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 CNN.com 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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Nepalese Mother Burned Alive for ‘Witchcraft’

A 40-year-old mother of two was burned alive in central Nepal after she was accused of being a witch, police said Saturday.

Dhegani Mahato was attacked and set on fire by family members and others after a shaman allegedly accused her of casting a spell to make one of her relatives sick, Police Officer Hira Mani Baral said. The attack occurred Friday in Bagauda in Chitwan district, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) southwest of the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, Baral said by telephone. Police arrested 10 people, including two shamans, five women and an 8-year-old boy, in connection with the burning.

“Those arrested have confessed to their crime and will be charged with murder,” Baral said.


Mahato had just finished cleaning a cowshed early in the morning when she was attacked, Baral said. She was beaten with sticks and rocks before being doused with kerosene and set afire, an attack witnessed by her 9-year-old daughter, according to the local police report. Neighbors told police they were alerted to the attack but by then it was too late to save her.

Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai appealed to the people not to heed to shamans and faith healers. The government announced 1 million Nepalese rupees (about $14,000) in compensation for Mahato’s two children.

Source: CNN

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