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Hiring The Disabled: No Longer The Ultimate Fast Pass At Disney Parks
Paying over $100 per hour -- $1,000 or more for the day -- able-bodied park visitors posing as relatives of a handicapped went straight to an auxiliary entrance reserved for those with special needs. "My daughter waited one minute to get on 'It's a Small World' -- the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours," said one mom in a New York Post article last May. Misuse of Disney's Guest Assistance Card [GAC] program was so widespread that the theme park operator is discontinuing it in October.
In the new system, visitors with disabilities will be given an assigned return time equal to the estimated wait, one attraction at a time. Called the Disabled Assistance System [DAS], visitors with disabilities will still get "back door" access to attractions but will lose the time advantage they had under the old system vs. actually waiting in line.
FastPass is a virtual queuing system that allows a limited number of guests per hour to go to the front of the line on certain attractions. Disability card users get a return time based on the actual wait time for the ride.