Rich Families Hire Disabled ‘Guides’ To Skip Disney World Queue

Rich Families Hire Disabled 'Guides' To Skip Disney World QueueDisney World is looking into reports that some wealthy visitors are hiring disabled people to pretend to be family members so that they can skip lines.

‘How the 1% does Disney’

“It is unacceptable to abuse accommodations that were designed for guests with disabilities,” spokesman Bryan Malenius told CNN Wednesday. “We are thoroughly reviewing the situation and will take appropriate steps to deter this type of activity.”

The Post anonymously quoted one mother as saying, “My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours. You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge. This is how the 1% does Disney.”

‘Sharing the wealth’

The woman said she hired a company called Dream Tours, the Post reported. The Florida company did not respond immediately to CNN’s requests for comment. But it posted a note on its website saying:

“Due to inaccurate press and slander, Dream Tours is not offering VIP tours at this time. Our focus has primarily always been providing magical vacations for adults with special needs and helping their dreams to come true.”

It’s unclear how often the alleged practice may have actually taken place. The theme park offers VIP tours and FastPass service allowing people to avoid long lines. People took to social media to express outrage at the idea of wealthy able-bodied people using money to take advantage of a benefit preserved for the disabled. But others had a different view.

“At least they are sharing the wealth and providing the less fortunate with over $1000 a day to go to Disney World,” one of the first comments on this story said, from user “blindliberal.”

What do you think of these wealthy families’ way of touring Disney — unacceptable or no big deal? Feel free to share your thoughts with us!

Source: Josh Levs, CNN

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Disney Eyes ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ After Buying Lucasfilm For $4 Billion

Disney Eyes 'Star Wars Episode 7' After Buying Lucasfilm For $4 BillionDisney is buying Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars films, from its chairman and founder George Lucas for $4.05bn (£2.5bn). Mr Lucas said: “It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of film-makers.”

‘New Star Wars film’

In a statement announcing the purchase, Disney said it planned to release a new Star Wars film, episode seven, in 2015. That will be followed by episodes eight and nine and then one new movie every two or three years, the company said. The last Star Wars film was 2005’s Revenge of the Sith, and Disney said it believed there was “substantial pent-up demand”.

Disney will pay about half in cash and half in stock, issuing 40 million Disney shares in the transaction. The deal follows Disney’s acquisitions of Pixar studios for $7.4bn in 2006 and Marvel comics for $4.2bn in 2009.

‘Great fit to update Star Wars’

“Our valuation of Lucasfilm is roughly comparable to the value we placed on Marvel when we announced that acquisition in 2009,” Disney said, adding that the valuation was almost entirely driven by the Star Wars franchise.

George Lucas launched Lucasfilm in 1971 and the first Star Wars film was released in 1977. Mr Lucas will continue as a creative consultant. Kathleen Kennedy, currently co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president of the firm and will be the executive producer on the new Star Wars films.

When the later Star Wars films were released in the 1990s and 2000s, although they did well at the box office, they were generally not well-received by fans. But Josh Dickey, film editor at Variety magazine in LA, said that Disney was a “great fit” to update Star Wars.

Would you be expecting an even more spectacular ‘Star Wars’ after Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm? Which episode was your favorite?

Source: BBC News

Image: Blastr