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'Black Market' Disney World Tour Guides Let Rich Moms Cut Lines

Tuesday, 14 May 2013 11:33 AM

By Megan Anderle

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Some wealthy Manhattanites have gamed the system at Disney World by hiring "black market" tour guides for thousands of dollars who hook them up with motorized scooters and handicapped signs to avoid seemingly endless lines.

The Disney World guides have also assigned disabled people to pose as family members so entire groups can cut lines.

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“This is how the 1 percent does Disney,” one anonymous Manhattan mother who hired an illegitimate tour guide told the New York Post. "My daughter waited one minute to get on ‘It’s a Small World’ — the other kids had to wait 2 1/2 hours.

"You can’t go to Disney without a tour concierge,’’ she added.

The illicit guides go for about $130 an hour or $1,040 for an eight-hour day. And these well-to-do mothers say it's well worth the cost.

The mother said she hired Dream Tours Florida to escort her, her husband, and their 1-year-old son, and 5-year-old daughter through the park in a motorized scooter with a “handicapped” sign. Park attendants sent the family straight to an auxiliary entrance at the front of each attraction.

Disney allows each guest who needs a wheelchair or motorized scooter to bring up to six guests to a “more convenient entrance,” according to The Post.

Disney offers their own tour service to expidite the waiting process through fast passes and VIP guides, but it costs $310 to $380 per hour – double the price of the black market guides.

“Who wants a speed pass when you can use your black-market handicapped guide to circumvent the lines all together?” said social anthropologist Dr. Wednesday Martin.

Martin found out about the network while doing research for her upcoming book “Primates of Park Avenue.”

The service, which the Post was unable to contact via phone, is untraceable without a referral. Elite families get the phone number through other elite families, and when a person calls, a Dream Tours representative on the other end asks who gave them the phone number before moving forward.

“So when you’re doing it, you’re affirming that you are one of the privileged insiders who has and shares this information," Martin said.

Ryan Clement runs Dream Tours Florida with girlfriend Jacie Christiano, whom the rich Manhattan mom identified as her family’s guide, according to the Post.

Clement said Christiano has an auto-immune disorder and uses a scooter to get around, and denied the allegations that she uses her disability to bypass lines.

Disney did not return the Post's repeated requests for comment.

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