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Disney Theme Parks To Get Rid Of Special Access

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Special access will no longer be granted at Disneyland or Disney World to people with disabilities.

Walt Disney officials cite growing concern over abuse of the system. For example, people with no disabilities sometimes would be able to get an assistance card and get to the front of the line by being "tour guides" to guests with disabilities. According to officials, it is preventing them from allowing people with actually disabilities to go straight to the front of the line.

In its place, visitors with disabilities will be given tickets with a return time for a shorter wait. It's similar to the FastPass system offered to everyone, and it is basically like making a reservation and boarding at the appointed time.

The changes will go into effect on October 9th and all employees will be trained on the new rules, according to Disney officials.

A lot of people are very concerned about this change. Already, three online petitions on Moveon.org have appeared demanding Disney reinstate the passes. One petition already has more than 22,000 signatures.

Central to the critics arguments are that their kids with special needs (especially Autism or other developmental or cognitive conditions) will not be able to take the wait and feel uncomfortable in crowd settings.

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