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Old 10-31-2012, 09:59 AM   #16
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We didn't know at first. But we were standing in line and one of the cast members came up at took us right to the front.
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The same thing happened to us. We had our GAC visible and a CM saw it and moved us to the front. We didn't ask for any accommodation, we were just standing in the regular line with everyone else.
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Old 10-31-2012, 10:10 AM   #18
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I didn't realize you could use the gac for character lines.
While it states on the front that is it not for use for Character greetings, I suppose it's up to CM discretion. I've read several reports of people being accommodated particularly at indoor character meets. I wouldn't expect it to be accepted, but nice that it has helped some people.
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Old 10-31-2012, 11:14 AM   #19
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I didn't realize you could use the gac for character lines.
Officially, GACs are not for character greetings.
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While it states on the front that is it not for use for Character greetings, I suppose it's up to CM discretion. I've read several reports of people being accommodated particularly at indoor character meets. I wouldn't expect it to be accepted, but nice that it has helped some people.
CMs may allow a GAC to be used at the indoor, permanent character greetings. Because they are in a permanent place, there may be some accommodations that CMs are able to offer.
Exactly what may depend on the exact location, when you are coming and how busy it is.

GACs are not used at the outdoor places where characters just appear periodically. Since it's usually just one or 2 characters and one handler, they don't usually have any possibilities for offering accommodations.
Some people have had one member of their party wait close by with the person with a disability, outside of the line while the rest are in the line. When the main part of their party reaches the front, the people outside the line join.
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The same thing happened to us. We had our GAC visible and a CM saw it and moved us to the front. We didn't ask for any accommodation, we were just standing in the regular line with everyone else.
Sometimes, especially when it is not busy, CMs will move anyone who needs 'special handling' to a different place. This is usually because it will be quicker and more efficient for the attraction, not as a perk for the person.
I have also been in many situations where someone thinks they have gotten front of line when they were pulled into the accessible area to wait. This most often happens for show, where they do seat people with mobility devices and special needs first. They still get into the same show they would have gotten into if they were in the regular line, but they have a less crowded place to wait and are taken into the theater in less of a crowd.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:57 PM   #20
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Do not expect to use a GAC for character greetings! It is up to the CM in charge to let you ahead of the line. We never use ours, but sometimes a CM will see us in line (disabilities are fairly obvious) and will ask us to the front of the line.

The only time you can be virtually guaranteed front of the line access for character greetings is if your child is on a Make-A-Wish trip and they wear a special pin that is easy for the CM's to see.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:44 PM   #21
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Officially, GACs are not for character greetings.

CMs may allow a GAC to be used at the indoor, permanent character greetings. Because they are in a permanent place, there may be some accommodations that CMs are able to offer.
Exactly what may depend on the exact location, when you are coming and how busy it is.

GACs are not used at the outdoor places where characters just appear periodically. Since it's usually just one or 2 characters and one handler, they don't usually have any possibilities for offering accommodations.
Some people have had one member of their party wait close by with the person with a disability, outside of the line while the rest are in the line. When the main part of their party reaches the front, the people outside the line join.

Sometimes, especially when it is not busy, CMs will move anyone who needs 'special handling' to a different place. This is usually because it will be quicker and more efficient for the attraction, not as a perk for the person.
I have also been in many situations where someone thinks they have gotten front of line when they were pulled into the accessible area to wait. This most often happens for show, where they do seat people with mobility devices and special needs first. They still get into the same show they would have gotten into if they were in the regular line, but they have a less crowded place to wait and are taken into the theater in less of a crowd.
I didn't think it would be used for characters
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I didn't think it would be used for characters
It isn't.
But sometimes there are things the CMs can do for the indoor, permanent meet and greets.
Don't expect to get in right away - when they so give an accommodation, it's usually allowing you to wait outside of the line instead of staying in the line.

If the wait is 15 minutes or less, expect to just wait in the regular line with everyone else. And, even if it longer, they may not be able to do anything to help. It depends on the location, staffing and what else is going on.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #23
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It disturbs me a little to see how many people posted when this was on the regular board) that the OP would get front of the line. That tells me that is the "public's perception" when it isn't the reality.

Sorry this was a little off the subject--but it does bother me that people seem to think that people with disabilities get perks when it isn't true. No wonder so many are angry.
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Old 11-01-2012, 12:44 PM   #24
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It is relatively straight forward to get a GAC. Bring a doctors note detailing what issues your child has to the town hall and they'll get you taken care of.
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It is relatively straight forward to get a GAC. Bring a doctors note detailing what issues your child has to the town hall and they'll get you taken care of.
No note is needed from your doctor and most CMs will not even look at it. At any GS at any of the 4 parks, you need to take the person that needs the GAC and explain what issues the person has in relation to touring the parks and the CMs will determine what stamps to put on the GAC.
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Follow the link in my signature to the disABILITIES FAQs thread. Post 6 can answer all your questions about GACs (plus some you didn't think of).
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Follow the link in my signature to the disABILITIES FAQs thread. Post 6 can answer all your questions about GACs (plus some you didn't think of).
This is very helpful thanks
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It disturbs me a little to see how many people posted when this was on the regular board) that the OP would get front of the line. That tells me that is the "public's perception" when it isn't the reality.

Sorry this was a little off the subject--but it does bother me that people seem to think that people with disabilities get perks when it isn't true. No wonder so many are angry.
In my experience it does seem that the alternative access line is a bit quicker but in exchange for that little "perk" we get at WDW every other year our son endures thousands of seizures each month, he takes 18 pills each day, he has had 3 brain surgeries, countless injuries from falls, he uses a wheelchair to get around, etc. I wouldn't mind sitting down with some of those that are angry about the alternative entrances so they could explain to me just how lucky we are
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In my experience it does seem that the alternative access line is a bit quicker but in exchange for that little "perk" we get at WDW every other year our son endures thousands of seizures each month, he takes 18 pills each day, he has had 3 brain surgeries, countless injuries from falls, he uses a wheelchair to get around, etc. I wouldn't mind sitting down with some of those that are angry about the alternative entrances so they could explain to me just how lucky we are

Let me say for all of what your family goes though I don't know why people care that you get to the front of the line. I or any one in my very large family would not think twice about letting in front of us. My niece has problems and for that my sister (a single mother) goes though it the least that Disney can do is to let her or any family like hers to the front. Don't listen to these rude people. Enjoy the pass and use it. That's what it's there for.
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:26 PM   #30
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I honestly don't see where anyone was being negative in this post. Just people giving friendly advise to the op. I mean even the op thanked everyone for helping her out.
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