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    Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney Worl

    http://m.nypost.com/p/news/local/man...ZRkIVc1zItXGDP

    Rich Manhattan moms hire handicapped tour guides so kids can cut lines at Disney World
    By TARA PALMERI

    They are 1 percenters who are 100 percent despicable.
    Some wealthy Manhattan moms have figured out a way to cut the long lines at Disney World — by hiring disabled people to pose as family members so they and their kids can jump to the front, The Post has learned.

    The “black-market Disney guides” run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day.

    “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours,” crowed one mom, who hired a disabled guide through Dream Tours Florida.

    “You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’’ she sniffed. “This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”

    The woman said she hired a Dream Tours guide to escort her, her husband and their 1-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign on it. The group was sent straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.

    Disney allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance.”

    The Florida entertainment mecca warns that there “may be a waiting period before boarding.” But the consensus among upper-crust moms who have used the illicit handicap tactic is that the trick is well worth the cost.

    Not only is their “black-market tour guide” more efficient than Disney World’s VIP Tours, it’s cheaper, too.

    Disney Tours offers a VIP guide and fast passes for $310 to $380 per hour.
    Passing around the rogue guide service’s phone number recently became a shameless ritual among Manhattan’s private-school set during spring break. The service asks who referred you before they even take your call.
    “It’s insider knowledge that very few have and share carefully,” said social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin, who caught wind of the underground network while doing research for her upcoming book “Primates of Park Avenue.”

    “Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?” she said.

    “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 girlfriend Jacie Christiano, whom the rich Manhattan mom indicated was her family’s guide.

    A working phone number for Christiano couldn’t be found, and Clement refused to put The Post through to her. A message left on Facebook was not immediately returned by Christiano.

    Clement denied that his gal pal uses her disability to bypass lines. He said she has an auto-immune disorder and acknowledged that she uses a scooter on the job.

    Disney did not return repeated requests for comment.
    stephen@bike-on.com

    #2
    Couple this story with the news of an outbreak of miracle airport cures and you draw a picture of a bankrupt morality that redefines the limits of any previous understanding of the attitude of privilege and entitlement.
    Foolish

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      #3
      Moms: self-centerd, stuck-up despicable wastes of oxygen. And their kids are only learning that rules don't apply to the rich.

      Who I really feel sorry for is their guide. S/he knows that this is ethically wrong but for $1000 bucks a day it is a lure that is hard to resist.

      Possible solution: limit to one attendant when skipping lines.

      If it was me, accompanying my family, I'd rather wait with them than take advantage of the shortcut. If I was only with my wife, then I wouldn't think twice about using the shortcut.
      Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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        #4
        Originally posted by IsMaisin View Post
        Moms: self-centerd, stuck-up despicable wastes of oxygen. And their kids are only learning that rules don't apply to the rich.

        Who I really feel sorry for is their guide. S/he knows that this is ethically wrong but for $1000 bucks a day it is a lure that is hard to resist.

        Possible solution: limit to one attendant when skipping lines.

        If it was me, accompanying my family, I'd rather wait with them than take advantage of the shortcut. If I was only with my wife, then I wouldn't think twice about using the shortcut.
        I'm gonna guess that the lion's share of the tour fee goes to the agency rather than the guide. Still, the ethical dilemma remains. Does one use their disability, the thing that places them at a disadvantage in so many facets of life, to their advantage when opportunity knocks?

        What's certain, is that having a large amount of money is a power. Power bears responsibility. Some people just don't care. They're special.
        Foolish

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        "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it."~Edgar Allan Poe

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          #5
          At least somebody who is HC is making something on the deal. People ask me if they can borrow our wheelchairs to go to the local amusement park. They're not asking for their 80 year old Grammy. My answer is always no.

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            #6
            sounds like capitalism to me! nothing wrong with that. :P
            "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
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              #7
              I may be in the minority, but my perspective on my SCI is that it was something that happened to the whole family. I am the one paralyzed, but we've all been affected, profoundly, IMO. My kids were 11, 6, 3.5 and my wife was 4mos pregnant when I was injured. I was plenty OK with my disability being something that helped make Disney something more enjoyable for my entire family.
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                #8
                Originally posted by DaleB View Post
                I may be in the minority, but my perspective on my SCI is that it was something that happened to the whole family. I am the one paralyzed, but we've all been affected, profoundly, IMO. My kids were 11, 6, 3.5 and my wife was 4mos pregnant when I was injured. I was plenty OK with my disability being something that helped make Disney something more enjoyable for my entire family.
                I'm okay with letting a PWD stay with their family and friends while receiving an accommodation. Wouldn't be much fun to be separated from companions. But buying a PWD for the day in order to gain special treatment intended to help PWD doesn't sit to well with me.
                Foolish

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                  #9
                  Now this is bullshit! Fuck the rich.I agree with Dale this happens to a family, these people have no soul. be proud of what you have done dirt bag. Just another reason why people who don't struggle financially don't get it. It is all about me. Well you know what screw you burn in hell I'm sure we will all let you get to the front of the line there
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Foolish Old View Post
                    I'm okay with letting a PWD stay with their family and friends while receiving an accommodation. Wouldn't be much fun to be separated from companions. But buying a PWD for the day in order to gain special treatment intended to help PWD doesn't sit to well with me.
                    All they need is a wheelchair and they're conveyed to the front of the line. It's been going on for years and political correctness prevents people from calling fakers out. How often does anyone ask HC parking people who appear perfectly healthy what their handicap is?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Foolish Old View Post
                      I'm okay with letting a PWD stay with their family and friends while receiving an accommodation. Wouldn't be much fun to be separated from companions. But buying a PWD for the day in order to gain special treatment intended to help PWD doesn't sit to well with me.
                      I agree with you, definitely. For my mileage, when it comes to ethical considerations, the adage "Mind Your Motive" plays a central role.
                      "I have great faith in fools; self-confidence my friends call it." - Edgar Allen Poe

                      "If you only know your side of an issue, you know nothing." -John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

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                        #12
                        I just spoke to Ryan Clement who runs Dream Tours Florida. I emailed him earlier telling him how upset I was and he called me directly. He denies this is going on at his company and he sounded genuinely upset over this article. This other person named in this article has autoimmune disease this is his girlfriend and he sees the daily suffering. I explained to him how an article like this can be so incendiary.
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                          #13
                          Muskie, thanks for going to the source. Here we all are blowing our lids over what may be nothing but a vicious lie.
                          Played with bombs- No SCI, Brain Damage enough that I require a chair and a caregiver.

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                            #14
                            I plan on talking to the reporter as well, the guys's voice was cracking as I was talking to him
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                              #15
                              Originally posted by muskie View Post
                              I plan on talking to the reporter as well, the guys's voice was cracking as I was talking to him
                              Thanks for following up on this story. The truth of this report - no matter what it turns out to be - is important to this community.

                              What seems odd is that someone would name this company and this guide specifically in conjunction with a false story. It begs the question of why they were selected.
                              Foolish

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