Disneyland to change access program for disabled

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Updated: 9/22/2013 10:56 pm

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Disneyland says disabled guests will no longer go straight to the front of lines after growing abuse of the system.

Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown tells the Orange County Register disabled visitors will be issued tickets with a return time and shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that's offered to everyone. Currently, they receive expedited access to rides.

The new system begins Oct. 9 for guests with park-issued disability cards.

The move is a response to the phenomenon of disabled "tour guides" who charge money, sometimes hundreds of dollars, to accompany able-bodied guests and allow them to avoid long lines.

Some families of children with epilepsy and autism criticized the new program, saying some kids' disabilities just don't allow them to wait in regular lines.

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Disneygirl32 - 9/27/2013 1:33 PM
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The problem is, the abuse is rampant in WDW mainly. There was an article not long ago of the RICH hiring disabled patrons, and seniors to help them skip the lines. There are some people who are being 'bought' even at DisneyLand to help them cut the lines. Its sad that the good people suffer, BUT let us not forget they are changing the system all together. There will be the 'magic bands' or something like that, where you plan ahead what rides you are going to go on and have to be there by a certain time in order to get on the ride. Its kind of like a fast-pass, and still in development.

teriinnevada - 9/26/2013 1:40 PM
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Much better!

teriinnevada - 9/26/2013 1:40 PM
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Much better!

teriinnevada - 9/26/2013 1:37 PM
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Don't we all love auto correct? My user name is "teriinnevada"! Guess I need to fix that!

teriinnevada - 9/26/2013 1:36 PM
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Don't we all love auto correct? My user name is "teriinnevada"! Guess I need to fix that!

teriinnevada - 9/26/2013 1:33 PM
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I am a disabled Carson City woman who was at Disneyland this past Sunday, September 22nd. I saw no evidence of this abuse occurring and I am extremely upset that "The Happiest Place on Earth" is seriously punishing the truly disabled for these few people (in the scheme of things) who are abusing the system! You can tell by looking at some people if they are disabled. Let those, especially those in wheelchairs, move right up to the front. Before you take the benefit away from all, don't issue a Disneyland Handicapped Pass without some medical proof of disability! If you see the same people getting a pass every few days, ask to meet all in that person's party. If they are different every time... BINGO! I know Walt Disney would not like to see it handled this way!

Cornelius - 9/23/2013 9:47 AM
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C'mon J.D. From the story it seems the disabled folks that are the ones selling their line jumping privileges.

jd111358 - 9/23/2013 6:25 AM
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don't like this at all! Disney's answer to those offending is to punish the disabled?
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