On first blush this decision may seem a little harsh. Many of you might think that it’s only right that disabled people should get preference in the long, long queues at Disney. Well trust me, judging by our experiences this summer, the privilege is being well and truly abused.
I have to admit that we didn’t actually identify any of the “disabled tour guides” that the article refers to. What we did see however is hundreds (no hyperbole here – I do mean hundreds!) of obese people riding round in mobility scooters and using the fact they they were “too fat to walk” as an excuse for them and those with them to jump the queues for buses and rides. It seemed somewhat ironic that the very people who would benefit most from walking around a theme park were pouring themselves into an electric wheelchair and thus depriving themselves of the exercise they so desperately needed!
Admittedly there are some who get overweight through genuine illness (an over-active thyroid being one I believe) but I once read that only accounts for 1 in 10,000 overweight people. Those that have a complaint of that nature will I’m sure, once Disney get the adjustments made to their rules, get the assistance and privileges they deserve. Nobody wants to see people with genuine disabilities disadvantaged but I applaud Disney for having the courage to do something about a system that was, on the evidence we saw, seemingly being exploited by a huge number of families.