Very interesting news! Having been a parent of a special needs child who was a guest of Make-a-Wish in 11/2012 I can say we've been there and experienced the full range of responses from visitors in line. For full disclosure, my (then 6 yr old) son has a heart defect that has required 4 open-heart surgeries, 2 heart caths, 50+ echo's, 30+ pediatric cardiologist checkups, etc... Diagnosed with CP and flatfooted. He's seen more hospitals & doctor's rooms than a child EVER should.
Through all that, he's a "normal" boy and it'd be hard to look at both him and his twin brother to figure out which had the surgeries, but lift his shirt and it looks like the map of a trainyard. So his outward appearance and even physical abilities for the most part are equal to a normal 6 yr old.
So we show up to MK to start his dream trip of 3 days in the parks. We ride it's a small world first (because, come on! You have to!!) and then it's off to Haunted Mansion where both had no waits. Then over to Country Bear Jamboree and on to Splash Mountain. No waits over 6 minutes. Finally! A wait... Woody and Sally are signing autographs and we wait about 10 minutes before a CM sees our Give Kids the World issued Disability Card (not sure of the official name). They say, "move right up here, we'll ask the next family if its ok". We said, we dont want to make a fuss. The CM's walked us right up there and we felt about 4 inches tall. But all the families were supportive! It was at this time that that CM explained how that card worked. But we're an honest family and only used it where we needed to due to a reservation or scheduling conflict.
Why do I say all this? Disney (even with the new plan) does FAR MORE than any other entertainment venue for special needs children (and adults for that matter). However, the original plan just seemed like it was not prepared with a lot of thought and really relied on the honor code. This new plan sounds like it will issue a timestamped item to someone in need at that time, on that day. Not a pre-issued card for a timeframe (seemed like it was for 14 days). Yes, it will be a little more rigid with a scheduled time but I support the proactive move. Something needs to be done. Personally, I would be more than happy to inform Disney of our medical need with a letter from our cardiologist. I also feel if this doesnt work, I'm afraid Disney's next move would be to limit these acts of pixie dust to cards issued through pre-approved groups like Give Kids the World and Make a Wish.
Lets get talking about this WDW Radio folks!