For hire … Disney allows those on disabled scooters to jump queues
RICH families are paying disabled people to pose as relatives so they can jump the queues at Disney World, it has been revealed.
One “black market” tour guide has been exposed allegedly hiring herself out for £680 a day to parents who don’t want their kids to wait for the rides.
The Florida theme park allows visitors who need a wheelchair or mobility scooter to take up to six family members with them to the front of the queue.
The system is now being abused by those with enough money to pay, it is claimed.
Tour guide Jacie Christiano, who has an auto-immune disorder, is raking in cash by pretending to be part of rich clients’ families, according to the New York Post.
Her phone number is reportedly being passed round wealthy Manhattan mums planning a Disney World trip with their pampered kids.
One mother who claimed she hired Jacie told the newspaper: “My daughter waited one minute to get on It’s a Small World — the other kids had to wait two-and-a-half hours.
“You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the one percent does Disney.”
She claimed she hired the disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida, which charges $130 (£85) an hour, or $1,040 (£680) for an eight-hour day.The woman said she paid the guide to escort her, her husband and their one-year-old son and five-year-old daughter through the park in a motorised scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it.The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.Grateful mums say the service is faster and better value than Disney’s official VIP service, with “fast passes” costing up to £250 an hour.
The Post reported how passing round the rogue guide’s number has become a “shameless ritual” among mums of private-school kids in Manhattan.
The company asks people who referred them before they will take the call.
Social anthropologist Dr Wednesday Martin, who has investigated the network, 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 altogether?
“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 his girlfriend Jacie.
He said she has an auto-immune disorder and that she uses a scooter on the job but denied she uses her disability to bypass queues.
Disney did not answer the newspaper’s requests for comment.