In the least shocking news in the history of everything, rich and entitled people have ruined something pretty important for others.
Thanks to this report about rich moms who hired guides to pretend they were disabled so their spoiled children could skip lines at Disney World, the theme park is discontinuing line skipping for the disabled at both its Orlando and Anaheim parks.
The new changes will take effect October 9. From that point on, visitors will be given a ticket with a return time for a shorter wait -- which is pretty much exactly how a FastPass ticket works.
The ticket has a scheduled time for the person to come back to the ride, as opposed to being able to skip to the front because they're disabled.
The other option is for them to get back-door access to a ride or through the exit to wait.
Either way, there will be waiting for disabled people, thanks to rich assholes abusing the system.
The current way "certainly has been problematic, and we wanted to curb some of the abuse of this system," Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown told the Orange County Register.
The report, which was published by the New York Post, gave us a glimpse of the entitled rich moms visiting Disney World.
The didn't want their precious pampered tykes to wait in long lines for rides like everyone else, so they hired themselves people to get into a wheelchair and pretend they're part of the family to allow them to cut to the head of the line.
Disney World had allowed disabled guests to bring with them up to six others from their party through a disabled line to avoid having to wait.
According to the report, one of the rich moms boasted, "My daughter waited one minute to get on 'It's a Small World' -- the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours."
She then added, "You can't go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1 percent does Disney.
"Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines altogether?" the mom told the Post.
It's bad enough that this deplorable person actually exists in real life. But then you look at the real damage and it's heartbreaking.
Consider this example of a mom who takes her autistic children to the park every week:
Rebecca Goddard takes her sons, age 4 and 6, to Disneyland once a week. Her sons have autism and can't stand in lines longer than a few minutes before they start pushing other people.
"My boys don't have the cognition to understand why it's going to be a long wait," Goddard told the Register. "There are so few things for my boys that bring them utter joy and happiness -- to mess with it just makes me sad."
So because Madam Moneybags McGee's rotten kids couldn't be bothered to wait in line like every one else, the Goddard children, and thousands like them, will have to suffer for it.
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