Daniel Etcheberry

Published: June 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Every time the system is abused, theme parks changes the rules that help the disabled for the worse. We all pay for others bad actions.
Robert Niles

Published: June 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Right. To clarify, a GAC is not necessary if you've got a wheelchair, and it's obvious that that's your accommodation need in the parks.
Bobbie Butterfield

Published: June 3, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Daniel's informative article and Robert's comments raise some interesting questions. What constitutes a disability and what constitutes abuse of the system? I am not in a wheelchair and am sufficiently able-bodied to play tennis but not sufficiently able-bodied to stand in line for extended periods to get on rides at theme parks. Due to a medical condition, I cannot stand for longer than 40 or 50 minutes without being in pain. Accordingly, when a park is crowded and the ride queues are exceptionally long, I either get a disability pass or a Fast Lane pass although I am leaning more and more toward the former because it's free and I can't always afford a Fast Lane pass. I got a disability pass on my last visit to Six Flags Great Adventure and had to wait my turn to ride just like almost everyone else (the ride ops gave me ride times and marked them off on the pass), the only difference being that I didn't have to wait in line. However, I was not permitted to use the disability pass to ride Kingda Ka because according to the folks in Guest Relations, the ride is A.D.A. accessible. So for once I didn't get to ride it. This is an instance of my feeling that I was discriminated against for NOT being in a wheelchair. OK, so the ride is wheelchair accessible but I'm not in a wheelchair and cannot stand for 90 minutes (this was the estimated wait time to get on the ride). I would have felt justified in renting a wheelchair so that I could get in line for the ride; at $25, it's cheaper than a Flash Pass. Is this abuse of the system? Disabilities come in all shapes and forms.
Manny Rodriguez

Published: June 3, 2013 at 3:05 PM

That s Wrong IMO if you aren't disabled (mental or Handicap) you shouldn't get the service of que skip.

Published: June 4, 2013 at 5:15 AM

For half a year now I rely on a scoot mobile. I can walk short distances but that's it. I used to go to comic con like conventions but standing in line to get an autograph or drawing from the artists became impossible. I can't work anymore and rely on help from my loving family to provide me food and clean my clothes. I won't get old and am in pain all the time. Because of that I'm also always tired. For the time I have left I want to enjoy my life as much as possible.
I love to visit Orlando and do the theme parks but was afraid I couldn't do it anymore. Last time (a few years ago) I could only go for a few hours each time. I didn't use a scoot mobile then. I didn't felt handicap enough or I was to proud to admit I needed assistance. My situation has become much worse but with my scoot mobile I'm still able to enjoy a bit of life. I'm looking forward to visit Orlando later this year. Can someone direct me to a site where I can get more information about doing these parks while being handicapped?
It's sad some people abuse the system. I hope one day they really need the system when their body stops working as it should, they deserve it. For the guy who was asking, if you are not sure you need the system, you probably don't (yet).

Published: June 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM

My mother has really bad knee problems and doesn't need a wheel chair but cannot stand in line for long. (at least not as long as Disney lines can get)

In the past we were able to get the card and use it only on the rides she really wanted to ride. We did Not use the card on everything. If the line was 20-25 minutes we wouldn't bother.

Now we went recently and they said she had to get a wheelchair in order to get the card, and that she would just have to do the regular line.

While I can understand there was abuse of this card, seems kind of unfair that we have to get a wheel chair. She just can't wait in line for too long.