that she uses a scooter on the job.

Disney did not return repeated requests for comment.

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starlight91
by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:50 AM
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Thats just sick, whats sicker is the hanicapped guides actually do it because they need the money..

MrsDavidB25
by Stacey on May. 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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 The crazy people in this story is not the rich mom but the people who waited 2 1/2 hours for It's A Small World ride!!

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on May. 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM
Lmao! People are freaking crazy.
Groove
by Silver Member on May. 14, 2013 at 9:52 AM
I have a hard time believing anything the NY Post writes. It's a glorified tabloid "newspaper".
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ElitestJen
by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM

LOL  Seems win-win to me. 

angevil53
by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM
This is why no one should line jump. It's disney, not a hospital.
RightSock
by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:54 AM

wow

Roxygurl
by Emerald Member on May. 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM
Well I can't fault a disabled person for taking advantage of the rich people who have more money or sense but I do find the entire idea to be morally wrong.
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christina0607
by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

You know at first I was like...this is awful, a travesty.

But then I remembered that it's fairly common knowledge that money buys you things others can't afford.

And lets face it Disney already offers this perk to the wealthy. 

christina0607
by on May. 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

I have been to WDW more than 20 times...it's never that long of a wait. It's one of the fastest loading rides in the park. 

Quoting MrsDavidB25:

 The crazy people in this story is not the rich mom but the people who waited 2 1/2 hours for It's A Small World ride!!


Make someone happy today, mind your own business.

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