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Are Rich Moms Really Cutting Queues With VIP Tours and GAC Cards?

TSMM Fast pass machines ready and waiting

TSMM Fast pass machines ready and waiting

An outrageous story in the NY Post has been making the rounds today. According to the story, some rich New York moms are taking advantage of an unofficial $130/hr Disney World VIP concierge tour service that utilizes Guess Assistance Cards (GAC) to shorten some of the waits for the party. If true, this is a horrible abuse of a system that really is needed by those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to enjoy Disney’s wonderful theme parks without some assistance.

If you ask me, something is a little off in the story including some factually challenged details. The mom in question claims to have skipped a 2.5 hour queue for “it’s a small world.” Let me assure you that even on the 4th of July, the queue for IASW does not get that long. (Ask me again after MyMagic Plus adds totally unnecessary fastpass access to IASW, that fact may change.)
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Man Wins Lawsuit over Small World Breakdown

Remember that story about the man suing Disney for leaving him stuck on the classic “it’s a small world” boat ride for 40 minutes while the music played? The court has ruled in his favor for $8000. Jose Martinez, who is paralyzed and confined to… Read More »Man Wins Lawsuit over Small World Breakdown

Walt Disney World Receives Award for Autism Awareness

WDW receives autism award

Often unheralded, but used every day, Walt Disney World has top of the industry support and services for accommodating guests with disabilities. So it’s nice when they get recognized for it. The most recent award has come from across the pond. The Gold Autism Award was presented to Disney on behalf of The United Kingdom Autism Foundation for Disney’s efforts supporting and accommodating autistic guests.

The Gold Autism Award, accepted by Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer and Vice President of Worldwide Standards and Auditing, was presented by Ivan Corea, father of an autistic child, Charin Corea. The award recognizes Disney’s initiatives to help guests with disabilities navigate the Walt Disney World Resort properties in an easy and effortless way.

Charin has inspired an entire autism movement in the United Kingdom. His parents initiated 2002 as Autism Awareness Year and they founded Autism Sunday which is now a massive international event celebrated in many countries including the United States. The inspiration behind all of this is Charin, a teenager with autism spectrum disorder and a communication disorder, who has inspired world leaders to speak up for people with autism and Asperger syndrome.

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Disney World adds Descriptive Audio for Blind

Jason Garcia at the Orlando Sentinel has the scoop on an update to one of Walt Disney World’s best kept secrets. Since 2005 Disney has had a rugged wireless device that provides captions and assisted listening for disabled patrons who might need that to fully… Read More »Disney World adds Descriptive Audio for Blind

Disney Segway Lawsuit Settled

The lawsuit against Disney to allow the use of Segways as an ADA assistive device as its themeparks has been settled out of the courtroom. I’ve written about the case quite a bit and so has Keeping Up With Jonas. I don’t think either of… Read More »Disney Segway Lawsuit Settled

Segway Lawsuit about to become moot?

The Segway Lawsuit petitioning the courts to allow Segway access to Disney’s theme parks for disabled persons has just taken another twist. The New York Times covers some upcoming adjustments to the federal rules for providing access to public buildings based on the American’s With… Read More »Segway Lawsuit about to become moot?