Disney (DIS) will no longer allow people with disabilities to skip lines at Disneyland and Walt Disney World starting Oct. 9.
The change to its line-skipping policy comes after people have abused the system meant to help the disabled. The current policy allows a disabled person to bring six friends or family member with them to special gates that allow them instant access to the rides. Due to confidentiality laws, Disney employees are only allowed to ask visitors a few questions. The problem with the current system is that some are pretending to be disabled to get to the front of the lines. Some people are also acting as disabled tour guides. These guides can be paid as much as $1,000 a day and are hired to play the part of a disabled family member or friend to allow the paying visitors to bypass lines. A new policy will go into place that will allow the disabled to acquire tickets that will give them a shorter wait similar to those who have Fast Passes, reports Fox News.
Not everyone is happy about the policy change.
“My 20yr old son has Autism and we go to Disneyland at least once a week,” one woman commented on a MoveOn petition, which currently has about 22,000 signatures, to stop the policy change. “It would make it VERY hard to implement this new policy into our sons life because change is so hard for people with Autism.