There are some MAJOR changes coming to Disneyland and California Adventure this fall. Because of the abuse of the Guest Assistance Card (GAC) program at Disneyland, Disney is forced to come up with some changes to the way they do things.
The program they have currently has loopholes that some guests are taking advantage of. It is reported that some guests have even gone as far to pay handicapped people to come to Disneyland with them in order to take advantage of the shorter lines. I find this appalling on many levels; this abuse is taking away from those who are actually disabled or handicap and how special do you think you are that you shouldn't have to wait in line like everyone else who paid for a ticket?
I think because you cannot openly accuse someone of disability fraud at Disneyland, they have to take these extra steps now to ensure that their disabled guests get the proper attention they deserve.
Rolling out on October 9th, Disneyland guests with disabilities will be allowed to return to the ride at a later time (rather than wait), similar to the FastPass program where you get a later time and return to the ride for a shorter wait time.
Disabled guests will now have to check in at the Guest Relations office to reserve their ride time under the new Disabled Assistance System (DAS). This has ruffled a few feathers with people. Some feel this is a hassle for them. I guess we will just have to see how it plays out?
I firmly believe that Disneyland is doing this out of necessity, they wouldn't do it unless they felt the current Guest Assistance Card (GAC) program was being abused so badly.