Day 5 and today we are off to Magic Kingdom.
However; prior to discussing the day I would like to focus on the biggest menace of Walt Disney World…”The Scooter Menaces”.
Anyone who has been to Disney World recently would have noticed the increasing number of people on scooters. It is fantastic that Disney caters well for the disabled and the assistance which is provided is clearly first class. Disney appears to be very well setup to cater for guests with multiple disabilities.
Sadly it is clear that the is a small population of guests who have no disability taking advantage of these benefits.
These guests have little or minimal disability and scooter around the park like it is Silverstone. In addition they take advantage of enhanced access to buses etc.
On this trip we have noted several families who are using scooters to get around the park. Often kids are sharing scooters with parents. Jumping to the front of bus lines and blocking access to park pathways. Many of these guests are racing across the park taking no consideration for their fellow guests and are a danger to the rest of us. Once they get to the attractions their disabilities seem to suddenly vanish.
These people are “The Scooter Menances”. Disney needs to take action as they are abusing the benefits for the genuine disabled.
Now my next point might be a little controversial but I think it needs raising. Disney rightly gives plenty of assistance to guests with disabilities. However, should this mean they should get priority boarding or transport? Going immediately to the front of a crowded queue and denying boarding to guests who may have been in the queue for more time?
Assuming I am in the minority who thinks this is wrong should it extend to the entire entourage? Disney say the should be a maximum of 6 accompanying guests but it is rarely enforced. What about limiting it to 1 carer which seems much more fair?
In addition last night I witnessesed on a bus, not for the first time, a disappointing example of lack of support for a group who I think more could be done for. I was standing on a very crowded bus & also standing was a mother with a babe in arms. Not 1 Guest offered the mother a seat.
Surely this is also a group who should get priority seating to ensure small children are safely carried? It is very sad that not 1 of my fellow passengers noticed the struggling mother!
Away from the rant back to the day in Magic Kingdom which was another wet one.
We started with breakfast at Be Our Guest. This is something you must reserve in advance. It counts as a quick service meal but is a class above the normal breakfast fayre. Whilst you order at a counter your breakfast is brought out for you at your table.
The rest of the day was spent making best use of the Fastpass system and queueing in line for the odd attraction. During the day we did Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Mine Train, Little Mermaid, Jungle Cruise, Small World, Winnie the Pooh, Haunted Mansion, Teacups & the odd character. Not bad for a crowded park in bad weather. We left the park shortly after dinner.
Dinner was at the Jungle Skipper Canteen. This is our 2nd visit here and it is a fantastic meal. It was nice this year to be able to enjoy with a beer.
Tomorrow we are off outlet shopping in the Disney Character Warehouse and then to Animal Kingdom for the evening.
Our adventures continue.