Imagine being able to bypass all Disney lines instead of waiting the hours for popular attractions — apparently you can, but you have to hire “handicapped” people to “guide” you, says a new report suggesting the practice is rife among Manhattan moms in the “one percent.”
The wealthy Manhattan moms’ Disney scam was revealed by a social anthropologist, Dr. Wednesday Martin, who claims the practice of hiring disabled people to enable Disney line jumping is not only well-known in certain upper-crust New York City circles but engaged in without any shame for the deplorable actions.
Walt Disney World resorts offer free, more pedestrian “fast passes” and other power ups for those willing to pay, but the plebe concessions are apparently not enough for high-falutin’ NYC mommies.
Martin was alerted to the practice of hiring handicapped “guides” to skip ahead of everyone else at Disney when researching her book Primates of Park Avenue, and she describes the yucky practice as commonplace, saying:
“Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?”
TheNew York Postreported upon the “black-market Disney guides” and said the disabled folk are hired for $130 an hour, or $1,040 for eight hours at Disney.
The paper quotes one one-percent mama as bragging about how a convenient disabled guide enabled her to shove ahead of others waiting during a Disney trip, allegedly boasting:
“My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours … You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge … This is how the 1 percent does Disney.”
It all sounds a bit Cruella DeVille — and the paper is known for playing fast and loose with facts — but Martin seems to back up the allegations quite readily.
The disabled Disney guides are purportedly provided through a “black market” service cynically called “Dream Tours,” allegedly run by a man named Ryan Clement and girlfriend Jacie Christiano. Neither commented to the post about the claims.
But if you think hiring a disabled person to cut lines at Disney is an attractive plan, not so fast — before Dream Tours will even take your call, you need a referral from the Manhattan mommy cabal to get a “guide,” so no nouveau riche families are able to access the shady service.
“So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information.”
Do you think hiring a handicapped person to cut lines at Disney is a new low?