Disney Takes A Disability Stand


Back in May I blogged about the new career path some people with disabilities were taking.  They were becoming tour guides at Walt Disney World or Disneyland.  Basically, they would get paid by “able” bodied people to get them in front of the lines.  Disgusting?  Yes, but very hard to stop…..until now.  Disney has come out with a new rule that “visitors with special needs will be issued tickets with a return time and a shorter wait similar to the FastPass system that’s offered to everyone.”  Now let’s hear some of the responses:

  • “I can’t stand for a long time,” said Hardstaff, of Australia, who visited the Anaheim, Calif. park Monday. “You can imagine the line. You wait 20, 30 minutes — I can’ do it.”  (Interesting, because they do have wheelchairs to use.  Hmmm.)
  • Some families of children with epilepsy and autism criticized the change, saying their kids’ disabilities make it too hard for them to wait in standard lines. 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.” (I actually don’t know how to even respond to this).

I give Disney credit for responding to a situation that was getting out of control.  It’s hard not to be politically correct.  Our government would never be able to do this and so this is why we have such disability abuse.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  1 comment for “Disney Takes A Disability Stand

  1. Ken
    September 27, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    It used to be that assistance for people with disabilities was known as charity and was given at the discretion of those donating the charity. Now there appears to be little gratitude (but a lot of obnoxiousness) among those receiving the assistance to those giving it. Sad times
    BTW, South Park did a great episode on this subject

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