Disney has long been regarded as a haven for family holidays. With their ‘Cast Members’ highly trained in spreading happiness to visiting families, young visitors with disabilities were traditionally treated as mini-rockstars; there was a policy of allowing people with disabilities straight to the front of the queues (which can be long and tortuous, especially in the summer).
But it appears that some families abused this privilege and brought along a token ‘disabled guide’ to tap into the fast-track privileges. Now Disney have a policy of assessing an individual visitor’s needs on arrival; hardly ideal for those planning a trip and seeking peace of mind. This account by Elizabeth Picciuto in the Daily Beast highlights her own stresses in trying to plan a visit to Disneyland with her son. Disneyland Cracks Down on Fake Disabilities, Forgets Real Ones