Families sue Disney over access ride policy for disabled
04/10/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)
California – A lawsuit has been filed against Walt Disney theme parks in Orlando, Florida and Anaheim, California over a new policy concerning ride and attraction access for guests with disabilities. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the suit was filed last week in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
The lawsuit alleges that the policy will deter guests with disabilities from making visits to the park. In accordance with the new policy, the guests will no longer be given a card for immediate access to rides, which previously allowed them to skip long lines. Instead, they will be provided cards to return to an attraction later and be granted faster access at that time.
The changes to the policy were reportedly made in part due to complaints about guests who allegedly hired persons with disabilities to visit the park with them so that could skip lines.
Disney is quoted in the report as saying in a statement regarding the allegations of the lawsuit, “Disney Parks have an unwavering commitment to providing an inclusive and accessible environment for all our guests. We fully comply with all [Americans With Disabilities Act] requirements and believe that the legal claims are without merit.”
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