Using the best motorized wheelchair can help you travel and go places you never thought you could go, including the happiest place on Earth.
But a fellow patron at Tokyo Disneyland caught two people faking a disability that required using a wheelchair so they could take advantage of the park’s policy of giving people with disabilities enhanced privileges that help them better enjoy their visit.
Tokyo Disneyland has been celebrating its 35th year with a promotion called “Happiest Surprise.” As part of the special promotion, park employees hand out special pendants to guests and visitors whose day they want to make special, Sora News 24 reported.
Each pendant comes with a special privilege like priority seating for stage shows, fast passes to the front of the line, merchandise or food.
On Dec. 22, a young man in a wheelchair who was accompanied by a woman in a black jacket received a pendant. But later that day, the woman and the man switched places, and when she was in the wheelchair, she received pendants as well, other patrons claimed on social media.
Online commenters were highly critical of the couple.
“Ugh, how low can you get?”
“How terrible. This might make people suspicious of people who legitimately require a wheelchair.”“It’s sad, because doing this kind of thing changes how people react when they see someone in a wheelchair.”
Walt Disney World and Disneyland offer a Disability Access Service (DAS) that allows guests with disabilities to receive a return time for attractions based on the current wait time. It is designed to accommodate guests who aren’t able to wait in a conventional queue environment due to a disability, the company said.
As soon as guests finish one attraction, they can receive a return time for another.
Disney Parks will work individually with guests with disabilities to provide assistance that is responsive to their unique circumstances, per the company’s website. Guests should visit Guest Relations to discuss their individual needs.