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Old 05-14-2013, 12:03 PM   #16
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This article is all wrong!

The only *front of the line pass is for *make a wish kids*. Disabilities use GAC card, and that only lets you go though the line as normal or to quiet, cool areas for certain disabilities.

You can hire a $300.00 hour Disney guide but even that only gets you behind the scenes and on a few attractions by passing the lines.

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The pass given to Make a Wish families is a GAC. The majority of GAC stamps are alternate entrance ones, which allow for FP queues if the attraction has one.

As many of us CM's are saying, this is just another reason will may see the end of the GAC soon.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:40 PM   #17
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I wouldn't believe everything printed in the NY Post...the article sounds a little sketchy. Cheshire Figment is right; the majority of the queues are now mainstreamed.
If the article is true, I understand why Disney would not want to go out on a limb to prevent stuff like this from happening; they are just a business trying to survive in a poor economy all wrapped up in a politically correct climate.
In my opinion, the PC environment that we are all subjected to has gone too far. When corporations, politicians, etc... are afraid of offending someone rather than standing up for the truth, it can diminish the values that are truly important to Americans.... but that's a subject for another thread so I'll end my rant here.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:55 PM   #18
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I am in a wheelchair have been for 30 yrs know and I go to Disney every year 25+, I have never gotten the GAC Card that people are talking about. I just go where I am directed to go. And I ususally have about 4 people with me. I have always gone through the regular lines and then followed the chair symbol. I have see people rent chairs at the gate and then just hop right out of the chair and sometime run to get on the ride. Being in a chair I have to wait for a certain car to come around that I can either tranfer too or take my chair with me, And most of the rides only have 1 of them, so you have to wait for that to come around. And if there are others in chairs that could be a long time.
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Old 05-14-2013, 12:56 PM   #19
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Since a party staying with their member who has a GAC doesn't break any Disney rule, I'm not seeing anything here to care about.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:11 PM   #20
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Look at Happy Hearts Days. Disneyland offered this for handicapped kids but it was badly abused by some handicapped kids' parents, relatives and others that felt entitled. It ended up getting cancelled, ruining it for those that played by the rules. Disneyland now only issues handicapped passes to legitimate organizations for distribution but that program is going to change because it, naturally is being abused.

This rental kid is the kind of abuse that's going to screw it up for everyone that benefits from the special pass.
On the bright side, some kid got a free day at WDW.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:15 PM   #21
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Now that there are 3 forum entries on this article, I'll weigh in with my 2¢.

I don't know the validity of the article, and have no direct personal experience of the "convenience" of disabled access for Disney attractions. I do know one family that travelled with someone using a wheelchair, and they FELT that their wait times were shorter. This was nearly 15 years ago though, and I can't imagine that anything from 15 years ago will ever be an accurate gauge for what to expect today.

I will say this generally about ADA and ADA access:

I think it is of crucial importance to have adequate access for people needing it. I think everyone should have the ability to get to anything they want and without too much frustration on their part. Nobody wants to be in a wheelchair or have any disability. I imagine if you'd ask anyone with a disability if they'd prefer to give up their so-called perks in exchange for living without their disability, they'd be thrilled to.

I am frustrated that there are abuses of ADA access. This is true whether or not people are using disabled people to piggyback on their access, or if they are reprenting themselves as disabled when they are not. I know for a fact that the latter exists. There are people who get HC placards for otherwise phantom or non qualifying symptoms. ADA access should be available for people who NEED it - not for people who want to take advantage of it.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #22
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For someone who brags about her wealth, the woman in the article sure isn't ashamed of being a cheapo to the point of breaking the rules. the REAL "1%" wouldn't need to cut corners for this stuff and pay up for real VIP tours.
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Old 05-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #23
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As was mentioned here - and in other threads on this topic - the NY Post is pretty much not worth the paper it is printed on and has a ton of inaccuracies it in all the time (i.e., "Bag Men")

While I am sure there are some people that would do this and brag about it, to me it is just sad that they would derive self worth from something like this
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For someone who brags about her wealth, the woman in the article sure isn't ashamed of being a cheapo to the point of breaking the rules. the REAL "1%" wouldn't need to cut corners for this stuff and pay up for real VIP tours.
What rules were broken?
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The pass given to Make a Wish families is a GAC. The majority of GAC stamps are alternate entrance ones, which allow for FP queues if the attraction has one.

As many of us CM's are saying, this is just another reason will may see the end of the GAC soon.
Agreed!..........I was not clear...........Make a wish card is called a GAC.

There has been a lot of talk about changing the GAC rules or as you indicate,it maybe be eliminated, which I feel would be a injustice to the folks that really need one!


To take advantage of the GAC or to plainly break and misuse these rules is really a display of poor manners and a total lack of class and character.

Shame on them!


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Old 05-15-2013, 07:12 AM   #26
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The tour company they are speaking of seems like a legitimate company that these people have obviously taken advantage of and in the process are ruining that company's reputation. There are two sides two every story and the Post failed to investigate their side.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:21 AM   #27
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Is this actually for real??? How disgusting! My friends had this kind of access to rides just over 5 years ago because their 4 year old daughter was dying from leukemia when they were there. She died 7 months after coming back and I am pretty sure they would have paid all the money in the world to NOT be in those shorter queues. The fact that people are taking advantage of this is horrible! But I guess if you do something like this you can go home happy with your perfectly healthy family and not give a second thought to those that truly deserve slightly shorter wait times and the fact you were so disgusting as to stoop to such a low, all for the sake of a couple of hours. Really? What's wrong with people these days?
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #28
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This is BS!!!!!! Whats next no Handicapped parking spaces either. My mother has had 2 knee replacements and has walking issues, she has a permanent disabled person parking permit, still works FT, but has issues walking around in WDW. THE GAC makes it so much easier for us as a family because it takes us longer to move from attraction to attraction, because she certainly isnt running at RD to grab a FP from TSM. I go at off peak times May and December so the lines arent bad and i can honestly say i do not think the GAC makes the wait any shorter with the exception of maybe TSM and Soarin. Anyway it really is sad that there are people like this out there.
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Old 05-15-2013, 08:01 AM   #29
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What rules were broken?
Please tell me that you don't think this is ok....
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:16 AM   #30
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This is BS!!!!!! Whats next no Handicapped parking spaces either. My mother has had 2 knee replacements and has walking issues, she has a permanent disabled person parking permit, still works FT, but has issues walking around in WDW. THE GAC makes it so much easier for us as a family because it takes us longer to move from attraction to attraction, because she certainly isnt running at RD to grab a FP from TSM. I go at off peak times May and December so the lines arent bad and i can honestly say i do not think the GAC makes the wait any shorter with the exception of maybe TSM and Soarin. Anyway it really is sad that there are people like this out there.
I don't honestly know that Disney will reduce access for people who actually need it. This whole thread is speculative about a specious article in the first place. I wouldn't spend any time worrying.
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