“As a WDW CM, when someone shows me their Guest Assistance Card and says “Here’s my fast pass” I immediately direct them to the standby entrance. It’s not a fast pass, it’s a card for those with needs. And you obviously need to learn that”
Ugh, this. You can tell who needs the line and who doesn’t. I get so tired of people clogging up the wheelchair line because they just didn’t want to wait. We’re not stupid, we can tell when someone has a need or not. Yeah sure, some needs aren’t obvious from the outside, but that’s why you talk to the family first.
You can’t tell who needs it and who doesn’t. I wish people would get that through their skulls. My mother is in her early forties, outwardly LOOKS fine except she looks a tad overweight because she can’t get the exercise she needs because she has fibro. A disease which attacks your memory, muscles, and bones all at the same time. She is essentially a forty year old in an eighty year olds body.
We got nasty looks, we got nasty remarks, we got dubious stares FROM CAST MEMBERS AS WELL when I wheeled her to the wheelchair line. My mother felt uncomfortable the entire time, but she couldn’t walk the majority of the days we were there, because she’d walked the first two days and we made several rounds around the park.
I’d also like to state, it’s NOT a fast pass. You wait in line the same as everyone else. Yes, when there are HOURS AND HOURS of waiting during peak times, the wait is significantly shorter. You still sit at the gate for your line and wait until either a front or back car/seat is available. The staff will not sit you anywhere else. It’s back or front. And that’s totally fine, to be honest.
BUT I had a selfrighteous prick look at my mom on the Space Mountain ride in Florida, WATCHED US STRUGGLE THE ENTIRE WAY after getting off, and scoffed at us when my mother looked at me in a panic on that squishy escalator you walk up when you leave, and ask me ‘Honey you can’t push me up this, do you need me to get up, you’re not physically strong enough’ because I’m not. I’m a weakling honestly.
TWO STRANGERS saw me struggling and helped me push her up that damned thing while three PERFECTLY FINE AND ABLE BODIED CM’s were watching FROM THE TOP OF THE SLOPE laughing and making comments on how my mom should just ‘get up and walk herself’ and how ‘she doesn’t need a wheelchair’ and how ‘obviously she’s abusing the wheelchair line’. My mother heard that, and tried to stand up for me and the stranger behind me, and would have fallen/hurt herself BADLY if the man in front of us hadn’t caught her and told her ‘Mam please stay in your chair, just because a few ignorant KIDS don’t understand disability happens to all people regardless of age, doesn’t mean you should push yourself, especially since your daughter’s trying so hard to take care of you’. He put her back in her chair, and started to PULL on the front while the two of us were pushing.
It’s not even cuz my mom’s a tad overweight (not that much mind you, just a tad chubby). A wheelchair is DAMNED HARD to push on an incline in the first place, couple that with a spongey escalator that goes at like zero hundred miles an hour and irate people from behind complaining about the holdup to get off, and it makes the job three times as difficult.
It’s shite like that that we dealt with THE ENTIRE TRIP (it happened on more than one ride, where staff members berated her and made her feel so embarrassed and in pain from pushing herself too hard I ended up spending the last day there alone while she rested in our room, and I had to spend a lonely day meandering MGM studios) that makes me feel ABSOLUTELY NO IOTAS WORTH OF GUILT when I go in on any other trip and fake an injury/disability to get one of these passes for my own convenience or my friends. Because honestly? A shitton of you CM’s who think you’re just godly and holier than thou as all hell because you work at Disney (I’m not sure WHY you all think you shite gold, and to be fair, a LOT of CM’s are very nice and were nice to us, in fact someone at the hotels had all of my mother’s meals from the caff. delivered the day I was gone so she didn’t have to leave she was in so much pain, a service they don’t usually offer, but had one of their Peter Pan babysitters run up and do when he wasn’t in service).
So yanno what? I really don’t feel bad that some people abuse this option. Because when WE were there, very few people were in the lines, but ALL of them were treated the same callous way, unless they ‘looked’ sick or disabled. 10/10 oh so proud CM. You just solidified my opinion of some of the morons who work at Disney, and made me feel even LESS guilty for taking advantage of the service every time, even when my mother isn’t there.