Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by SueM in MN, Sep 28, 2013.
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Well I will not be there til the afternoon, so hopefully I will miss it. But I agree with the idea of me waiting my turn - I am no more special than anyone around me, disabled or able-bodied. I do not get to go faster or slower than anyone else - I just have the legal right to wait (like the average guest going into the park waits) in a safe manner. And I will make sure that I get to wait in a safe manner.
But protesting something that (A) has not happened yet, and (B) strives for equality and inclusion for people with disabilities? Why would you do that?
That is what this system is trying to do - make a more equal system. And maybe the DAS is not perfect, not yet. No system will ever be perfect for everyone. But I actually feel better knowing I can wait my turn. I felt bad when I knew I waited a shorter time, but I also knew the stand-by line was not an option.
So I am going into this hoping that it will work out okay. I will certainly tell Disney of any problems I may have, but I am hoping things will turn out okay. If I go in thinking it will all fail, I will be nothing but nerves and anxiety, and I will have a terrible day (as will anyone within a 10 foot radius of me). And I want to have a happy day at the Happiest Place on Earth.
I'm confused is this the thread for WDW or DL?
A good couple of reminders:
Everything is going to be new for guests using the new program, but also for CMs, so please everyone be patient with CMs and other guests.
There are people (like the protesters that are apparently coming to DL) who are hoping the program fails and really not giving it a chance. I just hope no one gets hurt out of all this.
One final reminder, the first few days and weeks are going to be the hardest because everything is just getting settled. It probably won't be all worked out for a while. Anyone going in the near future should expect waits and some snafus - expecting everything to roll out completely smoothly would be kind of like going shopping on Black Friday and expecting the stores to be completely empty - it's just not going to happen.
Sorry, this is the WDW thread - I was just responding to a DL comment.
Thank you so much for this thread and posting all the info for us Sue! I agree it's going to have some teething problems what new system doesn't! Looking forward to hearing about how it goes now its live. As a person with need for dAS card and wheelchair entry as I have reasons why I cannot wait in line I am most interested in how this will work! As Yoda would say reading with interest I am mmmm. Paula x
We are at epcot now and dd went to guest services and wsd told they are not giving out any cards. No gac and no das.
WOW! Curious to hear what happens at the other parks today.
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Interesting. Would you mind saying what you need is? I've read that wheelchair or ECv will not get a card even if they have in the past (assuming no other needs)
I was taking what the OP said as being that they were just not giving out any cards to anyone, period.
Only cards being given out anywhere are for children with autism. Apparently the decision was made yesterday.
Dd has Nuerocardiogenic syncope, pots, eds, ventricular tachycardia, pacts. She passes out a lot. She can use an ecv but she can't stand or sit for extended periods. Her blood pressure drops when she stands which causes her to pass out.
Go back and talk to a supervisors. I doubt they are only giving cards out for autism an not others disabilities . They may mean hidden disabilities or those that can't be regulated via mobility device.
I can't fathom that they would only give out to kids with Autism. There are such a wide variety of situations that do not include Autism that I would think qualify for a card.
Did they perhaps state no card for your DD as they feel she should be using a wheelchair/evc for her issues?
One thing I'd like to know from the people who will be reporting from Disney is this: Will the Guest Relations outside the parks be equipped to take the photos?
I remember a long time ago having our pictures made for Aps and they were taken in the area just inside the MK, immediately to the right as you enter.
I would personally like to know where the photos (in all the WDW parks) are taken.
i don't think they can single out one disability as being "the one," especially as it seems if they were to go that extreme they would want "proof," which we all know they can never ask for.
It doesn't seem like that could be legal!
Besides, since they cannot ask for proof of disability (or even ask what specific disability you have), how would that work? And not everyone with autism requires the same accommodations, so again, how does that work?
I'm not disbelieving you, I'm having trouble with the idea.
That would not be legal. Not saying anyone is lying, but I think someone somewhere misunderstood or was misinformed.
That is an awesome question. The past few times we have gone we have picked up either our APs or party tickets outside MK and gotten our GAC as well. Never even thought that it might not be able to be done there for the DAS. Thank you for thinking of this and asking.
She went to both guest services and was told the same thing so no she did not misunderstand
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