Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Investigation over Wealthy Manhattan Moms hiring Unorthodox Handicapped Tour Guide



Disney World is investigating a scheme in which wealthy Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides to get their kids ahead of the lines at the theme park, The Post has learned.

“We are thoroughly reviewing the situation and will take appropriate steps to deter this type of activity,” Disney spokesperson Bryan Malenius said yesterday.

The Post exclusively reported that well-to-do mothers were circulating a number for a handicapped tour guide or a “black market Disney guide” that escorts their kids through the special entrances granted to people with a disabled guest pass.

Meanwhile, sources say more frugal parents are getting disability passes for their healthy children so they can get cut lines.

To save cash on pricey VIP tour guides and fast passes that can cost more than $3,000 per day, urban mothers have asked Lyss Stern of the web site Divamoms how they can make their children to appear handicapped to score special access to the park’s attractions.

“I never understood how parents could have a clear conscience doing this,” Stern told the Post.

“I recommend to the parents spending the extra money on a tour guide.”

One Atlanta father of a an 11-year-old child with mild ADHD said that he was granted a three day handicapped access pass to the park by supplying Disney World’s customer service with a doctor’s note.

“We were ushered through side doors and never waited in any lines,” Matt Montesi told the Post.

“I was tempted to trade it or put it on Craigslist but I decided against it.”

“People will pay bucks to circumvent the lines.”

Florida locals say it’s not just Manhattan moms who are savvy enough to abuse Disney World’s disabled privileges — some regulars have the scheme down to a science.

“They just go to a local supply store and get a wheelchair,” said Palm Beach consultant Nicole Hennessy, who said she’s seen people fake seizures, heart problems, sprained ankles and Asperger’s.

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