Parties of 20?!
Yes thats correct! I wheelchair guest had a party of 22 people going to board the great movie ride! I do respect the handicap people and i think they deserve every right to bring them and THERE FAMILY to the front of the line for loading onto the ride. Im not a racsist either but the family had 5 black people in it and the other load of people looked like completely random tourists that werent black and didnt really associate themselves with the 5 black people in line. Has anyone seen this before or used a handicap family to cut the line for a ride? Can cast members stop this load of crud?
Usually the group themselves say how many are with them and the CM can count how many, and if anyone were to try to sneak in with that group, I'm pretty sure the group would say "Hey, they're not with us" and the CM will point them to the correct line ;)
When we got our guest assistance pass the other day, we were told that it was only good for a maximum of 6 people. As we had 9 in our party, we either took turns or someone waited behind. The pass also says that if the wait for the ride is an hour and fast passes are available, the CM might make you get a FP . We had that happen during a previous trip. The pass also says that it is not an automatic "go to the front of the line" pass. (Not in so many words, but essentially that's what it says). I'm surprised they let them through with that many people.
I think some of you are forgetting that these parks were built before ADA regulations, and some of the queues don't quite make the length and have to offer a different route which usually is either a seperate line for those with GAC and their party. In the Jungle, we have a seperate line for those with GAC and must allow them and their party in this line, which offers a much shorter wait. I'm not sure when the ADA regulations came into play and if MGM was built before or after, so I'm not sure if GMR did the right thing or not with these guests.
I think I heard somewhere that they are trying to make the queues more handicap accessible or something. One of the reasons is some people get wheel chairs even though they are fine and they do this just so they don't have to wait in lines. I'm not saying everybody does this but some do and I can't stand the people who are fine but to lazy to wait.
I don't know if that made any sense. It's way to early in the morning for me
So you are saying that just because this 'family' had both caucasion and African American people in it that it's impossible for them to be 'family'???? :inquis: Let me just make it clear to you that it is completely a possible thing for this to occur. And considering that WDW is a premiere destination for Family Reunions, I don't see why a group of 20 seems so unheard of. I have been with groups as few as 2 all the way up to 26 before!
I don't know exactly what the rules are for the GAC or what the protocal is for this. I was just a little taken back by the comment of the "black" and "completely random tourist" comment.
I say that unless you are positive that someone is taking advantage of the system that it is best to just stay out of it. Sometime things aren't always what they appear to be.....
I have to agree, I don't see how the members of the party's race factors into this at all. And I don't think that it is a "load of crud" for cast members to accomodate handicapped guests and their entire party. If you or someone you were with was handicapped, wouldn't you want to have the right to experience the attraction with your whole group?
Before this gets any more heated, let's look at some other possible reasons this large group was entering through a special entrance.
They could have been part of a tour group. Some Disney tours (Backstage Magic is one that goes to the Studios) get to ride attractions as a group, and are usually brought in through the alternate entrances.
They could have been several parties with GAC cards waiting together. I'm not sure if the GMR is one of them, but on some attractions only some cars are handicapped-accessible. So the CM may have had several groups waiting for that accessible car, and then put all the groups in at once.
They could have some other VIP status reason for being admitted that way. The fact that there was a wheelchair among the group doesn't necessarily mean that they were in that line because of the wheelchair.
The GAC card rules do very clearly state that no more than 6 can be admitted. If a party is larger than that, the 'extra' people can go through the regular queue and then join up with the person with the GAC when they get to the front of the line.
If a CM was accommodating a group of the size you described, it is highly unlikely they were doing it with a single GAC.
Disney does its best to accommodate everyone and provide a magical experience for all its guests. But it certainly helps if we the guests remember to bring our patience and tolerance with us as well.
I am closing this thread.