Just when you thought you’d heard it all, something like this makes you realize just how low some people will stoop to show the rest of us that they are entitled and the rest of us are not.
The New York Post reports that wealthy Manhattan mothers have discovered a great way to cut to the front of the line at Florida’s Disney World. They hire a disabled person, pass that person off as a family member and take advantage of the theme park’s accommodation of handicapped people and their families. Disney allows guests who are wheelchair bound or need a motorized scooter to bring up to six people with them to “a more convenient entrance.”
Disney Tours offers VIP passes that will accomplish the same thing at a rate of $310 to $380 an hour. But these Manhattan moms, although wealthy, see an opportunity to save some money by instead using the services of Dream Tours Florida. That rate is $130 per hour or $1040 for an eight-hour day.
One proud mama had this to say:
“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.”
Social anthropologist Dr. Wendy Martin discovered the ruse while she was doing research for her upcoming book titled “Primates of Park Avenue.” Dr. Martin found that passing around the number for the black-market tours became a secret and shameless ritual during spring break among the monied Manhattan private school set. A referral name is required before Dream Tours Florida will even take the call.
Dr. Martin said:
“It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully. Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together? So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and share this information.”
Dreams Tours Florida is run by Ryan Clement and his girlfriend Jacie Christiano, who has an auto-immune disorder and uses a scooter on the job. Christiano is the person the aforementioned Manhattan mom said was their tour guide for the day.
Mr. Clement denied allegations that Ms. Christiano uses her disability to cut to the front of the line.
The Post reports that they were unable to find a phone number for Ms. Christiano and that Mr. Clement refused their request to put the Post through to her.
Disney, likewise, has ignored request for comment.