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  •  OT but rich people hire the handicapped to get (6+ / 0-)

    into rides at Disneyland without standing in line, they pretend the handicapped person is a member of the family and tool around in carts and get first in line.

    just had to tell this story

    •  Thanks...guess I just needed to hate those smug (2+ / 0-)
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      dicks even more....

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      by chmood on Tue May 14, 2013 at 06:53:17 AM PDT

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    •  Do you have any support for this claim? nt (2+ / 0-)
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    •  Ugh. Those fucking scooters.... (3+ / 0-)
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      It annoyed me to no end how any person with a scooter could get to the front of a ride line. Why?  If anything it is easier to endure a long line while seated in a scooter than standing. It just makes no sense whatsoever why a person on a scooter shouldn't wait in line like everyone else. And of course their family of 12 jumps in front with them.

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      by bigtimecynic on Tue May 14, 2013 at 07:51:51 AM PDT

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      •  For us.. (4+ / 0-)

        if it's just my other half and I, we'll wait in line with the wheelchair if we can, though a lot of the longer lines include stairs and narrow turns and roped off areas that just aren't accessible, which is why they have the disabled lane in the first place. When my autistic son is along, we take the fast lane. Because while physically he is capable of waiting 2.5 hours in a line, he's not emotionally/behaviorally/sensory capable of doing it.  And yes, the family goes with the disabled person. That's the way it should be.

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        by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:51:20 AM PDT

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        •  It should be for actual disabled family (0+ / 0-)


          •  Ok, so who helps the disabled family member (4+ / 0-)

            transfer onto the ride car? Who is responsible for the autistic child's safety on the ride, if their family members are 2.5 hours behind them in a line? Who waits with the disabled family member while they are waiting for their family members to finally ride 2.5 hours later and catch up with them, and what good does that do for the autistic child who CAN'T wait? Who explains to the kids that they can't enjoy the ride WITH their father because mom and kids have to wait 2.5 hours to ride? The families stay together because it's a family activity, and because the people in the park are NOT responsible for transfers in and out of wheelchairs, or for other people's disabled family members while they are in the park.

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            by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:21:29 AM PDT

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      •  Disneyland may be the one place (2+ / 0-)
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        where being in a wheelchair is an advantage. I can't have a problem with that, sorry.

        Part of the issue is logistical - the lines aren't always wheelchair or scooter accessible, and then you have to get the wheels back out of the line when you're done. You can't hand them over a roller coaster car, when the norm is that people walk in one side and out the other. So they have the wheeled person come up the exit.

        Not a big deal. Go Disney.

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        by elfling on Tue May 14, 2013 at 11:27:18 AM PDT

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    •  The up side is the disabled person (4+ / 0-)

      Gets some income.

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      by splashy on Tue May 14, 2013 at 09:23:36 AM PDT

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    •  That's Odd (0+ / 0-)

      Every park I've ever been to with my wife (who can't stay on her feet for long periods) gives a pass that gets time-stamped to come back at a certain time (corresponding to the ride manager's guesstimate of the line wait). That lets the user sit down to wait, but doesn't make the wait any shorter.

      If there are other rides with little or no wait, the pass user could go on one of those while waiting in the "virtual line", but if the lines anywhere in the park are that short it's probably not much of an issue (for the able-bodied) anyway.

      Maybe Disney does it differently.

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      by stevemb on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:01:12 AM PDT

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      •  Disney does that (0+ / 0-)

        We took advantage of that when we went there in 2010.  Worked out great for us.

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        by METAL TREK on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:31:53 AM PDT

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      •  I know both Disney and Universal (1+ / 0-)
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        have an "autism pass" that lets you go to the front without a wait. It's also available to people with similar disabilities that don't tolerate wait times. Some parks just simplify it to allow wheelchair users the same privileged, some don't.  In part it depends how accessible their waiting line is. If it's too narrow for a chair to safely navigate in a crowd, or if there are steps, obviously they have a separate line, and it can get too confusing for staff to time it with when everyone else entered the line.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 14, 2013 at 10:53:56 AM PDT

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    •  Found my calling! (6+ / 0-)

      I'm off to Disneyland. See ya next week, somebody call my wife.

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