How the 1% Does Disney: Skip the Lines With a Handicapped Tour Guide

Wealthy families are hiring disabled tour guides so they can cut the lines at Disney World.

Who wants to wait in long lines with the ordinary riff-raff at Disney World? Not some wealthy New York City moms, who apparently hire a disabled person to pose as a family member so they can skip the line at rides and attractions, according to the New York Post.

How does this help? Well, to accommodate guests in wheelchairs or scooters, Disney allows the handicapped individual, plus up to six friends, access to a more convenient entrance -- in essence, a shortcut to the front of the line. While the park warns you may still have to wait, the line is reportedly much shorter than what you'd encounter otherwise.

Disney Tours also offers this kind of no-wait experience legitimately, as part of its VIP program, but for a cost of $310 to $380 an hour. In comparison, the cost of renting an under-the-table handicapped guide is $130 an hour -- more than $1,000 for an 8-hour day, but a relative bargain compared to the VIP program. 

What's more, The Post claims that the guide's number is a closely guarded secret -- and that the tour service that reportedly offers it, Dream Tours Florida -- works on referral only. So it's back to the end of the line for the rest of us.

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google +.  

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