Some moms are craftier than others when it comes to planning the perfect family vacation, and when you’re going somewhere like Disney World, you really want to make the most of it. According to the New York Post, some wealthy Manhattan moms are ensuring those happy memories by hiring disabled ‘guides’ in order to cut their kids’ wait times.
While Disney World is one of the happiest places on earth, it does have a whole lot of waiting. Wealthy moms get around this issue by hiring so-called ‘black market tour guides’ who are wheelchair or motorized scooter users that pose as family members. Using wheels gives preferential access to special entrances for the user and five other people.
Does anyone else think this is evil on so many levels? Disney Tours offers a VIP guide service that includes fast passes through shorter lines for about $380 an hour, but a service called Dream Tours allegedly specializes in handicapped guides at a price of $130 per hour. That’s a whopping total of $1,040 for a full eight-hour day, but it beats Disney’s price by a long shot. Hey, rich people like to save a buck, too, right?
Parents are sounding off about their exceptional experiences on the Dream Tours website, such as this mom, who says, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.” Take that, losers!
According to social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin, who discovered this shady practice while researching her yet-to-be-released book “Primates of Park Avenue,” the social elite views Dream Tours as a status symbol, with moms referring other moms. In fact, the company won’t even speak to you unless you’re a referral.
Getting the referral affirms that you’re in the 1%, or one of the privileged insiders who get to exploit disabled folks. As Dr. Martin puts it, “Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines altogether?” Who, indeed?
Although Disney World didn’t return the New York Post’s request for comment, we hope that once they get wind of this shady trend they’ll kick these moms to the curb.
Source: New York Post