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    Best way to do Disney

    Best way to do Disney...

    http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/15/us/dis...html?hpt=hp_t2

    CNN) -- "Crazy." "Freaky." "Awful." "Despicable."

    Those were some of the more shareable words flying around social media Wednesday morning as people reacted to a story from the New York Post that "rich Manhattan moms" have discovered a way to skip lines at Disney World: They hire disabled guides "to pose as family members" so they can skip to the front.

    "The black-market Disney guides run $130 an hour, or $1,040 for an eight-hour day," the report said.

    Social researcher Wednesday Martin "caught wind of the underground network" while working on a book about practices among New York City's Park Avenue elite, the Post reported.

    "It really is happening," Martin told CNN's "Starting Point" Wednesday.

    "I live among the privileged and powerful parents of New York City," she said, "and once in a while I come across a practice that's really surprising."

    She added, "It's not my job to judge."

    To Disney or not to Disney?

    Disney for the '1%'

    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."

    The woman said she hired someone from 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."

    Disney World also did not respond immediately to CNN's requests for comment.

    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.

    Martin said the wealthy people she spoke with found that hiring a disabled guide can cost less and allow people to skip straight to the front of lines.

    Disney World has also been rolling out bracelets designed in part to inform visitors when it's their turn to come to a ride.

    Downtown Disney to make way for Disney Springs

    Anger erupts

    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.

    "This has blood shooting from my eyes this morning," Twitter user Kaneshow wrote.

    "Wow, I can't even..." wrote Allison Cole.

    And Twitter user Ruth summed up her take in two words: "Con artists!"

    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."

    And jessied44 wrote, "$1040 for a day spent having fun -- not a bad job. Pretending they are part of the family isn't a good example for the children, but providing work for someone who is disabled isn't a bad thing to do."

    Disney brings more oomph with New Fantasyland

    CNN's Dan Bailey, Steve Forrest, Meredith Richards, Christine Romans, and John Berman contributed to this report.

    © 2013 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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    do it

    somebody do it

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    We hired a guy who had a get on any ride pass for $100/hr, worked great, but it was not a handicap pass

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    Prosthetic Disney turkey legs - there's always a new angle

    I'd bet anything Kenmore I has done this years ago

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    Just yank the kids out of school and go on off peak days. I go during the week in October or early december. there is nobody there. no lines at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagmanL11 View Post
    Best way to do Disney...

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    From behind?

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    That whole place is ground zero for everything that is bad about America - gluttony, commercialism, contrived happiness, phony ideals. I'm not surprised.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonhomme Richard View Post
    That whole place is ground zero for everything that is bad about America - gluttony, commercialism, contrived happiness, phony ideals. I'm not surprised.
    very well put

    what are you doing in The Hampur?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonhomme Richard View Post
    That whole place is ground zero for everything that is bad about America - gluttony, commercialism, contrived happiness, phony ideals. I'm not surprised.
    Gwyneth Paltrow, please return control back to pauly

    Sure the ads for the latest DVD on the tram roof and the gift shop at the end of each ride rankle even the most jaded of us...the cynicism usually melts away when you take your innocent kids there and they give you the biggest hugs for making them happy and fulfilling their ideals. When you're a parent it's all about them and not you.
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    Thankfully, my kids have no interest in going to Disney at all. I suppose we'll take them once when they're both old enough to remember as its a check the box kind of thing, but I don't think I will ever have to deal with kids begging me to go to Disney.

    And I am grateful for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackhuntr View Post
    From behind?
    perhaps Jasmine if given the chance

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    Thankfully, my kids have no interest in going to Disney at all. I suppose we'll take them once when they're both old enough to remember as its a check the box kind of thing, but I don't think I will ever have to deal with kids begging me to go to Disney.

    And I am grateful for that.
    We went last week of August last year thinking one and done... going again same week this summer....

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    based on the thread title, my first thought was "mushrooms!!?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagmanL11 View Post
    We went last week of August last year thinking one and done... going again same week this summer....
    Its too early to say for sure, but right now my boys are 6 and 3 and I just asked them other day (after having the Disney convo at work)..."Guys, do you have any interest in going to Disney?" Response..."Nah". "Do you know any Disney characters?" My little one blurted out Mickey, but had no real enthusiasm behind it.

    My older one would rather go to Toronto to visit the Stanley Cup. Like a little girl preparing for her character breakfast with Princess Jasmine, he gets concerned and asks "What happens if we go to Toronto (mind you nothing is planned) and we try and see the Stanley Cup but the winners are taking it to their homes that day?"

    Kid, we aren't going to Toronto. The inflatable Stanley Cup will have to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    Just yank the kids out of school and go on off peak days. I go during the week in October or early december. there is nobody there. no lines at all.
    Yeah, because, why should kids be in school learning crap and stuff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by crasherino View Post
    Its too early to say for sure, but right now my boys are 6 and 3 and I just asked them other day (after having the Disney convo at work)..."Guy, do you have any interest in going to Disney?" Response..."Nah". "Do you know any Disney characters?" My little blurted out Mickey, but had no real enthusiasm behind it.

    My older one would rather go to Toronto to visit the Stanley Cup. Like a little girl preparing for her character breakfast with Princess Jasmine, he gets concerned and asks "What happens if we go to Toronto (mind you nothing is planned) and we try and see the Stanley Cup but the winners are taking it to their homes that day?"

    Kid, we aren't going to Toronto. The inflatable Stanley Cup will have to do.

    You have done a damn fine job as a father.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackhuntr View Post
    From behind?
    Quote Originally Posted by 2milehighJet View Post
    based on the thread title, my first thought was "mushrooms!!?"

    these guys gets it

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    Sure it's not an ideal situation, but at the same time it's good to see decent paying jobs for handicap people.

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    Write this down:

    PK will pop in here and say something very appropriate, I will agree with him 10000%.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jungle Shift Jet View Post
    Sure the ads for the latest DVD on the tram roof and the gift shop at the end of each ride rankle even the most jaded of us...the cynicism usually melts away when you take your innocent kids there and they give you the biggest hugs for making them happy and fulfilling their ideals. When you're a parent it's all about them and not you.

    Well said. I can't wait to take my kids there. We went to Six Flags two summers ago and they loved it, can only guess the same will be true of Disney.

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