Posted Thursday, September 20, 2007 9:46 AM | Contributed by Outlane
Six Flags Inc. has stopped allowing disabled patrons to skip to the front of ride lines and is now requiring them to get a boarding time from an attendant and return then, as any patron can do with the amusement park company's "Flash Pass." The policy was prompted by abuses, including patrons who feigned disability and others with disabilities who gave wrist bands allowing them to move to the front of lines to others who are not disabled, she said.
Read more from The Star-Telegram.
Hell, I *HAVE* a qualifying disability (under most policies) and refused to use the system.
I feel for this family. I work with autistic children...and can tell you that many of these families face a tough haul. Interestingly, there are many children with autism who would appear "normal" in controlled circumstances. Asking ride operators to make decisions that could come back to haunt the park seems a bit much. Trained professionals (doctors, therapists, etc) disagree on the autism spectrum. We argue among ourselves all the time.
The park is screwed no matter what they do. Media and tort law are never far away. Patrons with a moral and ethical character to not abuse line-skipping policies are harder and harder to come by.
Not that either one's much fun. But thanks to Chance Rides and Cedar Fair, I've had to do the latter. More than once...
Autistic children are not by definition physically challenged or even markedly challenged on a cognitive level. They can be fully capable physically, but quite lacking in social adaptation. So do you grant them the same courtesy as someone unable to stand for that length of time? See where the line gets fuzzy?
Sometimes rules aren't fun. But they're still rules and they're there for a reason. I've never minded someone getting front-of-line access due to any disability--or because they choose to pay extra for it. Be that as it may, this rule change is perfectly fair.
*** This post was edited by CoastaPlaya 9/20/2007 11:34:04 AM ***
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I find humor in that. :)
Not saying I disagree with the new policy, because I don't. Just pointing out a place where silly things make me chuckle.
My forum members have a meetup at SFGaM every summer and one of the members is a TOTAL cheapskate. He literally fought with a park employee for twenty minutes trying to get in for free, then immediately did the same thing to fake his way into a handicapped pass. If it wouldn't have caused a big scene in front of several teenagers and kids within our group, I would have told him to take a hike.
People DO abuse the rules, it's sad but true.
Where is playa...and what have you done with him? :)
Second off...as a father of a three-year-old myself, playa knocked that one out of the park! ;) I thought about posting similar while working today. Many times the lessons that need to be taught are not the easiest...but they do serve a purpose.
We were there for 4 days, but didn't use the disablility form until the last day, and only used it on one ride.
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